When we understand that there is more to grace than the forgiveness of sins leading to salvation, then we will also understand that there is more to “falling from grace” then the improbable (some say impossible) threat of losing our salvation. In the book of Romans Paul says that “He who did not spare His own Son will he not also freely give us all things with Him”. The grace of “all things” is the flow of the resources of heaven to earth through believers living in faith. Grace then is a life dynamic and not just a legal form of amnesty. When we move away from depending on a daily partnership with the Holy Spirit in a trusting faith relationship we are actually falling away from the “dynamic”, the power filled law of grace. (Galatians 5:4). That way of falling from grace happens quite often. In Galatians, Paul is combatting those that espouse abandoning grace altogether. “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
There is authority in grace. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of Majesty. We should note that His throne is called the throne of grace meaning it is a place of authority, and that the authority is embedded in grace. Now, according to Ephesians he has raised us up with him and seated us with him in heavenly places through the grace of salvation. We are raised us up so that we may share in the authority of his throne of grace. (Ephesians 2:6-8; Hebrews 4:16). We are encouraged to set our affections on the things above where Christ is seated so that we can share in his high priestly function of providing help and grace in the time of need. It is a high place where we are called to join Him. We can fall from that place of favour by abandoning the rule of grace.
A ruler’s authority becomes law when he is in his official seat of authority. Our authority is activated when we are in Christ, that is, in the anointing. The devil’s objective is to get us out of that place of anointing and authority. In the book of Revelation he is called the “accuser of the brethren”, who accuses the brethren day and night before the throne of God. This phrase brings two questions to my mind. The first is why does he accuse only the brethren? The second question is on what basis does he accuse us since all our sins have been washed in the blood? My conclusion is that he can only accuse us when we choose to live under the law. Under those circumstances, breaking the law prohibits us from exercising authority. When we live by faith in the grace of God through the finished work of the cross, then every indictment written against us is nailed to the cross and so he has nothing to say. On the other hand he does not need to accuse the people who are not brethren because they are not seated with Christ, have no authority against him, and therefore do not pose a threat.
Jesus is a royal priest with authority both to rule as a king and to administer grace to help as the mediator between God and man. We share in his Royal priesthood. There is a unique authority associated with grace. The Holy Spirit enables us to serve in the authority of grace. Grace is the flow of the transforming power of God that alone can change the heart of people.
To use Paul’s favourite greeting: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Rather than looking for another source and strategy for our generation, may we receive the double portion of grace, and deliver it as the good news that it is!