"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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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, 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.
A problem we all may have is this. We may be sincerely trying to overcome a sin for years and it sneaks upon us often. Hebrews 12: says, "1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." One suggestion is to look upon Jesus, and learn how did he looked upon joy of the throne waiting for him in eternity, he endured the cross and despised the shame. So also, we may look upon the rewards in eternity, and that will give us strength and faith to overcome sins. However, we feel helpless and if grace is the one that gives us strength to overcome, it seems that we do not have grace. 1 Peter 5:10 says, "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." So, even though it is not an advantage to us, God will allow us to suffer for a while for him to act. It may be a testing period. However, we have to go through it. It is a promise that God will make you perfect and establish you.
God Bless You