In the last post we’ve seen that you can have confidence and peace in your relationship with your Papa because your relationship with Him is based on Jesus’ relationship with the Father.
We’ve asked the question: does Jesus ever worry whether or not He and His Father are still OK in their relationship with one another or if something might have caused there to be a hindrance, a break or a change in their fellowship? He doesn’t.
And we concluded that since you have the same standing and relationship with the Father as Jesus has you never have to worry, doubt, or have unrest about whether things are still all right between God and you. Why?
You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
Perfectly right relationship
Everything that’s true of Jesus’ relationship with the Father is true about your relationship with Him (1 John 4:17, 1 Cor. 6:17).
- Just as Jesus never backslides from God so you don’t.
- Just as Jesus is never separated from the Father, so you aren’t.
- Just as Jesus has no problem or blockage in His relationship with God, so you don’t.
- Just as Jesus is in a perfect right relationship with the Father, so are you.
Your relationship with God is not based on experience but based on spirit and truth (John 4:24).
In your human experience (soul and body) you can certainly feel as if you’re 3000 light-years away from God, but you are still safely nestled in the centre of the Godhead.
Or you might feel that you’re in an “eating with the pigs” place, yet the Father is right there with you not seeing you as a backslider and failure but – as always – calling you a saint who has a sinless nature and who’s always in right relationship with Him (Rom. 1:7, Eph. 4:24)!
And that’s because Jesus’ relationship with the Father has become your relationship with the Father. Even though in your soul you might feel separated or distant from God the spirit truth is you’re in an unbroken and perfectly right relationship because of your union with Him.
Instead of walking by sight – or experience – we choose to walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7).
Where religion takes your eyes off Christ and makes you afraid with her lies,
- you must be careful for backsliding
- you need to stay close to God
- you need to make it right with God by applying these three steps,
the gospel of grace makes you be at peace and have confidence in your relationship with God because you’re eyes are turned toward Him and Him alone.
Is Grace a license to sin?
Some of you wonder at this point, “can we just go sinning because we’re under grace and always in a right relationship with God based on Jesus’ relationship with the Father?”
Paul preached the gospel of grace hard core and encountered this question over and over. If people have never asked you the same question, “Is this Gospel a license to sin?” then you’ve not explained the full message of the gospel of grace like Paul did. I am not condemning you, but helping you to see that Jesus – who is Grace personified – is bigger then what we’ve thought Him to be.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?(Rom. 6: 1-2).
You’ve died to sin. Your old sin nature is destroyed at the cross and you’ve received God’s sinless nature (in your spirit) which makes you a saint in the Father’s eyes. That doesn’t mean we don’t sin any more or can live a sinless life, but to the degree I see myself as a white-washed saint I’ll be acting accordingly without someone telling me that I must live holy.
Where the law demands holiness (“you must live holy”) Grace supplies holiness (“I want to live holy”).
It is incompatible for a holy saint to live in immorality. You could, but you don’t want to. Grace is a Person – Jesus Christ. People who say that Grace gives people a license to sin have a limited view of Jesus.
Grace isn’t a license to sin. Grace has set you free from sin to not sin.
To sum up, even though you might think or feel there’s something wrong in your relationship with God the truth is that there’s never a distance or problem in your relationship with Him because your relationship with Him is based on Jesus’ relationship with the Father. Just as unbroken and perfect Jesus’ relationship is with the Father that is how unbroken and perfect your relationship is with your Father.
Enjoy your unbroken, perfect relationship with the Father. Now. And forever.
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