There are some things that just don’t mix for example law and grace. The truth is when we do try to mix them we actually end up under law rather than grace. It seems most people have this idea that we are saved by grace but then we must live by the law. I mean after all its God’s law isn’t it? Doesn’t he expect us to keep it? Well it is God’s law but he gave us the law in order to reveal sin and lead us to Christ not for us to keep it. After all if we could keep it we wouldn’t have any need of Jesus and his great sacrifice would we?
Grace is what we receive when we finally come to the end of our delusional thinking. When we finally get to the point where we can’t even try to keep the law anymore then we will finally be open to hear the message of grace. The great news about grace is in the New Covenant we aren’t only saved by grace we are also kept by grace. You see the same God who saves us is the same one that keeps us until the day of redemption. As a matter of fact if we start looking to ourselves to be our own keeper we will automatically find ourselves under law again and it will do what it was designed to do which is point out sin and lead us to Christ where we can once again enjoy the provision of God’s grace.
Another thing that never mixes is the flesh and Spirit. Either we are living in the flesh or the Spirit there really is no in between. We read in Romans 8:9 “You are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Trying to live in both will always end in the flesh; there really is no in between.
I once heard the flesh defined this way “The flesh, or the false self, is simply the body and the soul operating apart from the Holy Spirit.” Living in the flesh is the realm of self-effort and law keeping. If we are living there we cannot please God. He isn’t looking for us to give him our best he’s looking for us to let his Spirit live and work through us. In fact in Romans 8:3-4 we read “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Did you catch that? For those of us that have received Christ, God is fulfilling his own Law in us. This revelation usually only comes to us after we have exhausted ourselves trying to keep his Law independently. This is just one way we can see the wisdom of God because it is the very same Law we can’t keep that he uses to drive this deception from us. After we have come to the conclusion that we can’t keep the Law we are then open to let him in to do it, which is what he has been after all along.
So you see once we truly discover our inability to keep the Law and our need of God’s grace we will be ready to receive his Spirit. After receiving his Spirit we become more and more acclimated to walking in the grace. This isn’t to say we won’t be tempted from time to time to go back to a fleshly path, but if we do the Law is there to catch us again and do what it was meant to do which is to lead us back to Christ. Where we commence walking in the Spirit again by God’s grace.
Written by Louie