When we are living the Christian life how do we know when, or if, we have fallen from grace, back into the works of the Law of Moses? In this case, the definition of fallen means to fall back into self-effort, trying to perform to keep all requirements of the Law. Being under grace means depending on God and what Jesus has already done. Applying when we encounter problems while living under grace, we look to Jesus as the solution to everything. When we fall from grace, we only see ourselves.
Now that grace has fulfilled the Law, we do not need to earn God’s favor. Follow peace and holiness, without which no one will see God (Read Hebrews 12:14-17). We need to read this passage carefully. Religion tells us we must do something to be holy, so we can go to heaven. If we fall from grace, then we cannot pursue peace or holiness. We must go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works (Read Hebrews 6:1). The foundation of grace is faith in God, and repentance from reliance on works. The blood of Christ will purge our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God (Read Hebrews 9:14). Jesus’ blood did everything that needed to be done for us.
We could never do it all ourselves. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, the Law was still in effect, and people still had to depend on works. Afterward, they no longer were required to earn their salvation. Someone asked Jesus what to do to have eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments (Read Matthew 19:16, 17). The jailer asked Paul and Silas what he had to do to be saved. They told him to believe in Jesus (Read Acts 16:30, 31). Jesus established grace because mankind could never keep all the commandments. Before the cross, we had to act first to move God to action. Jesus said if we do not forgive others, neither will the Father forgive us (Read Mark 11:26; Matthew 6:14, 15). God would never ask us to bear spiritual fruit that He had not first borne Himself.
Study These Notes & Scriptures
· Forgive one another, even as Christ forgave us (Colossians 3:13).
· Be kind to each other, because God has forgiven us, for Christ’s sake (Ephesians 4:32).
· We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
· We are enabled and empowered to do these things because of what Jesus did.
· No flesh should glory in God’s presence (1 Corinthians 1:29, 30).
· We should not glory in our own self-efforts. We are only righteous in Him.
- Matthew 6:14, 15
- Hebrews 6:1
- Colossians 3:13
- Hebrews 9:14
- Ephesians 4:32
- Matthew 19:16, 17
- Acts 16:30, 31
- Mark 11:26
- 1 John 4:19
- 1 Corinthians 1:29, 30