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The Wednesday Word: Falling from Grace

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

The apostolic gospel we preach is a full gospel. Although eternal (Revelation 14:6), the gospel was declared fully in the person, doing, dying and rising again of Christ. Here’s a superb fact,…. there’s nothing in the apostolic gospel that should be out of it, and there’s nothing out of it that should be in it. It is as complete as it is perfect. However, the Galatian church had forgotten this truth. And what was the result? They fell from grace.

What was the problem with the Galatian church? Was it that they no longer believed Christ had been crucified? No! They believed that!

Was it that they no longer believed in the bodily resurrection of Jesus? No! They believed that.

Was it that they no longer believed in the blood? No! They believed that.

They looked quite orthodox, but they had fallen from grace. How come? They fell from grace because they were adding a little law to the gospel. What a drastic error. In their case, they added circumcision, but they ought to have known that no law can save. The Law cannot give us acquittal of sins it can only condemn! The Law cannot bless, it can only curse. The Law cannot build, it can only tear down. The Law can show us our guilt, but it can’t remove it. The Law holds the key to the prison of condemnation. It puts us inside and securely locks the door. However, although it can lock us in, it has no key to let us out. Only the Gospel possesses that key. Only the Gospel can set the captive free (Luke 4:18)!

Yet today, just like the Galatians, many people insist on adding a little something to the Gospel. They quietly think, for example, that the Gospel is insufficient to rest upon. So what do they do? They add feelings to it. “I know I’m saved,” they say, “because I feel saved.” In doing so, they’ve subtly perverted the Gospel and have fallen from grace. Still others look for evidence of salvation by their works. If they can see enough good works in their life, then they have peace. But again, this is to fall from grace. They are not resting on Christ alone.

In reality, every addition to the Gospel is a perverted wicked subversion. Jesus is our exclusive resting place. We grace believers really mean it when we sing, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling!” We know and are certain that Jesus is our only and entire confidence.

Remember this, if we are resting on feelings for salvation, we have fallen from grace.

If we are resting on the fact that we have a good prayer life, we have fallen from grace.

If we are resting on the fact that we have come under conviction of sins, we have fallen from grace.

If we are resting on the fact that we have repented, we have fallen from grace.

Repentance, conviction, prayer and works are wonderful, but we dare not put our confidence in them. They constitute no part of our hope.

“On Christ the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

The Wednesday Word: Is Jesus enough when you sin?

God has never forced us to sin. To our shame, we do it willingly, gladly and readily. If the truth be known, we love sin. We may hate its consequences, but, left to our own devices, our inclination is always and ever away from God. All mankind has been smitten with the sin virus (Romans 6:6); it is, so to speak, lurking in our blood, continually spawning sins, its fowl children (Romans 5:12).

The awful problem with sins, however, is that they bring separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). God is holy: Because He is holy, He hates sins and hates all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5). It may seem a foreign concept to our ears to associate ‘hatred’ with the God of love but before objecting to this picture, let me warn against the subtle sin of idolatry. Idolatry? Yes, idolatry! For when we reject God’s self-declaration and substitute Him for the God we’d like Him to be, we have become idolaters. Much as we would like God to be the God of love who is never at angry at sin or sinners, we must never project this false picture onto Him.

God refuses to fit our concept of who we want Him to be, in fact, He won’t even try. He’s got better things to do! As for us, the best thing we can do is bow before Him and worship Him as He is and for who He is.

God is Holy, and we are not. This knowledge is where religion finds a natural breeding ground as it germinates in the fears and guilt of sinful man. We really are laughable; we cannot create ourselves, but think that by practicing some religion or other, we can save ourselves. Yet, no matter how involved we become in our religion, no matter how zealous we are, we are impotent to stop sinning … and sins separate us from God. Religion cannot remove the virus of sin. Although, for the follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will limit and restrain the production of sins we remain sinners till the day we die. Remember this, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).

The good news for sinners (us), however, is that God is not only holy, He is also just. But how is this Good News? I can take some comfort knowing that He is loving, but surely there is no comfort in knowing that, in his unswerving justice, he will punish us and our sins? A just God will surely meet out punishment. This is far from good news. So then, how can God be just, and yet save me a ruined sinner?

Which brings us back to the Gospel, the best news, the old news and the ever-new news—Jesus!

Only in Jesus can God be both loving and just. Between the all-holy God and sin-filled believer, there stands the remarkable sinless person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is enough for the sinner, and He is enough for the Father. God punished our sins on Him. In grace, He became accountable for us and poured out His blood for us.

Jesus, the Lord of glory, became a security and substitute for His people. He took our place in his doing, dying and rising. He ascended to the right hand of the Father (the place of cosmic authority) for us. And now, because of Jesus and His accomplishments on our behalf, not only love but also justice endorses our acquittal.

Jesus is Enough

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com