The binding ties…
April 8th, 2019
If there is one thing that humanity craves it is freedom. I don’t believe that there is any argument to this claim. To date, I don’t know of any totalitarian, dictatorial, socialist, communist, fascist, or monarchy; where people don’t long for their freedom.
Of the ones listed the only one that may have some appeal to the populace would be monarchies, where the subjects are caught up in the royal pomp and circumstance. But even they if that monarch were to become restrictive on the activities of their subjects would find discontent exploding as their once loyal population becomes increasingly resistant to the ruling class.
Those living outside of grace have a tendency to perceive Christians as being bound by a set of restrictive rules. They will immediately sight the Ten Commandments as their reference with all of those ‘Thou shalt not’s.
The Law of God
God has a set of rules. It might surprise you, even if you see yourself as a Christian that those who are covered by the Grace of Jesus are not impacted by those rules.
Don’t get the idea that statement means we have a license to violate the Law. The Law of God provides some good principles for living in harmony with others and living well.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Galatians 5:18 (ESV)
This shouldn’t be taken as a free pass that exempts us from behaving correctly. Here is the situation; Jesus came and gave himself to cover our debt with His own blood. We are and were, totally hopeless, because of our inability to come to a state of compliance.
God has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to sin. It’s a binary condition. If you are tainted by sin, you are guilty and subject to the death penalty, period, end of story. Because we were in such dire straits and God wanted a relationship with us, He sent His Son to cover our debt of sin, releasing us from the bounds of sin.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (ESV)
God didn’t/doesn’t want us to suffer eternal death. He wants to free us from the debt of sin we have incurred. That’s what the Grace of Jesus is all about.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
That sounds like a lot of freedom to me!
You notice something in Ephesians 2:9? “It is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” This is a very important thing to focus in on.
We place our faith in the Grace of Jesus to remediate our sins and free us from the penalty of sin and that is it. In the words of Christ from the cross “It is finished!”
Paul tells us here, that this grace is the “gift of God” and it isn’t the result of our efforts, so no one can claim they do anything at all to secure that grace. Grace is freely given by God, on one and only one condition; faith in the sacrifice His Son made on our behalf. “It is finished!”
If anyone tells you you have to do penance to secure your salvation, don’t believe it. I have several catholic friends I love dearly and want them to understand that those Rosary Beads are of no use to them. The Hail Mary’s they throw up don’t benefit Mary or them. Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is all that is required to secure our freedom, and it’s not available through any other means. It is only given when you place your faith in Jesus, turning your life over to Him as Lord and Master of your life.
There are some teachings out there in what are called Christian circles that want to say you have to do something to cement your forgiveness. Bunk!
Because Jesus is Lord and Master of our lives, we want to do those things which please him and therefore while we are not subject to the law because our debt is paid, we still in obedience to Jesus do that which He calls us to do.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:34-36 (ESV)
Are you “Bound” in ritualistic legalism? Get yourself free! Is sin your master? Make Jesus your Master and be set free from the sin which you’re bound to! Grace is free, your only obligation is to trust in Jesus Christ the Son of God!