GRACE (CHRONOLOGICAL SUMMARY) 1
The exact andclassified meaning of the word grace should be crystal toclear to every child of God. The word Grace reveals not only theinfinite goodness and kindness of God towards man, but reaches farbeyond and indicates the superior motive which actuated God in thecreation, preservation and consummation of the universe (Lewis,1992). Grace normally occurs in the New Testament version of theBible. Paul is the main writer (apostle) attributed to the common useof the word grace in the Bible. The prime idea of grace is help,potency and strength given by the love and mercy of the Lord GodHimself. It is through the grace of God that individuals are forgivenoff their sins and get blessed. It is the spontaneous gift from Godto mankind. It is a divine favor, clemency and total love from theCreator. It is nothing less than the unexpected love of God, which isalso “undeserving” and measureless (CHAFER, 1994).
Grace is the typicaland pure, divine kindness and benevolence form of the salvationreward for sinners.
SEVENFUNDAMENTALS FACTS ABOUT GRACE
Grace is not withheld because of Demerit
The sense of demeritimpels an individual to helplessly seek for grace and the benefits ofit. If mankind cannot experience the grace and all its dynamics, thenit ceases to have the meaning if at all, God withdraws the favor andkindness due to the failure of mankind. Hence, grace should beunconditional and experienced by all humans. God is righteously freeto award His good deed to all individuals regardless of their status.
Grace cannot be lessened because of Demerit.
God’s mercyenables man to enjoy the fruits of grace without bias. It doesn’tdepend on the amount or quantity of the sin of an individual. Godcreated all out of His own like and compassion, so, everyone istreated equally in front of the Lord Almighty. Specifically, grace isindependent of one’s life routine. It’s neither measurable norlimited. All who believe in the existence of God receive grace in allaspects. Hence, sin cannot be a defined as the final threshold forthe expectation of grace. There is no degree of demerit thatdisqualifies any person from the deliverance of God’s grace.
Grace Cannot Incur a Debt.
“AndI give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neithershall any man pluck them out of my hand (John 10:28).” According tothe scripture, grace is given freely, unrecompensed and unconditionalgift given by God. A gift is never supposed to be sold or attract abalance. It is supposedly enjoyed by all mankind. The generous andbenefits of it are free, such that even sinners should exclusivelyenjoy it. God is also unrecompensed for all the kindness He has givenunto man. No attempt should be made to repay God for all the pure andtypical favors he has given us. All attempts to repay His gift, bethey ever so sincere, serve only to frustrate His grace and to lowerthe marvelous kindness of GOD to the insincere level of barter andtrade (Lewis, 1992). There is no payment required, past, present orfuture. As a display of gratitude, appreciation and expression oflove towards God, man is uniquely supposed to offer service andfaithfulness to Him (Lewis, 1992). “This is a faithful saying, andthese things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which havebelieved in God might be careful to maintain good works. These thingsare good and profitable unto men (Titans 3:8).”
Grace is not Exercised in the Just Payment of a Debt
An act ceases to begracious when it is the recognition of merit, demerit or the paymentof a just debt. God pronounces an equal and absolute sentence ofjudgment against all. “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief,that he might have mercy upon all" (Romans 11:32).” Humanmerit is always in view of the divine bestowment of rewards thegrace of GOD is never mentioned in connection with His bestowment ofrewards (Lewis, 1992). Inthe realization of grace, man is not expected to return any favorstowards God. It’s not a loan repayment. God expects all humans toreceive grace independently without confirming any balances or debts.
For we must all appear before thejudgment seat of Christ that every one may receive the things donein his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good orbad. The Ministry of Reconciliation (Corinthians 5:10)
Grace is never the Over-payment of a Debt
Graceis never the bounty addition of an act. It is not the fulfilling ofan obligation. Simply, grace is a gift, thus in no way that a gift issupposed to be a payment (a gift is free). Grace is neither treatinga person as he deserves it nor treating a person better than hedeserves it, or better than the “others.” It is treating a persongraciously without the slightest reference to his deeds (Lewis,1992). It is the inestimable compassion expressing itself ingoodness, decency and righteousness. All the way, through the deathof CHRIST by which He took away the sin of the world, and through thedivine decree which has governed all to be under sin, grace is opento liberate in every case. Only grace can save in all cases. Divinegrace cannot be decreased or increased. It offers a standardized,unchanging blessing to all individual alike. The blessing ismeasureless since it represents in every case no less than GODdelivers freely.
