Does Salvation by Grace exempt you from keeping the Commandments of God? What does the Word of God say about this? There is a very popular and well accepted thinking among born-again Bible believing Christians that since they are under Grace there is no need to keep the Commandments of God.
But are there any verses in the Holy Bible that categorically exempts New Covenant believers from keeping God’s Commandments?
I have come across many Christians who say that; they are not under the Law and hence not bound to keep any of the Commandments. The most common argument is:
“We have been saved by Grace through Faith and it is a gift from God and hence there is no need to live by the Commandments of God anymore” and they use the following verse to back up their claim.
Also, because of this thinking among majority of the born-again believers; it has become almost impossible to discuss the topic of Obedience and Commandments in many of the congregations.
If anyone dare to come up with these two topics; they will be labelled as “someone trying to drag people back to the yoke of the Old Testament Laws.” Consequently, many of the Preachers and Pastors evade the topic of Obedience altogether as they don’t want to be labelled as a “Pharisee.”
However, if we look into the behavioral pattern of majority of the born-again believers, we could find that they don’t have any regard or respect for the Commandments of God.
Many of the things that they practice in their daily life is in gross violation of God’s Commandments. But still they think their rebellious behavior will not affect their relationship with Christ.
Here, you might wonder who is responsible for this state of affairs in the House of God; who is, in fact, responsible for this corruption in the lives of believers? In my opinion; liberal, Hyper Grace teachings, that many of the contemporary Preachers and Pastors teach, have brought the Congregations to this level.
Many of these Preachers and Pastors teach their sheep that:
New Covenant Believers are under Grace and not under the Law; hence, there is no need to keep the Holy Laws of God.”
But is there any substance in this teaching? Does God exempt Christians from keeping His Commandments?
Yes, I do agree with your claim that – we have been saved by grace through faith and it is a gift from God. In fact, I do believe it since it is true in my life too.
But, her my question is: Why do you need Salvation by Grace through Faith in the first place? What happened to you? Think about it for a minute.
Saints; listen carefully; you need Salvation by Grace through Faith because you are a sinner. Am I right?
Well; what does it mean when I say you are a sinner? It means you have broken the Laws of God; you have lived in disobedience to God’s Commandments and His wrath is upon your life.
A sinner is someone who commits a sin; in other words – a sinner is someone who breaks the Laws of God; this is a New Covenant definition of sin. Read the verses below.
So, sin is the transgression of the Law. We are committing sin by breaking the Holy Laws of God Almighty. Since our birth we all have been breaking God’s Laws and that is why Apostle Paul says:
9What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;( Romans 3, 9-10)
Yes, as the above verses say we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; we were the enemies of God condemned to hell. Nonetheless, Christ came in search of us and saved us from our sins through His blood shed on the Cross at Calvary.
25God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, i through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— ( Romans 3, 23-25)
So, we were sinners because we broke the Commandments of God and Christ saved us from the impending punishment by His grace.
If this is true; then, how can you, after being saved by the Grace of Christ, say that:
Since you have received Grace from God, there is no need to keep the Commandments of God? or you are not bound to obey God’s Holy Laws.
Remember; You were a Law Breaker and God showed mercy to you and now, after receiving His mercy, you say that – you have the right to break God’s Holy Laws because you received His Mercy. What a silly, absurd argument!
Did God save you by His Grace in order to give you the right to keep breaking His Commandments? No; He saved you to live a sinless life; he saved you to live an obedient life; He saved you to live a righteous life; He saved you because He wanted to prevent you from ending up in hell for breaking His Commandments.
Therefore, the argument that: “New Covenant believers are not under the Law and hence there is no need to obey God’s Holy Laws” does not hold any water; it is a false, misleading interpretation of the Holy Scriptures; it encourages people to continue living in sin.
Saints; what you need to bear in mind is: The Grace of God that saved you also has the power to keep you away from disobedience. It also empowers you to resist sin.
But despite receiving God’s grace if you continue to live in willful sin; then, there is something wrong with your faith; you need to examine yourself. See what Apostle John says:
7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Yes, as verse 9 says: no one who is born of God will continue to sin; because God’s word – Christ – lives in them and they cannot go on sinning.
When we were saved; we received the Grace of God and the Sprit of God and we have become a new creation in Christ; we have been born-again. Therefore, we cannot continue to break God’s Laws. Instead, we should love them and live in obedience to them.
Yes, our old sinful nature does not exist in us anymore; so how can we continue to live in sin? How can we continue to break God’s Holy Laws?
As the above verse say: sin shall no longer be our master; because we are not under the Law but under the Grace. So, my question is:
How can you continue to break God’s Holy Laws with impunity while claiming to be under God’s Grace? And how can you claim that you are not bound to obey God’s Holy Laws because you are under Grace?
15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6, 15-16)
As the above verse say if you continue to obey the sinful desires of your flesh, then, you are still a slave to sin. Instead; you need to be a slave to obedience which leads to righteousness. Obedience to what? Obedience to God’s Commandments; obedience is the path to righteousness.
The righteousness that you received in Christ by His grace is a gift but if you continue to live in disobedience; it will strip you off of that righteousness you received as a gift from God. That is why Apostle Paul warns us in Hebrews 10:
26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10, 26-29)
Yes; as Apostle Paul say – The punishments under the New Covenant; under Grace; for those who sin by breaking God’s Holy Laws are more severe than that of the punishments under the Old Covenant.
So, the conclusion is: Salvation by Grace through Faith does not exempt born-again believers from keeping God’s Commandments; but rather Grace binds them more strongly to the Holy Laws of God.