John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Sometimes the truth is as hard to see as the nose on our face. Recently, I came face to face with one of these noses. It was so simple I had somehow missed it. What am I talking about? I am talking about the un-settled feeling I have had with the recent emphasis on the so called message of grace. I know His mercy is everlasting and His grace is unfailing but something wasn’t ringing true. That’s when it suddenly hit me. It wasn’t what was being said that was troubling, it was what was left unsaid. His grace is amazing but it does more than just cover our sins. It’s His grace that leads us to the born again experience. He is not happy leaving us as He finds us, He insists upon change. Since we could not change ourselves, divine intervention is essential. As Jesus Himself said, “You must be born again.” Here is Andrew Murray talking about this essential truth.
“I want to draw your attention to the most delightful subject in the world, to help you to rejoice in the adorable God whose being is pure love. He is the inexhaustible source of meekness, delight, blessing, goodness, patience, and grace. These are like many streams breaking out of the abyss of the love of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The triune God who is forever giving forth nothing but the same gifts of light and love, of blessing and joy, whether before or after the Fall, either for angels or for men. No good can become part of you unless it is by way of a birth from above. Your nature must also be restored; it must be part of this new birth. It must cooperate in the production of new life before the Spirit of love can have a birth in it. For love is delight and delight cannot arise in any creature until its nature is in a delightful state, or is possessed of that in which it must rejoice. The reason why God came to earth as human was to make it possible for the Triune to dwell in you.”
So the truth is that covering our sins is not the ultimate purpose of the cross. The ultimate purpose was total transformation. “Unless a man is born again he will never see the kingdom of God.” So the next time you hear the someone talking about grace as if it is an excuse to live however they want know this; there is a better way. The kindness of the Lord leads us and grants us total life change through the power of repentance.