Grace does not appear in the Immediate Divine Dealings within the Sins of the Unsaved.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell inyou, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken yourmortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:1).
The forgiveness of sinners by God is not an immediate act of grace.It is rather a pardon of a debtor in the respect that his debt hasbeen settled by another individual. Christ died on the cross just toenables us the redemption, thus, He paid our debt. He is thesubstitute for our sins. Therefore, forgiveness is fully exercised onthis ground that Christ died for the love of man. There is abundanceredemption that is held firm by the blood that Jesus shed for thesalvation of humans (Ephesians 1:7). God pardons the past, presentand the unknown future. God is the supreme judge that forgives andrestores the lost fellowship between Him and mankind.
Basically, the bottom line of this discussion is that, in a sinner’senvironment, grace is still present. It is infinitely limitless.Grace is all present in all dwellings. Salvation is not a basis forthe realization of grace.
Grace does not appear in the Immediate Divine Dealings with the Sins of the Saved.
The divine dwellings of the sins of the saved and the unsaved aresimilar in contrast. The saved ones should experience grace as well.The judgment between the two cases is almost invalid in as far asgrace is concerned. Grace is equal in all scenarios. However, for asinner, unsaved mankind, four vital elements enter into that divineforgiving and cleansing which constitutes the restoration:
Confession is the one and only condition on the human side
Unconditional forgiveness and cleansing are promised on the divine side
The Christian, while sinning, has been safe as to divine condemnation, because of his Intervener with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous one.
Divine forgiveness and cleansing are exercised toward the believer in unchallenged faithfulness and justice because Christ is "the propitiation for our sins."
Jesus presents the sufficiency of His own blood to meet thecondemnation of every sin. So, it is through His sacrifice thatwrongdoings are forgiven. Real confession is the ultimate turntowards righteousness. Believers will repent their sins in theirrestoration for eternity and everlasting life. Grace overwhelms lovehowever, it is the love that that is set absolutely free for both theunsaved and the saved.
Salvation is thetotal deliverance from suffering. It is achieved through repentanceand acceptance of the Lord God as the Savior through His onlybegotten Son-Jesus Christ. When one is saved or delivered from sin,he enters the kingdom of God. Being saved is similar to entering thekingdom of God. This is illustrated in the story of the PhilippianJailer with Paul the Apostle of the Lord (Matthews 19:24). A rationalconcern in salvation is always compelling why are we saved?that we can be saved from God’s wrath? The consequences of sin aredeath (Thessalonians 5:9). It is for the grace of the Almighty thatJesus was spared for us all.
Technically, fourperceptions are drawn in the analysis of His saving grace:
Three divine motives in grace.
Three principles which cannot co-exist with grace.
The gracious work of God for man.
Saving grace is sovereign grace.
Closely,we can look at all aspects one by one.
Three divine motives in grace.
In the HolyScriptures, three motives are assigned to God for the ultimatesalvation of sinners. The motives are arranged in a chronologicalorder, from degree of the significance which is from the leastimportant to more important as highlighted below:
Men are Said to be Saved that "Good Works" may Result
It is only God whois able to graciously save humankind from sin. God holds the right toforgive anyone from his past wrongdoings. An individual is said to bere-created once he is delivered from his sins. It is the creativehand of God that bestows a second rebirth. The spirit manifestationis regenerated. This concept is regarded to as the workmanship ofGod towards the sinners. Good Works result in therestoration of sinners. In addition, man should be faithful and loyalto God’s work (Ephesians 2:10). Comparatively, the place and valueof human works are related to salvation in three revelations:
Works as required under the Law.
