Grace Through Faith
by: Cherish Knudson
The way we enter into salvation (grace through faith) is the way we live in Christ victorious over sin.
Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
We’re not hypocrites if we mess up. Hypocrites are people who say things, but have no intention of that in their hearts. They are fake and insincere. When you fail to be Christlike at times, don’t think that you are a hypocrite if your heart’s true desire is to be like Christ. And just because you have the potential to sin as a Christian, it doesn’t make you a sinner. I hear Christians say, “I’m a sinner saved by grace.” Yes, we were sinners before we were saved, but now we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! We are no longer sinners. Jesus overcame sin in the flesh and now He lives His life in us.
Humility receives and pride resists. When you fail, thank God (which is humility) that you are a new creation and that the flesh has been crucified. Praise Him that you are not a sinner anymore and that He has given you the ability to overcome by His grace. Thank Him for giving you a new heart that desires to be Christlike. This is having faith and believing correctly according to His Word. Grace (God’s ability) is released by faith, therefore causing you to probably do right next time because your thoughts and heart are lining up with His truth. As a man thinks, so is he. You’ve been made righteous because of Jesus Christ. You now have the ability to be Christlike as you continue to believe that old things have passed away and He has made you new. We were born into Adam the first time, but now we have been born AGAIN into the image of Christ. We are not condemned. We’ve been justified and made holy.
If we continue to do what the Apostle Paul said not to do and abound in sin because of grace, we are deceived and grace will not be able to work in us because there is no faith. But if we truly love God and believe who He has made us to be, we won’t walk on grace, but will appropriate it as it is released through our faith.
James 4:6Amplified Bible (AMP)
But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but [continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].”