The Grace from Jesus Christ and the twist
"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.
This page editorial help: Bruce Newton, Fort Mill, SC.
The Grace from Jesus Christ
God is the one Spirit with omni-powers, who has created all things from nothing, and he is the union of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Christians acknowledge that God provides them their needs and delights, as well as eternal life, by his grace. God provides non-Christians also their needs and delights. If God gives non-Christians grace to provide their needs and delights, they will receive eternal life also by the same grace. But, eternal life is given only to believers. If so, non-Christians do not receive grace. But, they have received their needs and delights. So, needs and delights have nothing to do with grace. God gives grace to humble believers only and leads them through righteous living and to eternal life. Grace is given, only to lead us to eternal life and to do the ministry that leads people to eternal life. Grace is not a visible thing for us to see. But, we can see grace in the life of righteous people and in the true ministry of God. What is this grace? Do you have grace? If not, do you desire to receive grace? If so, how can you receive grace? Preachers pretend as if they have grace. But, they do not even know what grace is. Let us study grace from the word of God and let us receive this grace from our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. What is the Grace of God ?
"2 Corinthians 12:9 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 Christ that makes weak believers to be perfectly strong. "Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." So, we must come to Jesus to receive grace in the time of need. If we do, the power of Christ, which is the grace of God, will rest upon us in the time of need. So, as and when we need to overcome temptation, we must run to Jesus Christ to receive his grace. "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 us with his power and see 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. "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:" Apostle Paul did not frustrate grace, how? He has died to self by being crucified with Christ (figuratively), and by faith he had Christ live his life. This is grace.
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. "Romans 5:21 sin hath reigned unto death,". But, church people are chanting; 'we are saved by grace', on their way to hell. Our preachers are deceptive and blind. 1 Corinthians 1 says: "4) the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; ... 8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ." Grace of God is given by Jesus Christ, and if he gives grace to a person, Jesus Christ will reign over him and will keep him blameless until the Lord's day of judgment. These people have stopped sin. Such people are saved by the grace of God. But tragically, we think that grace is a mysterious thing given to Christians for worldly health, prosperity, etc, and for eternal life also after death. It is deception.
2. Grace was on Jesus, Apostles and Believers.
'God the Word' became a man. When he was a man, God gave grace to the man Jesus. Luke 2:40 says that, "the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." If Jesus was given the grace to live a holy life, we all will need grace to live a holy life. John 1 says in verse, "16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all." We receive grace for grace, or, grace upon grace. So, we may receive different levels of grace, and also repeatedly. We receive this grace from Jesus Christ. If we receive great grace, which is the fullness of grace, we will work with great power. Jesus is not present with us now as a man and so, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is in Spirit, will be giving us grace. We will be receiving grace on us. It is not an object that we can handle as we desire, but it is that God work on us with his power. So, if we have grace, others will see it in our life and in the work that we do for God. "Acts 11:23 When he came, and had seen the grace of God,." Grace can be seen in what we do. But, Christians are taught that grace is an unmerited favor given to sinning Christians; so that they can enjoy sin without forfeiting heaven. But grace is neither a license to commit sin, nor a ticket to heaven. Grace is neither a promise nor a guarantee to access heaven. Hebrews 4:16 says: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." We must go to God in the time of need and seek grace to overcome sin or temptation. Grace is the one crucial component that helps us to overcome sins. But Christians enjoy their sins and after it is all done, they pray to God for forgiveness. They think that God will forgive them and this forgiveness is grace. But, God does not forgive like this. You may click on this link to read how God forgives: 'forgiven'.
1 Corinthians 15:10 says: "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." We must notice two points in this verse. 1) Grace converts a person from being a religious fanatic to an obedient servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. 2) Grace makes a person work abundantly for God. So, if we have not been converted from religiosity to godliness, and if we do not work diligently for God and for his righteousness; we do not have the grace of God. If we work for our church, denomination, organization, etc; instead of serving the person Jesus Christ, who is God in the Spirit, it is evident that we do not have grace. Hebrews 12:28 says: "... let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:" So, if you do not have grace, accept the truth, and it is time to receive grace from God.
"God's grace will not help people to commit sin, but it will destroy sin. But, ungodly men have become pastors and preachers in the churches, and preach that grace will cover sin (especially sexual sin). "Jude 1:4 .. there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness." God curses these preachers. Yet there are many false preachers pervert the gospel. "Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." False preachers also show themselves as true preachers. We can find them by what they preach. "2 Corinthians 11:13 ... such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." These blind preachers will lead other blind men away from truth, and they all will fall into the ditch of eternal damnation. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 15:14: "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
If we are under grace, sin will have no dominion over us. That is, if we take orders from God and do them (which is what it means to be under grace), the devil cannot come near us. But, people want to be not under grace, which is to do their own thing. Then, the devil will take over them. We may think that we are in control, but we will be under the devil. It’s one of the other; we will be either under God or under the devil. Romans 6 says: "14) sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 22) But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." What then? Shall we sin? ... God forbid: these words indicate that we can still sin if we desire to sin, even after we have received grace on previous occasions. But, if we sin, we will become servants to sin (the devil) and not to grace (God). If we become servants to sin, we will lose grace and the end will be eternal death.
"Romans 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Sin controls or reigns a person unto eternal death that is hell. But, grace reigns a person through righteous life unto eternal life. Grace is God's power to kill sin. Grace displaces sin with righteous life, that is obeying God, which leads the person to eternal life. Romans 6:23 also says the same thing. "Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Result of sin will be death eternal, but Jesus Christ will give eternal life as a result of righteous living, as in Romans 5:21 and 6:22. But preachers preach that even though you deserve eternal death, God will give you eternal life, which is a deliberate lie and it contradicts Romans 5:21 and 6:22 and so many other scriptures. It is an absurd lie of Satan. The preachers call the lasciviousness as grace and it promotes sin. "Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,..." A person either has grace or sin, but not both. No sin can enter heaven. God destroys sin with grace. "1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." If we don't achieve righteous life, it is proof that we do not have grace and so we are not saved. Don't settle for fake grace and false salvation. Actively pursue grace and truth, so that you may be saved. If we are saved, the reward is eternal life and inheritance in the kingdom of God. Romans 6:22 says: "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." Everlasting life is that our life will be in fellowship with the life of God, in his kingdom for-ever.
Most Christians think that since grace is a gift, it is freely thrown into the crowd of sinners, so that they may pick it up as they like. But it is not so. God gives the gift of grace; only to his servants and children. Christians think that they have grace already because they are Christians. No! The gift of grace is given only to God's people, who will obey him. If you have no intention to obey God, you will never receive Grace.
Psalm 84:11 says: "... the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." Here we see that if we walk uprightly, God gives us grace. 1 Peter 5 says: "5) Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" James 4 says: "6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Proverbs 3:34 says: "... he giveth grace unto the lowly." Here, the grace of God is granted only to humble followers, who submit themselves to God. So, resist the devil, humble yourself even before your elders, truthful servants of God, and walk righteously; to receive grace. Then, you will receive grace. Don't fake yourself as if you have grace, that is, don't pretend as you have grace. If you do not have grace and if you fake grace, then you will be the biggest fool. It is deceiving yourself from inheriting eternal life. Accept the fact as truth and humble before God.
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.
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