THE PAYMENT FOR GRACE

devaluing grace

 

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness (dismissal/release) of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

 

Forgiveness of sins in salvation or in our redemption is a grace freely given to us but not without cost to God. Our relationship couldn’t exist or continue without the grace of forgiveness.  His grace of forgiveness, though, wouldn’t exist without the blood of Jesus.  Adam’s sin in the Garden left man spiritually dead, uncovered, ashamed, and seeking cover (Gen. 2:25; Ps. 104:2; Ps. 34:5; Gen 3:7, 8). Adam and Eve sought cover through sewing fig leaves together into aprons as they became conscious of sin making them feel uncovered. When God discovered what they had done and spelled out the consequence for their transgression He covered them with coats of animal skins. What God discovered He covered and I believe He was making statements to them that are prophetic to us in what was done for Adam and Eve:

 

  1. The shedding of blood is required to cover the guilt of sin.
  2. God would provide the sacrificial substitute and cover the guilty Himself.
  3. God would bring judgment on the sacrifice and accept the life of the innocent for the guilty.
  4. You cannot have a relationship with Me without this blood.

 

Christians today need to understand that sin cost God the precious blood of His Son Jesus. First Peter 1:18 says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” God’s offering forgiveness in both Old Testament and New Testament has never been a matter of:

 

  1. Ignoring sin.
  2. Pretending it didn’t exist.
  3. Acting like sin doesn’t matter.
  4. Giving man a break because He was in a good mood.

 

The only reason sin is covered is because an innocent sacrificial substitute has paid the debt of the sinner and God accepts it for the guilty party.  Our sin is dismissed & released because an innocent substitute’s blood was shed as an atoning sacrifice to meet the righteous demands of God’s holiness. Jesus sacrifice for our sin didn’t just cover our sin but it also dismissed it and paid the price to buy us back from the slavery of sin. Forgiveness is free to us who believe but not free to God.  This is why God can forgive sin.

 

That is why we shouldn’t be flippant about sinning or take it lightly thinking that we’ll just get forgiveness. That is missing something in our thinking and understanding about the price paid or the Blood of Jesus.  We devalue grace when we separate the gift from the price paid for it. Forgiveness is not given so we can sin but if we sin. That is like thinking we have car insurance so WE CAN wreck instead of IF WE DO wreck. God’s plan is that we sin not and that is what the true grace of God teaches (Romans 6:1, 15). The goal of grace is not for us to continue in sin (habitual sin) that grace would abound or take the liberty to sin once in awhile (occasional sin) because we are now under grace. God forbid. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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