Monthly Archives: April 2014

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God has positive answers to our self negativity

You say: “It’s impossible.”  God says: All things are possible. (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired.”  God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me.”  God says: I love you. (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: “I can’t go on.” God says: My grace is sufficient. (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out.”  God says: I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it.”  God says: You can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able.”   God says: I am able. (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it.”  God says: It will be worth it. (Roman 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself.” God says: I forgave you. (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage.”  God says: I will supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid.”  God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated.”  God says: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I don’t have enough faith.”  God says: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith. (Romans12:3)

You say: “I’m not smart enough.”  God says: I give you wisdom. (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone.”  God says: I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews13:5)

You say”” I feel unworthy.”  God says: I have made you righteous (2Co.5:21)

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Intimate with Jesus

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The cross has removed every obstacle and clothed us in white – we are the bride of Christ. We have oneness with him by the Spirit. That’s grace . (And…this is not just for the ladies – it’s OK guys you can handle this imagery too.)
Song of Songs 1:2-4 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Take me away with you–let us hurry! bride5Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you! 
Rev 19:7-8 The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

 

Jesus is not just looking for us to know about him or just to have faith in him. He wants us to know that we are one with him, like a husband and wife. Intimate intertwined lives full of love, grace and safety as Jesus, our husband cares for us.

This is not talked about much, I think because men find the bride type imagery hard to relate to. But in fact it’s very similar to the picture the Scripture use of us, both men and women being son of God (Ro.8:17), something for the ladies to get their heads around.

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Celebrate the Cross

CELEBRATE THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS

The link to this teaching is http://gracelovetruth.com/?p=1134

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Did you know that Jesus’ death on the cross was not just some arbitrary punishment because he opposed the religious leaders and Roman authorities of the day. Jesus intentionally died on the cross for the specific purpose of fulfilling the requirements of the Old Covenant spiritual Laws, especially the Law of Sin and Death and the Law of Moses.
The spiritual Laws of the Old Testament demand that there must be a death and blood sacrifice before anyone can be set free from their sins. Easter celebrates the fact that Jesus’ finished work on the cross fulfilled all the requirements of the Old Testament Law’s and through this fulfilment of the Law Jesus overcame the power of sin and death…..this is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. All who receive Jesus are now righteous, forgiven, accepted, beloved children of Abba. We, the church, the Bride, now have a loving and intimate with Jesus our bridegroom…. believe it, Jesus suffering, humiliation and death on the cross earn it for us. He became like sin so we could be righteous.

SPIRITUAL LAWS
The Scriptures define a number of spiritual Law systems, the main ones being:-
i) The Law of Sin and Death: If you sin you die both spiritually and physically Gen 2:16-17 Ro.8:2-4. (The Old Adamic Covenant)
ii) The Law of Moses: If you obey all the Ten Commandments all the time, you will be blessed. If you fail in any one aspect at any time, you are cursed Deut. 28:1-68. Blessing and curses are based totally on your performance. (The Old Mosaic Covenant)… Hum, that’s bad news!
iii) The Law of the Spirit of Life: If you are ‘born again” the Spirit of Christ lives in you. You are righteous and in Grace. You now have full abundant physical and spiritual life along with God’s abundant blessings. Rom. 8:2-4. John 1:16-17 (The New Covenant)… Yeah, now there’s some good news.

 

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THE CROSS HAS SET US FREE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW SYSTEMS
Acts 15:5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” (Answer: No they don’t)
Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code (the Old Testament Laws), with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
The good news (the gospel) is that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection fulfilled and effectively cancelled the bad news of both the two Old Testament Law systems that either caused death or cursed us. The Cross brought in the New Covenant System of Grace known as The Law of the Spirit of Life.

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YOUR OLD SIN NATURE WAS CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST.
Gal 5:24 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”.
The flesh sin nature embraces sin and opposes the will and the Spirit of God (Rom.8:3-8). The only way to be freed from the sin nature is to die to self, and to be “born again” (Jn.3:5-6). The good news is that the sin nature of those who have turned to Christ has been nailed on the cross with Christ (Gal.2:20). We have been baptized into Christ’s death (Ro.6:3). The sin nature of believers is dead. It’s memories and habits may still plagues us but our sin nature is dead in Christ. Now we do need to allow our minds to be renewed and our actions sanctified by the Word and the Spirit, and this takes time but the good news is we are no longer slaves to sin and can now say “no”because of what Christ did on the cross (Ro.6:14).

