There is a tragic myth about God’s grace spread by people who walk in the flesh.
Teachers of the law puffed up with their fleshly religious minds pretend that only the law can control our flesh.
On the other hand are those who submit to their flesh. They justify their own wicked behavior by spurning God’s law and preaching grace as licentiousness.
Both think liberty and grace means our sinful old man runs free. In response to this false doctrine, one tries to bind the flesh with the law, and the other simply lets it run.
Both are quite wrong.
The truth is that the grace of God does not let our old man run free.
Grace teaches that we, who are in Christ, are dead to sin (Rom 6:2). More than forgiveness of sins in Christ, we are now made dead to sin itself in Christ.
We have nothing to do with it. We are separated from it. The body of sin was destroyed by Calvary’s cross (Rom 6:6).
Grace doctrine does not let our old man run free, grace nails our old man to the cross and crucifies it, so that we might live unto God (Rom 6:6-10).
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:11
Next time you hear the myth that grace teaches people to sin, explain from Romans 6 that grace teaches we are dead to sin in Christ.
For His glory,
Justin “grace kills sin” Johnson