DON’T FALL AWAY FROM GRACE

by Apr 21, 2021April

“You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace.” (Galatians 5:4 WEB)

 

Grace (Greek: “Charis”) speaks of God’s favor, goodness, or blessing bestowed voluntarily and lavishly upon men who did not merit or deserve it.

 

What all men deserve from God is judgment, condemnation, and eternal death, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23 NKJV).

 

But rather than giving us what we truly deserve, God gave us in and through Christ Jesus what we did not and can never earn or merit through our self-righteousness, performance, or good works.

 

Paul testifies to this truth in his epistle to the Church at Ephesus.

 

Ephesians 1:7-8 – NKJV

 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence.

 

Our self-righteousness or good works can never procure or secure for us the inexhaustible riches of grace that are now made available to us in and through Jesus Christ.

 

It is only through faith in the person of Jesus and His finished redemptive work that you can gain access into “the grace-mine” to explore, enjoy or appropriate the inexhaustible riches, provisions, or supplies of grace.

 

Paul aptly states this truth.

 

Romans 5:1-2 – NKJV

 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

However, the Scripture warns us about the possibility and danger of falling away from grace.

 

Galatians 5:4 – WEB

4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. 

 

What does it mean to fall away from grace?

 

The term “fallen away from grace” does not imply losing salvation because of one’s sins. Unfortunately, this is the general perception or understanding of the word or phrase among the believers today. But this is not what this text is talking about.

 

Paul used the expression, “you have fallen from grace” to describe the sudden shift or departure of the Galatians believers from faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work to themselves and the works of the law as the basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God and enjoying God’s favor and blessing.

 

The foolish Galatians fell away from grace while seeking to add their good works according to the Law of Moses to the finished work of Jesus as a means of earning or obtaining God’s love, acceptance, favor, or blessing.

 

Like all believers, the Galatians Christians were saved by grace through faith in the person of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for their sins on the cross. But after a while, they embraced “another gospel,” which advocated that faith alone in what Christ has done is not enough to have a loving and intimate relationship with God and to enjoy God’s love, acceptance, favor, or blessing.

 

Sadly, the Galatians Christians turned away from grace to the works of the law, especially circumcision, to obtain or enjoy God’s love, acceptance, favor, blessing, or salvation (Gal. 5:1-8).

 

Indeed, they are foolish Galatians that Paul called them!

 

Like the foolish Galatians, who began their walk with God by faith and in the Spirit but later began to seek perfection by the works of the law, many believers today are also falling away from grace by seeking to please and impress God or by striving to earn and deserve God’s love, acceptance, favor, or blessing by their performance, self-righteousness, good works, or holy acts.

 

When you seek to add your performance, self-righteousness, good works, or holy acts to the finished work of Jesus Christ as a basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God, or as a means of obtaining and enjoying God’s approval, favor, goodness, or blessing; you have fallen away from grace.

 

Beloved, you have fallen away from grace when like the foolish Galatians, you are seeking to impress, compel, motivate, or manipulate God to love, accept, or bless you based on your good performance, self-righteousness, good works, or holy acts – fasting and prayers, giving tithes and offerings, or doing ministry.

 

If you are a believer in Christ, the Scripture teaches that God has loved, accepted, and blessed you perfectly, completely, and eternally in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and through His finished work.

 

Paul presents this truth in his epistle to the Ephesians.

 

Ephesians 1:1-6 – NKJV

 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Therefore, whenever you approach God seeking to move, motivate, persuade, or manipulate Him to love, accept, help, favor, or bless you on the basis or account of some good works you have done, you are no longer standing on the finished work of Jesus Christ and thus you have fallen away from grace.

 

What is the danger of fallen away from grace?

 

You will be estranged, severed, or alienated from Christ!

 

Galatians 5:4 – NKJV

 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

 

When you seek to receive God’s favor, approval, or blessing based on your performance, self-righteousness, good works, or holy acts, you are simply belittling, despising, and discarding the finished work of Jesus Christ and its benefits.

 

Anyone who despises and discards the perfect and finished work of Christ as the only valid basis of having a loving, intimate, and personal relationship with God is cut off from Christ and the blessings of Christ’s finished work of redemption.

 

Paul bluntly warns the foolish Galatians believers who were seeking to add their personal righteous works to the finished work of Christ as a basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God, saying, “You are cut off from Christ, you who would have righteousness by the law; you are turned away from grace.” (Gal. 5:4 BBE).

 

Beloved, it is a fearful thing to fall away from grace. When you fall away from grace to stand in your righteousness, you will be cut off from the inexhaustible riches of God’s grace available in and through Christ.

 

The Lord Jesus warns in John 15:

 6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (NKJV).

 

Have you fallen away from grace by departing from faith in Christ and His finished work to yourself and your imperfect works?

 

It is never too late to return to Christ and to stand before God by faith alone in Christ’s perfect and finished redemptive work and thus begin to enjoy unrestricted access to the unlimited riches of grace.

 

Repent today and embrace God’s grace by faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work alone!

 

 

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I repent today of my sin of seeking to earn Your love, approval, favor, and blessing based on my performance, self-righteousness, or good works. My Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me to live daily by grace and through faith alone in Christ Jesus, in Jesus’ name. Amen.