Works as the proper test of saving faith
Works as indicative of the attitude of heart toward the grace of God.
Men are said to be saved because of the Benefits which Accrue to Them.
The divine motivesfor salvation are well clear. When you repent and get delivered fromsin, you are promised an everlasting life in the kingdom of God. Thisis the supreme benefit of salvation in the path to righteousness. Thesaved ones will not perish in the hands of the Lord (John 3:16).
Men are said to be saved for the Manifestation of Divine Grace.
It is through thegrace of the Lord Jesus that man is saved. Divine grace isestablished in deliverance from sin. God doesn’t judge anindividual depending on his level of sins or righteousness. Purely,God is generous enough such that He respects all forms of mankind. Inthe scope of creation, He allowed sin and evil to enter the world asa test of man’s faithfulness towards Him. In contrast, this doesn’tmean that man should sin intentionally so that grace may manifest inour souls. This is often called temptation. It is a chance for all ofus to understand that we can be forgiven in any circumstances thatdemand nothing but the acceptance of the Lord as the final savior.However, it is a redeemed sinner that takes the highest place inglory. Primarily, the advent of sin was the beginning of divine grace(Ephesians 2:7).
“…thatin the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace,in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.”
Three Principles which cannot Co-Exist with Grace.
Thethree principles discussed here are in no way connected to theexercising of grace. That is because, if they co-existed, grace wouldhave no meaning at all since we have learned that it is freely givenand unconditional. Grace is not only organic, but also mankind’snecessity. Uncompromised in its basic sense is grace (Rushdoony etal., 1973). The three fundamental principles independent of graceinclude:
Any Recognition of Human Guilt
Whetheryou are a sinner or not, grace is freely given to all. No limitationsshould bind anyone from getting the kindness of God. That is thepromise that we all got from the crucifixion and sacrifice of Jesusat Golgotha. It was out of compassion that He died for us. Neitherdemerits nor sins are a baseline for the judgment of one’s natureof receiving grace.
Any Recognition of Human Obligation.
Graceis an unrecompensed kindness from God. Grace is free. It is neverachieved in compensation of a given debt or obligation. It is notissued by the works of righteousness but by the mercy of theCreator-The Almighty.
Any Recognition of Human Merit.
All are equal infront of God. It is the accomplishment and obligation of God’s worktowards us. Either sinner or saved. The demerits and merits arebalanced in this sense. Everyone receives it without measure. “Butwhere sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20)
The Gracious Work of God for Man
Theuncomplicated work of GOD for man, which is to measure His grace, isaccessible in the Word of GOD in seven major ways:
The Finished Work of CHRIST.
The Convicting Work of the Spirit.
The Saving Work of GOD.
The Keeping Work of GOD.
The Work of GOD in Christian Growth.
The Final Presenting Work of GOD.
The Grace of God is Sovereign
God is the supreme,absolute and omnipotent King of all creations. He is sovereign in theredemption and creation of mankind. No one can question Hisobligations. God is the most high of all. He is the possessor of allpower in heaven and earth. He can show grace to the undeserving andhell-bound. However, this idea is difficult to justice in thatjustice is law enforcement to the deserving only. In justice, mercyand pity are almost not recognized. For instance, the announcement ofthe birth of Jesus was made known to the low-class and illiterateshepherds rather than the distinguished rulers, lawyers and ancientintellects. Thus, we can see that God is the final answer to all andanswerable to none.
The believers aresaved through grace, and it’s the Lord’s care and mercy thatensures the believers are maintained in their salvation life. Theyare safely kept, continuously enduring the salvation life, and alsoable to abide unchanged in this struggles. Often, a believer is setto undergo a temptation and tribulation experience. It’s the strongsouls that can stand these eventful challenges. However, God is ableto stand with them all the way and safe-keep their loyal souls ineternal life. This is the ultimate promise that He promises Hischildren.
