The Power of Radical Grace

I have been thinking for a few days about radical grace and how vital it is that as Christians that we get this message deep into our hearts.

Far too many people are trying to serve God based on their works. They are trying to somehow merit and earn the favor and blessings of God in their lives. The problem herein is that in ourselves, in our strength, in our effort we can never produce true righteousness. And whenever we try to accomplish this on our own we end up placing ourselves under the law and negating the true work of grace within our lives.

Who also hath made usable ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: forthe letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. — 2 Cor 3:6 (KJV) 

The Christian life is not meant to be a life of rules and regulations such as “I don’t drink or chew or date girls who do” — it is meant to be a victorious life of relationship with the living God.  Today, I want to take a moment and show you the difference between living under the Law and living under the power of radical grace.

When the Bible speaks about the “letter of the Law” it is talking about what happens when a person attempts to validate their Christian life by doing things — while we should strive to live a life of integrity and fruitfulness before the Lord, we need to do these things empowered by grace knowing that we already have the favor of God on our lives and not out of the vain hope that our good works will somehow earn us favor with God.

Let’s look at the difference between the Law and grace.

1. The Law kills.
2. The Spirit gives life.

On the day that the Law was given, three thousand people lost their lives. In contrast, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out three thousand people came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior and the New Testament Church was birthed.

Under the law, if a person became a drunkard the religious leaders would take that man outside of the city and stone him to death. But when the prodigal son returned home after squandering all of his inheritance on drunkenness and prostitutes, the power of grace saw him while he was still along way off and it embraced him and restored him.

Do you see the difference?

The Law says stone him. Grace says embrace him! 

The Law says the wages of sin is death. Grace says the gift of God is eternal life!

The Law always tells me what I must do for God. Grace tells me what Jesus Christ has done for me!

See, the Law tells me how wicked and evil I am. It constantly shows me how much sin I have I in my life. Grace on the other hand shows me who I am through Christ Jesus.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  — Romans 8:1-5 (KJV)

So many people have been raised in churches that intentionally or unintentionally imposed a tremendous amount of condemnation, guilt and a general sin consciousness — they grew up hearing hell, fire and brimstone each Sunday morning.  God on the other hand wants you to live your life empowered by grace in everything that you do and have a constant mindset of your righteousness in Him through Christ.

It is my prayer that you grasp this message of radical grace and realize that Christianity is meant to work from the cross, not to it.