Grace doesn’t ignore sin… Grace destroys sin! Phil Drysdale
Many people get very nervous when you mention grace. You see, most of the Church today is sin-focused.
We have spent so many years growing up in a morality club that dictates what is right and what is wrong, that we have trained ourselves to focus on what is wrong. That way we can whittle it out.
The truth is that what is wrong is a moot point now for the believer. People are so scared that grace will ignore sin and allow it to grow in believers’ lives.
But the truth is that grace has destroyed sin… there is no sin to grow in a believer’s life!
The only sin that grows in a believer’s life is that which comes as fruit of believing a lie. Ultimately in believing that they are not righteous in Christ.
When Paul answered the hypothetical question “What shall we say then, shall we sin more so grace can abound more?” He said “Of course not, how can we who died to sin live in it any longer!” (Rom 6:1-2)
The sinful identity we had in Adam was put to death
The truth is that the sinful identity we had in Adam was put to death on the cross in Christ and we were raised up in a glorious righteous identity in Christ.
Sinning to a believing believer is as attractive as eating dirt is to the average human! It’s just ludicrous to think that we would want to do that because it’s not in our nature.
“So why do we still sin then?” I hear you ask. The truth is because we still focus on our conduct rather than our beliefs. It is the beautiful scandal of the gospel that the only way to be free from sin is to stop trying to be free from sin!
Paul himself said that “the strength of sin is the law” (1 Cor 15:56). If we insist on being conduct focused we will continue to be slaves to sin, if we change gears and focus on our beliefs we will inherit a greater reality, that we are righteous in Christ!
Prayer for the day
Lord, help me to not be conduct-focused today but beliefs focused. If I sin today help me not to make big of the sin but rather make big of the Christ who has destroyed sin.
Help me to root out the lies which I am believing that still cause sins in my life so that I might be transformed by the renewal of my mind and not by my changed actions!
Thank you that overcoming sin is not my job, it’s yours – my only job is to place my trust in you.