For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:11-12 KJV)
In today’s church culture grace has exploded on the scene and thank goodness. Men and women need to know that they can live free from their past, the law and self condemnation.
It is absolute freedom to know that the blood of Jesus has taken care of the whole body of sin and that we are free in Him!
There is though error in so called hyper-grace circles. Some teach today that there is no need for repentance; that no matter what we do there are no consequences. This has resulted in many becoming shipwrecked in their faith, churches split and whole works in the mission filled placed in jeopardy due to unbalanced teaching.
There would not be enough space in a short blog post to identify the errors, exegete the correct response in scripture and convince the other camp. Then there are those also that no matter what the scripture states believe what they choose to believe despite the evidence otherwise.
Instead I would like to share briefly one point that I think answers a myriad of questions. The Grace of God is a wealthy gift purchased by blood. We would do well to view that gift with reverence and awe.
Titus is clear in the passage at the beginning of the post. The grace of God teaches that we should live up to what we are called into.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about law or commandments. I am talking about responsibility. Grace doesn’t teach us to live without divine instruction or correction.
It instead teaches that because of this great gift we should draw closer to the One who saved us and allow His grace to transform us.
Grace viewed rightly draws us closer and empowers us. Grace taken as a license to do what we want because God is love drives us further from Him and robs us of intimacy with Him.
The best part? Grace not only saves us. It keeps us. It transforms us into the image of Jesus. What a wonderful God we serve!
Pastor Shane Creech