After salvation it is the plan of God for us to follow Jesus as His disciples to develop Christ-like character and to do the works of Jesus. The Word of His grace (Acts 20:32) is able to build us up and transform us into Christlikeness. Grace teaching to disciples that promotes lasciviousness (Jude 4), lawlessness (1 John 3:4), and license in the name of liberty (Galatians 5:13) is not the true grace of God. Discipleship in the true grace of God frees us to serve not to sin. For disciples to be built up and strong they need to hear all Scripture not just favorite portions or just positive sounding truths. Second Timothy 3:16, 17 says, “ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Leaders are to teach us to observe all things that Jesus taught. A neglected area in the teachings of many leaders today is in the area of the goodness of God and severity of God. Many Believers only hear about the goodness of God and know very little if anything about the severity of God. Roman’s 2:4 says, “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? The way it is presented 99% of the time today is to assume that means positive sounding truths, no ouchy words, avoid the words sin, judgment, and repentance. I would suggest we need a context for the goodness of God or view goodness in relation to something, namely the severity of God. The context of Romans 1 and 2 is sin and judgment. So the goodness of God that encourages a change of heart and change of ways is being saved from evil, sin, judgment, and ultimately hell and that sounds mighty good to me. We have disciples of Jesus living in sin because they only know their version of the goodness of God and know nothing of the severity of God. They never develop a love of righteousness and hatred toward sin and do they repent. We need to learn from ALL of the Word of God which includes the Old Testament which was written for our learning, instruction, and example (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11).