GRACE OF GOD – The True Meaning Revealed For The First Time.

(Excerpt from ‘Visions of Righteousness of God’, 2016 Title Book).

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?

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