Do We Fall From Grace Because Of Sin?
4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
This is a very interesting thought, in our minds we think that when a person falls from grace they were sinning. Nowhere in the New Testament does the Bible say: “when you sin you have fallen from grace.” So when a person wishes to be justified by the law, rule keeping, or self merits; then they are fallen from grace. So a person falls from grace not by sinning but by trying to be justified. Then Christ becomes of no effect to the person who wants to be justified by the law. When a person sins they don’t fall from grace, on the contrary, that is when grace really begins to abound for that person. (Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8) When you sin you actually fall into grace. In other words you don’t get clean before you take a bath any more than you get rid of your sin before you come to Christ.
Christ is Become of no Effect Unto You When You Are Fallen From Grace
The person who accepts the ways of Old Covenant Law trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law. I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace… For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. (Galatians 5:3-6 MSG)
The one thing that causes you to fall from grace is when you become self righteous; by your efforts and law keeping. Then you don’t need Christ if you can keep the law. (Galatians 2:21)
When you are under grace you have fulfilled all the Law because Jesus fulfilled all the law for you, not because you did it. Your heart becomes full of love when you find out what Jesus did for you. Your faith is expressed forth from this love showing from your heart the “non sin” attitude of love for God. Christ becomes effective to sinners, that are forgiven by grace. Then love abounds in their heart because they are forgiven of sins, and the more sins they are forgiven of, the more love abounds in their heart. (Luke 7:47) This love begins to display the true life of Christ that goes into this person and they begin to live a life like Jesus.
In 1 Corinthians 1:30 it says: “30But of him are *ye* in Christ Jesus, who has been made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness, and holiness, and redemption;” The person forgiven by grace begins to stop living the life of sin and begins to live a life in the Spirit that the law in their heart might be fulfilled with Jesus helping them live their life thru Him. (Romans 8:4)
Jesus Fulfilled The Law That God Could Extend His Grace To You
With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 MSG)
You must realize you are now God’s Beloved. Jesus has hearkened to the voice of God and kept all the law perfectly without sin, so that we could, thru Him, take on His righteousness and become saved by unmerited favor from God. When you are saved by God’s Grace thru Jesus, you no longer have to live by rules and regulations or under condemnation of your mistakes. You no longer have to perform to be blessed, you are blessed because of Jesus. You begin to live by God’s Laws written in your heart.
Let God’s love reign in your hearts thru Jesus, become more than an over-comer thru Him, and His light will shine forth from you in your life and in all that you do. (Romans 8:37)