“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
Often in this country, grace is preached as God’s unmerited favor. I can’t say that, that isn’t true, because that is partially true. The true grace of God is His power at work in your life to give you the ability to move beyond your ability. So yes, that does include salvation, but it is not limited to simply getting saved.
Jesus asks the impossible
Jesus all the time asked His disciples to do the impossible. (So that would include us.) He said things like, “be perfect” and “heal the sick“. Hold on Jesus, I can’t do either of those. Right, so why would Jesus ask us to do something we can’t do? Simple, He knows that with the command, there is the included power to do it. A guaranteed way to fail is to strive in your flesh to accomplish Jesus’s commands. You will end up living a Romans 7 life style. You’ll want to do good, but be unable to do it. The interesting thing about Romans 7 is that it is about a man who is under the law without grace. Paul states in the beginning of the chapter (remember, Paul didn’t write in chapters.) “But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6 NKJV
The power of God’s grace is given the moment we die to ourselves, and surrender to Jesus. You see, we have been crucified with Christ. Listen to how telling these verses are. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21 KJV
Paul says “I do NOT frustrate the grace of God.”
I believe that frustrating the grace of God is taking it to the extreme, which is sometimes called “hyper grace”
False, dangerous “hyper grace“
If someone is under the teaching of false grace, they will often say things like “oh it’s ok, I can do this, God will forgive me.” Now THAT is frustrating the grace of God. Understand, I am not a legalist. That doesn’t help anyone, it only puts them in bondage. However, this false grace is swinging the pendulum all the way to the opposite danger. Both of these are dangerous. Legalism somehow makes you believe you can earn God’s salvation. False grace somehow makes you believe your actions don’t matter to God, and He doesn’t see your sin.
“Once saved always saved”
This is such a dangerous teaching. You could almost be blasted as evil if you say anything opposite, because after all, God will never leave us or forsake us right? I actually used to believe this teaching, and I know the fruit it produced in my life. The true grace of God will demand holiness AND give you the power to walk it out. False grace will require nothing from you, and offer you heaven, and not demand any life change. The problem with this heresy is that it will give the person a false sense of security. I was taught “once saved always saved” but when I really gave everything to Jesus, and read my Bible, I found something totally different. Check out these verses;
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1 KJV
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:19-22 KJV
Am I making you uncomfortable yet? Look, I’m not trying to be too heavy. Trust me, I prefer talking about miracles and healings and the love of God. The truth is though, that this needs to be talked about more often. I wish I was told this sooner.
Does this mean it is easy to lose your salvation? No, as long as you are following Jesus with your whole heart, you have nothing to be afraid of. The danger is when you believe that no matter what you do, you’re in. So you go party, drink, do drugs, live however you want and come to church on Sunday. God is Love, but He is also just and Holy. Stay in repentance, and if you sin (not when) you run to the Father and ask for forgiveness. He is faithful and just to forgive your sin, and to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness. Ask for God’s grace to empower to walk in victory over sin, and you will have nothing to fear.
I pray that the true grace of God will take over your life and make you to be Holy as He is Holy. This is the true grace of God, which brings salvation (healing, deliverance, peace) and a new life. Walk in it, and be a light to this world!
Jesus bless you my friend!