Gospel teachers have faced the same scrutiny over the years – preaching Grace gives people the licence to sin.
Anyone who responds to the teachings of Grace with such comments shows his/her ignorance.
Grace is not the licence to sin. It is the antidote to sin.
The reason sin continues in the church today is because we have neglected radical teachings on Grace.
Look around you. Does it seem like people need a licence to sin?
The last sin you committed did you get a licence from your pastor?
Your heart tells you what is wrong before you do it. Why have you not been able to stop the wrong actions you take?
The reason is that you cannot overcome sin with willpower.
And the day you accept the undiluted teachings on grace, your struggle with sin is over.
It starts with changing your mind. You must convince yourself that Grace is not the licence to sin.
If you continue to believe that being under grace would make you continue in sin, then you won’t be free from sin.
The fight against gospel preachers that speak of Grace persists for centuries…
That should tell you something…
…the enemy knows that the day you believe with all your heart the message of the gospel…
… he has lost his power over you.
Grace is the antidote to sin as a nature inherited from Adam and sin as an action.
You must understand your death to sin as nature before the victory over sin as an action will manifest.
If grace is not the licence to sin, shall we continue in sin?
This question is popular among people that know little about grace.
When you hear the radical teachings about grace it sounds too good to be true.
I know this because it sounded too good to be true for me the first time I heard it.
How can you say God forgives you unconditionally? So you are saying God will never be angry with me? Is it true that Christ forgave all my sins on the cross?
It might be heard to accept this truth but it is the word of God.
When you hear such teachings the immediate response is sin will increase.
The assumption of people who don’t accept the radical grace teaching is that if you knew all your sins are forgiven…
… and there is nothing you would do that would offend God, you will continue in sin.
These people try to help God. But God knows better.
The question in Romans 6:1 was in response to what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 5.
Where sin abounded grace super abounds.
But the mistake they made in asking that question is that they placed the grace of God at the same level with sin.
It is like saying that Adam the first man is greater than Jesus Christ the last Adam.
The grace of Christ is greater than the mistake of Adam.
Hence, the finished work of Christ is more potent than the destructive work of Adam.
You cannot continue in sin if you are under grace. Because Grace is not the licence to sin. It is the solution to all your struggles.
Christ and Adam the federal heads.
For if by the one man’s offence death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:13
This was the point where the apostle introduced how sin came into the world and God’s solution to the fall.
Adam and Christ Jesus are federals heads.
And as it is with the head, so it is with the body.
Because of Adam’s sin, sin entered the world.
And death came in because of sin. But it didn’t end there. All who followed Adam died because of his sin. Though they didn’t commit the same sin as he did in Eden.
Likewise, Christ Jesus died for the world. Through His death, you have access to the faith within which you can stand in the presence of God without a fault.
God dealt with everyone that came after Adam according to the actions and results of Adam.
Likewise, God deals with everyone that comes after Jesus Christ as if he is dealing with His Son.
Hence you are either obeying sin unto death (this means you are conscious and following the way of Adam); or
You are obeying the righteousness of God that is in Christ Jesus.
The truth is you can be saved and not have the grace of Christ flowing in your life.
This happens because you still try to die to sin instead of knowing that you are already dead to sin.
Knowing that grace is not the licence to sin helps you appreciate the finished work of Christ better.
Sin as a noun and Sin as a verb
It is important you know the difference.
The word sin appeared 48 times in Romans. 46 times it is a noun. Sin as a verb came up twice in Romans.
The reason I am mentioning this is that you must not consider what Paul was saying as an action.
Paul was particular about dealing with sin as nature.
If you don’t understand why sin as nature must first be dealt with then you will find it hard to believe that grace is not the licence to sin as an action.
Your victory over the sin as an action is in knowing you have overcome sin as a noun.
Don’t make plans to die for sin. You already died to sin.
The problem is that you are not reckoning it to yourself to be true.
Reckoning in Romans 6:11 is a greek word that speaks of certainty.
It is not something that might happen. If you reckon something to yourself it means you have it.
Hence, when the scripture says reckon yourself to be dead indeed to sin…
It means you should know without a doubt that you are dead to sin as a nature inherited from Adam through Christ.
The realities of Romans 6:12-13 hinges on your understanding of Romans 6:11.
Anyone can continue to shout at you about not allowing sin to reign in your mortal body.
But sin will continue to reign in your mortal body if you don’t reckon yourself dead indeed to sin as a noun.
The way to reckon yourself dead to sin is to die to sin the same way that Jesus Christ died to sin.
It happened once on the cross. You died to sin once. The day you made Jesus Christ your Lord is the day you died to sin.
The role of baptism as a symbol of dying to sin
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Baptism symbolises your union to Christ’s death and resurrection.
