Spirit of Grace (Part 2)

  • We ended part 1 with the following statement. "Trying to bring your sin to God and trying to act humble about it is nothing more than dead works. It's nothing more than chocolate and roses. So, trying to keep a set of rules, or adhere to a religious program man has created in order to avoid sin, in effect you have just entered into sin through untrust and unbelief."

    Many still believe we must do something day by day and moment by moment to make sure our sin is dealt with. The problem with that is it cannot be because that means you need another sacrifice. When you try to bring or lift up your sin to God in so called repentance, or confession of sin, God has no idea what your talking about. He has already accepted the blood of his Son completely on our behalf, so why don’t we?

    What about 1 John 1:9. The word confess is the Greek word “homologeo”. It means “to say the same thing as another”. To agree, assent, not to refuse, not to deny. So, reading the verse in that context it says if we [say the same thing about our sin] as God does.

    What does God say about our sin? That it’s gone. So the accusers say to you things like you blew it…messed up…what now. You simply say here’s what God says about that. It’s gone…end of story. He doesn’t remember it. So you can’t remind me of something that does not exist.

    The enemy is the one who wants to keep you sin aware. The Holy Spirit will never remind you of sin or try to keep you sin aware. How can He? He was involved in the atonement process as we saw in Hebrews 9:14.

    Hebrews 10:15-17.

    15 This is why Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant: through His death, He delivered us from the sins that we had built up under the first covenant, and His death has made it possible for all who are called to receive God’s promised inheritance.

    16 For whenever there is a testament—a will—the death of the one who made it must be confirmed

    17 because a will takes effect only at the death of its maker; it has no validity as long as the maker is still alive”.

    The Holy Spirit is constantly witnessing that God no longer remembers your sins. He’s not there to point out your sin, because they are not. Does this look familiar? He already said it in Hebrews 8 and Jeremiah 31:31-34.

    We have been told the Holy Spirit is all about convicting us of our sins. Pointing out sin is condemnation. How can he be the Comforter if He is condemning us? He doesn’t condemn. He convicts us that we’re righteous.

    God cannot remember sin because he said he wouldn’t. That is exactly what the Holy Spirit is constantly saying. We ought to apologize to the Holy Spirit for listening to voices that made us believe that He convicts us of our sin. It is just not true as we’ve seen.

    Trying to be good enough by dead works is not the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Where is the comfort in that? Jesus said another comforter would be sent. Why did He say that? Because He knew we would need a comforter. Did he lie? Convicting you of sin is nothing but condemnation and that is not comforting.

    Again, Hebrews 10:29 says the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of grace. That’s the unmerited favor of God under the new covenant. It’s not possible for Him to minister any form of conviction of sin upon you. He can only minister the conviction that you’re righteous. He can only minister grace to you.

    So if someone releases a word to you or if you sit in a church service and leave feeling yucky, don’t receive it. It’s not from the Holy Ghost. This ministry website is here to convict you. Convict you that you’re righteous. That is what the Holy Spirit does. He is never opposing you. He is constantly for you. Study Romans 8. He is always ministering grace to you, because He is the Spirit of grace.

    If He’s not the God of perfect grace then He is not God. Grace forgets period. God has a graciously terrible memory, because He chooses not to remember. Hebrews 8:12. “For I will be merciful and gracious toward their sins and I will remember their deeds of unrighteousness no more”. 1 Corinthians 13:5 reads "Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it." 2 Corinthians 5:21 says “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.

    So, get the nonsense out of your belief system that God is holding your sin against you. It's just not possible. He forgave all sin, once and for all, at the finished work on the cross at calvary. 

    “He sacrificed the very life for those who caused the death of the very life He sacrificed”. As long as you believe that obedience to the law or performance based Christianity is the method for winning acceptance from God, you will continue to have a problem with sin.

    Again, Abraham believed God. God had a covenant with Abraham. Christ was in that covenant, because He was in the seed of Abraham. Abraham was made righteous and God didn’t spend one moment on Abraham’s behavior. Not on his ethics, on his performance, on his morality. The reason is because God made a covenant of grace that simply was looking for someone who had right believing.

    Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him as righteousness. God has the ability to declare you righteous even if you’re not perfect. Here’s what God says in Romans 8:2 – “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death”.

    Romans 6:14 – “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

    Here’s a powerful prophetic statement given to our youngest daughter. We have adopted it into our ministry statement. “Without your identity, which is found in grace, you are nothing more than a fugitive living under the alias of a free man.” Shelbye Gingerich.

    Romans 6:18 – “and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness”.

    Romans 6:22 – “but now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life”.

    Hebrews 10:10 in the NIV – “and by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”.

    Now if after all of that you still feel the need to perform and work to gain acceptance from God, then you have only read and discarded the truth of scripture. You have not studied it and let the bible say what it truly means. Your opinion based on false teaching and wrong believing have kept you in bondage to error.

    “If the knowledge of the truth makes you free, then it’s error that binds you.” We have been set free from the power of sin and death. We are free from the bondage of works or performance. It is by grace you have been saved. Not of yourself or works lest anyone can boast.

    It is all about the Spirit of grace making you holy and righteous. It has nothing to do with your performance. All your church going, praying, reading your bible and giving is for your benefit. Not for God’s benefit. He already loved you while you were still a sinner and did none of those things.

    He chose to love you, forgive you, bring favor and mercy to you based on what Jesus did for you at the cross and beyond. God does not bless you based on your performance. He blesses you based on His promises. It’s all accomplished through the Spirit of Grace.

    Grace and Peace.