HIS GRACE STILL AMAZES ME
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." (1 John 2:1 NIV)
Does this mean I have permission to go on sinning? Absolutely Not! If you do continue in a lifestyle of disobedience or sin against God, then you trample the very sacrifice of redemption He offers. We cannot live a perfect life, Christ Jesus has done that for us. We are called to live a Sin-Less life.
Furthermore, we should not be on eggshells about our behavior, feeling as though God has a large bolder hanging over our head ready to drop at the first sign of a mistake. If you do not know Christ as your Savior you are condemned already. "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." (John 3:18)
Christ Jesus was the one who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) So, for those who believe in Christ's words, they are the ones who have Jesus as their Advocate, Mediator, and High Priest. They are the ones who have The Redeemer who has paid the price for our forgiveness every time we mess up. Instead of a Commandment (or The Law) we have a Comrade (or Friend). And - "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." (John 15:13)
Life now should be about honoring that extremely, precious gift of favor, redemption, forgiveness and salvation that keeps on favoring, redeeming, forgiving and saving us daily. The Price was paid once many years ago at Calvary, but the gift keeps on giving. His Grace Still Amazes Me.