It is in the midst of the thickest darkness, that the brightest lights shine. But we cannot talk about these things in detail because of the possibility that we may be misunderstood, and said to encourage sinful practises. Paul just couldn’t help but speak a little about them, yet he sounded a loud warning about it. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? GOD FORBID!
Many leaders who are unskilled in the word of truth have gone forth preaching a brand of the grace message that is nothing like what Paul taught, and by so doing they’ve increased lawlessness instead of grace. You cannot preach the correct message of grace if you do not understand the doctrine of the resurrection of Christ very well. Christ died with a lesser body, and rose up with a more glorified body, the former temple gave way for the latter, and the glory of the later was more than that of the former. When grace acts on you, it leaves you better.
Grace teaches, grace is the release of actionable wisdom in times of absolute darkness, or situations of death. What Paul was saying is that, when we find ourselves in a mistake, or a hopeless situation brought about by our own sins, and don’t know what to do, or run out of options, even lawful options, the grace of God, which teaches, comes to our rescue, and shows us a way out, a way we never knew before, elevating us to a higher level of spiritual consciousness in the process. That statement, “that grace may abound” actually says “that good may come.” That is why when people try things in life and then make mistakes, they tend to learn and grow more than those who want to get everything right the first time.
However, Paul is concerned that some people may take ungodly advantage of this mystery, and start getting themselves consciously into mistakes and death situations, in order to gain wisdom and more knowledge about life through that. Paul warns us not to do that, we must always seek to do what is right at all times and in every situation, we must never willingly sin in order to tap into the mystery of grace. DON’T DO THAT! In the days of ignorance God forgives, but…
We must remember the scripture which talks about those who have been in bondage because of the fear of death, who have been held in bondage all their lives because of the fear of death. That is talking about people who have been kept from acting on the true desires in their hearts, good desires, dreams, visions born out of love and faith in God, because of the fear that they may try and fail and never accomplish it, or because of those who have tried such things in the past and failed, or because of those who made grievous mistakes and ended up badly, or maybe even because of their own former mistakes or sin which has left them without confidence or no reputation before people, etc.
You see, faith in Christ, the invocation of the truth that what God says does become what it is physically, that the word of God does manifest itself physically in this physical reality, releases the grace of God to you, sometimes it comes to you in an instant, sometimes it comes to you when you meditate on the word of God in your heart, but whenever it comes it teaches you what to do, and step by step it gets you from whatever pit you are in, no matter how dark or deep it is, to the top of the mountain where you shine forth the glory of God like Christ, again. So, grace doesn’t make you lawless, it only shows its superiority over the law, by getting you out of the law-prescribed consequences of your actions. It teaches you a higher law in the process, thereby maintaining order and justice, not condoning lawlessness.
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:2-4 ESV)