The Controversy of Grace

Why is there so much controversy surrounding the grace of God? I don’t understand why people have a hard time believing that God is as good as He is, He has already forgiven you, and He has already accomplished everything you need to live a life of victory. There are overwhelming scriptures that tell us these things, yet people gravitate toward the “controversial” scriptures that are typically taken out of context.

I believe the culprit of all this is centuries of religious teachings that have kept people in bondage and self-righteousness. Plus, it’s just human nature. We have to earn our good standing with people, so why would God be any different? Most feel it would be unfair for people to be loved by God if they haven’t acted a certain way. Well, a good response to that is, if you want the gospel to be fair, then go to hell! In all fairness, we don’t deserve anything that Jesus did. Thankfully, it’s not about us.

 

 For as by one man’s (Adam) disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s (Jesus) obedience many will be made righteous. –Romans 5:19 (Emphasis mine)

 

It’s Not About Us!

Romans 5:19 clearly explains that it’s not about what we have done, but what He did. In fact, our actions didn’t make us sinners, either. I’ll say it again, sin doesn’t make you a sinner! You are born into sin. The only way to get out of something you are born into is to die. Your old man passes away, and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then you must be born-again into the new life that was created by Christ. How do you do that? Believe! It’s that simple!

Romans 10:9 doesn’t say we have to stop sinning and confess Jesus as Lord! It says we must believe in our heartsand confess Jesus as Lord. Your actions have nothing to do with it! Your actions don’t make you a sinner and your actions don’t make you righteous! It’s all about what you believe. You didn’t have a choice to be in sin, but you do have a choice to believe on Jesus.

 

The Benefits of Grace

When you have a revelation of God not punishing you for your actions, it gives you boldness. A typical reaction we have toward someone who is disappointed with us is to avoid them. But, if we know that no matter how bad we mess up they are not mad or disappointed, we will always come to them for the help we need. We shouldn’t avoid God when we mess up. He is our comforter and our help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Romans 12:1-2 tells us that putting our focus on The Lord and His goodness takes us away from being conformed to is world. It causes us to push through diversity and apprehension from outsiders.

We don’t have to change the way we act to be accepted by God. Our actions change because we’re accepted by God. It’s effortless! I’m living proof that this is true! (Check out my testimony) I am what I am because of the grace of God, and I continue to grow because of it. A true revelation of the grace of God doesn’t make you do nothing, it empowers you to fulfill what you are called to do.

Clint Zeller