1 Corinthians 15:56-57 “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)
Jesus came to bring us freedom, but most Christians haven’t understood the freedom relationship in Christ but still cling onto the transaction relationship of the Old Covenant. We think if we can go to church, give God our money, spend enough time in prayer, be happy and help people– then God will like us. If we can stop sinning– then God will love us more. But God’s ways are not like ours. The New Testament names this transactional relationship with God as living under the law and tells us of a new system through Christ called grace.
God established a system for his people to be cleansed by keeping the requirements of the laws of the Old Covenant. Each person had to make sacrifices for their own sins and also to live by the letter of the law, but every single person failed miserably showing that man is incapable of keeping the law and all what the law could do was to point out the sin in each person. So grace stepped in where works failed.
Jesus lived the perfect life none of us could, and then offered Himself as the final and resounding sacrifice, buying freedom for all who would believe in him. He saved us from sin and the law and offers us grace.
But still we persist in paying the penalty for our own sins as if the death of Jesus wasn’t enough. Still we choose a transactional relationship over that of grace. But what we often don’t understand is how foundational grace is to freedom from sin. When we live under the law we are bound by sin and separated from victory in Christ. Romans 6:14 says, “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” It’s by living in grace that we experience the continual freedom from sin. In our own strength we are powerless against the schemes of the enemy. But in God’s grace we live by His strength. In acknowledging our need of God’s grace and help– we live by the power of God.
God’s grace will guide us out of the systems of this world and lead us to satisfaction in Him over the world. Galatians 5:1 says, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” You are no longer enslaved to the law. Christ has set you free. So you have to choose to submit to the life of grace you’ve been offered. You have to choose to live in light of God’s power working in you, instead of leaning on your own works to get yourself through. You have to choose to acknowledge that it is not by your strength but by His grace.
Living by your own strength is not freedom but bondage. Your own strength and works are never going to get you out of sin but it will keep you in sin and keep reminding you of your weakness. It is God’s unconditional love and grace that can get you out of sin and lead you to freedom. Cast off the chains of pride that bind you to a lifestyle of sin and receive a fresh revelation of God’s unconditional grace-filled love. Your heavenly Father loves you simply because he loves you. There is nothing you can do that will make him love you more, and there is nothing you can do that will make him love you less. Allow his grace-filled love to transform your heart and guide you into a life of freedom.