THE GRACE of GOD HIDES A MULTITUDE OF SINS,
REPENTANCE CONTINUES TO BE ITS AGENT OF WORKING.
The wounded soul needs a full application of the balm we call the ‘grace of God’. Those who have harmed us, have mistreated and abused us, need a balm of healing for our souls and bodies. We could fall into sins, like the sins of the flesh listed in Galatians 5:19-21. We could be angry and vengeful, but that not only does not heal, it actually does more harm to ourselves, than did the wounds of others. Those failures of falling into anger and wrath make the past hurts, the inner wounds of the sins of others to become infected, and nearly permanent, if we do not change.
We need to apply God’s grace daily, let the past hurts be healed. After a list of the works of the flesh, we are reminded that ‘they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” If we want to ‘inherit’ the full kingdom blessings of God’s grace, we need to eliminate those works of the flesh from our lives. We need to maintain the ‘repentance’ thinking that began the work of grace in our hearts.
WE CAN ERR FROM REPENTANCE...
REPENTANCE IS NOT A ONE TIME EVENT,
IT IS A WALK OF LIFE.
Christians, those already saved by grace, can sin, err, leave the truth. We need to repent of those errors, and get the grace of God applied again to our inner person. Those who have wronged us, need to be converted, and we need to prayerfully love them, as the Spirit works upon them.
“Brethren (those in the family of God), if any of you do err (planaoma, to wander) from the truth, and one convert (epistrepho, meaning ‘to turn about’) him, let him know that he who converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
The ‘hiding of a multitude of sins’ is a continuing healing work of grace. The saving of our soul is the initial work, but the grace from God continues, or desires to continue, a healing transformation of our way of thinking. The Lord wants to forgive, but needs a repentant heart in those who have sinned in hurting us. When they do ‘convert’, change, repent, their sins will be washed away. Repentance should be a constant change of our mind, and if it is, that forgiveness continues and transforms us more and more. If we ever cease this repentance change of mind, we re-pollute our minds.
‘Grace’ does not mean there are no conditions that men must meet in order to realize the benefits of grace. Not one Scripture in the Bible teaches ‘unconditional grace’, or a grace that is given to all regardless of acceptance. Nor is there any Scripture that teaches that God gives ‘grace’ to those who are choosing to rebel against the repentant mind. If that were possible, then God would owe grace and salvation to all of mankind, for ‘there is no respect of persons with God’ (Romans 2:11).
God is under obligation to give grace, when mankind chooses of his own will, to walk in the light. Choosing to reject the ‘sins of the flesh’ allows the grace to do its full work of healing, not only on our own sins which were immediately forgiven, but also on the effects of sins of others on our inner persons.
I John 1:7
“For IF we walk in the light (i.e. the revelations of the repentant mind), as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.”
The blood, i.e. the grace of God, keeps on cleansing us, as we walk in the light. The light is Jesus, a relationship with Him. The light is His Word, and a feeding upon it. The light keeps on cleansing the wounds and scars of others’ sins that try to plague us.
Grace is freely given, but given with the purpose of teaching mankind to deny ungodliness and to then come to the full obedience of the gospel.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.”
If men do not allow repentance to begin and continue a process of learning the righteous living, then the abundant and magnificent grace of God can go no further. Repentance brings the grace that saves us from our own sins, brings us into the family of God, and yet, there is more that grace can and should do. We enter into the process, and need to allow grace to continue a cleansing, an enlightening process in us. The change of mind of repentance is to continue its work.