1Pet 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Grace is favour you don’t deserve. Grace produces empowerment, but it must first be experienced to produce the power… I Peter 1:10 shows us that the Prophets in Old Testament times prophesied of this new era of Grace. A time when we don’t need to be feeling condemned and living under defeat.
When we always feel wrong and sit under condemnation, Grace is not being experienced. We must learn to experience Favour by faith. Believing that God forgives you when you sin, and that then will empower you to move away from that sin. The fact that you believe God has not forsaken you will produce right living.
Without understanding this, we will always walk with a limp. We are told in scripture that the law ministers death. It constantly reminds us of our wretched state. That sounds bad, however that was the laws purpose.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
We are shown that we are supposed to see our wretched state so we can come to Christ. The Laws purpose was to show us that it is not possible to live perfectly before God. It shows us our need to humble ourselves and receive a saviour. This is how we become born again. Then we can read in the last half of Galatians 3:24, that from that point onwards (after receiving Christ) we are justified (made righteous) by faith.
Our righteousness is now based on the finished work of Jesus and our receiving of that, and no longer a requirement of our obedience and continual sin offerings every time we fall short. Christ was the final sacrifice.
The importance of understanding this is if we don’t understand the law minister’s death, and if we continually choose to try to line our behaviour up with the law, we will always fall short. When we fall short we will sit around feeling bad and harbouring condemnation.
As we learnt from 1 Peter 1:10, we need to pick our-selves up and receive this very Grace (UNDESERVED Favour) and move forward as quick as possible. Believing that not only we have been made clean, not by our own actions but by Jesus, but also that we have been freed from sins dominion.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
When we receive Gods undeserved favour (Grace) by faith, we will begin to leave all the sin behind. We can’t do it the other way, we first have to realise Gods love for us before we will believe He forgives us so much that He went to such extremes to save us from sin. If you find yourself continually living in a particular sin, you can know that you under not under Grace but under law. Only the ministering of death produces death. Grace produces right living.
I encourage you to begin to meditate on God’ love for you, getting personal with God and thanking God for the favour He has already bought for you. Favour that you didn’t have to earn but is a free gift for you. A free gift to go to Heaven and also a free gift to have favour and blessing in your life while you are here.
Don’t let condemnation hold you back and tell you that you’re not worthy.
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
We can go boldly to Gods throne. You don’t have to be scared of being rejected. God is already very well aware of our sinful state, and went to such lengths for this very purpose. To stop sin having dominion over us, when you find yourself in trouble, don’t run from God, run to Him. Allow Gods undeserved favour to set you free.
Receive it by Faith.
Published by Carol Eddington