The bible represents the collection of God’s words of life and of death (2 Cor. 3:6-10). Knowing the Mystery of the collection is the true foundation of sound understanding of its message.The Holy Bible is one book which shows clearly how all things, seen and unseen, came into existence, as well as how they will end. God who took the form of man on earth as Jesus was unequivocal about the conflict between the Kingdom of God and darkness.
Knowing the contrast will make man to know that God is, and fear God, and to give Him due reverence. In the Kingdom of God is an eternal light, whereas, outside the Kingdom there is no eternal light but everlasting deep darkness. The following schematics represent the testimony of the Kingdom of God and the Domain of darkness. The domain of darkness comprises of the entire Air and the visible world and the Night region of the Earth which God created in the beginning. It is from the latter that God stretched out the visible and time regulated world of matter.
Truth and life and real light exist in the Kingdom of God alone (John 14:6). The world which man lives in and the Air in-and-around it and the darkness which God called night in the beginning are in deep darkness. Every man is darkness in his old nature and was born in iniquity and sin (Ps. 51:5).
This architecture suggests that the gospel of salvation is meant to make man change from his old nature, which is dead, to the new nature which is life. This change happens through gradual slide in behavior by grace of God, coupled with faith from the old to the new way of living which is the form of life in the kingdom of God (Lk. 11:2c).
Unfortunately, the commonly observed message in today’s quest for salvation suggests otherwise. Rather the interest of many professing Christianity today seems to point to some form of paganism (Mt. 6:31:32). This suggests why it is difficult to distinguish the believer in God from a non believer nowadays. All now seek the same earthly things of darkness.
But understanding the mystery of the bible is the only truth that will turn the misfortune around for good. A man who knows the truth will not need anybody to make him change his lifestyle in obedience of the word of God.
As it was examined in the model architecture previously, the visible world is a mere shadow and a familiar terrain to man. So the mystery is certainly not of that world. Rather it is of the invisible world where truth is the only order perpetually.
It is in the invisible world that everything which God spoke into existence assumed the nature of substance of the form which He desired it to be. Until God came down to earth in the form of man nobody had any idea about the mystery of the bible (Phil. 2:6-8). His manifestation made man to know that Jesus is the wisdom of God for man (1Cor. 1:30). So being the wisdom made Jesus the personification of the mystery of Christianity.
Thus, Jesus can be likened to a long nail driven in part into a wall in a king’s house and on it is hung all his treasures of glory (Ezra 9:8).
Now Jesus has reconciled man to God. This opened the door for man to behold the glory of God. But Jesus personifies this glory, being the founding father of the new covenant. He is equally the first man of the new creation, the eternal life of the new clan, the revelation of God (John 1:18), and man’s everlasting life (Is. 9:6-7).
This suggests therefore that Jesus is the mystery of the words of the Holy Bible (1Tim. 3:16). So whoever desires to see and enter the kingdom of God must of necessity abide in Jesus (John 15:4-5).
Abiding in Christ means a total embrace of all that pleases God and denying self of all that God disapprove of in His word.
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The grace of God is a metaphor of the prevailing reign in the Kingdom of God. It represents the account of the working of the Spirit of glory and of God (Hebrew 1:3). What is this working of the Spirit of glory and of God? Examination of the scriptures reveals that Jesus is both God, being His Word (John 1:1; Rev. 19:11-16), and the glory of God (John 1:14). This suggests that the working of the Spirit of glory and of God is the ‘Reign of Christ the Lord’. Knowledge by inspiration revealed that it is this reign upon any situation on earth which the scripture decoded as the grace of God. It might therefore be apt to regard grace of God as the imprint of the ‘Reign of Christ the Lord’.
It thus implies that the grace of God is peculiar to Him and the Kingdom of God, different from the grace of man in the same way that His love is. So there cannot be grace of God without Jesus Christ the Lord. It is the experience of this atmosphere of reign which suggests that the grace of God is upon a situation (1 Peter 4:14). This might be in a situation where man is facing tribulations for the sake of believing in Jesus and yet is able to persevere. It is such that builds the character of a man to rejoice in adversity in hope of the glory of God.
This atmosphere of grace is of the righteousness of God. A man might access it with faith through Christ (Rom. 5:2). It clearly suggests that grace is not what might accurately be described as either undeserved or unmerited favour. We might be trivializing grace of God to label it as an unmerited favour. Obviously, there is nothing of God which man merits. Favour is itself unmerited. An example is that Abraham received favour of God. But he did not merit it. This is because he worshiped idol like every other persons of his time before God called him alone (Genesis 12:1).