In a nutshell, it’sthe grace that saves, and it’s the grace that keeps.Considering the fact and force of the divine grace, and its relationto the safe-keeping power of God, we can categorize a three-folddiscussion as classified below:
The Keeping Power Of God Through Grace Is Included In Every Consideration Of The Principles Of Grace
It is of a Biblicalthought that through grace, God has always pardoned and overlookedthe meritless, undeserving sinners. Additionally, if this is true,God has also continued to neutrally keep the saved ones in eternalsalvation, in ages and ages. Hence, these are the real applicationsof the principles of grace. The three principles of grace are:
The disposal of condemnation because of sin through the cross of Jesus Christ.
The offer to salvation for man as a gift from God to dispose of all human obligations.
The disposals of human merit though the divine decree that lays the whole world “under sin|.”
A few observations from these specific principles can be deduced
There must be the Disposal of Every Condemnation which Divine Righteousness could Impose Because of Sin.
Sin is sin in everyaspect, whether committed by an unsaved individual or a savedbeliever. Jesus died to deliver us from these sin burdens. He wasGod’s son that took away the sins of the whole by himself. On thisregard, the burdens of the unsaved ones are disposed, and the graceis said to be extended. Also, the grace is extended to the saved onessince Jesus has already borne the condemnation of sin. Conversely,the unsaved ones are said to be condemned only if they don’tbelieve in Jesus who bore their sins.
There must be a Disposal of Every Human Obligation.
Regardless of thehuman’s accounts and works, salvation is the only gift from God forself-righteousness. Grace is a free favor and therefore equallyimportant to all accounts and obligations. “I will in no wise castout.” God keeps all by grace alone.
There must be a Disposal of Every Human Merit.
The worthiness of asinner is not a judgment basis for the disposition of grace by God.Merit does not deprive man the ultimate goodness of God. In fact, allhuman merits are set aside so that pure grace may rule unchallengedand uncomplicated.
The Keeping Power of God through Grace is Implied in Every Revelation wherein is presented the truth that Grace Reaches onto the Coming Ages for its Consummation
Whoeverbelieves in the Lamb of God-Jesus Christ is promised an everlastinglife. He/she is passed from death to eternity. This is the greatcovenant of God that is not limited once the sinner believes inChrist and His salvation grace. Therefore, this is the unalterableand unconditional agreement between man and God.
The Keeping Power of God through Grace is indicated by the Manifold Provisions and Safeguards which He has made to that End.
The ultimate andeverlasting purpose of grace cannot pass out since God has providedthe emergency healings required in this eternal journey. Theprovisions are, but not limited to:
The Power of GOD.
God is omnipotentand thus is the supreme King of Kings. He is able to confer eternityto all human beings that believe in Him.
The Love of GOD.
God loves allunlimitedly. It is His eternal love that we are able to receive thegrace without measures. He is the creator of all, and thereforeeveryone is equal towards Him
The Prayer of the Son of GOD.
Christ prayed whileHe was on earth. He dedicated His prayers to the innocent humans.Either saved or unsaved (John17:9-12). Consequently, His prayers arereadily answered by His heavenly Father. He is still continuing topray for us while in heaven as well. So, this is pure love fromJesus. He wants us all to enter the Kingdom of God.
The Resurrection of the Son of GOD.
When one is saved,he/she partakes the resurrection form of Jesus and therefore acquirean everlasting eternal life thereafter.
The Present Advocacy of the Son of GOD.
Jesus presents Hisblood to God as a form of advocacy for the salvation of man fromsins. He sits at the right hand of God, and thus, He is the ultimatelink between us and God
THELIFE UNDER GRACE
The life undersalvation grace promises any believer a place in heaven and a chanceof joining God’s family and the household of heaven. The life undergrace does not involve the law. Jesus wants to give us all that He’sgot. Commonly, there is a tendency to downplay the ethical andpractical concepts of The Gospel. We are released from obligations,demerits and merits (Romans 6:14).
Grace Provides a Particular Rule of Life
In the Chapter twoof the Epistle by Paul to Titus, from Verse 11, two broad differentministries of grace are released in the passage:
The grace of GOD which bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men.
