What Does It Mean To Fall From Grace?

Galatians 5:3-4
“3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; you have FALLEN FROM GRACE.”

What does it mean to “Fall from grace?  Here’s a better question:  Can a believer fall from grace?  This is a subject that has been much discussed in the Church and caused no little confusion.
Falling From Grace.
Most of you, I’m sure, have heard a (fiery?) sermon or two on the topic. You were probably told that falling from grace means a person has sinned and fallen out of fellowship with God as a result. If that person confessed their sin and was forgiven, they would be restored. But if it was a really bad sin, they could be in danger of losing their salvation and going to hell! Sound about right?
Nothing could be further from the truth, thank God!
Can believers fall from grace? Surprisingly, the answer is, “Yes.” So, what does it mean to fall from grace and how does it happen?  By committing sin?  Not living a holy life?  Not going to church?  Does it mean you lose your salvation?  None of the above.
According to Galatians 5:4, this is falling from grace:  “You, WHO ATTEMPT TO BE JUSTIFIED BY THE LAW; you are fallen from grace.”  
Church, we are justified BY FAITH, not by the Law. Our right standing is ETERNAL, not temporal, which means it can NEVER EVER be revoked. Period. Full stop. It doesn’t matter what you think, what you say, or what you do.
Your performance didn’t make you righteous; your performance doesn’t make you UNrighteous.  
Do you still sin?  Yes.  Are you still righteous before God?  Yes.  Do your actions negate your right standing?  No.  Did Jesus do a perfect work in saving you?  Yes, yes,  YES!!!
Think about it: If you say you believe John 3:16 which tells us that we have everlasting (eternal) life when we believe in Christ, but a really bad sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then you don’t really believe in ETERNAL LIFE. If you can lose it by ANY means, THEN IT ISN’T ETERNAL. It is temporal.
supply vs demand
(Law demands; Grace supplies.)
Supply Vs. Demand.
Simply put, Law demands, Grace supplies. The two are diametrically opposed. Actually, you can make a “law” out of anything, even good Christian practices like prayer, Bible reading, Bible study, praise, living a holy life, going to church, etc.  How? By telling people they must do these things in order to be acceptable to God.
Unfortunately, it gives the wrong idea that God is angry or displeased if they fail to perform; that their right standing with Abba is based upon their performance. That is PURE, UNADULTERATED SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.
License To Sin?
Does that mean that we have a license go ahead and sin all we want?  Has God gone soft on sin?  Wash your mouth out with soap!  Of course not.
Look at the cross and you have your answer.  God did not spare His own Son. He allowed Jesus to die for our sins instead of killing us. He suffered THE MOST HORRIFIC DEATH IN HISTORY.
As the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!  How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
Sin destroys and is no respector of persons. If you engage in a destructive lifestyle even after you have come to faith in Christ, you will still go to heaven. You just may get there faster.

Unintended Consequence.
The two systems, Law and Grace, are diametrically opposed.  THEY CANCEL EACH OTHER OUT.  The unfortunate and unintended consequence of mixing the two covenants is that those who try to obey the law end up under its curses.
Either you obey the whole law PERFECTLY in thought, word, and deed for your entire life, making NO MISTAKES…..OR…..(more likely), you break even one, have even the tiniest wrong thought, and you end up under ALL the curses of Deuteronomy 28. Go read them sometime. It’s an exhaustive and frightening list!  
Where the Law is concerned, there is no middle ground, no wiggle room, no give or take.  There is no “Do your best and He forgives the rest.”  Uh, uh.  It’s ALL…..or nothing at all.
If you think that sounds really bad, guess what?   It’s even worse for the preacher or teacher of that system. According to Galatians chapter 1:6-10, they are under a double curse.  YIKES!
Law Vs. Grace
Law is based on self-righteousness.
Grace is based on knowing that  “of myself I can do NOTHING.
Law focuses on “ME.”
Grace is focused on “JESUS.”
Grace says, “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION.”
The law says, “Do good, get good; do bad get bad.”  
RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT you receive, NOT AN ACTION you perform.
Not The Same Gospel?
I submit to you that this gospel that Paul preached is not the same one being widely taught in churches today.  What you hear most often from pulpits today is, “Do good, get good: Do bad, get bad.”  That is NOT the gospel.  
The pure UNADULTERATED GOSPEL is this:  We get the good we don’t deserve because of Another Who Took the bad we do deserve:  OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!
The law was given by Moses, a servant, which implies a distance.  Grace and truth CAME by Jesus Christ, THE SON.  It’s not about you or I at all; it’s about JESUS!

