Thirty Things that Grace Cannot Do – Part VIFrom The Heart
Publish date: 09/15/2013
10. Grace cannot be responsible in the event that saved men should backslide.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
God has a wonderful plan for our lives – for hope and a future. On the other hand, the devil has only evil plans for us. We must all choose between life and blessing or death and cursing. We choose by either serving righteousness or serving sin. God’s plan for each and every person who ever lives is that they would accept His plan and believe in His salvation and end up in heaven and not hell. Even though God’s choice is for us to be saved and end up in heaven, He will not force us to get saved or to stay serving Him and never backslide. Grace is not responsible for the actions of backsliders or the consequences they experience.
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place — unless you repent. Revelation 2:5 NKJV
11. Grace cannot free saved men from condemnation for future sins unless confessed.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NKJV
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV
Grace cannot save you from the eternal consequences – condemnation – of the un-confessed sins you commit as a believer. Thank God, when we confess – God forgives and grace springs into action.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Revelation 3:2 NKJV
12. Grace cannot permit God to forgive un-confessed sin.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 2 Corinthians 7:9 NKJV
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV
13. Grace cannot guarantee any man eternal life if he refuses to obey.
We are privileged to exercise free will and free choice and can choose between good or evil. However, God will not guarantee eternal life to us if we refuse to obey Him and His word. Obedience activates grace in our lives.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 NKJV
Son of man, tell your people: 'The good things people did in the past will not save them if they become bad and begin to sin. In the same way the bad things people did in the past will not destroy them if they turn from their evil. So remember, the good things people did in the past will not save them if they begin to sin.' 13 "Maybe I will tell good people that they will live. But maybe those good people will begin to think that the good things they did in the past will save them. So they might begin to do bad things, but I will not remember the good things they did in the past! No, they will die because of the bad things they begin to do. 14 "Or maybe I will tell some evil people that they will die. But they might change their lives, stop sinning, and begin to live right. They might become good and fair. 15 They might give back the things they took when they loaned money. They might pay for the things they stole. They might begin to follow the laws that give life and stop doing bad things. Then they will surely live. They will not die. 16 I will not remember the bad things they did in the past, because now they live right and are fair. So they will live! 17 "But your people say, 'That's not fair! The Lord cannot be like that!' "But they are the people who are not fair! They are the people who must change! 18 If good people stop doing good and begin to sin, they will die because of their sins. 19 And if evil people stop doing wrong and start living right and being fair, they will live. 20 You still say that I am not fair, but I am telling you the truth. Family of Israel, everyone will be judged for what they do! Ezekiel 33:12-20 ERV