Jesus Christ broughtthe saving grace to the world after His resurrection. It was amessage to all men to be invited to the eternal Kingdom of God. Itwas a universal favor for all.
It is the same grace which has brought salvation to all men, that teaches "us."
The distinction ofthe word “us” revolves around the saved Christians. However, thefact cannot be forcibly taught, in that it will comprise the wholeidea of grace as a gift from God.
The teachings ofgrace should also be sensitive. It should give equal warning for boththe saved and the unsaved. The teachings should also emphasize onthe slipping to careless sinning practices. In discovering the factand scope of the teachings of grace, a few points are noted:
The Christian`s Daily Life is to be Directed Only by The Teachings of Grace
As mentionedearlier, law is disregarded as a strict observance in the expense ofgrace. Law is not mentioned in the teachings of grace (Philippians3:16). A believer walks by a rule that is not an adaptation of thelaw. However, law is encompassed in grace as principles which arerevised, adapted and newly incorporated in pure grace.
The Law Is Excluded From The Grace Teachings Of Christ
In the teachings ofJesus Christ the Rabbi, grace and law are isolated from one another.The commandments of Christ are not law, they make up the law of love,which enter into the teachings of grace and teachings of Jesus (Acts1:3).
The Law is Excluded from The Teachings of The Apostles
In the Apostles’teachings, law and grace are not mixed. They exist independently.Their teachings are similar to Jesus teachings. It is evident that Headvocated into blessings of pure grace.
The Personal Experience of The Apostle Paul is an Illustration of The Teachings of Grace
In Corinthians9:19-21, Paul denounces the observance of law and declares that Jesusis all and in all. Christ is offered to us as a limitless grace.
"Tothem that are without law, as without law, . . . that Imight gain them that are
The Teachings of the Law
In their studies,grace and law are inter-twinned. Nonetheless, the scripture teachingshold that law are covenant works that is opposed to the teachings ofgrace. The law can be classified in a three-fold dynamics:
As to the Meaning of the Word Law as Used in The Scriptures
The founder of thedivine law is God. His expression is reflected in His works andrequirements. God is holy, mighty, just, fair and the best.Therefore, His requirements should be just as well. However, theideals of sinful men are of greed, unfairness, evil and thusdeviating from the divine standards that portray the character imageof God.
In order tounderstand the term law as discussed in this paper, we need to coverat least seven folds of the world itself as depicted in the HolyBible.
The Ten Commandments.
Moseswas assigned these commandments written on the table of stones byGod Himself. He gave them to the Israelites. They were supposed toobey this law as prescribed by God. In the later millennia, Jesuscame and summarized the Ten Commandments into one law.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and withall thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatcommandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thyneighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law andthe prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40).
The Bibleappreciates that the commandments are part of the law, but Christcame to re-establish a new love that was free of the law.
The Whole System of Government for Israel in the Land.
Thelaws in this regard are classified into three-folds:
These were the realobservatory laws for the Israelites, which governed the whole land.They were related to another and often guided one into the path ofrighteousness. The wrong-doers had to offer animal sacrifices forforgiving of their sins.
The Kingdom Rule of Messiah.
Thereign of the Messiah was and is the ultimate pure divine law. Heoffered Himself for the salvation of man. His Kingdom Rule is coupledwith His undivided grace, and altogether, humans are subject to Hisadvocacy in front of the Lord God.
The Whole Revealed Will of GOD for any Individual, or Nation, when Contemplated as a Covenant of Works which is to be Wrought in the Energy
of the Flesh.
Inthe covenant of works, the fundamental properties of the law wereencompassed. Additionally, in the new covenant of grace, anunrecompensed favor is awarded by God. Therefore, an obligation isbestowed, in that the divine blessing should be achieved after thefulfillment of this obligations. This is the whole concept of thisfold.
Any Rule of Conduct Prescribed by Men.
Manhas fallen to the bias of his own creation of the law that governshim. These laws may cut across a section of [people. Hence, beingbias to the other section of man. These are not divine laws, and thusin no way are righteous intended.
