“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21).
How does one possibly “set aside” the most significant action of God in human history — the offering of grace made available through his son, Jesus Christ? One is by claiming it, receiving it, but living with a sense of legalistic pride and arrogance; that it is surely your religious performance that has won the favor of God. The other is to claim God’s grace but live as though it has made no difference; by continuing to sin “that grace may abound” (Romans 6:1). Either of these attitudes deny the redeeming significance of Jesus’ death and nullify God’s grace. Let God’s grace be translated into gracious living.