21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
Galatians 2:21, English Standard Version
Too often believers make light of God’s grace which unfortunately leads to dire consequences for their faith. The example of the Galatians is a good illustration of this point. They simply saw grace as something rudimentary and only necessary for their salvation, but once saved they wanted to strictly follow a religious routine of do’s and don’ts in order to keep and maintain their salvation. The worst part is not that the Galatian believers had not experienced God’s grace for themselves, but that they had abandoned God’s grace in replacement of the Law.
The Apostle Paul was emphatic in stating that we cannot live our Christian life without grace.
The Greek word for “set aside” is atheteõ which means “to do away with, nullify or deem unimportant”. To delete is a modern equivalent to the word. To set aside grace’ in the context of our Christian life is like deleting a crucial file that will cause your computer to crash or stall. By cutting themselves away from God’s grace, many believers are inhibiting their spiritual growth by relying on their own efforts to obtain righteousness.
Are there any signs of self righteousness in your life?
One sure indicator is when you think God will bless you because you have done your best. The truth is that God will not judge you on how you are behaving but on what you are believing. What you believe will determine how you behave.
Consider this verse in the Amplified Version.
21 [Therefore, I do not treat God’s gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favour) of God.
To resist grace is to lock out God from your life.
Stop seeing yourself as an unwelcome guest when God had already done all things through the finished work of Christ to receive and show His grace to you. The humblest response is to receive wholeheartedly from Him.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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