Sinners Saved by Grace? Lesson 3
SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE?
By Elwin R. Roach
It is easy to enter into self-condemnation; but keep in mind that this comes from the mind of the flesh, the carnal mind: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, Rom 8:6.
Ephesians 2:1-3 KJV And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that [still] now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:4-6 KJV.
Therefore, let us never give our ear to our own carnal mind, not even when he accuses you and me; for we are just as much a part of the brethren as the rest of them. Remember, he is used to hearing the voice of the father of lies, he is a liar from the beginning, and there is no truth in him.
Therefore, when you have a thought that brings condemnation and torment, you can be sure that it is not the Spirit of Christ, but it is the UN-RENEWED mind that wars in the heavens of our old familiar adamic nature, called the flesh. It is time to be awakened from our sleep and take on the mind of Christ and hear only His peaceful, life-giving words. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7.
“We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we will walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
Now, doesn’t that relieve us from a lot of guilt and pressure? It should! With our life being God’s workmanship and responsibility, there is no cause for us to ever be concerned whether we are a failure or not. If we are failures, then that would make Him a failure. If we can fail, either by choice or by the weakness of our flesh, then that would make our weakness greater than God’s strength, and that is impossible. Can you imagine God being stopped in His tracks because of our weak flesh. Man’s flesh cannot win over the Spirit. Weakness does not overcome power. It cannot happen, so let us put it out of our minds, and never think about it again. No one’s rebellion or weakness is greater than God’s love and strength.