Gal.2:17-21 (The Message) “Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? No great surprise, right? And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan. What actually took place is t his: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily”.

Be full of joy. He died but death could not hold him , nor us,. He is risen and glorified!!!!
Happy Easter.

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Abba is faithful

Abba is faithful. No matter how hard our circumstances,we hope and trust in him. His love and grace are sufficient, so we hang in there, we are not alone, we are one with Jesus and one with his Body, the Church, signed sealed and guaranteed by the Spirit and the blood of the New Covenant. Praise him today for we are his beloved. Let joy and hope raise up within:  Psalm 108:1-4  My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
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Introduction to the Grace Love Truth Course.

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Preamble

In this time when there is an ever increasing rise of legalistic religions, the Holy Spirit is re-establishing the church in Jesus’ unique Gospel of Grace which Paul refers to in Acts 20:24.
For this purpose we are presenting this powerful eight part Bible based The Grace-Love- Truth Course that will revitalize your spiritual life and understanding of the good news of Jesus’ grace.

The purpose of the course is:

right1To change wrong beliefs that are barriers to intimacy with Jesus.
To emphasise the unique message of Christianity: Salvation and life through Jesus Christ, by grace and not by works.
To reveal Jesus’ finished work on the cross and what this means for us today.
To enable us to understand God’s amazing favour that is revealed in Jesus.
To establish us in our identity as beloved and blessed children of the “Abba” Father.
To empower us to live in God’s gift of grace, righteousness and  blessings.
To remove false teachings that make us feel unworthy and disqualified.

It is not our intention to impart more knowledge about Jesus but rather to help us to know Jesus in a more real and intimate way.

Please note that there is copyright on this material but it is published with the intention of it being freely and fully available to the worldwide Church. We do ask that if you use the course you simply acknowledge  www.gracelovetruth.com and you let us know by email at study@gracelovetruth.com . Be blessed!

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International Version ®, NIV ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.)

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Course Contents

1. The Gospel of Grace (Acts 20:24)
2. The New Covenant (Hebrews 8:10-13)
3. Law and Grace (2 Corinthians 3:6)
4. Grace overcomes Sin (Romans 6:14)
5. Righteousness is a gift of grace (Romans 3:22)
6. Children of God – our new identity in Christ (1 Corinthians 5:17)
7. Our union with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
8. Grace empowers us for mission

 

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The Author – Garry Hare

This course has been written by Garry Hare who is the founder of Grace Love Truth Ministries and is chairman of Heart to Heart International.

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Garry was born in Bristol England in 1956. His family emigrated to South Africa in 1967. Garry was educated in Johannesburg and graduated with a diploma in Civil Engineering in 1979. He worked in construction primarily as the CEO of his own property development company until going into full time self supporting ministry in 1996.
Garry and his family live in Kloof, Durban and he has been married to Annette since 1981. They have three children; Ryan (28), Simone (24), Jonathan (18), and three foster children; Amanda (13), Dion (11) and Sakina (13) and one grandchild; Ari (2).
Garry grew up in a non-Christian family but early on he attended traditional English church schools. As a young adult he was involved in the “New Age” movement and dabbled in a number of religions. He was radically saved in 1991 after a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit at a Christian healing service. After being “born again” he was initially involved with “Christian Ministry to Jews” (CMJ) and an employment ministry for the workless. In 1996 Garry went into full time ministry with New Wine (SA), a Charismatic Renewal Ministry and also ministered in the local Anglican Church of Kloof, Durban, where he was formally ordained in 2000. Garry has ministered in churches of all denominations and types throughout South Africa and in various parts of the world, including Finland, Holland, UK, Korea, China, Vietnam, Kenya, Tanzania,  Mozambique and Ethiopia.
Garry left the Anglican Church in 2002 to found “OrphanAid” and to fulfil a call to help establish a network of easily reproducible, relational, simple church communities among the poor and needy. This also involves mentoring young leaders, teaching and equipping believers from various church backgrounds and caring for AIDS orphans. In 2005 Garry and Annette founded “Springside Place of Refuge and Safety”, a safe home for abused women and children. Garry handed over the leadership of OrphanAid and Springside to a local team of leaders in 2010. Garry is chairman of Heart to Heart International which is an NPO umbrella organization to a number of ministries. Garry is a trustee and teacher at Kloof Theological Centre whose aim is to provide solid Biblical teachings to the both the local and wider church. Garry and Annette are also involved in pastoring in a network of relational, small, simple, local churches. Garry and Annette also have a close association with Sarepta  Kloof. Since 2009 Garry has been involved in sharing the gospel with Muslims and helping encourage the persecuted church.
Garry and Annette are accountable to a group of other mature Christians from various church backgrounds, as well as the team which they are part of. They are also linked in with many local churches.
Garry and Annette have a passion for: Jesus and His kingdom, family, sharing the good news of Jesus’ grace, establishing believers in their identity as God’s beloved children, the empowering of the Holy Spirit, mission to the poor, needy and oppressed, authentic Christian community and church, the unity and rich diversity of the church, the breaking down of racial, cultural, denominational, educational & economic divides, raising up young leaders and using technology to share the good news.
Over the years God has blessed Garry and Annette in their business dealings and they have their own financial means of support.
Garry’s present calling and focus is to help establish the wider church in the gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ (Acts.20:24) and teach on how to practically live out the love and grace of God.