This suggests a grave flaw in the opinion of many Christians who today regard and accept that the grace of God is an unmerited and undeserved favour. It is a pointer to the deception going on in Christianity. It is believed that it is this viewing of the grace of God through human prism that has further suggested another flaw. This is to believe the loud and yet unsustainable claim that the past, present and future sins have been forgiven those who might believe in Jesus who was crucified on the cross. This error suggests that many who hold to such understanding might unwittingly be lacking in true knowledge of the grace of God. Let us examine what the scriptures say about grace.
Grace came through Jesus (John 1:17). The scripture is very emphatic that the sacrifice which Jesus made on the cross was the justification of God to forgive man the sins which he committed previously (Rom. 3:25). This is the foundation upon which every other talks around the grace of God stands. It is this one-off sacrifice which suggested that the entire human race was at once saved by grace (Eph. 2:8). This salvation was of the Counsel of God alone. Meaning it is the common salvation to everybody; irrespective of race, religion, and colour, gender and so on (Jude 3a). This suggests another stage of grace for those who might believe to enable them work out own salvation (Phil. 2:12).
The scripture paints a picture suggesting that to believe amounts to abiding in Jesus thereafter, like a leech would do (John 15:4-5). The man who obeys this requirement is whom King David foresaw that God will not impute sin to (Rom. 4:8). He has been born of God. As a result God has given to him the new Spirit of Christ to live for Him. The new Spirit is what made him a ‘born again’ person. It is this Spirit alone which the Holy Spirit has sealed to preserve the virtue of the nature of God in him (Eph. 1:13). So technically he does not sin because of the seed of God in him (1 John 3:9). If the soul and body of the man which are normally of joint existence with the Spirit chose not to obey the Spirit the man will disengage from Christ and wither like a branch of a tree starved of water (John 15:6). So he will be robbed of the knowledge and wisdom of God. But if the man confesses and repents of the sin committed he will be cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7).
Grace made propitiation of Jesus to fulfill King David’s prophecy of; ‘blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered’. This prophecy referred to the Gentiles and Israelite who might believe in Jesus Christ (Rom. 4:7). As a result God promised not to remember the sins anymore (Is. 43:25; Heb. 8:12; Heb. 10:17).
No man will ever be punished or judged on account of the sins for which Jesus suffered, or be alienated from God because of them. This suggests that once a man thinks he has believed, he is to carry his cross and follow Christ continually (Mk. 8:34). It is believed that every other scripture on forgiveness by the grace of God might only survive scrutiny when viewed solely in the context of the common salvation by the propitiation of Jesus (Rom. 3:25).
The fundamental knowledge in the foregoing is that man is three natures in unity. In addition only the spirit nature presently has the investiture of holiness and righteousness (Eph. 4:24). Meaning that there remains the soul and body to be so robed (Corinthian 3:18; 5:1-3; Rom. 8:11). This means man has the duty to guide against corrupting his body and soul. It suggests an affirmation of another level of grace, and the scripture which requires man to work out own salvation.
This grace has to be accessed. How? By imitating Abram who though, was blind like everybody is believed God. Therefore man is to believe in Jesus so that God will impute his belief to him for righteousness, apart from his works (Rom. 4:6). Next God will give the gift of the Spirit of faith to the man (Ron. 4:5). This gift of faith is of the form of the light of God who has shown in man’s heart to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthian 4:6).
It is this gift of faith which enables man to develop personal faith by hearing the word of God as often as possible (Rom. 10:17). Hearing manifests the glow of the glory of God to the consciousness of man. This awakens his consciousness to surrender to Jesus Christ and to the knowledge that God is. This is the faith of this man. Then by grace God will give to him the new heart of flesh (undivided) and new Spirit of holiness and righteousness (Ezekiel 36:26). This suggests that the soul and body will cue behind the spirit in the newness of the Spirit of Christ to walk by faith (Rom. 8:1, 4; 1 Tim. 6:1); being the only way to please God (Heb. 11:6). However the weakness of the body and soul in the interim makes it a challenge. Here is where to again give thanks to God for the grace of daily living which He has given to man (2 Cor. 12:9).
