DOES GRACE FREE YOU TO BREAK GOD’S COMMAMDMENTS?
Maybe now that the holiday that practically the whole world kept from time immemorial, even in pagan times, is drawing to a close some may like to look at contrary doctrines should never have been confusing.
One of the fascinating things that I see today is a disagreement that should never have happened. Some folk claim that there are those in the Church that still believe you are saved by works. There may be, they must be pretty rare. There was a time in the Apostle Paul’s day when many were well aware of the OLD COVENANT. It had God’s perfect Law. NO ONE ever did everything right, so they could not earn salvation under the covenant of the law. That covenant according to the Apostle Paul was “He that does those things would live by them.” No one until Christ did them all perfectly, so none earned salvation. The penalty for failure is death. It is testified by all the law and prophets that there would be a sacrifice to pay the penalty. Christ performed the law perfectly but then in a turn of love and mercy, DIED for everyone. While the Apostle Paul had a need to explain that in his time, seeing that it was a relative new understanding, that is not what I see today. Today, it is the OPPOSITE; many people think that because God gave the free gift of righteousness, he has now decided that it is OK for people today to be less righteous than those in the pass.
This then is the argument among some Christians today. Most of them know that they could never earn salvation; that Christ has done that for them and that we all must become partaker of that one righteous person by legally becoming part of that one body of Christ.
So the question is WHICH is true? (1) The group that believes that you just confess your believe in Christ and then NO AMOUNT OF EVIL can cause you to be lost. Or, (2) those who believe that if you are truly converted and part of Christ, you will keep his commandments?
There are variations but these are the basic foundations of each belief. Because either God still REQUIRES you to do right or he DOES NOT. Let’s look at a couple concepts and then get rid of some false ideas.
- What is sin? 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who sins is breaking God's law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God”
- Does grace get rid of God’s law? Romans 3:31 “Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.”
This second one is one many Christians cannot believe. They think Christ came to start something completely new. They do not understand that they were grafted into a tree already there and not their own tree. What is new is not the law which scripture says is perfect. What is new is their relationship with the law.