We are saved by God’s grace, alone. Nothing that we can do will save us. We are saved entirely because of Jesus Christ and Him taking our place on the cross. Praise His name!
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:7
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, least any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9
Does being saved by God’s goodness and grace do away with obedience? Does grace do away with God’s Law, the Ten Commandments. What is grace? Here is the definition from the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Editon: goodwill, favor, mercy, clemency (meaning a merciful or lenient act).
Grace is a gift from God. He did not have to die on the cross for us, he chose to because of His love for us. He did us a favor; he showed us mercy; it was a merciful, lenient act. If it was not for the death of our Lord on the cross, we would be eternally lost. There would be no hope for us to have anything else other than this one life. Because we are all sinners, Jesus came to save us from our sins. He shed His blood on our behalf. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:21 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28
We love our Lord, and because of that love that we have for Him, we want to obey Him. His goodness towards us in taking our place on the cross gives us such a desire to always do those things that please Him.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
Let us pretend it is Christmas, and we did our children a favor and bought nice gifts for them. What if we said to our children after they opened the gifts, “We bought these Christmas gifts because we love you and wanted to do this kind act in buying them for you. Now, that we have done this favor for you and have been good to you in buying these gifts, you do not have to obey us, anymore.” Does that make sense?
What about Jesus doing a kind favor for us in taking our place on the cross so that you and I do not have to die for our sins? That was grace! Grace makes it so that we want to obey Him. By faith we accept that he came and died to save us from our sins, and we go to Him asking Him to forgive us of our sins and to help us to be like Him. Never would you say to Him, “Thank you so much for all that you have done for me; and, to show my appreciation for all that you have done for me, I am going to disobey you.” We love Him so much because of what He did for us; we want to obey Him.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” I John 5:3
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Is grace a license to sin against God because He did us a favor and took our place on the cross?
What is sin?
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” I John 3:4
“…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20
Is it wise to keep sinning?
“For sin (transgression of the law) shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin; (transgress the law) because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin (transgression of the law) unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:14-16
New American Standard Bible
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS. Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.” Matthew 7:21-27