The Loophole

"He uses grace as a loophole" 

Ashley and I were talking last week & she was telling me about a conversation she was having with someone where the above statement had been made negatively about another person ... like grace should not be viewed as a loophole.

As I processed these words for a minute, we both looked at each other and exclaimed, "But that's exactly what grace is - a loophole!" 

Our lexical friend Merriam-Webster defines a loophole as a means of escape.  Most often it has to do with an unnoticed out in the legal system that allows a person to evade the potential consequences of breaking a particular rule or law.   A person deserves one thing because of their actions but undeservedly avoids those consequences because of a loophole in the law.

Paul states it this way in Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." As sinners we have broken God's holy and righteous law and are therefore deserving of God's full wrath. And yet because of Jesus, we are provided a means of escape - a loophole! We deserve death. He provides life.

We tend to fail to recognize grace as a loophole when we forget the depth of our own depravity and our constant need for the gospel.  And sadly, the longer we are on the journey of following Jesus the easier it seems to forget our righteousness is found in Jesus alone and not our own efforts to please Him.

I am grateful grace is a loophole and I hope I never forget just how important that simple yet profound truth is.

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