JESUS CHRIST died for one and all, paying the redemptive price and the penalty of sin for mankind once and for all. Isn’t that great and grand? “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John5:13). Those were His own very words. He died to bring us grace–the power to overcome sin. By His death which made grace super-abundant, we become and remain sons of God when we key in by believing–that is to say genuinely repenting. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John1:11-13). “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom10:9-11,13)
However, quite a lot of so-called christians often argue and prove otherwise by their lives–making it seem as if Christ died in vain and grace is merely a license to sin more and yet remain “saved”. What does God’s word say about this? “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Rom.6:1,2, 12-18)
There is therefore a deliberate effort to be made, as we’re EMPOWERED by grace, to live no more in sin but righteously. This is what others who have not tasted of God’s grace cannot do no matter how much they try. Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery but He did not give her license to continue in it. By His command, He empowered her to “go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) He likewise said to another man “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.“(John 5:14). That’s what grace is for. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus2:11-14). This was why Paul said “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”(Gal.2:21). In the preceding verse (vs20), he declared “I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Selah!
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.