THE LAW-GRACE QUESTION

BY:  MAX ENDE

HOW IT AFFECTS SIN AND THE SIN CONSCIENCE (GUILT)

There is no other subject in the body of Christ more divisive or more misunderstood than the question over Law and Grace. Paul spoke very carefully and articulately concerning the Grace of God we now live under. In the Grace page on this site I gave you my understanding of this Grace and how it is applied. The reader should read that article before reading this page. However I just touched on the Sin subject in that article and I would like to go into it in more detail here.

Now, Son of God, this is addressed to you and to anyone looking for the escape that we know in our hearts exists but always seems to eludes us. The question we often ask in tears…”Why am I still committing this sin?” Most of us have been here and many of us are still here. However brothers and sisters in Christ I am here to tell you the truth that is plainly spoken of in the scriptures and is very evident throughout the Word of God, Jesus Christ put an end to SIN on the cross.

You might say I know that but what does that do for me? It does much. You should know by now that I believe that identity with God is the key to our life, righteousness, Godliness and Holiness. When Jesus finished our Father’s work on the cross, the only acceptable atonement for sin was made. That atonement is for everyone and there is no one excluded.

Now I want to touch on a subject here that I feel I need to clarify before I go any further. There are some who are teaching that God’s Grace is universal, therefore all men are now made righteous before God through the cross. This teaching is true, but the application is flawed. It is being taught that you can be whatever you are and be righteous. I do not want to offend anyone at all, but let me make an illustration of why this is not the case. Let us suppose a thief wants to enter into the grace of God. We know a few things and we must be founded on truth. The thief, from before the foundation of the world, was predestined to be holy, blameless and without blemish before God in love. He is in reality drawn to enter the Grace of God because he is destined to. This Grace leads the thief to the cross where he is put to death with Christ. Now the thief is dead. The Holy Spirit enters the thief and he now is alive by the faith of God. The life that lives now (in the body of the former thief) is Christ.

The New Creation in Christ formerly known as the thief goes about his life. There is a problem. The consciousness of the man that used to be a thief is unaware that anything happened. He is still in the ‘carnal mind’ state and does not understand what happened to him. Why? Because the mind is carnal (sense conscious) and not spiritual (Spirit conscious). We need the conscious mind to operate in the world and it must be renewed by the Spirit of Grace, this takes time and effort.

So since there is no real conscious understanding in the carnal man the New Creation in Christ formerly known as the thief goes to the only place he knows to go to seek information… the local body of “believers” So, into a church he goes and the local body rejoices over the fact that a thief is now saved.

Now wait a minute. The thief is NOT saved… the thief is dead. Christ now lives in the man that was formerly known as a thief. But the ‘church’ that this man attends does not see it this way. The ‘church’ is being deceived into seeing with her eyes (sound familiar?) And what they see is a thief saved by Grace and not Christ manifested in the flesh. They are more than likely going to teach this man the law (‘Thou shall not steal’) and this Son of God will be trapped in a guilt conscience until God through His grace rescues him by leading him to the NewActs.org website (I speak as a fool).

I have said enough for now on this subject so let’s move on.

Why is the teaching of the law so detrimental? Because of the formula that is inherent in the Law. This formula is very simple to understand. It is so simple in fact that theologians have written volumes the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica on this subject. I am being facetious, it is so simple. Simple enough for the ultimate fool to use this formula to tread on the people of God for almost two millennia. Yes, that fool would be Satan.

To completely understand this (and you can) you must know certain things. You must know that when Christ died on the cross there was a fundamental shift in the creation. The shift went from flesh to spirit. In the old testament, God was dealing with the flesh. In the New Testament God is only concerned with His Spirit and the Flesh is dead. Therefore God does not deal with the Flesh at all… ever! In fact all flesh is under judgment and that judgment is the cross. All flesh falls at that cross and no flesh can enter the kingdom of God. So how does the Law fit into this mix? It doesn’t. It can’t. But the carnal mind is a slave to it so here we go.

God introduced His Law to a people he called to Himself (Jacob) and gave them the Law through Moses. You will notice that God did not give the Law to Gentiles. In fact the Gentiles were absolutely excluded from the promises of God made through the Law. It astounds me that the some churches adhere to the dietary Laws of God that God excluded from the Gentiles when He gave the Hebrews that Law. Moreover they keep the Sabbath, the Seventh Day as a Law. They have no concept at all that if they do this they must keep the whole Law. But they can’t. Why? Because they are Gentiles and there is NO PROVISION for gentiles AT ALL in the Law. NONE! Sorry… I get excited.

