Despise Not the Grace of God :: by Dan Payne

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Hebrews 12:14-17).

Esau despised and rejected his birthright which represented the grace of God and therefore he no longer had a place of repentance. Likewise, if anyone today rejects the grace that is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, there no longer remains any other sacrifice upon which you can lay your sins, there no longer remains a place for repentance.

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26-27).

The writer of the Hebrews exhorts us to come boldly to God’s grace.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

We are not to reject the grace of God:

“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:25, 28-29).

If we reject the grace of God, we reject any hope of salvation through Jesus Christ:

“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him” (Ephesians 3:12).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

If Christians were incapable of sin, then why the consistent need for exhortations like the following:

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do” (Colossians 3:12-13).

If Christians are incapable of sin, then why the need for earthly discipline by the Lord?

“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:7-8).

It is absolutely true, God will not let any unholy thing to come into His presence.

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” (Revelation 22:14-15).

So how can someone who told a lie after they were born again be allowed access through the gates? Simple, through the blood of Jesus Christ. All those who reject the blood of Jesus Christ are still guilty of all the sins they have ever committed; even one lie and God will NOT let a single liar into His kingdom.

To gain access to God’s heavenly city you must follow His commandments. Exactly what are His commandments?

“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us” (1 John 3:23-24).

After you believe, you are washed clean from all of your sins. If you approach the throne of grace boldly and ask to be forgiven for any sins you commit after being born again, you will be forgiven and viewed as white and clean and thereby allowed entrance into the holy city.

Only the blood of the Lamb can turn the blackness of sin white enough to be accepted as bright and clean by the Father.

Your  “good” works will never turn your bad works (sins) white enough for Father God. Only the blood of His perfect and precious innocent Son can do that!

If you do not seek the blood of Jesus Christ through confession and repentance of your sins you will fit the description of verses like Revelation 22:15; Galatians 5:19-21, etc.

The work of flesh is sin; the work of the Spirit is confession. No one who confesses his sins to God will be rejected. Hallelujah!