But can this righteousness bestowed be reversed? The answer is yes. Ezekiel prophesied it that if a man who once received righteousness backslides and will not repent, he will die like Adam (Ezek. 18:24). Thus the quote ‘that all died in Adam’ is not parallel to the quote ‘that all might live in Christ’. The reason is that in Adam all men were in his loins. But in Christ every man is made righteous according to his choice (Deut. 30:19). Then he is to work out own salvation (Phil. 2:12). This suggests that backsliding permanently might attract withdrawal of right of righteousness of God in Christ because light and darkness does not coexist (2 Corinthian 6:14). Every man shall account for his present and future sins on the day of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:10); using the teaching of the Holy Spirit as the standard (1 Corinthian 2:13). What then is this grace of God?
REMARKS ON THE ILLUSTRATION
Every man is darkness (Eph. 5:8). He is born into the dark plane representing the kingdom of darkness of iniquity and sins. This is within the heart of man and it is separated from God (Ps. 51:5).
Truth is the life of the word of God (John 17:17). It is truth that conveys divine virtues. The features of divine virtues are the instruments of governance in heaven. They are poured out of heaven to make imprints which form the kingdom of God within man. Imprints signify the intervention of Christ in man’s situation. These are the ongoing back end activities of grace in man’s heart. It is the imprint that the scripture has decoded in the front end on earth, as the grace of God.
Love is the prime instrument of governance, and its imprint is the bedrock of the kingdom of God within man (Lk. 17:21). In any situation of man an apt imprint of grace might appear on the plane of bedrock to lend a hand.
The plane of darkness of iniquity and sin into which man is born and lives lies below the plane of bedrock, indicated with stars. It is from this kingdom of darkness that a man of faith might through Christ access the kingdom of God within him, to obtain mercy and find grace to aid him in times of need (Heb. 4:16). In other words, man requires faith to ascend to stand in grace. The aftermath is the opportunity to rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Rom.5:2). Standing in grace grants man the benefits of the reign of Christ, or His governance. In order words Christ will do all things through him as though he is the doer (Phil. 4:13).
EXPLANATION OF HOW GRACE HELPS MAN
Let’s examine the woman with the issue of blood as an example of how grace works. The account suggests that she believed a hunch, which came from the Spirit of faith. It made her to believe that touching the hem of the robe of Jesus would heal her. As a result she surrendered to the voice, which is the practical way to express faith. Meaning she carried out the intrinsic work in the voice by touching the hem of the robe of Jesus Christ (Mk. 5:30).
As expected, she was healed by the grace of God. Jesus equally noticed that power left Him. This suggests that grace is a result of back end activity as shown previously in the illustration. In other words, that Jesus felt some power left Him suggests that grace is caused by some sort of operation by a certain force in the kingdom of God. That certain force is the action of instrument of governance in the kingdom as shown.
But governance in the kingdom is the description of the reign of Christ. So grace is the expression on earth of the imprint made by the intervening force of the reign of Christ in the kingdom of God within man. That is to say that, the intervening power of the reign of Christ first makes a divine imprint in the kingdom of God within man. Then the imprint is decoded in the dark spirit realm of iniquity and sin in man’s heart (Ps. 51:5), and is made known to the outward senses as grace.
Going back to the woman, she was darkness and lived in the plane of darkness (Eph. 5:8). But her faith lifted her up to the plane of grace. Then she found grace to help in her need, and she was healed (Heb. 4:16). The declaration by Jesus that the woman’s faith healed her testified to the role of faith in the matters of grace (Mk. 5:34).
To recap, the imprint which is made in the kingdom of God within man is known on earth as grace. Every imprint is made by an intervening power from heaven and is known as the instrument of governance in the reign of Christ.
The benefit of grace is spiritual in form. It is in the likeness of the wind, which is neither seen nor touchable but can be made conscious of by feeling or hearing (John 3:8). It is this which suggests the difference between grace and favour. How? Every benefit regarding human or worldly life derived from inhumanly impossible circumstances or unexpected source is not a result of grace. Rather, it is as a result of favour.
THE PROOF THAT GRACE IS THE IMPRINT OF THE REIGN OF CHRIST
Let us consider two scenarios:
1. It is the grace of God alone which can enable man to endure and bear and hope and believe all things. These are the nuts and bolts of love (1 Cor. 13:7).
1.1. An example, consider the man who cannot exercise self-control. Experience suggests that he cannot endure injustices like: reproaches, slaps, persecution and insults without avenge unless by grace of God (1 Pet. 3:14).
