First let me start by saying that I am not an accountant. The information I’m about to explain is based on a spiritual principle, like the Law of Attraction. Depending on your circumstance and situation, you might be able to apply this to your tax situation; providing you fully understand the principle, and can find applicability; but my purpose is not to advise you about your taxes, but about the principle itself. There is an ultimate Tax required on everyone at the end of their days; and depending on what you choose, you could escape the penalties and interest that have been compounding all of your life.
Now, why would someone want grace at tax time? Paying taxes is a requirement by law. Laws are required to govern the land and provide boundaries. Having boundaries keeps us safe from harm. The purpose of law is to apprise us of what is right, and what is wrong. But, just because a law exists, does not mean that all people are capable of obeying it.
Rom 3 (HCSB – used throughout for better comprehension)
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.
20 For no one will be justified in His sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.
21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed — attested by the Law and the Prophets
22 — that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint, God passed over the sins previously committed.
26 God presented Him, to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
Therefore, it stands to reason that law alone does not justify us – obeying the law does not make us good people; because certainly, none of us could ever obey every law in existence. Somewhere, somehow, we will fall short and break some law.
Tax time is a time of accountability; something most people run from. And why do they try to avoid it? Because most people want freedom without responsibility, and they seek loopholes in the law to justify their illogical position.
Titus 3:4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
5 He saved us —not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
6 He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior
7 so that, having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
8 This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
10 Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning,
11 knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned
In the pursuit of escapism, people often go too far; so when tax time rolls around, they find that the IRS does not have a lot of grace; because the law is the governing force. Thus, if they have not been accountable and have attempted to cheat the system, or have erred in some way; they end up having to pay not only what was due; but also with having to pay for penalties that are accruing with interest.
It is the same in the spiritual realm; in fact, this principle was birthed in the spiritual realm first, and then into the physical one. However, since we understand the purpose of law, let’s get an understanding of “grace.”
1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity. Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the manly graces.
favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension.
3. a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior: It was only through the dean’s grace that I wasn’t expelled from school. Synonyms: forgiveness, charity, mercifulness. Antonyms: animosity, enmity, disfavor.
4. mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms: harshness.
5. favor shown in granting a delay or temporary immunity.
6. an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable granted to the debtor before suit can be brought against him or her or a penalty applied: The life insurance premium is due today, but we have 31 days’ grace before the policy lapses. (Compare grace period.)
7. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
8. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
9. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
10. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.
11. moral strength: the grace to perform a duty.
12. a short prayer before or after a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given: Grandfather will now say grace.
13. (usually initial capital letter) a formal title used in addressing or mentioning a duke, duchess, or archbishop, and formerly also a sovereign (usually preceded by your, his, etc.).
14. Graces, Classical Mythology. the goddesses of beauty, daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, worshiped in Greece as the Charities and in Rome as the Gratiae.
Music. grace note.
—verb (used with object), graced, grac·ing.
15. to lend or add grace to; adorn: Many fine paintings graced the rooms of the house. Synonyms: embellish, beautify, deck, decorate, ornament; enhance, honor. Antonyms: disfigure, desecrate, demean.
16. to favor or honor: to grace an occasion with one’s presence. Synonyms: glorify, elevate, exalt. Antonyms: disrespect, dishonor.
17. but for the grace of God, under less fortunate circumstances: But for the grace of God, the brick that just fell from the roof would have hit me on the head!
18. by the grace of God, thankfully; fortunately: By the grace of God, I won’t have to deal with tax returns for another year.
fall from grace,
19. to relapse into sin or disfavor.
20. to lose favor; be discredited: He fell from grace when the boss found out he had lied.
have the grace to, to be so kind as to: Would you have the grace to help, please?
21. in someone’s good / bad graces, regarded with favor (or disfavor) by someone: It is a wonder that I have managed to stay in her good graces this long.
with bad grace, reluctantly; grudgingly: He apologized, but did so with bad grace. Also, with a bad grace.
with good grace, willingly; ungrudgingly: She took on the extra work with good grace
Grace. What would you do if you had…what could you do with unmerited favor? Favor that causes everything to work out on your behalf; regardless of oppressive systems devised to keep us enslaved, or people with selfish agendas meant to suppress your light. How does one obtain that?