This is the reason the Apostle Paul emphasised that you cannot die to sin more than once.
The reason it seems you are still alive to sin is that you don’t know what happened that day you were baptised.
Don’t be hard on yourself. I didn’t know why I was baptised as at the time I did it.
But as you continue to understand what the Lord Jesus did on the cross the essence of baptism come alive in your life.
The day you become baptised is the day you died to sin.
If this is true as it is, it is wrong to say Grace is the licence to sin.
Because we preach Christ Jesus crucified and resurrected.
Christ cannot die to sin more than once and you cannot die to sin more than once.
Preach something stronger than sin and sin will evaporate
We will do a simple test now. All you have to do is to do as I say and you will score a 100%.
Ready? Let’s start.
All you have to do is – don’t think about a yellow cow.
No matter what you do, don’t think of a yellow cow.
Don’t think about the size of this yellow cow. Or consider if the yellow cow has horns or not.
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t think of a yellow cow…
You have 5 minutes for this test…
How are you faring? Did you imagine a yellow cow? Have you been able to keep the picture of a yellow cow off your head?
You will agree that you couldn’t stop thinking of a yellow cow.
This is because your mind kept hearing yellow cow and you couldn’t help but think about it.
Sin perpetuates for the same reason. You cannot continue to hear about sin and stop thinking about it.
The more you hear about sin the more you fall into more sin.
This is why it sounds ridiculous when people claim that Grace is the licence to sin.
What we preach is Jesus Christ and His finished work.
And how focusing on the finished work of Christ helps you overcome temptations.
If sin is emphasised, it results in more sin. Emphasising the finished work of Jesus Christ and His grace will lead to holiness and love for the Lord.
Knowing that Grace is not the to sin will produce love in your heart for finished work of Christ.
Grace is greater than any challenge you might be going through.
Unlike the popular advise of focusing on a problem until it is solved…
… you ought to look away from your sins and focus on Jesus’ righteousness to live above sin.
Grace teaches you to say no to sin.
Anyone who lives perpetually in sin and claims to be under grace is a liar.
You cannot be under grace and live in sin at the same time.
It is like saying you will swim and not get wet. It’s impossible.
For sin will not have dominion over you for you are not under the law but under grace. Romans 6:14
Grace is not the licence to sin. It is the antidote to sin.
Only those that have vague understanding claims Grace is the licence to sin.
Grace teaches you to say no to things that you would naturally run to.
The reason is that the fruit of sin is death. While the fruit of Grace is righteousness which leads to holiness.
If sin continues to reign in your life then you don’t understand what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
It is not possible for you to be under the grace of Christ and enjoy sin.
Does this mean you won’t make mistakes? No!
You will make mistakes but that doesn’t mean you should continue or remain in the mistakes.
Grace will teach you because you need to learn.
And to learn you have to submit yourself to Grace.
You cannot be under grace and claim success by your self.
Self is the greatest hindrance to receiving and learning from grace.
If you think you can do it on your own, grace allows you try and fail.
Grace wants to teach, are you willing to submit to learn? Grace is not the licence to sin but the power to say no sin if you receive him.
Continue in grace
As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
One reason you will struggle as you continue in the faith is to assume that after you have made Jesus Lord over your life, you can now figure things out by yourself.
This is the number one deceit of the enemy.
Trying to figure things out by yourself does more harm than good.
Emmanuel, I will have you know that it is written that we should work out our salvation with fear and tremble.
You are right. But it doesn’t end there. If you continue to read you will notice that…
… it is the Lord who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
In other words, it is God working in you that brings about you doing things on your part.
But if you focus on what you can do without taking cognisance of what the Lord is doing you will struggle with this truth.
Apostle Paul advises that as you have received him so must also walk in him.
the question then is how did you receive Christ?
You received Christ by faith in His substitutionary work. Likewise, you ought to continue in the same way in faith.
The gospel is about the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And against popular opinion, Grace is not the licence to sin.
Grace preachers continue to face scrutiny from other teachers of scripture. This ought not to be so.
One of the reasons this happens is that Grace puts it all on the Lord…
While other teachings emphasise what you have to do.
The power to defeat sin is to know that you died to sin through Christ Jesus.
Christ Jesus did die to sin as an action. He died to the condemnation, guilt and shame that comes because of sin.
Likewise, you ought to recon yourself dead to sin in the same way.
When you believe that there is no more condemnation because of your sins then you have the power to go and sin no more.
The gift of no condemnation is the same gift our Lord offered the woman that was caught in adultery.
Christ Jesus makes it very easy to follow Him.
Don’t allow philosophies of men coupled with a twisted understanding of the scripture hinder your walk in Grace.