The Law was introduced because no one knew (from Adam to Moses) what God considered righteousness according to the flesh. What they did not understand was that God never considered any of them righteous according to the flesh. So God gave them Laws concerning the flesh. The problem is that the flesh of man is forever doomed to destruction because the Law is POWERLESS to make flesh righteous. The children of Jacob could not continue to comply with the Law and they were destroyed. The Law was not introduced to destroy Jacob…it was introduced to illustrate the total depravity and complete inability of the flesh to ever be righteous.

Why is the Law powerless concerning the Flesh? Because of the nature of the Law and the nature of the Flesh. The nature of the Flesh is found in it’s fruit. And the fruit is found in the Flesh Mind. Now I am not going to list the immeasurable multitude of deviations that exists in mankind in one form or another. I will leave that to the reader. But whatever sin you can think of it is the fruit of the Flesh. And that is the Flesh nature. The nature of the Law is found in it’s fruit. I will name just some of the fruit… perfect love, righteousness, peace, joy, wholeness, health, holiness, patience, wealth, safety, and generosity just to name a few. However, when you put the perfect law in the flesh it produces sin and death. Why? Because the Law has an inherent penalty within it and the penalty gives the Law power. Not power to produce righteous fruit…  but power to kill. It is this death that produces fear and fear is the power of sin.

The illustration above shows a cycle that existed in you before the cross. This is called the Law of Sin and Death. This Law ruled over all mankind until the cross. The illustration below shows that the Cross of Christ broke the cycle therefore destroying the power of sin over you. That is right, the power that makes you do the sinful things you do not want to do NO LONGER EXISTS. How? You must believe the truth.

Romans 6

1 What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

2 Let it not be! We who died to sin, how shall we still live in it?

3 Or are you ignorant that all who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

4 Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, so also we should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been joined together in the likeness of His death, so also shall we be in the resurrection,

6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be nullified, so that we no longer serve sin.

7 For the one that died has been justified from sin.

8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that also we shall live with Him,

9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death no longer lords it over Him.

10 For in that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in that He lives, He lives to God.

11 So also you count yourselves to be truly dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Then do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its lusts.

13 Neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as one living from the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God.

14 For your sin shall not lord it over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace.

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be!

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or obedience to righteousness?

17 But thanks be to God that you were slaves of sin, but you obeyed from the heart the form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

18 And having been set free from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness.

19 I speak as a man on account of the weakness of your flesh. For as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness and to lawless act unto lawless act, so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness unto sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free as to righteousness.

21 Therefore what fruit did you have then in the things over which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

22 But now having been set free from sin, and having been enslaved to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end everlasting life.

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This word from Paul cannot be misinterpreted by anyone. But if you are trapped in sin there is a reason. If you can’t seem to shake off the habits that seem to damage your relationship to God there is a reason. If you are a backslider because you just could not live with the guilt and condemnation you struggled with for so long until you had to give up just to keep your sanity…THERE IS A REASON. You believe a LIE!

You see, you are the New Creation is Christ formerly known as ___________ (fill in the blank). Whatever name that you fill in, (Thief, murderer, liar, adulterer, fornicator, homosexual, backbiter, God hater, insolent, unworthy of righteousness or anything else you can name) That is no longer you. I don’t care what it looks like to you or anyone else. That person DIED. He is dead.

6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be nullified, so that we no longer serve sin.

Nullified means made null or deprived of legal force. What this means is that you are no longer forced to serve sin like you used to when you were ignorant of the cross and still trapped in the Law of Sin and Death.

11 So also you count yourselves to be truly dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Then do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its lusts.

13 Neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as one living from the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God.

14 For your sin shall not lord it over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace.

This counting yourself dead is not a spiritual exercise, it is actually living in a true reality. This reality is based on truth. The truth is that Jesus Christ died the death for the atonement of sin ONCE and for ALL. There is no more sacrifice for atonement. You must understand that if there is no more atonement according to God… then there is no more sin. Because if Christ’s death was not good enough for your sin then if you sin you will not be saved. But thanks be to God forever and ever His death was good enough for it ALL.

Therefore, if there is no more penalty (death) the Law is nullified… it has no legal force to kill you any more. If the Law is nullified then EVERYTHING is NULLIFIED. No DEATH… No LAW… No SIN. You have been set free from the Law of Sin and Death.

