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How to be accused of embracing too much grace in a few paragraphs:

We are forgiven, for all time, if we are in Christ, right? So, what happens when we go out and sin?

Answer this: How can we “go out and sin” if we are dead to not only sin, but also to the law by which sin is known? Romans, especially chapter six, along with Hebrews, makes is clear that we are dead to sin. So what then is this sinning that people are afraid will happen if we are under grace?

Romans 6:7 For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].  (Amplified Version)

Romans 6:17 But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.

18And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). (Amplified Version)

Also: 2 Corinthians 5:19 -It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). (Amplified Version)

We are set free from sin, and we are taught this by the apostle explaining grace to us. Grace itself teaches up godliness, which looks much like the fruit of the spirit. Grace also teaches us to avoid ungodliness, which looks a lot like the works of the flesh.

The difference is that there was no law against the fruit of the spirit. It is based on love, and does no harm, but instead seeks to build up, care for, and bless others. The works of the flesh, while some can be good and loving, are mostly selfish, often harming, abusing, and destroying. The law was against that.

We no longer do the works of the flesh if we are in the spirit, and we are in the spirit if we are His. The fleshly old nature is reckoned as dead. So we come back to the original thought – we are dead to sin. We are no longer taught by law, but by grace.

If we, or others we see, seem to be sinning, we are usually confusing the works of the flesh with sin. Sin was taken away by Jesus. (2 Cor 5:19, see above) If it was not, then He didn’t do what He was sent to do, which was to take away the sins of the world. (John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and said, Look! There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! ~ Amp. V.)

A note about the Greek word translated as “sin” (hamartia) – it just means to miss the mark, to err, to stray from the path, and not share in the prize. It’s an archery term. It does not mean to do something bad or evil.

The translators used a word, sin, that implies guilt, when no guilt is implied by the original Greek word. The only guilt involved was Adam’s. And later, there was guilt incurred from transgressing the Mosaic law – which was dealt with by the sacrifices.

Gentiles never were given the Jewish law in the first place. Between Adam and the law, sin was not counted against any.  Then Jesus established the New Covenant, the old was done away with it’s laws and ordinances. It is finished. It is over. We are back to not having our failings counted against us.  

That leaves us with going out and sinning – and what that is. To me it is obvious that no one really sins, for without the law, we can not know sin. Even sinners don’t sin…. now there’s a paradox for you.

We who have been given grace will be led and taught by it. We cannot sin because we are dead to both it and the law. (Sadly even Gentiles now have to deal with the law, because it is taught by nearly every preacher in the world – but know this: where Moses is read, the veil remains.)

Jesus died to fulfill the law, and in so doing he has rescued the entire human race from Adam’s sin and the penalty of death it brought. He did it by coming in frail (“sinful”) flesh. Meaning He did it as a flesh and blood man, prone to error and failure and straying. Yet He fulfilled it all without ever missing the mark.

IT IS FINISHED. Sin/error is not counted against us, just as it was not counted against any before the law came. Jesus reconciled the world to God. In Him a person can have life, if they believe, in the here and now. This is the good news.

And, as John says in 1 John 2:1, if any stray or err, we have a comforter with the Father, Jesus, the anointed and just. Not if any transgress, but if any mess up. There is nothing to transgress. But we can make mistakes in our walk. He will comfort us and lead us into the right way by His grace.

Sin has been “put back” onto the world by the teaching of the church. This is a travesty. I personally believe we should stop using the word sin, and start using the true meaning, which is to miss or err, or fail, and not share the prize. But that’s just me. Do what you want on this one.


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