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.
The church of Eve that’s been inspired by the serpent, has very effectively inflicted its sting deeply into its members making them believe that they are not in the image and likeness of God, but are mere sinners saved by grace–but it is not so! Don’t believe the lie! Don’t drink the Kool-Aid! It is imperative to stop thinking you are a dual citizen. You cannot be of the kingdom of darkness as well as the kingdom of the light. You are not dead in trespasses and sin……. as well as being alive in Jesus Christ. There is no such teaching in the Bible. It says that we “were” sinners, and it was grace that saved us from that sin! It does not say that we “are” sinners and “at the same time” saved/delivered by grace. We are certainly saved by God’s grace, which is His doing; but we are not to be confessing ourselves as sinners while in the midst of our salvation.
Our dear friend, Royce Kennedy, wrote something about this:
“Back home in my country, there are saints of God whom have walked with God for fifty years. But every time they stand to testify of His goodness, they address themselves as sinners, still standing ‘on repentance grounds.’ They are never taught that one cannot be a sinner, saved by grace. Have you ever heard that statement? Thank God that I am a sinner, saved by grace, they say! But let us set the record straight! Pardon me Sir! Pardon me Madam! One cannot be both at the same time; otherwise one’s life is confused, not being able to discern between good and evil. In the true sense of the word, a sinner is one who does not know Christ, or his saving grace. That person has never had Christ to enter into his heart to take up residence within. Being saved by grace means that one is justified by faith, and has passed from death to life, and has walked away from under the influence of the law of sin and death, to abide forever under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.
“But both sentiments or ideologies cannot co-exist: we must either be one or the other! By adding ‘a sinner saved by grace’ it is intended to paint a picture of humility and imperfection that renders us unworthy. But Christ has made us worthy! Timothy, in his letter, points to divine truth and principle that we will do well to believe and appropriate unto ourselves. Taking it from the top in practical terms as Jesus saw it, we are told first of all, that both he that sanctifies [Christ Jesus] and they who are sanctified [all of us] are all OF ONE.”
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