GRACE is a special bonus from God. If you think that you can earn God's grace without doing anything, you are sadly mistaken. Many so-called "new-born" Christians wave their hands over their heads on street corners or in churches and claim that God's grace has saved them - where is the proof? Where is the beef? Just because they believe in Jesus doesn't mean that Jesus believes in them. Lucifer believes in God. But does God believe in Lucifer? Just because they have chosen Jesus doesn't mean that Jesus has chosen them.
Webster Dictionary defines BONUS as "something in addition to," and not "something instead of." The only person that I can recall who receives GRACE from Jesus is the thief on the cross. The thief repented with his words, and God granted him GRACE because there is nothing more that he can do in addition to his words while hanging dying on the cross.
Many Christians who read the Scriptures do not understand the logic of the Bible, the Old and the New Testament. And not only that, they do not possess the required logic and the capability to think critically in order to understand all that they read. Consequently, they pick and choose only what they can easily understand and want to believe, and ignore and disobey the main part of God's words, e.g. the Ten Commandments - laws that have no expiration dates. They are confused and do not clearly understand what the apostle Paul wrote or meant in the book of Romans and what God wrote with His hands - the Ten Commandments. They blindly follow Paul's opinions instead of God's Commandments, even though they have no clue of the logic behind Paul's writings and the serious consequences of disobeying God's Commandments.
Paul is an educated man - a politician. He writes like a lawyer. Most "new-born" Christians, and even the "old-born" Christians can easily get confused when reading Paul's writings. Paul was not talking about the occasional "sin" that many of us do, such as taking office supplies home from our job to do our homework. He was talking about the wrong (sin) that some of us commit every day. When we do a wrong (sin) habitually every day, it becomes part of us. In other words, we own that sin. That's what he meant when he says "sin living in us." I don't know much about Paul other than from reading his writings. My guess is that Saul was a "bad dude" before he became Paul. He has acquired and accumulated a lot of bad habits when his name was Saul. As you can see, he was so frustrated with his bad habits that he wrote in Romans 7:24 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”
Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ - Christians who do not live in accordance with God's laws.
In John 15:16 Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I choose you..." In other words, Jesus said that just because you have chosen Him does not mean that He has chosen you. We should do more than "just believe." If you hear a preacher say that you have to do nothing more than that, just believe in Him, don't you fall for his trap. He is twisting the truth for his personal gain.
We are in this world to develop characters that are fit for heaven. The prophet Enoch walked with God because he lived in accordance with God's laws. He obeyed what God told him to do. God's laws are eternal - no expiration dates.
Pick and choose only what we want to believe and do, and ignore and disobey the rest of God's Commandments is far from doing the "will of My Father in heaven." Do the will of God only is what saves us - our bonus.
What is God's will? That we should take shortcuts on our way to heaven?My answer is, NO!
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.…" Matthew 7:13-14