The Spirit of Grace (Part 2)

Apr. 1, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

In the Old Testament, the people lived by the Law of Moses, but when Jesus came, He freed us from the law and gave us something better and greater to use to guide our lives. The law was given in the first place to remind the people of their sin and to make them realize they needed God, but the resulting sin-consciousness permeated everyone’s minds. The law kept people in bondage to the requirement that they keep each and every law; no one was able to do that, so God sent His grace in human form to replace the law with a better covenant. What this means for us is that if we have been born again, we have access to the Spirit of grace who gives us victory in every area. Conversely, those who have not been born again are still subject to the law and all its expectations of self-effort. The Holy Spirit is the one who imparts grace to us and enables us to do what the people in the Old Testament could not. He makes the difference between success and failure in our lives.

  1. Jesus frees us from self-effort and the law. We now have the Spirit to guide us.
    1. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:30-32).
      1. Freedom from the Law of Moses is available through Christ.
    2. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth... For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 17).
      1. “The Word made flesh” specifically pertains to Jesus. This Scripture does not separate grace from truth; Jesus was full of grace and truth. Grace is the truth that sets us free.
      2. As Christians, we no longer need to rely on the Law of Moses to guide us.
    3. How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned  and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? (Hebrews 10:29, AMPC).
      1. Whatever it is we are trying to accomplish in life, we need the Holy Spirit to make us successful in our mission.
      2. The Spirit is the administrator of God’s grace.
  1. The Holy Spirit teaches us things we could never learn through our five senses.
    1. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10).
      1. The Holy Spirit takes us from the cheaper to the deeper. We need His assistance; we cannot succeed on our own.
    2. But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has unveiled  and revealed them by  and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny] (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10, AMPC).
      1. The Holy Spirit reveals the wonderful things God prepared and kept in secret for us. This is the Spirit’s assignment.
    3. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11, 12).
      1. Here, Paul is talking about the Gospel of Grace. This revelation came by the Holy Spirit.
      2. The Spirit reveals to us the depth of the authority and power Jesus has given us.
      3. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18).
      4. One of the Holy Spirit’s major works in our lives is to remove the veil that has obstructed our spiritual view so that our eyes can see, our ears can hear, and our hearts can fully comprehend the plan God has prepared for us.
    4. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:9, 10).
      1. We are made righteous by faith, not by the law.
      2. The law still has a purpose; it still applies to people who are not born again. The law shows us what is wrong with us, but does nothing to correct the problem.
  1. The law increases sin-consciousness, but grace gives us victory over sin.
    1. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace(Romans 6:14).
      1. Grace gives us victory over sin.
    2. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:19, 20).
      1. The law actually caused people to sin more than ever, but grace is stronger than the law.
    3. But then Law came in, [only] to expand  and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it  and increased the more  and superabounded (Romans 5:20, AMPC).
      1. The Ten Commandments were given to get the people to try to do things they could not do by themselves.
    4. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth (Romans 10:4).
      1. The law was designed to bring the people to the end of themselves and make them realize they needed God.
  1. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to believe right and leads us into all truth.
    1. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).
      1. We must ask ourselves if we are still being led by the letter of the law or by the Spirit of God.
      2. Where the law only says what is broken with us, the Holy Spirit tells us how to fix it.
    2. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:7-13).
      1. Our sin actions are reactions of unbelief.
      2. We are righteous because Jesus made us that way.
      3. The devil no longer has authority; it has been given to us.
      4. The disciples could not bear to hear the rest of what Jesus had to say to them because they had not yet received the Holy Spirit.
      5. The Spirit not only tells us secrets but also shows us things that have not happened yet.
    3. So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him(Hebrews 9:28, NLT).
      1. Christians and the church have made sin the central issue in life. This is not so with God because Jesus has already dealt with sin.
      2. If we really believe that Jesus took away our sins, we will not be preoccupied with them.
      3. Jesus will come back, but not to punish us. He dealt with our sin when He died and with our righteousness when He was resurrected. When He returns, it will be to complete our salvation.
      4. God does not evaluate us on what we do, but on what we believe. What makes us okay with Him is our belief in Jesus.
  1. God is no longer concerned about sin because Jesus already took care of it.
    1. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God (Romans 4:25, NLT).
      1. Grace does not condone sin, but rather changes us and moves us away from it.
      2. It makes no sense to condone something that Jesus died to defeat.
    2. Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have? (1 Corinthians 15:34, MSG).
      1. Whatever our sin is, the solution is to turn our attention away from it and refocus our attention on Jesus.
      2. Holiness is being separated and different from everyone else; when others are complaining, we are joyful, and when others are sick, we are well.
    3. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, NLT).
      1. A gift is something we did not earn.
      2. If a believer is struggling with sin, the best thing we can do is to remind them of who they are in Christ.
    4. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world (Titus 2:11, 12).
      1. Grace has been made available to everyone but not everyone has received it.
      2. When we find ourselves sinning, we must ask ourselves what part of the Word we do not believe.

Scripture References

John 8:30-32

Romans 5:20, AMPC

John 1:14, 17

Romans 10:4

Hebrews 10:29, AMPC

Galatians 5:18

1 Corinthians 2:9, 10

John 16:7-13

1 Corinthians 2:9, 10, AMPC

Hebrews 9:28, NLT

Galatians 1:11, 12

Romans 4:25, NLT

Matthew 18:18

1 Corinthians 15:34, MSG

1 Timothy 1:9, 10

2 Corinthians 5:17-21, NLT

Romans 6:14

Romans 5:19, 20

Titus 2:11, 12

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