Any Recognized Principle in Operation.
Inthis sense, law is given a certain power that is governed by certainprinciples. For instance, the law of gravitation.- The power ofgravity. In reference to the scriptures, Romans 8:2 gives a clearinsight into this idea. “For the law (power) ofthe Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law(power) of sin and death.”
The Necessary Sequence between a Cause and its Effect.
Romans 7:21, it saysthat in adhering to a particular law and doing well, evil will bepresent.
As to the Relation The Law Sustains to The Time of its Reign
Laws are made for aparticular time and space. That is, laws from the past may notnecessarily work in the present and future. For instance, the Laws ofMoses were given to him for use at that particular time by hisfollowers. Death is also a punishment since the ancient times, whenAdam and Eve failed to obey the law of God. The reign of the Law ofMoses only lasted for 1500 years until the death of Jesus. The reignof this law can be categorized as
The Law began its Reign at Mount Sinai.
In the book ofDeuteronomy 5:1-3, the Ten Commandments were given to the Israelitesby God. He gave them to Moses. So, from the time of death of Moses tothe death of Jesus, these laws were still operational.
The Reign of Law was terminated with the Death of CHRIST.
Once Jesus died andresurrected, the new Law of Love replaced the reign of the Moses’slaws. The new law was the new of covenant of grace.
As to the Application of the Law
The Ten Commandmentswere issued to the Israelites only. They were supposed to abide bythese rules every day. This law was called the covenant of works. Thenew law of the covenant of grace was applicable to all humans, eitherJews or Gentiles. This was the introduction of grace withoutboundaries, after the death of the Jesus.
The Kingdom of Teachings
Based on the holybible, all time is divided into seven periods. The scriptures are
occupiedwith the last three of these periods. All that lies between Exodus-19 and Revelation-20 are the unfolding of the exact scope andcharacteristic of the ages. The three ages are:
The age of the Ten Commandments, measured from Sinai to Calvary.
The age of the kingdom, the second coming of Christ to bring in the eternal state.
The present age of grace, lying between the death of Moses and death of Jesus.
Psalms is a book inthe Old Testament of the Bible, which teaches on the coming and reignof the Messiah. According to this understanding, we can isolate thekeywords from these ages:
Law and Obedience are the keywords in the Mosaic era.
Believe and Grace are the keywords in the present age.
Righteousness and Peace are the keywords in the kingdom era.
In the Gospel booksof the New Testament, the Mosaic systems are recognized and take partin the composition which also includes the grace and the kingdom. Inthat regard, the notable features of the Gospel are its buildingpillars. For instance
The Gospel of Matthew is a message to Israel of her King and His kingdom.
The Gospel of Mark presents CHRIST as the Servant of the Lord.
The Gospel of Luke presents CHRIST in His humanity.
The Gospel of John was also written for a particular purpose
Therefore, thesaving grace of God is declared in the theme of the Gospel.
Contrasts between Law and Grace Teachings
God providesdifferent rules of life, to fit His succeeding dispensationalinteractions with man. In the scriptures, there is unity among thedivine constructs. The unity seems to unite the differences andessential separations among the three divine systems of government.
A few significantfeatures arise from this unity:
The revelation concerning GOD.
Prophesy and its fulfillment.
The union between type and antitype.
The revelation concerning Satan and evil.
The doctrine of man and his sin.
The requirement of holiness in the conduct of saints.
The continuity of purpose in the program of the ages.
The governingprinciples are classified into three folds.
They Present Independent, Sufficient, and Complete Systems of Divine Rule in The Earth
The present systemof divine rule is the kingdom of grace. It is the power conferred tous by Jesus. It leads to a righteous and peaceful path under thesafe-keeping power of God. It’s the sufficient power that bestowsand re-unites our sense of belonging towards God. The death of Jesusmarked the beginning of this eternal kingdom.
