Wednesday, September 14, 2011

His Grace Abounds and antinomianism

Romans 5:20-21
20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 God's wonderful grace will always swallow up sin; there is no sin that is big enough to overwhelm grace.  Without grace, we cannot overcome sin.

However, when we talk about  ' when sin increase, the grace of God abounds even more', an alarm bell immediately goes off amongst some christians. Some who have not experienced living the christian life in His grace, will jump in the bandwagon to accuse grace preachers of leading people astray into antinomianism.  This is no surprise today.  It also   happened in Paul's days, as recorded in these verses below :

Romans 6:1-4
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

How did Paul answer them ? 

A. Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
B. Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in     his  death?
C.For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.


Similarly, it is recorded in Romans 3: 8  that Paul was accused of teaching people to sin more. 



Romans 3: 5-8

5 “But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us?” (This is merely a human point of view.) 6 Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world? 7 “But,” someone might still argue, “how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?” 8 And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Those who say such things deserve to be condemned.

In short , when we link grace with antinomianism, the most important truth we have forgotten or denied, is  that God has already nullified the power of sin in us through Jesus finished work on the cross...so there is no such thing as loving to sin when we hear the preaching of grace as we already have a new man in us (new creation, new nature) that loves God. Of course, we have to cooperate with God,  by renewing our mind so that we can believe/allow God's new creation work to outflow of us.

Now, what happens when christians sin ?

1 John 2

 1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

Jesus will always be our advocate forever when we do sin.  The devil will accuse us when we sin, but thanks be to God for our advocate Jesus who will plead our case before the Father.  His work on the cross did away our sins, present, past and future 2000 years ago. We only need to believe what our advocate already did when we do sin - as far as God the Father is concerned, He sees Jesus in us and says, 'Not guilty' because Jesus had already redeemed us 2000yrs ago.  Praise God.  

In short, it is believing in His finished work on the cross and that is where grace abounds.

If you are in the vicious cycle of sin, repent,rededicate; sin, repent, rededicate then I kindly suggest to you to believe in His finished work on the cross, where grace abounds. Only grace overcomes/overules sin.  No sin is bigger than His grace already achieved for us through the cross. Only believe and savour His goodness.  We cannot get ourselves out of sinful habits by sin,repent,rededicate without having Jesus finished work in the equation; we cannot bail ourselves out of sin.  Jesus can.  ONLY BELIEVE WHAT HE HAD ALREADY DONE ON THE CROSS.
Rejoice