LIBERTIES AND LIMITS OF GRACE
But now we are released from the law, having diedto that which held us captive, so that we serve in the
new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of thewritten code. Rom. 7: 6, ESV.
“But now that we’re no longer shackled to that domineering mate of sin, and out from under all those oppressive regulations and fine print, we’refree to live a new life in the freedom of God.”Rom.7: 6, MSG.
Further Reading: Rom. 5:1 – 6: 23, Gal. 3: 9-22
The message of the Grace of God is the greatest and the happiest news to mankind. Although man sinned and was separated from God,intended for eternity in the agonies of hell, as the
major consequence of his disobedience, grace provided the link back to the lost glory at no cost to
man! Man obtained justification as a free gift (Rom.3: 23-24). The single sacrifice of Jesus Christ atones for the worst sinner as well as for the best moralist, it is the work of grace lest any man should boast.Having then been saved by grace, we are encouraged to continue to grow in grace, and never
defect from the gospel to be enslaved by rules and regulations of the law. Our right standing is attained by the grace of God, and not by observation of thelaw. Shall we then continue in sin, since grace is sufficient for our past and likely future mistakes (actually sins)? Is there a logical limit to what have been or may be remitted by grace, or is it impossible for God to disown anyone who had been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus? This dialogue on the boundary of our freedom and the privileges through the grace of God is the subject of this study.
1. The Purpose and the Inadequacy of the Law
From the following references why were the laws given, and why are they inadequate?
(a) The purpose of the law
(i)Reveals man’s inability to ________________
Rm. 3: 19-21
(ii) Serves as man’s ______________________
before grace was revealed, Gal 3: 19, 22-24.
(iii) The law is __________________ Heb. 10: 1
(b) The inadequacies
(i) Jn. 12: 34 _________________________
(ii) Rm. 4: 15, 5: 13, 7: 7-9, I Cor. 15: 56 _______
(iii) Gal. 2: 16__________________________
(iv) Gal. 3: 10, 5: 4, Jam. 2: 10-11
2. The Liberty of Grace
Examine the meaning of the following, given to us freely through Christ Jesus
(a) Grace provides the ability to accomplish the demands of the law, Jn. 1: 17
(b) Grace accords justification for ALL who believe, irrespective of the magnitude of sin,
Rm. 3: 22-24, 5: 20
(c) Grace provides freedom from further dominion of sin, Rm. 6: 14 – a saved soul is not
bound to sin.
(d) Grace delivers from the Law of ‘you sin, you die’, Rom 8: 2-3.
(e) Grace declares righteous, everyone who believes in Christ, Rm. 10: 4
(f) Grace alone is adequate for total redemption, no more, no less, Gal. 5: 4, Phil 3: 9
3. The Link to Grace
How does grace reach down to man if he is not to work for it, since it is given freely by God? Identify
the roles sound teaching, evangelism, and prayer would play in making grace available.
(a) Eph. 2: 8, (b) Rom. 10: 17 (c) Rom. 10: 14 (d)Luke 10: 2, (e) Jn. 6: 37, Rom. 9: 18-19, I Cor. 1:18, Rom. 5: 15.
4. Limits of Grace
(a) What was Jesus’ instruction about the Law?Matt. 5: 20 (e.g. Matt. 5: 21-22, 12:12)
(b) What about those who died before the dispensation of grace? Rom. 2: 12-15
(c) What about troubling sins under grace?
(i) Rm. 2: 25, 6: 1_______________
(ii) Rom. 8:1, 4 _________________
(iii) Heb. 10: 26-29, ______________
(iv) Matt. 7: 21-23 _______________
(v) Mark. 3: 29, 1 Jn. 1: 9 __________
Grace is the free gift of God empowering us to freely do what the Lord demands, which we
cannot do by following rules and regulations. The evidence of grace in anyone is therefore, his
freedom from the dominion of sin. Grace cancels not concealing sin. He that continues sinning
belongs to the devil. Let us go from here living in the Law of Liberty from sin, and sharing the grace
freely to all, expecting God to save as many as would believe on Him.