From: Britt William’s Facebook Notes
Biblical Grace, What Is It?
by Britt Williams
WHAT IS BIBLICAL GRACE?
Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ…
Here in this New Testament passage, the attributes of grace are clearly defined. This definition contradicts what modern teachers proclaim. The Bible declares that a true believer is being constantly taught to deny ungodliness (wickedness) and worldly lusts (the fashionable trends of this present evil age) and to live soberly (moderately), righteously (just), and godly (holy), in this present world (now, today, before heaven). Why is it that so many church-goers profess to be partakers of God’s grace, yet their lives are unchanged? Many are brazen in defense of their worldly, shameful, and sinful testimonies! Dear friend, don’t be deceived. GRACE TEACHES MEN TO SAY NO TO SIN AND YES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS…thus saith the Word! How wonderful is the true grace of God!
GRACE TRANSCENDS THE LAW
Romans 8:3-4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
How does the grace of Jesus Christ transcend the law? The grace of Jesus Christ frees the believer from sin! Jesus Christ makes His people free from sin (Matt 1:21)! Under the law, the sinner sees his sin, and struggles against it, but he has no power to overcome; he sinks deeper and deeper into despair. In his desperation he cries out to God in repentance, humbly surrendering to His will. Then, he is united with Jesus Christ and receives the grace of God. He still recognizes what sin is, but now he has power to overcome (Rom 6:14), and the devil is put to flight (James 4:7). Oh, what a marvelous difference it is!
BEWARE OF FALSE GRACE!
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible warns that there are false teachers who turn the grace of God into lasciviousness (fleshly indulgence). They convince multitudes that the grace of God allows mankind to live in rebellion to God’s commandments. They define grace as “unmerited favor;” therefore, there is no need to be concerned with lifestyles…”after all, we’re just forgiven sinners!” Oh, what lies are being preached today! It is indeed possible that a Christian may sin (1 John 2:1), but repentance will soon follow and he will continue in his life of holiness! The normal Christian life is free from sin and rebellion. Dear friend, don’t let the empty words of false teachers deceive you. Search the Scriptures and open your heart to the Holy Ghost! Humbly bow before the cross of Christ and cry out for the true grace of God which will save you from your sins! -B.W.
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