Real Christianity Part 4: Grace is Everywhere
We’ve learned that the more conscious we are of the world (our bodily appetites, possessions, and position), the more we’ll see and experience limits and boundaries in life—we become a slave to those things. However, the more conscious we are of God, the less we’ll see and experience limits and boundaries—all things are possible with God!
The Sin Solution
If we’re going to walk with God, we need to know that ALL our sin has been forgiven—past, present, and future. Why? Because guilt, fear, and condemnation will cause us to hide or run from God. Therefore, it’s only as we understand God’s forgiveness that we’re truly able to walk with Him.
Mark 3:28-29 (Expanded Bible) I tell you the truth, all sins that people do and all the things people say against God [blasphemies] can be forgiven. But anyone who speaks against [blasphemes] the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of a sin that continues forever [a sin with eternal consequences].”
Notice that ALL sins can be forgiven. The ONLY sin that cannot be forgiven is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In the Greek, “to blaspheme” means to vilify, speak against, and refuse to acknowledge as good. You cannot receive the Holy Spirit if you refuse to acknowledge Him; which is why this sin is the ONLY sin with eternal consequences.
1 Corinthians 6:11 (NIV) You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
When you receive Jesus into your heart you enter into a relationship with God where all sins are forgiven. This is a work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit washes us, sanctifies us, and justifies us.
Psalm 103:8-12 (NIV) The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
To walk with God you must realize that God’s door is ALWAYS open to you. You will ALWAYS find open arms and forgiveness.
Romans 3:23-25 (NLT) All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in His gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us.
2 Corinthians 5:19 (Cotton Patch) God was in Christ, hugging the world to Himself . . . .
Grace is Everywhere
Romans 4:6-8 (Laubach) David told us that a man is blessed if God counts him just without considering his works. David says: “Blessed are those whose evil deeds are forgiven. Blessed are those whose sins are covered. Blessed is a man if God does not count his sin against him.”
Romans 4:7-8 (CEV) God blesses people whose sins are forgiven and whose evil deeds are forgotten. The Lord blesses people whose sins are erased from his book.
Since all our sins are forgiven, we’ve entered into a blessed state. A state of favor and a life of blessing—where God makes ways, where there seems to be none.
Galatians 5:5 (AMP) For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope.
Notice our righteousness should cause us to hope—anticipate and wait for blessing and good. In other words, we must realize that God’s grace (His favor, ability, and earthly blessing) is everywhere! But we must developed eyes to see it. How? Through Bible hope. We must confidently expect and anticipate good in our lives. Why? Because our relationship with God has been restored, we are right with God, and we are now qualified for all His promises!