Quote: Grace, our empowerment to live godly

27 Apr

The Secret Formula

The grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.   Titus 2:11-12

Grace is the system that the Holy Spirit uses to counsel and teach us on a daily basis.  Grace is in place, whether or not we’ve sinned recently.  We worry that an absence of law will result in a lifestyle that is out of control.  This concern is natural.  But it contradicts what the Scriptures say about the effects of grace.  Grace isn’t just a treatment for sin; it’s actually the cure for sin!

When we question the function of grace in our lives, we’re insulting God’s intelligence.  Would he usher in a New Covenant that not only allows but actually promotes sin?  Is God foolish to think that grace really motivates us to live godly lives?

The secret is that grace deactivates our pride.  Removing the law from our lives means our self-effort is no longer prodded to control behavior.  The law excites human effort.  It encourages us to depend on resources outside of Christ.  But unconditional acceptance deactivates human effort and allows the Holy Spirit to be all that he wants to be through us. 

Our greatest fear is that we’ll be out of control.  But we were never made to be in control.  Self-control has always been a natural attribute of the Holy Spirit.  The reason he lives within us is to produce the self-control that we’re afraid we’ll lack under grace.

Paul encourages us to trust grace under the New Covenant by quoting Jesus himself on the matter:

But [Jesus] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, So that Christ’s power may rest on me. – II Cor 12:9

Jesus doesn’t appear fearful about the outcome of too much grace in Paul’s life.  Grace isn’t merely a response to sin.  Grace is the core of the New.  It allows Jesus to produce through us what’s needed in the moment.  After hearing this divine position of grace, Paul decides that Someone greater than himself will work in his life.  Jesus will produce what he cannot.

The same is true for us today.

Excerpt from:  The Naked Gospel – by Andrew Farley – Zondervan – pp 91-92

http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Gospel-Nothing-Natural-Additives/dp/0310293065

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2 Responses to “Quote: Grace, our empowerment to live godly”

  1. hlomelang September 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM #

    wow..this so freeing, I love this so much…

    • Mark Hendrickson September 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM #

      I love Grace. It was for freedom that Christ has set us free… and we’re finally beginning to ‘get’ it. Thank you, Holy Spirit for opening our eyes with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

      Eph 1:17 – I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

      How much freedom do you suppose is available… and what would we compare it to, to know if we have all freedom. I mean we use to think that we were free, but now we think we’re really free… and how much more is available. O this freedom thing, is getting really good.

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