We do not need the Holy Spirit to show us the Law. We are already very good at it. Something about our human nature, our conscience, so much of the world we live in, is based upon the premise of DO GOOD, GET GOOD… DO BAD, GET BAD…
That’s the Law. It’s all about our performance. It’s a punish and reward system. It makes perfect sense to our brain because we’ve grown up in the system and it’s how we are taught to get ahead, or at least know why we are falling behind. We apply this to every area of life, including our understanding of God–or rather, our great lack of understanding God.
Grace is the complete opposite of the Law and because it’s the opposite, we need the Holy Spirit to lead us and teach us and continually remind us of the free gift of Grace.
Grace is the Gospel. It is what Jesus did for us.
JESUS IS GOOD. HE DOES GOOD.
EVEN MY VERY BEST, IS BAD. BUT HE LOVES ME.
SO HE TOOK MY BAD TO A CROSS HE DID NOT DESERVE.
FULLY PAYING THE DEBT FOR MY BAD, A GIFT I DID NOT DESERVE.
HIS GOOD MAKES ME GOOD. THAT, I DO NOT DESERVE.
JESUS’ GOOD, MAKES ME GOOD, TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY.
It’s mind boggling and does not make sense to our old way of thinking. Our life in Jesus is not dependent our being good to get to God–our performance. It’s totally dependent on what Jesus has done for us–his final, death ending, performance on the cross.
When we start to think, I’ve made a mistake. I am not good enough. I have a lot of faults. I’ve sinned. There has to be punishment for this. Someone has to pay… We should stop ourselves and remember:
Grace is FREE… Jesus took all our punishment on the cross. He paid the price completely, ultimately. The debt for our sin has been fully paid. We get a free pass.
Because grace is FREE… we have a hard time understanding it and living our lives by it, much less giving it to others. Our natural inclination is to stumble on free because in our human experience of relationships, work and life, nothing has been free.
That is why we need the the Holy Spirit who gently leads us on a path toward God, closer everyday, if we’ll let Him.
God loves us so much. We don’t have to strive or work hard to get to Him. We just simply believe. This simple belief, we call faith.
This simple belief, or faith in God’s grace, is as much for the person who doesn’t yet know Jesus, as it is the person who has been a christian for decades. We all need to be reminded of this FREE gift of Grace because of Jesus, Galatians 5:1.