"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Editorial Help : Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
Christians are taught that grace is an unmerited favor given to sinning Christians; so that they can enjoy sin without forfeiting heaven. So, grace is the unconditional love that God has for you so that heaven is guaranteed to you, no matter what you do. This is preacher's grace. But God has given us the true grace through the Bible. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." So, grace is the power of Jesus Christ; that rests upon us, to make our strength perfect; when we are weak. That is, when a person, who does not have enough strength, tries to overcome sins, God's power rests upon him to make his strength perfect. But, if a person does not try to overcome sins, instead enjoys them, he does not need grace to overcome sins and he does not get grace. The wages of his sin will be eternal death. But, church people are chanting; 'we are saved by grace', on their way to hell. They are in deception. "Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:" Here the apostle Paul says that he does not frustrate grace. How does he not frustrate Grace? He has died to self and Jesus Christ lives in his place. So, 'Grace of God' is to have our self die and Jesus Christ live in us. Further, how does the power of Christ rest upon us? "Romans 5:17 ... much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ... 21 as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." So, as Christ gives us his grace, he rules over us with his power and sees to it that we overcome. Or, we may say that God's grace rules over us. If grace rules over us, the proof is that we will live righteously. Then we will receive eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. If we are not living righteously, it is not grace and we will have no eternal life. Tragically, we think that grace is a mysterious thing given to Christians for worldly health, prosperity, etc, and for eternal life also at death. It is deception. I have given a few links, if you would like a detailed study.
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