The 3 P’s
April 16, 2013
The Deep End
April 18, 2013
The 3 P’s
April 16, 2013
The Deep End
April 18, 2013

Fall From Grace

Crossing the Mississippi 2013

Crossing the Mississippi 2013

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4

We hear the term, “fall from grace.” I just read an article about Lance Armstrong’s fall from yellow grace. (Yellow is the jersey color of the cycling winners). We think in terms of how we looked up to these people and how they dashed our opinions of them. In other words, we gave them a position of grace and they fell from it. Webster says to fall from grace is to backslide, “to revert to a worse condition.”

Paul told the Galatians that they had fallen from grace. What did they fall from and what did they revert to? Grace is God’s unmerited favor. Everything He has given us is by grace through His love. Jesus secured this for us though His death on the cross. To accept Jesus as savior is to accept His work of grace on our behalf. Grace is the position God has placed us in through Jesus.

Before grace, there was the law. Good people try to obey the law. It isn’t good enough for God. Christ has prepared a better way. There were certain Galatians who had received the grace of God through Jesus, but then reverted to trying to live by the law. The law was just a signpost pointing to Jesus. It showed us we could not be good enough on our own.

To fall from grace is to go back and try to live by the law. It just makes the work of Jesus of no effect. It is a fall. It is a downward spiral into the black abyss of helplessness and hopelessness. It is to fall from the blessings of grace into the curse of the law. If you do that, Paul says, you just took what Jesus has done to give you the blessings of grace and turn them down. You may be saved, but you fell from the lofty position with Christ in the heavenly places. How foolish is that.