Condemnatory Preaching.
If you are a believer, you may have heard someone preaching in a way that condemns you.  Church, I don’t care if the speaker has a PhD or they’re an angel from heaven.  If it causes you to feel like you have fallen short of some standard, feel shame, or is pointing AT you and TO YOUR PERFORMANCE…..or lack of it…..so that you can be pleasing to God, you are hearing the Law.  IT IS NOT FROM JESUS:  It is from the devil, who loves to accuse you, and he’s using the Law to do it.
Pointing AT you instead of TO JESUS is putting you under the condemnation.  Might as well just feed you little doses of arsenic.  It’s just as deadly.
Peace With God.
Church, Jesus is not condemning you.  Our accuser, the devil, is doing it…..and he is getting a lot of help from other believers, even the pulpit itself.  Believe this:  Jesus Christ took ALL your shame, ALL your judgment; ALL YOUR PUNISHMENT.  ALL.  You are forever right with God.  The Bible says, “We HAVE…..not trying to get it…..we HAVE…..present tense…..PEACE WITH GOD.  The war is over.
God would be unjust TO JESUS if He punished you for your sins.  His death was far and above an OVERPAYMENT for all of them.  HE CLEANSED YOUR ENTIRE LIFE and did a perfectly complete work.  That’s why He could cry out with a LOUD voice from the cross, “FINISHED!”  AMEN.
Confusion Over 1 John 1:9.
1 John 1:9
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This little verse has caused no little confusion over confession of sins in the Church because it has been taken out of context, Unintentionally mind you.  It has been MISunderstood, MISinterpreted and thereby MISapplied to the Church.  This was not written TO believers.  All ten verses in chapter of 1 John were written TO GNOSTIC JEWS.  He was not writing TO believers.

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greek bible
Secrets In The Greek Text.
How do we know he was addressing unbelievers?  The Apostle Paul, in all his letters and, in fact, all the writers of the New Testament, consistently refer to believers as either “Little children,” or “Brethren,” or some way that indicates they are addressing the Church as opposed to the unsaved.
Here is further proof in the Greek text:  Where it says He will “cleanse” us from all unrighteousness, the word “cleanse” is in the Aorist tense, 3rd person.  The Aorist tense indicates a specifies a point in time (past, present, or future), where an action was COMPLETED.  It is a one-time, never-to-be-repeated act.  In this verse, the action…..cleansed of all sin…..was completed in the past, NEVER TO BE REPEATED.
Not only that, but this word is in the “Passive voice,” meaning it was done TO YOU by One outside of yourself:  Jesus!  Since it was done TO YOU it cannot be UNdone BY YOU.
Lesson Of The Emmaus.
We are transformed from glory to glory by beholding Jesus. How do we behold Him?  He showed us on the Emmaus Road.

Luke 24:27
“27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

See Jesus in all the scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation.  The more you behold Him the more you fall in love with Him!  See all that He did for you to redeem you and all you will ever want to do is everything you can to glorify Him and edify the Church.
Your doing is now because your want-to’s have changed, not because someone told you that you should do these things.  You have new desires, a fire and a passion for spreading the gospel.  You won’t have to be told to go out and reach the lost:  You won’t be able to shut up about Jesus!!!  It will flow effortlessly out of you, like rivers of living water.
Forget about trying to do good or to be good enough.  Focus instead on Jesus and His righteousness. Understand that you already are forever righteous, accepted and beloved in Jesus.  You will walk it out and end up obeying the ten without giving them a single glance.
Trying to keep the law…..that is how believers fall from grace.

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