Living by Grace

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Delivered to Grace

… you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  Romans 6:17b

Since the entire context of the above verse concerns the believers’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, Paul must be referring to obedience to that “form of doctrine.”

Notice Paul’s statement “to which you were delivered.”

Those of us who share the message of living by grace have delivered it to our fellow believers with varying responses. Some of the responses are somewhere between indifference and belligerence.

In these cases we were trying to deliver the message to someone who had not yet been delivered to the message.

How is one delivered to the message? The Scriptures indicate two ways.

One is an inner disturbance caused by a sense of spiritual failure. Read Paul’s words:

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.  Romans 5:20

The passionate legalistic who has a deep love for God is in the process of being delivered to the message of living by grace. Legalism results in sin—and a sense of spiritual failure. In the heart of one who loves God a sense of spiritual failure leads to grace.

Second, Paul’s thorn in the flesh passage of 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 shows that desperate circumstances can deliver one to grace.

Your fellow-believers who are not yet disturbed about their own spiritual failure and are in comfortable, seemingly victorious circumstances are not yet delivered to the message.

Keep delivering the message as God’s Spirit leads. At this very moment God is delivering some to the message with whom you will have divine appointments. Then you and your prepared ones will be “on tiptoe with joy.”