This post is a continuation of an earlier post so please read the earlier posts before you read this one. (Read | Righteousness | Do not try to earn Righteousness) In the earlier posts, I spoke about how God's relationship with us is not based on what we do but on what Jesus did for us on the Cross. The preaching of Grace always brings up this question: Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? (Romans 6:1). Paul had to answer it and so will I. I have decided to do it in two parts. The first being 'why you will not sin' and the second 'why you should not sin'.
People always accuse Ministers who preach grace by saying that they are giving people the license to sin. But that is far from the truth. The preaching of Grace does not give people the license to sin rather it constraints them and keeps them far from it.
Paul spoke of how the Love of Christ constrained him. He said that he no longer lived for himself but for Him who died for him and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). When you understand the love that God has for you, you begin to live for God and not for yourself. The love of God will constraint you because you now want to live a life that pleases Him. My own testimony is no different.
The Love of God constrained me. It gave me a strong reason to say no to sin. The things I used to do were no longer pleasing to me because I now wanted to live for Him who died for me and rose again.
Another reason why you will not sin is Sanctification (of the mind). Sanctification can be defined as - 'to be set apart for special use'. Sanctification has nothing to do with appearance or eating habits, rather it is what God does to you through his Word. When we get into the Bible, God begins to wash you and sanctify you through His Words. (Ephesians 5:26-27). It is like one preachers says: The Bible effortlessly changes you.
It is the will of God that you conform to the likeness of his Son. (Romans 8:29) (Ephesians 4:11-13). You do have to take this burden upon yourself rather all you got to do is keep at the Word and the Word will transform you. He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (Philippians 1:6) (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) (Jude 1:24)
My own testimony is that God began to show me through His word that my body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost. (1 Corinthians 6:19). God began to show me that He had called me to holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7). He began to show me the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Scriptures like these really washed the strong drinks, drugs, cigarettes and sexual immorality out of my life. Through His Word God began to set me apart for special use and conform me to the likeness of His Son. I know God still has a lot of cleaning up to do but if you compare my life today to what it was like 3 to 4 years back, it is a world of a difference.
It is like one preachers says: I have not arrived but I have certainly left.