What is “fallen from grace”?

According to Galatians 5:4, when a Christian tries to keep the law of Moses in order to be justified or made righteous before God, he has fallen from grace. The common misinterpretation of this verse is that when a Christian “sins”, he has fallen from grace. That is the mindset of the world. But we are not of the world, and we need to go by what God’s words say. 🙂

“You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)

The apostle Paul wrote this to the Galatians who had departed from grace to go back to the law, when the legalistic Judaisers told them they must be circumcised in order to be righteous and maintain their salvation in Christ. So “fallen from grace” is not about committing sins, but attempting to do right, thinking that by doing right, it makes you right with God.

We are all for right doing, and we are all for “holiness”. But it is not based on our performance or conduct or outward appearance. “Holiness” is a Person, and His name is Jesus Christ. Christ is our Wisdom, Righteousness, Holiness and Redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30) Grace is also the Person of Jesus Christ. 🙂

The good news is that whenever you fall from grace, you have not lost your salvation. (In fact, salvation has come to the world through Jesus’ finished work at the cross – those who believe the good news will experience the benefits of salvation in their lifetime.) To fall from grace is to fall from a high place. It is different from backsliding which is on a level ground – and in fact, the word “backsliding” is never used for Christians in the New Testament, isn’t it interesting? 🙂 Jesus also said to the church of Ephesus, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen” (Revelations 2:4)

The solution to “fallen from grace” is to repent (change our mind) and believe the gospel – that we are the righteousness of God in Christ, not because of what we do or don’t do, but because of what Jesus has done at the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:21) When we believe the truth, we will walk according to the Spirit (faith-righteousness) and not according to the flesh (self-efforts or works-righteousness), and we will bear the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control”. (Galatians 5:22-23)

(Adapted from Yahoo Answers)

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