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, “This was the One of whom I said, ‘The One coming after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.’ ”)
16 Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness,
17 for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Grace is: the kindness and love of God our Savior – not because of anything (righteous) we had done; but because we are justified by His grace. As a principle, grace is in direct contrast with law; the difference being, under law, God demands righteousness from men.
Ti 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work,
2 to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
However, the church preaches obedience. They’re still focused on law because they seek to control. Well, I’m sorry if this offends anyone, but that’s not what God is all about. Anyone who understands His grace knows this. The church is a body of people who are supposed to lead by example; not an institution. But, let me help out those who don’t know yet.
Under law, favor or blessings accompanied obedience as in Deuteronomy 28, which lists the blessing for following God’s Word, as well as the curses for not following Him. The curses fall under self-affliction, and is evident in how the principle of law works, as explained previously.
Law is connected with Moses and works.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is from the law: The one who does these things will live by them.
6 But the righteousness that comes from faith speaks like this: Do not say in your heart, “Who will go up to heaven? ” that is, to bring Christ down
7 or, “Who will go down into the abyss? ” that is, to bring Christ up from the dead.
8 On the contrary, what does it say? The message is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of faith that we proclaim:
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
Under grace, God gives righteousness to men. The law can save no one. Under the previous dispensation (divinely appointed order or age), law was shown to be powerless to secure righteousness and life for a sinful race.
Gal 3:21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.
22 But the Scripture has imprisoned everything under sin’s power, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 Before this faith came, we were confined under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith was revealed.
24 The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith.
25 But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,
26 for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
The only way anyone is considered to be a “child of God” is if that person believes in Jesus Christ by faith. Everyone is not automatically considered to be a child of God. There’s a requirement for that honor.
Furthermore, there was grace before Christ came, and the evidence was the provision of communal sacrifice for sinners found in the customs of sacrificing a pure animal, the first fruits of one’s stock, as seen in Ex 20:24-26 and Lev 5:17-18; 17:11. The need for this practice was abolished once Christ fulfilled His mission and died on the cross for the sins of the world.
Prior to the cross, man’s salvation came through anticipatory faith of Christ’s forthcoming, atoning sacrifice, viewed by God, which was foretold, Gen 1:28; 15:6; and Rom 3:5 and 4:3.
Col 1:21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions.
22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him —
23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.
Col 2:14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.
However, after His death, time was forever stamped, as we moved in the calendar accounting from B.C., before Christ, to A.D., Anno Domini, the Latin phrase that means “in the year of our Lord.” He became the ultimate sacrificial lamb for all time, to cover the sins and wrongdoings of everyone. There is no other designated way outside of faith in Him.
Grace is connected with Christ and faith.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,
2 because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3 What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering,
4 in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Grace bestows blessings as a free gift, as “unmerited favor.” Fullness (abundance of or completeness) of grace began with the ministry of Christ, and involved His death and resurrection, because He came to die for sinners. That was the purpose of Him coming in the first place.
Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many.”
Eph 2:8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift —
9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
The difference between the former age/dispensation and the current one, is that now, grace reigns – it’s in charge. At that time (B.C), the law reigned; therefore, it was not a matter of no grace or some grace, but of what was the ruling principle.
If you owed taxes with penalties and interest, and your advocate said that if you have faith in him; he would find a loophole that would nullify the IRS laws that are holding you hostage, and completely wipe out all taxes owed, penalties and interest; would you put your faith in him?
If you are paying someone to represent you, and he manages to get enough grace from the IRS that they agree to dismiss the penalties, but insist that you pay the amount owed with the interest, he’s still done his job and represented you. He may be able to get you some grace, but law reigns here in the natural, physical realm.
Spiritually speaking, however, Christ is the advocate for all of mankind, God the Father is the Supreme Ruler, but He has turned all judgement over to Christ, so He has all power, and everything is subject to Him.
2 Cor 5:18 Everything is from God, who reconciled (restored) us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us.
Jn 5:22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son,
Lucifer (Satan) and his angels make up the IRS of the spiritual realm. And just like the IRS, Satan will find ways to make you pay over and over again. He will hit you with penalties at every turn, and he is always charging interest on our sins.
Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to the confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.
16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
Now that salvation has been revealed, the righteousness of it is revealed by faith in the resurrected Christ. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, grace reigns; because the only Being who has the right to judge sinners, sits upon a throne of grace not imputing (not holding accountable) unto the world their trespasses. During tax time or any other time, I want the one Advocate that can truly save me from judgement, penalties, or interest on my sins and errors.