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What Does It Mean To Fall From Grace? It Is Not What You Have Been Taught!

The majority of Bible teachers and preachers teach that to fall from grace means a person has sinned so greatly that they have “backslidden” or fallen away from God’s favor and back into their old lifestyle of sin. This is possibly what you were taught and have believed. You believe you have fallen away from God’s grace because of your addiction or because of immorality. In reality, you have fallen into grace.

Romans 5:20 says that where sin increased, grace increased all the more. So according to the Bible, it is impossible to sin so much that a person has out-sinned grace, or fallen from grace.

To fall from grace does not mean someone has sinned so much that he has backslidden from God and fallen into sin. That is not what the Bible teaches at all. To fall from grace means a person has deserted grace as the means for acceptance with God and is now depending upon his religious and moral behavior to earn God's acceptance. 

Galatians 5:4 makes this very clear. It says, 

"You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace."

Those in this verse who had fallen from grace were trying to justify themselves, or make themselves acceptable to God, through their obedience to the Law of Moses. They had not, in anyway, backslidden into a life of immorality. It was just the opposite. They were trying their hardest to live a life of morality, combined with large amounts of religious activity, thinking that their morality and religious activity would make them acceptable to God. In pursuing acceptance with God through their own moral and religious efforts, they were no longer depending upon Jesus and the grace he freely offers for acceptance with God. Therefore, they had fallen away from grace.

Galatians 2:21 teaches that if a person could gain acceptance with God by obedience to the law, then Jesus’ death was for nothing. That makes perfect sense. Think about it. If morality and religious activity make us acceptable to God, then Jesus’ death was unnecessary. But the fact is, apart from Jesus, we are all guilty before God and no amount of morality and religious activity can make us acceptable to him. Therefore, we need grace.

That is the point Paul makes in Galatians 2:21 when he wrote,

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

Setting aside grace was exactly what the people of Galatia were doing. They were setting aside grace as the way to become righteous, or accepted by God, and were seeking to gain acceptance with God through the law. So rather than receiving the free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus as the way to become acceptable to God, they were seeking to achieve acceptance with God through the morality and religious activity of the law. 

It is important for us to understand that we do not gain acceptance with God through the old covenant of law, but receive God's acceptance through the new covenant of grace. It is also important for us to understand that seeking to earn acceptance with God through morality and religious activity is what it means to fall from grace.

If you have been taught that your addiction or sinfulness has caused you to fall from grace, you have been taught wrong. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that you have fallen into grace. Hold your head up, hold your hand out, receive God’s grace. You have not fallen from grace because of your addiction or sin. You have fallen into grace. You have fallen into God’s unconditional love and acceptance, unmerited kindness, unearned blessings, and unlimited forgiveness freely given to you in Jesus and received by faith.

This is taken from pages 54-55 of my book "Addicted To Grace". For a free digital copy, please message me or provide me your email. your post here.


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