The spiritual war is deadly serious and we must all make a conscious decision to engage the enemy. Satan, the great deceiver, is standing against the Almighty God of Heaven in every way (Ephesians 6:10-12; James 4:7).
God sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NKJV; cf. Luke 19:10).
We have a Great Commission to carry the gospel to the spiritually lost. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Those who hear this message must be instructed in the nature of sin (Romans 6:12), repentance (Luke 13:3,5) and the glories of heaven to come (Revelation 21). Moreover, they need to understand the nature of grace, the greatest gift and motive for the spiritual action of sinful man.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God has given us extraordinary blessings that are beyond our abilities as humans. We can never hope to attain salvation without grace (Romans 5:10).
However, we must beware of man’s cheap grace, which views God as a benevolent grandfather who will overlook anything that his children do. This lie allows anything and everything that Christians desire in their fleshly hearts to blossom (Romans 3:9-18).
God’s grace is superior to man’s version, because the former lifts us higher and allows us to be the best that we can be. God helps us overcome our weaknesses rather than miring us deeper in their filth (James 4:10).
We serve God and do anything that he has asked, with an attitude of gratitude. We do not seek to earn God’s love, but express it energetically as servants (John 14:15). Grace becomes an expression of God’s affection and obedience becomes ours.
When we carry the gospel to the world, we can also say that we are carrying the Grace Commission to a people that desperately needs it. They need to know that God does not expect them to be perfect and that sin is not a disqualifying mark for salvation.
Grace is an empowering doctrine that needs a voice, so let us shout it clearly and loudly to everyone.