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The first part of the eight part course  The Gospel of Grace can be found at
http://gracelovetruth.com/?p=1095   or you can email us at  study@gracelovetruth.com  for PDF or Word printable files which are in a better format and can be emailed to others.

 

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PART 1. THE GOSPEL OF GRACE.

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Part 1:  THE GOSPEL OF GRACE

 LESSON 1 of PART 1: GRACE

1.  AMAZING GRACE.

1.1  WHAT IS GRACE?

1.2  WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE ALONE (Sola Gratia)

1.3  IT’S NOT MAINTENANCE BY WORKS

1.4  JESUS’ GRACE IS OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD

1.5  GRACE PREACHING HAS GREAT HISTORICAL ROOTS

1.6  SALVATION BY GRACE IS THE FULL PACKAGE OF LIFE NOW

1.7  GRACE QUALIFIES

1.8  GRACE BLESSES

1.9  GRACE OFFENDS

2.  ONE GOSPEL

2.1  ONE MESSAGE OF GOOD NEWS

2.2  THE GOSPEL OF GRACE AND THE KINGDOM

2.3  STICK TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE

3.  GROUP EXCERISE

3.1 THE PRODIGAL SON

LESSON 2: THE GRACE WAY TO USE SCRIPTURE

4.  THE SCRIPTURES

4.1  PRINCIPLES OF BIBLE READING

4.2  THE EIGHT C’S

4.3  THE SCRIPTURES REVEAL JESUS

4.4  TWO WAYS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

4.5   GOD’S GIFTS OF GRACE

5.  SCRIPTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF GRACE

5.1  THE CONTEXT OF DIVISION IN THE EARLY CHURCH

5.2  LAW KEEPERS AND GRACE BELIEVERS

5.3.  A SCRIPTURAL EXERCISE

5.4  QUESTIONS

6.  FOR EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA LEARNERS

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 INTRODUCTION

 Jesus, the most wonderful gift of Abba Father to the world.  Jesus is grace, and the Holy Spirit is once again deepening this truth in the Body of Christ, the Church. This is wonderful and good news. We are privileged to be living in an amazing time for the church and the kingdom – a time as the church has never known before. Five hundred years ago, the Holy Spirit gave the Reformers, one of whom was Martin Luther, a revelation that we are saved and justified by grace alone. This revelation started to free the church from the false doctrine of salvation through good works. The revelation that salvation was by grace and not by dead works was the catalyst that brought mankind out of the Dark Ages.

Sadly, history shows that the revelation of grace was not fully received and implemented by the Reformers. The majority of church Reformers, who taught salvation by grace alone, ultimately established theologies and governmental church systems that were founded on a mixture of grace and Law.

The good news is that God is rectifying this shortfall. This is a time of amazing Holy Spirit revelation and new reformation that is revitalizing the church. The church is once again focussing on the centrality of Christ, his Cross, his grace and that we are beloved children of Abba Father – for these are the foundations of His kingdom.

For the first time since the Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit is bringing the church back to the understanding that not only are we saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, but we are called to live everyday by the grace of Jesus. Correctly understanding grace and how grace qualifies us in every way is crucial to the effectiveness of the church in this era where there is an increasing flood of harsh legalistic religion.

Without a revelation of the grace and the love of God (1 John 4:16), it is actually impossible to know the truth of God’s purpose for mankind and the church. Grace, truth and Jesus Christ are inseparable (John 1:17).

