An instrument rated pilot understands the word fixation when it comes to flying an airplane in the clouds. When a pilot is flying in the clouds, he has no visual reference. He only know which way is up, down, left or right based on instruments in the aircraft. Fixation occurs when a pilot concentrates on only one instrument and not scanning all the instruments that help him determine his flight attitude. A pilot can get fixed on one instrument and fly the airplane into the ground and crash because he failed to observe other instruments. The instrument he was fixed on could have failed and gave wrong readings. The other instruments would have helped the pilot determine that, if he had observed them, and he would not have crashed.
GRACE AND FIXATION
There seems to be such a push on today for us to understand the Grace of God that we, in the church world, have got fixed only on Grace. Fixation has occurred and the church as a whole is crashing and doesn’t realize it because we have focused only on the Grace of God. I thank God for His Grace because I would go to hell without it, but you can go to hell with it.
The Bible is clear that God’s Grace does not cover those who disobey the Written Word of God and live in sin continually. Can you sin and go to hell, or is everybody going to heaven regardless of what the Bible states? It is according to whose opinion you listen to as to whether you can or not. The Bible is perfectly clear on this subject.
The Apostle Paul who taught us thoroughly about the Grace of God had much to say on this subject. The church has been fixed so much on Grace that we have failed to look at what the Apostle Paul said about this.
TWO LAWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
When Jesus hung on the cross he cried out. “It is finished!” What was finished? (I cannot cover this thoroughly here, but I will have a series on it soon).
We know Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law because we could not, but what law did he fulfill and therefore do away with? There were two specific laws in the Old Testament. There was the CEREMONIAL LAW and there was the MORAL LAW (Ten Commandments) of God.
Jesus Christ came to fulfill the requirements of the CEREMONIAL LAW. It was the temporary, ceremonial law of the Old Testament. It regulated the priesthood, sacrifices, rituals, meat and drink offerings, etc., all of which foreshadowed the cross. This law was added “till the seed should come,” and that seed was Christ (Galatians 3:16, 19). The ritual and ceremonial law pointed forward to Christ’s sacrifice. When He died, this law came to an end, but the MORAL LAW, Ten Commandments, “stand fast for ever and ever.” Psalm 111:7,8. Jesus Christ shed His blood and because of that we no longer have to shed the blood of animals and keep all the rituals of the ceremonial law to be forgiven of sin.
God Himself wrote the MORAL LAW or Ten Commandments. It was not written with human hands, nor can human beings do away with this law. Our society wants to do away with this law because it tells them what sin is. If there is no law then you can just do what you want to, and everyone will go to heaven.
THE APOSTLE PAUL WARNS US
The Apostle Paul told us about the Moral Law in his writings, just in different words. This is what he told us.
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1Corinthians 6:9-20)
19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The Bible is clear that Biblical morals and values apply to Christians and the Apostle Paul made it plain for us to understand. Grace is not the ability to live in sin and still go to heaven. I believe the Grace of God will help us understand this truth and we will not crash.