By Lamar Carnes
We Christians must learn that no set of moral rules will ever help us attain salvation or sanctification. Someone has stated we could live a thousand years keeping the moral law perfectly and not be saved or forgiven for our sin(s)! God loved us, and saved us while we were actively engage in sin and unbelief. We are not saved by works or sanctified by good works!
It is ALL by the grace of God! If I try to do moral works , through my self- motivated efforts and strength, I will immediately need to repent and confess my self-righteousness to God. In fact, we never get God’s attention by keeping the 613 laws of Judaism or the 10 commandments given to the Jews by Moses, I will never get His attention for the new birth.
Martin Luther saw this terrible offense to God and wrote:
“I believe that it has now become clear that it is not enough or in any sense ‘Christian’, to preach the
works, life, and words of Christ… as if the knowledge of these would suffice for the conduct
of life…and such teaching is childish and effeminate nonsense.
There are many who have no understanding or desire to hear the truth of freedom and insist upon their own goodness as a means for salvation. These people you must resist, do the very opposite, and even be charged as offending them, so offend them boldly! For by their impious views, they drag many with them into error. For the sake of liberty in the faith do other things which they regard as the greatest of sins…use your freedom constantly and consistently in the sight of them and despite the tyrants and stubborn ones who pushback, we pray that they may learn that by the Grace and Mercy of God, they are impious, that their law and works are of no avail for righteousness, and that they had no right to set them up.”
You and I may think this is too radical, but Luther saw the terrible and awful error that people were getting into about how salvation and sanctification comes about. If Jesus freed you from “sin” and
“sinful acts,” praise Him and go on living in that freedom, but remember it was Jesus who did that and not you! And, when you stumble and sin, remember our Father will pick you up and set you back on the road again with no condemnation because your sin(s) have all been covered by the Blood of Jesus and His Atonement even before the creation of the world for you, so states the word of God. Sinners must Confess and repent of the sin(s) they commit and begin to praise and engage in rejoicing in Him! God then, is not mad at you. Christians are to realize that ALL their sins are forgiven, by the ONE SACRIFICE made over 2000 years ago for them. If we Saints however, sin and stumble as we go forward in the faith, we are to admit such sin asking God to help us live in our now NEW LIFE In the Spirit and In Christ, setting aside the works of the flesh which are sinful works.
The Holy Spirit (Godhead also),is grieved when we fail and sin, but His anger and wrath were removed completely from you as well as every sin – past, present and future are forgiven because of Jesus and His work on the Cross. When He redeemed you we were placed in His Forever family and He is a good Father, and He chastens us and disciplines us now as His children. and you are now His child, and in His family.
Galatians 3:11, reads, “So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law……” God said that I didn’t! One has to take that up with God if they disagree! He has spoken clearly on the matter.
Sin in the flesh, motivates people to reach out and try to grab God’s Holy Righteous character by their own feeble unworthy defiled hands. God will not allow that. In fact, it is a dangerous thing to do.
In the Old Testament people were literally slain before God because they were grasping at Holy things with defiled hands through the flesh.
Examples are Korah, Nadab, Abihu, Uzzah, and King Uzziah who sinned and rebelled against God. Even in the New Testament, Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit about their giving. They placed their desires above God’s, sought their own sovereignty over God’s, and this brought death. Even King Herod, who was not a Christian, gave a great oration and acted like he was God. So, God killed him. When we grasp at holiness from our defiled sinful position, it will never
work. We must be absolutely and totally dependent upon Him for mercy and grace.
Mankind is guilty of sin which brings cosmic consequences. It brought spiritual and physical death to all humans. God in mercy, has allowed people to have physical life on earth prior to taking them out by physical death. He would have been just and righteous to bring immediate physical death to all people after Adam and Eve sinned.
Most of us don’t recognize the seriousness of sin against God, but we can be thankful He has chosen to save some from His wrath through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. But, let’s not be presumptuous in our life toward the Holy things of God. Honor, respect, and bow to the Holy Triune God, worshipping Him in spirit and in truth!
Man’s rules of self- righteousness must bow before the radical grace of God. So, go out and laugh, praise God, and dance in His presence and enjoy your life with Jesus! He Loves us! You are Loved!!