2. On the other hand, to face reproach and still be calm is a sign of the presence of the Spirit of glory, and of God upon victim (1 Pet. 4:14).
Now harmonize the two scenarios. It will suggest that the Spirit of glory and of God upon man is a description of the grace of God upon man. As it has been previously shown, grace is a metaphor for the imprint by instrument of divine governance. But as it has been explained previously an imprint in this context is the expression of instrument of reign of Spirit of glory, and of God.
Now Jesus Christ is the glory of God, and He is also the express nature of God (Heb. 1:3). This suggests that the presence of the Spirit of glory and of God is a description of the stewardship of Jesus Christ.
Incidentally the stewardship depicts the reign of Christ the Lord. This suggests that ‘grace is the imprint of the reign of Jesus Christ’ upon a given situation.
(Quod erat demonstrandum)
TABLE OF ANALYSIS
Nobody is in doubt that the favour of God is unmerited.
What then can be said of grace? Could it be a doubly unmerited favour?
That might suggest interpretation of the scripture with the wisdom of man.
It will imply therefore, that to label grace as unmerited favour denies the truth. One benefit of this new understanding by inspiration is that grace will constantly remind man of the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart – the plane of stars in the previous illustration.
Allowing scripture to interpret itself is the foolproof way to know the truth. This is how the true meaning of grace has been revealed. Before we have variously described grace according to opinion of man as either unmerited favor, or power, and so on. We have come to understand that the true meaning of sound word has only that one angle to it.
But the word of God is always clear-cut. Even though several texts in scripture suggests related to grace, they might not. It is in this light salvation by grace is seen by many in Christianity. But we can understand it better if we reason together. In the beginning God created man in His image and likeness (Gen. 1:27).
Identifying who this man is, possess hindrance to having true knowledge of scripture. Some say he is the spirit, others believe he is the body and another school believe he is the soul. The scripture has unequivocally identified the man created in the image and likeness of God as the soul (Gen. 1:27). It is just that man has chosen to believe his opinion and disregard the scripture. After God breathed into the nostril of the man of dust, two structures came alive as one entity … man became a living soul and a living being (Gen. 2:7). But before forming the man of dust God formed the spirit of man within him (Zech. 12:1b). So the breath of God consisted of life, which is the spirit, and the man He created earlier in His image and likeness; suggesting in the Lord for His glory (Is. 43:7).
It is this spirit that scripture refers to as the old man. As explained previously, the function of the spirit is to liaise for the soul internally (1 Cor. 2: 10-11). This is fully explained in an upcoming book titled ‘Doomed Christianity and Unshakable Lifeline.’
It was when spirit was doing his job that he encountered the spirit of evil (serpent) and got entangled by it to form the body of sin (Rom. 6:6).
So when Jesus was crucified, the body of sin (old man) was equally crucified. By this occurrence the real man (soul) was baptized into the death of Christ Jesus and buried with Him (Rom. 6:3-4). And when He was raised from the dead, the soul was equally raised.
So when man believes on Jesus, God will account it to him for righteousness (Rom. 4:3-5). This is how man was saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).
It is at this moment God will give to the man (soul) who believed the new creation spirit of Christ that he might hereafter live for Christ by faith of the Son of God within his mortal body (Gal. 2:20). The new creation spirit is the Christ in man.
This will bring him to the identical state Adam was when God warned him not to eat of the tree of good and evil, else he would die (Gen. 2:17).
Up to that point in time, Adam lived by free-will to choose to either obey, or disobey God’s command. To realize that the man who believed on Jesus is re-set to the similar state of Adam when God commanded him not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the crux of understanding. It is the knowledge necessary to determine whether once saved will be saved either forever, or short lived. How?
God will not live the life of man for him, once saved by grace through faith.
When Adam died, all men were appointed to death of separation from God (Ps. 102:20). But with the salvation of all by grace through faith the prison previously holding them was opened as a result of the sacrifice of Jesus (Is. 61:1).
This restored man to the position of grace in the likeness of Adam before he committed sin in Eden. It once again gave all the right of option to use their individual free will to choose either life and blessing, or death and cursing (Deut. 30:19).
It is for this purpose scripture gave options of what a believer must always do (Mk. 12:31), and not do (1John 2:16-17).
So the man who believes, and fears God and keeps His covenant and remember His commandments of love to do them will remain saved forever (Ps. 103:17-18).
