Grace is the means of being who we are - sons and daughters of God. Life and righteousness flow from Father into son in the spirit of Sonship - never from the law or religion. Grace is not a reason to debase ourselves. It is a bottomless opportunity to agree with and step into the life that is ours in Christ. God is a person and a life. Father has revealed Himself in Jesus. The Kingdom is not far from anyone. Why? Because the King lives in our being.
Holy Spirit speaks to every man and woman from the day they are born to draw them to Jesus. The Spirit of Christ accompanies every person looking for opportunities and creating doors to draw them into the life of the Family of Heaven. There is no situation too abysmal for the light and life of Jesus to penetrate. He entered into the greatest evil that man had concocted - the cross. His light and life penetrated the crucifixion of His life and He has conquered the grave.
Jesus is not just salvation and eternal life. He is life itself. He is you. When you look at Jesus you see our Father. But you also see who you really are. A son/daughter of God. Each of us are an expression of Jesus. It takes all of us to represent His fullness.
Our parents loved us. Most of them anyway. They loved us even when they thought us irritating and painful. Our human parents give us an incomplete picture of our Father in heaven. We are not seen as irritants and painful specimens to Him. We are His delight and loved unconditionally. It is in His love that we can be ourselves. In ‘Our Father’ we are who we are. We are sons living in the Spirit of Sonship.
Sabbath-keeping is not grace. Nor does it attract grace. In the law we can never be ourselves or one with Father. In the law we are never sons - just estranged Adams striving to be as gods. In the father of lies we are not ourselves. We are distorted, misshapen, misguided and a caricature of our real selves. Think orcs. But in our Father we see ourselves and know ourselves as we are. We are the sons and daughters of God.
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to Sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father”’ Rom 8.15 NIV.