Daily Good News – Real Grace

Aug 4, 2015 1367

 

“Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!” (Romans 6:2).

The gospel is so inconceivable, it is open to a false inference: that if God’s grave is so limitless, then persons risk nothing by continuing in evils of their choosing. But the beauty of God’s love should never be edited down just because there are those who would claim it as licence for their perversity.

Rasputin, the wild Russian monk, was a famous example of this wicked misappropriation of the gospel. He taught that repeated sinful indulgence would enable offenders to experience even more bountiful volumes of God’s mercy. The more enthusiastic the sinner, the more grace to be enjoyed.

Paul repudiates the libertine. Not with legalism (many have fallen into that trap), but by reiterating the reality of the believer’s relationship with the living Christ. Christ and his people are united. Together they are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19 (http://www.biblestudytools.com/tniv/1-corinthians/6-19.html) ). In God’s view of things, believers shared in the death of his Son. This event brought to an end their bondage to evil. Similarly Christ’s resurrection was the beginning of a new life for them. They are pictured as “alive to God” (Rom. 6:10,11 (http://www.biblestudytools.com/tniv/romans/passage.aspx?q=romans+6:10-11) ).

Reckless abandonment to the dictates of appetite is unthinkable, given the reality of the new relationship to God, which believers share with Jesus. It is a union as real and perfect as Christ’s own relation to his father. Therefore Rasputin’s reasoning is absurd; it does not apply. Since he does not know God and has not experienced the glory of forgiveness and the intimacy of God’s kindness, he thinks that grace excuses his unbridled lusts. But grace is kinder; it sets the sinner free from the captivity of his own impulses by means of bondage to One who is infinitely loving and unendingly merciful. Grace does not embolden persons in evil—because it is grace; because it is GOD’S grace.

 

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