You might say that this sounds great but what is the practical application? It will astound you how simple it becomes. The key is the Law and what you do with it. Know and understand that you are under Grace. There is NO LAW outside of you. The Ten Commandments given to Moses were written on a Stone OUTSIDE of MOSES. That Law is OUTSIDE.

PSA 40:8 I delight to do Your will, O My God; and Your Law is within My inmost soul.

When you died at the Cross you were immediately raised from the dead to the New Life In Christ. Christ the Son of God not only entered your innermost being, He became you. You see the Spirit of God is not only making your mortal body live He is your life. You have His identity and therefore you have God in you and inherently the Law (God) has taken up residency in your being. You are now in effect the Law.

ROM 3:30-31 since it is one God who will justify circumcision by faith, and Uncircumcision through faith. 31 Then is the Law annulled through faith? Let it not be! But we establish Law.

You see then the OUTSIDE ordinances that were given to Moses, which Gentiles were excluded from, is nullified at the cross. The true Law of God which Christ came to establish in Himself is our Law. This Law (the Law of Grace) is resident in our hearts and we cannot do anything in Christ that is apart from the Law. In effect then in Christ we stop sinning because we establish the true Law. Not the Law of the Flesh but the Law of the Spirit, which is Grace. The Law of the Flesh produces Death… the Law of the Spirit produces Life in Christ.

Now what I am about to suggest is beyond some to comprehend but I know this is the answer to ending sin. I know that the only way to stop sinning is to die. You died on the Cross. I know that Sin’s power is through the Law. The Law was nullified on the Cross. I know that Sin has ultimate power over the flesh… your flesh is dead. Your life, the Life in you is the same Life that Christ has. That Life is found in Heaven and it is your Life. You and Christ are the same person. You have the same identical identity. It is IMPOSSIBLE for you to sin. Let me say it again…It is IMPOSSIBLE for the Son of God to sin. You are the Son of God.

When you realize this truth. When you fully come to the understanding by faith that this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…your “sin” will vanish. It will disappear like a vapor because that is all it is. And Son of God, all you have to do is believe that you are not what you were before you came to the cross. You are now and will forever be the Son of the Living God. And there is NO SIN IN YOU AT ALL.

I know you are going to ask the question so I’ll ask it for you…”But what if I do sin?”

ROM 7:14-17 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, having been sold under sin. 15] For what I work out, I do not know. For what I do not will, this I do. But what I hate, this I do. 16] But if I do what I do not will, I agree with the Law, that it is good. 17] But now I no longer work it out, but the sin dwelling in me.

You see? Paul shows that once the Law is introduced to the Flesh a process begins to work. This process is that the Sin in the Flesh works itself out through the Law. You’ll notice that the “I” of Paul does not work the act but the Sin works itself out. In other words the Flesh and Sin and the Carnal Mind have no part in the New Creation and are not you.

18 For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good. For to will is present to me, but to work out the good I do not find.

19 For what good I desire, I do not do. But the evil I do not desire, this I do.

20 But if I do what I do not desire, it is no longer I working it out, but the sin dwelling in me.

21 I find then the law, when I desire to do the right, that evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man;

23 but I see another law in my members having warred against the law of my mind, and taking me captive by the law of sin being in my members.

24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then I myself with the mind truly serve the Law of God, and with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to flesh, but according to Spirit.

Why is there no condemnation? Because the truth is you are not sinning. Your flesh is subject to sin through the Law and must work out the sin that exists in it. But you must understand that your Flesh is not you and this process is started because of the OUTSIDE Law NOT the INSIDE Law of Grace.

2 For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death.

3 For the Law being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,

4 so that the righteous demand of the Law might be fulfilled in us, those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit.

5 For the ones that are according to flesh mind the things of the flesh. And the ones according to Spirit mind the things of the Spirit.

6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;

7 because the mind of the flesh is enmity towards God; for it is not being subjected to the Law of God, for neither can it be.

8 And those being in the flesh are not able to please God.

9 But you are not in flesh, but in Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has not the Spirit of Christ, this one is not His.

10 But if Christ is in you, the body indeed is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of the One having raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One having raised the Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live through the indwelling of His Spirit in you.

12 So, then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to flesh,

13 for if you live according to flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba! Father!

You see? You are free from sin. Now go and thank God and live in this freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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