As a church, with many different ages, backgrounds and experiences, we have walked in the message of His everlasting gospel for over 40 years. Just like all men and women, we also began in a fallen state: born in sin, subject to the Adam nature and condemned to death. Recognizing that Jesus is The Way, the Truth and the Life, we began a journey with Christ that many have taken; a journey which begins with His sacrifice, forgiveness, love and grace.
We read and understand that all sin is forgiven at salvation and thereafter, if confessed. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Yet most Christians will readily testify that there remains a struggle within themselves, wanting to always do good but continually falling back into sin and wrongdoing. Paul describes this struggle so eloquently in Romans 7: I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
This warring, this revolving door of sin and repentance, sin and repentance, sin and repentance, is to live in a “grace realm”.
Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? GOD FORBID!