If grace does not produce acceptance, we aren’t operating in grace at all.

Grace cannot produce awareness of sins. Awareness of sin, as a transgression, is known from the law and the law is done away in Christ. Awareness of our failings and our weaknesses is not sin. We should not even speak of remaining in sin (Rom. 6:1). How can we? We are dead to it.

We are in relationship with God. Like lovers, we seek to please Him. And for His part, He does not see our failings. He gives us grace, favor, a work in the heart.

So, if we are dead to sin, and it is not charged against us, how can we accuse others of it?

How can we point the finger and refuse to accept any? By grace, we have gained a brother or sister and have not been a stumbling block to them. And we have not fallen from grace back into law.

It is strong grace, from an almighty God! We are to deal with problems with the goal of restoration. For instance, Jesus was not saying to permanently exclude anyone for whom He came to die. Love is to be our aim.

The law is done away, and we have no relationship to it, to obey or disobey. God does not reject any of His children based on what we may think of them or what they do.

We can demand certain behavior, or forbid it, but those efforts will fail. Grace never fails – it is sufficient to keep us from falling back into law. Grace teaches us godliness. The law is not our teacher.

Neither are we taught by stories in Genesis. The Gentiles did not know the stories of the Jewish faith. They believed and received the same grace as the Jewish believers, and that grace taught them,  just as it does us today. We are not to try living by the Old Testament. Period. We live by faith in the Son of God, the grace placed in our hearts.

When we live with sin consciousness, we have forgotten we are forgiven and are not living in knowledge of the grace that has cleansed us (2 Peter 1:9). When we are conscious of sin, we judge others and thereby place ourselves under the same law. This is mixing law and grace. This is being double-minded.

We are called to a ministry of reconciliation – to bring in those who are outside the household of faith. We are also called to be in relationship with God, not to live by an external morality. 

Grace is actually a two-way relationship as we return love for love. We are under the rule of the spirit of life in Christ. Grace and the fruit of the spirit are very much alike, and the love it produces is described in the ‘love’ chapter (1 Corinthians 13).

So, there are none to throw the first stone, and none to accuse, for grace won’t allow it. Grace draws a large circle and takes everyone in. Law draws a small circle and keeps most out.

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