– Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
The most bastardized subject in Christianity today is the subject of GRACE!
Never has it come under public scrutiny like it is in our time.
And understandably, the reason is not far-fetched; there’s gross and wholesale abuse done to it in a manner that is rather unprecedented.
This to my mind is a fall-out of a lack of balance between an understanding of GRACE BEING FREE and GRACE NOT BEING CHEAP.
This understanding is very crucial if a believer is going to maximize the Grace of God without frustrating it – Gal. 2:21.
It’s very clear that anyone who holds the view that Grace is a license to sin, lawlessness, licentiousness, incivility, immorality, delinquency and aberrant behavior has a pigmented understanding of the true nature and status of Grace because the New Testament teaches that Grace and sin are inversely proportional – Rom. 6:1,14.
Of course Grace does not make us sin-conscious; it rather empowers us to live above sin – Rom. 5:21. Based on Scriptures, Grace is FREE.
It is a GIFT; it’s not a SKILL. In other words, it is not acquired; it is bequeathed. Grace is not MERITED; it is INHERITED.
It is the free GIFT of God bestowed upon us on the bill of God’s love and kindness manifested through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross of Calvary – Rom. 8:32,Eph.2:7,Gal.3:13-14,Rev.5:12, Rom. 5:8.
The Word tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9:
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Paul by the revelation of the Holy Spirit tells us that Grace is a GIFT.
Well, if Grace is a GIFT, then it stands to reason that it’s given to us FREELY.
If someone gave you a gift, let’s say a birthday gift for instance, then it means you didn’t buy it with your money.
So, to you it is FREE, but to the other person, it may not be CHEAP, especially if it’s something of high value and quality.
We cannot buy the Grace of God. That’s why the apostle Paul says it’s not of works, lest any man should boast, meaning that there’s no boasting in Grace, for there’s nothing that we have that we have not received – I Cor. 4:7 and every good GIFT and every perfect GIFT(remember that Grace is a GIFT) comes from above and from the Father of lights with whom there’s no variableness nor shadow of turning – Jam. 1:17.
Grace is God’s GOOD and PERFECT GIFT to us and it’s FREE. It points attention to God and not to man, for it’s a product of what GOD DID for us in Christ – 2 Cor. 5:18-19.
So, we receive it FREELY. But beloved, think about this; GRACE IS NOT CHEAP!
Someone paid for it so that we could receive it FREELY, and that’s Christ. What price did He pay to purchase Grace for us? The Bible tells us:
He that spared not his own Son, but DELIVERED HIM FOR US ALL, how shall he not with him also FREELY give us all things?
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, BEING MADE A CURSE FOR US: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory and blessing.
So, Jesus paid with His dear life to receive Grace for us. He did all that He did for our own sake and not for His own sake – 2 Cor.8:9.
If Jesus’ life had to be yielded up to satisfy the claims of divine justice so as to receive Grace for us, then it means that the price paid cannot be valued in currency – it’s the precious blood of the Lamb, shed for us for all eternity to enjoy the blessings in the bosom of the Father.
As a matter of fact, Paul goes further to tell us that you and I are bought with A PRICE, and that price is the precious blood of Christ – 1Cor.6:20, Acts 20:28.
We are the precious purchased possession of the Lord. Glory to God!
Beloved, we must walk in that consciousness and harness the Grace of God to our advantage and to the Glory of the Father.
We must treasure the Grace of God as A DIVINE GIFT, knowing that it is FREE but it is not CHEAP.
Please permit me to illustrate this truth with an example. If someone gives you a pair of suit as a birthday gift, and instead of you to put it on and enjoy it, you turn it into a rag to mop the floor.
If the person visits you in a week or two weeks time, and he sees that the suit he gave you as birthday gift has been turned into a rag to clean the house, do you think he will be happy? NEVER!
The point is that the fact that you received that pair of suit FREELY does not mean that you can use it anyhow. No, it has to be used for the purpose for which it is given.
In the same vein, Grace is a GIFT but we cannot abuse it because though it’s FREE; it’s however NOT CHEAP.
We must therefore develop a positive attitude and have a good disposition towards the Grace of God. Let me quickly offer four steps here to achieving this:
(1) Receive it with thanksgiving:
When someone gives you a gift, ethically you say ‘Thank You’.
Not thanking the person leaves the impression that one is an ingrate.
That’s why Paul says GIVING THANKS to the Father Who has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light – Col.1:12.
(2) Use it for the purpose for which it is given:
If someone gives you a book, you read it. If it’s a piece of cloth, you put it on.
The same way, you must use the Grace of God for the purpose for which it is given – this is multifaceted and you will find these as you study the New Testament.
But mainly, it’s given for Salvation – Tit. 2:11, Eph.2:5,8-9, meaning that you must enjoy everything that Salvation offers you; Fellowship with God – 2 Cor.5:18-19,1Cor.1:9, meaning that you now have access to the Father on the ground of Grace and NOT self-righteousness; Pursuit of purpose -2Tim.1:9,meaning that Grace is your divine resource to pursue and fulfil God’s purpose for your life, and so on and so forth.
(3) Don’t abuse the Grace of God:
Just like you will not turn a pair of suit given to you to a rag, then don’t abuse Grace.
Jude talks about some people who turn the Grace of God into lasciviousness i.e. sexual immorality – Jude 4.
Those are people who wilfully commit sexual sins under the guise of ‘Grace covers them’.
But that’s not GRACE; that’s DISGRACE, for the New Testament tells us that Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world – Tit. 2:11.
(4) Always maintain a joyful disposition:
Any time you see or make use of the gift that someone blessed you with, shivers of joy go through your heart.
In the same vein, God wants you to always maintain a joyful disposition each time you make use of His Grace to His Glory.
Little wonder Paul says:
By whom also we have access by faith into THIS GRACE wherein we stand, and REJOICE in hope of the glory of God.
Following these four steps beloved, you will maximize God’s Grace on earth to the Glory of His Name, and your heart will always resonate with the fact that GRACE IS FREE BUT IT IS NOT CHEAP.
Ours is a generation that walk in the light of God’s Word and shine God’s light in a world of doom and gloom!
I trust this is a blessing?
Thanks for reading Sirs and Mas!!!
Source: Bimbo Animashaun Teaching Ministries |Published with permission.