So what does it mean to have abundance of Grace? We already saw it:
“Sin will have no dominion over you since you are not under the law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)
“You who would be justified by the law have fallen away from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)
“Christ is the end of the law to everyone who believes” (Romans 10:4)
Are we under the law? (Yes or No) The law said: “Obey!” Yet does not assist you. It says, “Obey!” then folds its arms and looks at you. That is a lot of pressure on you, isn’t it? Especially when the thing it is commanding you to do or not to do, is the thing that is the greatest weakness in your life.
So what has Grace done that the law could not do?
Well, the Law said, “Obey!”
Grace says, “Obey! And I’ll help you.”
You have tried, but you haven’t been able to obey—”Well—if I struggle hard enough, I’ll be able to obey.” That’s funny, Jesus said to “cease from your own labors and enter into rest!”
“How in the name of the Lord will I be able to obey the Word of God when I cease from my own abilities and enter into rest? Don’t I have to struggle the good struggle of faith?”
Jesus said, “I did not come to remove the Law, but bring it to fullest understanding.” The Law, the standards, our Father’s expectations and requirements remain, but without Grace, we are unable to fulfill those standards, those requirements. Grace is YHWH’s ability to do, what we are unable to do.
So does that mean you can do whatever you want to do, without any consequences? Does Grace say don’t obey the law? God forbid! (Romans 6:2)
Grace does not cover your sins, it exposes your sins. Grace is not an excuse to continue to sin . . . it’s God’s ability to overcome sin! A true follower of Jesus is not trying to find a way to get away with sin—they are trying to find a way to get away from sin.
If that is where your heart is—trying to find an excuse or validation for your way of life—that is fine, you can do that, and you might as well go home and enjoy yourself. However, you better be willing to accept the judgment against those actions. You see, true followers of Jesus want to serve him—joyfully, victoriously, infused with his presence.
Hey! A sin that is your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength—and you will overcome even the weakest area of your life.
Our Self-effort—the effort we make to try to do something for God—is just as bad as the sin you are trying to overcome. It is when we finally learn that there is nothing we can do for God—that he intends to do everything through us—that we come into deliverance. That is when we begin to fully realize the experience of mind, emotion, and will brought under the control of Jesus Christ and the fulfilling in glorious, triumphant power all that he has in mind for us. That is the sanctifying of the soul.
If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome