I’m Confused

By Pastor Alex Ruelo

Most of the time, other people say that since they are already saved by grace, they can sin because they are going to heaven anyway. But Romans 5:20 says, “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The more you sin, God’s grace increases all the more. That is why many are very confused. There are so many issues and ideas in the world today that make people struggle. In church, Christians are still confused if salvation is really by works or by grace. Do not think that everything will go back to normal anytime soon. This is normal now.

According to Paul, the more you sin, the more grace abounds. Let us first establish what kind of blessing is being talked about and who it is for. Paul is talking to Christians in these verses. There are four kinds of believers, mind you. First, there are of course, the unbelievers, the ones who do not believe in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” When Paul said that the grace of God abounds, he was not talking to the unbelievers. They do not and will not understand that. If you are confused now, I pray that later on, you will understand because you are not the unbelievers mentioned by Paul in his epistles. In 1 Corinthians 3:1, Paul says, “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” The second kind of believers are those who believe but are infants in the faith, needing to be fed and nurtured. They need to develop on their own and they do this by attending Sunday service, joining a D-group, reading the Bible and all of those things that can help them to grow in their faith. Third are the carnal believers, those who live in the flesh, seeking worldly pleasures first and foremost. They are believers as well. Let us make it clear that even if a person is living in sin, if he accepts Jesus as His savior, he is still a believer. Patience is ti be extended to them. The more they sin, the more they should be brought to the work of Christ so that one day, they may come to their senses. Pray for them everyday. Lastly, there are the spiritual Christians, who also need to be reminded to be humble in correcting others who sin. Everybody makes mistakes, at one point or another. Be careful of what you say because you might be the next one who falls.

What is up with grace? It is always said that grace is unmerited fav