The Order Varies as to The Sequence of The Divine Blessing and The Human Obligation
This is the secondmost prime distinction between the law teachings and grace teachingsit is seen in a varying order between the divine blessing and thehuman obligation. The notable difference in this order is embodied inthe idea of “do and live” and “live and do”. In theobligation of the law, one is expected do good and hence lives inblessing, it’s a mandatory. In grace, one is already blessed andhence can continue to do good deeds.
Because of Different Degrees of Difficulty and Different Degrees of Divine Enablement
The three rules oflife, the Law of Moses, the law of the kingdom, and the teachings ofgrace are widely different because of two facts:
-The requirements ofthe manner of life under them are far from uniform, and
– These systemsdiffer in the degree of divine enablement which is provided in each.
These two facts areso closely connected with these governing systems that it isessential to consider these two facts in their relation to each ruleof life. The Scriptures may be taken as a fair-minded depiction ofthe difference between the standards of the Law of Moses, and thestandards of grace. Under the Mosaic system, love for others was tobe in the degree in which one loved himself: but under grace, it isto be in the degree in which Jesus has loved us and given His lifefor us (I John 3:16). Love under grace is the fruit of the HolySpirit.
In the adherence tothese divine principles, enablement is conferred to the believer.
The Law Done Away
In the present age,law and grace are opposed to each other. They cannot co-existtogether. In the New Testaments teachings, law is done away with. Thelegal conception of the law is three-fold (Kaye et l,. 1978):
The Actual Written Instructions of both the Teachings of The Law Of Mosesand The Kingdom are Done Away
The actual writteninstructions between these two entities are not the rule of thebeliever’s life under grace. It is the complete withdrawal of thesecommandments that ensures that God’s grace is exercisedlimitlessly. The law is done away with so that the grace is seen inall dimensions .
The Law Covenant of Works, in all of Its Application, which Conditions Blessing and Acceptance with God on Personal Merit, is Done Away
“I have blessedyou, do good.” This is the new covenant between man and God. Theold covenant of “Do good, I shall bless you” is discarded away.This is the teaching of pure grace that is upheld in the covenant ofgrace. Grace is an unconditional favor or gift from God.
The Law Principle of Dependence on The Energy of The Flesh, in Place of The Grace Principle of Dependence on The Power of The Indwelling Spirit, is Done Away
Grace, is a covenantof faith, and provides the limitless enablement of the power of theindwelling Spirit, addressing itself to the unlimited resources ofthe supernatural man. The requirements to be met under grace are,therefore, on the level of the unlimited ability of the Spirit. Sincethere is no provision for the flesh in the plan of GOD for a lifeunder grace, the law is done away.
Judaism is done away
Judaism is seen asthe parent bedrock for the development of Christianity. However,Judaism was the bond between the Israelites at Mt. Sinai and GodHimself. The covenant of works was established there. However, whendied on the cross, a new covenant was re-established and the JudaismLaw was done away with.
The Sabbath, a Test Question
In the NewTestament, Jesus compromised the Sabbath Day through His liberalteachings, and this provoked the wrath of the Jewish spiritualleaders. This was a significant move in downplaying the oldcovenants. It is therefore, the resurrection of Jesus Christthatintensified the teachings of grace. Therefore, Sabbath Day is nolonger a strict law to observe. In fact, every individual is subjectto his own understanding of the Sabbath.
Christ, The Believer`s Sphere In Grace
In extensive graceteachings, the phrase “In grace” is highly of importance use. Inthe beloved name of Jesus, everyone is entitled to an unconditionalgrace. As earlier mentioned in this paper, Christ the Lord is theultimate advocate for the fulfillment of all our needs. He shed Hisblood so that we could all be saved.
Grace is the sum ofall that enters into Christianity. Grace is well conspicuous in thedeath Christ and within the divine purposes and decrees fordispensations.
All along thispaper, the most striking idea is that, grace is unconditionally givento sinners, despite the fact they are hell-bound.
Through faith, abeliever is automatically made complete and that he may receive allthe blessings and acceptance from God. The good Spirit also dwells inhim (Gundry, 1985).
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