LESSON 1 of PART 1: GRACE

1.  AMAZING GRACE.

              1.1  WHAT IS GRACE?

John 1:14  The Word (Greek: logos) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Firstly, as hard as it may be to grasp, in Christian terms, grace is not a doctrine or a concept, grace is a person, Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no true grace. Jesus is grace personified. There are of course doctrines of grace found in other spiritual disciplines such as the New Age Movement, however true Godly grace and Jesus Christ cannot be separated. As Christians we are not called to reveal and promote grace, but Jesus Christ. Emphasising a doctrine of grace can divide and confuse, but revealing the person of grace, Jesus Christ brings us together as the Body of Christ, his Church.

The first mention of grace in the New Testament is found in John 1:14. The New Testament Greek word for grace is “χάρις” pronounced “charis”. Thayer’s defines this as that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness and a grace of speech, goodwill, loving-kindness and favour, of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. The Greek word “charis” is closely related to the foundational word “χαίρω” (chairō), meaning to rejoice, be glad, to rejoice exceedingly, to be well and to thrive.

The first mention of grace in the Old Testament is found in Genesis 6:8, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”  The Old Testament Hebrew word for grace is “חן“ (chen) pronounced “khane” which Strong defines as subjectively meaning; kindness and favour and objectively meaning;  beauty, favour, grace, pleasant, precious and well favoured. In the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Septuagint, the Hebrew word “khane” is translated as the Greek word “charis”.

A closer study of Scripture and the practices of Jesus will show that grace is:

Our unearned, unconditional blessing from God.

The free gift of eternal life.

God’s goodness to us.

His unconditional, freely given, love for us.

God’s empowerment of us by His Spirit.

The fulfilment of God’s promises in Christ.

God’s riches at Christ expense.

Jesus’ fulfilment of Scripture and Law on our behalf.

God’s empowering to overcome sin.

Our qualification before God.

Blessing upon blessing.

The  expression of God’s love.

God’s mercy plus God’s adoption as his children.

Simply put, grace is  God’s unmerited, undeserved and unearned favour in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:4-10 “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.

This is the great revelation of Jesus Christ, the unique truth of Christianity, the dividing line between Christianity and all other religions, salvation is by grace alone. There is no other religion or system of faith that offers such a good deal. Religion per se, is always about works and performance, grace is about relationship with Jesus Christ.  The characteristics of salvation by grace are that it flows from God’s great love and mercy. It is based on the kindness of God. It is centred on Jesus Christ and His life imputed to us. It is activated and appropriated by faith; a trust in God’s goodness. It is a free gift from a loving heavenly Father. Nothing on our part has, or can earn this gift. Our good or bad works have no bearing on our salvation and therefore we have nothing we can boast about as nothing we did or did not do qualified us in any way to be saved. We were created for the purpose of being saved by God’s grace to be intimate children with our “Abba” Father (Ro.8:15) and be his ambassadors and agents in this world. We lovingly and joyfully carry out his will and do his works. These works do not earn or maintain our salvation but are simply preordained for us as God’s children and ambassadors in Christ (2Co.5:20).

Romans 11:5, “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

The big battle in the minds of many believers is that good works still have some part in maintaining our justified, forgiven and saved state. Scripture makes it very clear that this is not so. To add any condition, work  or law to grace is to deny the sufficiency of God’s grace and the finished work of the cross. Grace living is about a total dependence on God’s goodness and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. It is not based on our ability or will to do what is right. The good works we now do flows out of the grace we have received, not the other way around. The root of true and godly works is the grace of Jesus Christ and our intimacy with “Abba”.  “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

              1.2  WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE ALONE (Sola Gratia)

Eph 2:4-10 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.   And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”.

This is the great revelation of Jesus Christ, the unique truth of Christianity, the dividing line between all other religious. Salvation is by grace alone. There is no other religion or system that offers such a good deal. Religion per say, is always about works and performance, grace is about relationship with Jesus Christ.

The characteristics of salvation by grace are: that it flows from God’s great love and mercy. It is based on the kindness of God. It is centred on Jesus Christ and His life imputed to us. It is activated and appropriated by faith; a trust in God’s goodness. It is a free gift from a loving heavenly Father. Nothing on our part has, or can earn this gift. Our good or bad works have no bearing on our salvation and therefore we have nothing we can boast about because nothing we did or didn’t do qualified us in any way to be saved. We were created for the purpose of being saved by God’s grace so that we can then do God’s will and works. These works do not earn or maintain our salvation but are simply preordained for us as Gods children and ambassadors in Christ.

