Michael Gantt Ministries

Sharpening the Iron of the Church


Trampling Grace Underfoot

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29

It is certainly impossible to overstate the miraculous gift of grace. The grace of our loving God can, and has reached into the deepest pit and rescued the vilest of sinners, transforming slave trader to liberator and setting free the most captive drunkard and addict. We have each been apprehended for eternity by the incomparable grace of God. The darkest stain of sin has been eradicated by the powerful blood of Jesus so that not one hint of it remains; declared righteous and holy before a supremely just, yet merciful God.  By it, we who are in Christ have been transformed by the power of His life as it has been poured into ours. While it is impossible to overstate its power and effect, it is not impossible however to misstate the gift of grace.

There are some today who are dangerously close to teaching that under a dispensation of grace the law of Moses (which is simply the moral law of God) is of no use and rejects any socially established morality.  Does not Hebrews 10:26-29 refer to this as trampling underfoot the Son of God, and counting the blood of the covenant…as an unholy thing (profaning the holy blood Christ that was shed for us), and insulting the Spirit of Grace?

Many use Grace not as a gift from God, but as an excuse to justify their lusts. Some use the Commandments as a legalistic noose, while others disregard the Spirit of the commandments as a school teacher to guide us and protect us from causing hurt to others and shame to Christ Name. When one is in a relationship, they are not bound to express love and respect by the law, but because they are in love. Likewise, my desire to live a life that is honoring to the Lord is not based on a legalistic view, but on a grateful heart’s desire to love Him and be a tangible expression of His love to others. My freedoms are not an excuse to live in such a way that gives license to others to live in licentiousness.

Discussion (2)

There are 2 responses to “Trampling Grace Underfoot”.

  1. Dara Levy responded:

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    Pastor Gantt,

    I guess I have 2 questions/thoughts:

    1. while I agree someone who is maliciously taking God for granted is in danger but what about the person who has experienced God’s grace but is going through a rough time questioning their place in the kingdom of God? my tendency is to think that only God truly knows a person’s heart and that not all who are seeming to take grace for granted by their lack of action are truly intending to do so. Isn’t that what God’s grace is all about? helping those who are struggling and dont deserve it.

    2. I have been studying much about the unconditional love and respect commanded by Paul between a husband and wife. If this is true in the relationship then the woman has to respect her husband regardless of whether he has earned it and the husband is commanded to love his wife whether she is acting lovingly. these are commandments/obligations in the relationship, not done because you are in love so much as because God commanded it due to the inherent needs he created in man and woman. Similary, are we not commanded to love and obey God as his child not because we are in love with him but because it is his due?

    Respectfully,

    Dara

    • I am not referring to someone who is struggling in their walk, but rather to the person who has received something they don’t deserve but continues to purposely walk in their old lifestyle believing now that they have a “get out of jail free card” so to speak and thereby despise the work of Christ. With regard to your 2nd question, we obey Him because we love Him. The way we are to live in relationship to our spouse is in response to Him, not our spouse.

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