What does the grace of God mean to you? It is our belief that many professing Christians either misunderstand grace or just plain take advantage of it and we want this Bible study to encourage you and make you really think about how you view the grace of God and what change it has made in your life. Many people today think that because they simply "believe" in Jesus then they are saved and cannot be lost. And there are many who just continue to live worldly sinful lives, while professing Christ Jesus. I'm sure you've heard people say "Oh! I'm under grace now, not under the law". This is receiving the grace of God in vain, just as the apostle Paul said:
2 Corinthians 6:1 .....'We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive NOT the grace of God in vain.'
This is such an important issue. You can see that Paul is pleading with those in Corinth who have accepted Christ and His grace, but they are still walking in sin. And Paul knows that if you have accepted God's grace but continue to live a worldly life, thinking that you are " covered" by His grace, then you have received His grace in vain and in reality, you are not under grace, but still under sin and condemnation. Think about it, the devils even believe in Christ Jesus and tremble in fear of Him (James 2:19), and yet they are lost
The reason we believe that this is such a misunderstood issue is because of the dangerous teaching of once saved always saved. So many professing Christians believe that once they have accepted the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus, then they become justified before God (which is correct), but then they believe, in error, that they cannot lose their salvation. So many people come to the cross and stop right there. They accept the teaching of justification, but ignore the important work of Bible sanctification, ie. the putting away of sin from their lives.
Now we fully accept the Bible truth that the grace of God is a free gift and we cannot work to attain it, as it is only through faith that we can receive it, which Paul confirms in Ephesians 2:8-9, because if we had to work for grace, then it wouldn't be a gift would it?