Have I Fallen From God's Grace?

If we are to depend on Jesus for our salvation, then it follows that we must depend on what comes from Him.  As Christians, we should rely on His grace and truth if we want to enter into the rest that the Bible promises us.  The Ten Commandments Moses gave in the Old Testament focused on the many requirements the people had to fulfill to earn God’s favor.  The imperfect Law of Moses dictated that they work hard to keep the entire Law in order to escape death, which meant that works replaced God’s perfect grace.  Jesus’ death and resurrection reversed the order.

Accepting God’s grace requires a willingness to abandon our self-effort.  Jesus did many other things in the presence of His disciples, which are not included in the Bible.  What is recorded in the Scriptures is included so that we may believe in Him and have life through His name (Read John 20:30, 31).  To truly believe is to be totally dependent on someone or something.  The evidence of belief is rest.

Moses gave the Law, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (Read John 1:17). We must depend on His grace if we want to live. The Ten Commandments were based on self-effort.  The Law of Moses was actually the ministry of death, written in stone.  The people could not look upon Moses’ face. (Read 2 Corinthians 3:7).  What is of grace is no more of works, but what is of works is no more grace (Read Romans 11:6).  The people answered Moses, saying they would do all that the Lord had commanded (Exodus 19:8). This presumed they were able to keep every part of the Law.  In reality, if a person breaks even one commandment, he or she is guilty of breaking the entire Law.

The law was given to prove to mankind that we need God.  God sent Jesus to deliver us from having to live under the Law of Moses.  Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. He assured the people that not one single word shall be changed (Matthew 5:17, 18).  Jesus was born under the Law, to redeem everyone living under the Law.  He did this so we could be adopted as children of God (Galatians 4:4, 5).

The Law constantly reminds us of our sin.  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law (1 Corinthians 15:56). No one is justified by the deeds of the Law, because the Law brings the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).

Jesus is God’s unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor, in human form.  We should consider Jesus, Who was counted worthy of more glory than Moses.  He who builds the house has more honor than the house itself (Hebrews 3:1, 3).  Jesus is greater than all others.  Therefore, everything that comes from Him is greater than anything that comes from us.  The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to everyone.  We are taught to deny ungodliness and lust, and live righteously (Titus 2:11, 12).  Grace provides everything we need to live a godly and successful life.

When we are under grace and not under the Law, sin shall not rule us.  Under the Law, we face constant condemnation because our performance will never be enough.  Under grace, we receive what we do not deserve.  We should seek peace with everyone, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.  We must look carefully, or we shell fall short of God’s grace.  Any root of bitterness will defile us (Hebrews 12:14-16).  If we fall from God’s grace, we cannot pursue peace or see the fruit of holiness.  When we perform but do not receive what we want, we can become bitter about it.  People who depend on the Law have fallen from grace, and Christ has become of no effect to them (Galatians 5:4).

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  • John 20:30, 31
  • John 1:17
  • 2 Corinthians 3:7
  • Romans 11:6
  • Exodus 19:8
  • Romans 6:14
  • Matthew 5:17, 18
  • Galatians 4:4, 5
  • 1 Corinthians 15:56
  • Romans 3:20
  • Hebrews 3:1, 3
  • Titus 2:11, 12
  • Romans 6:14
  • Hebrews 12:14-16
  • Galatians 5:4
  • Luke 15:28, 29