One of the most noticeable things that enters my head when I’m starting to write a blog are the loud voices of people who have to downplay grace. They’re the ones who are afraid it will make you think you can go ahead and run blazing naked down the shiny streets of sin. I think if someone want to do that, and if they are reading the word of God, then they aren’t waiting for God to give them permission to sin. They’re looking for loopholes.
Maybe people aren’t scared of the actual words, but of the interpretation of the words. But, if you’re understanding the Gospel correctly, it looks as though a person can do whatever they want to do and get off without punishment.
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. – Ephesians 1:7-10 MSG
The person looking for a loophole is law-focused. The person looking for a new life is Christ-focused.
There is no condemnation, no punishment, no hell to pay, or penalty owed. Not “for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans :1).” You’re also not the same person that you were when you were behaving like a hedonistic animal. When you receive the grace of God, you are raised from spiritual death. Justifying your behavior is no longer your focus.
The death is like a blindness. You live in a small bubble of “gotta get mine”, “YOLO”, and “God made me like this, so it’s must be okay”. That blindness leads to horrid behavior that brings death to your real self and feeds the death of those around you. You can’t climb over the fence of Abundant Freedom and strut around like people don’t know you’re covering your death suit with sheep’s wool. You may be loud, you may know the words, you may even get people to nod their heads when you talk, but you know that you were never baptized in the Blood of the Lamb. Christ’s sheep know his voice. If you’re gorging on the mutual sustenance of flesh, they can smell the lies on your breath when you’re claiming the Inheritance of Freedom.
We were all “made like this”. We were all blind and unaware of the Kingdom. Your flesh is its own handicap. Like anyone else, you can use it to reduce expectations, or you can accept the specific calling that comes with the condition. Those who have been raised from their own death by the Grace of God are no longer the masters of their own life. They’re raised to be soldiers, warriors, conduits, vessels, and hands. They’re the charged chemicals of the activated synapse. They’re the energy field around the Truth. They’re lights in the darkness, beacons on a hill, and they do not spend their light shining it on themselves.
That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we’re going in our new grace-sovereign country. – Romans 6:3-5 MSG