It is the only condition that satisfies once saved, saved forever.
But he who disregards the covenant and commandments of God will bear the consequences of rejection by Him (Hos. 4:6). This will be an example of fall from grace.
The reject will end up as a candidate of the second death in eternity (Reference Sketch in Chapter One or Home page of http://ctlr.pw
In spite of the foregoing, grace which is of the righteousness of God and which came through Jesus (John 1:17) is portrayed in different light in Christianity.
When God created Adam (men) He clothed him in righteousness. This suggested he was to live forever. But he chose death as seen previously. The consequences is now well known to all.
Now that God has for the sake of His name showed mercy upon man through the propitiation of His son Jesus, He again warned that we should be mindful not to fall from grace to the beggarly self-righteousness of the law or paganism (Gal. 5:4).
To fall from grace depicts the choice of self-righteousness. This is to resort to the law, or paganism (Rom. 1:23-32).
Right from the Old Testament, scripture made it known that if the once righteous backslides to unrighteousness his obedience in the past will be forgotten. As a result he would die (Ezekiel 18:24) in the like way of Adam in Eden.
Whoever is under grace is like a branch of the tree. The connection is permanent. Otherwise it will not bear fruits (John 15:4). It will instead dry up and be thrown into fire (John 15:6). This is the exact fate of a man who believes on Jesus, corresponding to the branch and tree respectively. So disengagement permanently from the source of feed and the consequences means fall from grace. Without abiding in Christ man will be starved of the wisdom and knowledge of God to live an upright life.
So, it is doubtful to believe that a man who once received righteousness or born again of one man (the spirit) out of three men (spirit, soul and body) that make up the whole cannot lose the status. Verses like (1Thes. 5:10; Eph. 1:13-14, Rom. 8:38-39, Heb. 8:10-12 and more) are quoted to support this position.
The heroes of once saved is saved forever often defend the position that scripture will be contradicting itself if the verse, (Gal. 5:4), is read to mean a man can lose his once received righteousness or salvation.
Is this argument really true?
According to (1Thes. 5:10), “… Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”
Remark: The scripture teaches that to be awake is to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light (1John 1:7). This is to believe on Him. Conversely, to sleep is to die in the mortal sense (Acts 13:36). In either case it requires believing on Jesus both when awake and before sleep to live with Him. So neither situation contrasts falling from grace which verse (Gal. 5:4) described.
Verse (Eph. 1:13-14) states that; “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Remark: The part of man as a whole that has been sealed until Judgment Day is the new creation spirit alone. Moreover, the spirit is own by Christ and not the man to whom God have given. It is by the spirit that Christ lives in man while he lives by the faith of the Son of God (Gal. 2:20). The implication is that man requires to be upright with Christ who is light. Otherwise if man who once received him falls from grace (into darkness) and would not repent He will retract the spirit because light and darkness will not co-exist (2Cor. 6:14). So the verse does not contrast falling from grace as described at verse (Gal, 5:4).
Verse (Rom. 8:38-39) declared that; “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”
Remark: This simply means that the love which God have for man is permanent at all times; whether in death, or life, or when under affront by the powers of darkness.
This also has not contradicted falling from grace as described at verse (Gal, 5:4).
Heb. 8:10-12; “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Remark: The forgiveness which God assured man here pertains to the sins and atrocities which man committed before the sacrifice of Jesus (Rom. 3:25).
Without doubt, the commentaries that say falling from grace has no consequences on somebody who backslides, after he has once received the righteousness of God suggest deception. This is because a thorough study of scripture with unbiased mind, but by guidance of the Holy Spirit showed there are no contradictions throughout.
The conclusion is that certain people have fixation of mind regarding once saved, saved forever. This is not what scripture says.
All the warnings to flee unrighteousness in the New Testament are directed to those who believe on Jesus (Gal. 5:19-21; 1John 2:16-17; etcetera). Similarly are the consequences. This suggests that many people have not really understood what righteousness of God is. It is examined later in the book; ‘Doomed Christianity and Unshakable Lifeline’… look out for when it will be released at www.christthelordreign.com and make order. It will be a bolt from the blue in Christianity.
Beware of false gospels who parade the opinion of man, leading to destruction.
On the Day of Judgment there will be no acceptable excuse. This is because scripture has given everybody the options of choice of life and death, or blessing and cursing: pleading that you choose life that both you and your seed may live. (Deut. 30:19).