Embrace the grace Christ offers man

“Moses does not run the believer’s life. If he did, the believer would be subject to the legal interpretation of the law and would in fact, fail to meet God’s standards and would sin in his sight.” – Don Wilton, pastor of Spartanburg, S.C., First Baptist Church.

Legalism and grace: Paul writes about both in the book of Galatians. Let us examine them closely. Commenting on Pastor Wilton’s writing:

1.) Under the old Adamic nature, men are in a legal sense sinners and unsaved.

2.) When a sinner trusts in Christ’s completed work at the cross, his shed blood, he is no longer under the dominion of the strict interpretation of the law, but he is under grace.

3.) Grace is no license to sin.

4.) Men under grace are no longer sinners in a legal sense, but in a sense are “sinners” because they still have the capacity to sin. (See Galatians 5:16 and 17 and 1 John 1:8).

5.) When men trust in the completed work of the cross, Christ’s shed blood for the remission of their sins, and believe in Christ’s resurrection that gives them eternal life, they are deemed righteous in God’s eyes.

6.) They are transferred from legalism to grace. Moreover, they are now justified or “made to have never sinned.” That’s the meaning of righteousness.

7.) Under grace, they are in right standing before God.

8.) Legalism shackles, but grace redeems.

9.) Is the law nonexistent? Absolutely not. It is our school master leading us to Christ. (Galatians 3:24 and 25 and Romans 3:31).

10.) Christians fulfill demands of the Ten Commandments through the spirit of the law. (Romans 8:1-4 Romans 10:4).

In summation, freedom is very precious. It can only be purchased at the cross of Christ. Will you embrace the grace Christ offers or be fettered in legalism?

JOHN SIRTOLI

Gloversville