               1.3  IT’S NOT MAINTENANCE BY WORKS

Rom 11:5  So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

The big battle in the minds of many believers is that good works still have some part in maintaining our justified, forgiven and saved state. Scripture makes it very clear that this is not so. To add any condition or law  to grace is to deny the sufficiency of God’s grace and the finished work of the Cross. Grace living is about a total dependence on God’s goodness and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. It is not based on our ability or will to do what is right. The good works we now do flow out of the grace we have received, not the other way around. The root of true and Godly works is the grace of Jesus Christ. We love Him, because He first loved us (1Jn.4:19).

Act 15:11  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

Rom 3:23  …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Rom 4:16  Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

              1.4  JESUS’ GRACE IS OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD

Our right standing or righteousness with God is his love gift to us through Jesus Christ. Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to all who choose to believe in him as Lord and Saviour. This is the great exchange that took place on the cross. His righteousness for our sin. We are no longer slaves to sin but we are now slaves to righteousness (Rom.6:18). This will be discussed in more detail in part 5.

              1.5  GRACE PREACHING HAS GREAT HISTORICAL ROOTS

The present emphasis on grace alone is not new. The centrality of Jesus’ grace is both scriptural and historical. Many great historical preachers and teachers understood the significance and uniqueness of Jesus’ grace.

i) Martin Luther (1483-1546).  The great German Reformer.

“This grace of God is a very great, strong, mighty and active thing. It does not lie asleep in the soul. Grace hears, leads, drives, draws, changes, works all in man, and lets itself be distinctly felt and experienced. It is hidden, but its works are evident”….

“So Paul in Titus 3:5-7 discards all boasted free will, all human virtue, righteousness, and good works.  He concludes that they are all nothing and are wholly perverted, however brilliant and worthy they may appear, and teaches that we must be saved solely by the grace of God, which is effective for all believers who desire it from a correct conception of their own ruin and nothingness.”  “Yes, dear friend, you must first possess heaven and salvation before you can do good works.  Works never merit heaven; heaven is conferred purely of grace.”  “The delusive doctrine of works blinds the Christian’s eyes, perverts a right understanding of faith, and forces him from the way of truth and salvation.”  “He who does not receive salvation purely through grace, independently of all good works, certainly will never secure it.” “Truly, then, we are saved by grace alone, without works or other merit.”  “Notice John 3:16, all who believe have eternal life.  That being true, believers certainly are just and holy without works.  Works contribute nothing to justification.  It is effected by pure grace richly poured out upon us.” “We receive forgiveness and grace at no cost or labour on our part, but not without cost and labour on the part of Christ.”  “Our salvation must exist, not in our righteousness, but…in Christ’s righteousness. …Let his righteousness and grace, not yours, be your refuge’. (M. Luther, Sola Gratia, sermon on Titus 3)

ii) Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). Famous Evangelical London preacher .

“It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me.”

“We are Christians entirely and solely as the result of the grace of God. Let us remind ourselves once more that ‘grace’ means unmerited, undeserved favour. It is an action which arises entirely from the gracious character of God. So the fundamental proposition is that salvation is something that comes to us entirely from God’s side. What is still more important is this, that it not only comes from God’s side, it comes to us in spite of ourselves—‘unmerited’ favour. In other words, it is not God’s response to anything in us. Now there are many people who seem to think that it is—that salvation is God’s response to something in us. But the word ‘grace’ excludes that. It is in spite of us. Salvation is not in any sense God’s response to anything in us. It is not something that we in any sense deserve or merit. The whole essence of the teaching at this point, and everywhere in all the New Testament, is that we have no sort or kind of right whatsoever to salvation, that the whole glory of salvation is, that though we deserved nothing but punishment and hell and banishment out of the sight of God to all eternity, yet God, of His own love and grace and wondrous mercy, has granted us this salvation. Now that is the entire meaning of this term ‘grace’. Creatures who were spiritually dead are now alive—how has it happened? Can a dead man raise himself? It is impossible. There is only one answer, ‘By grace ye are saved’.  (God’s Way of Reconciliation—An Exposition of Ephesians 2, 1972, p. 130.)

iii) Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), influential English preacher and evangelist.

“If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, ‘I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it.’ But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness.”

iv) Watchman Nee (1903-1972), Chinese evangelist, author and church planter

“Grace means that God does something for me; law means that I do something for God. God has certain holy and righteous demands which he places upon me: that is law. Now if law means that God requires something of me for their fulfilment, then deliverance from law means he no longer requires that from me, but himself provides it.” “Man cannot rely on his own merit before God; it would overthrow the Lord’s work, as though He had died in vain”. “His Grace is sufficient! He has provided everything for you, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ”. “We go to Christ for forgiveness & often the law to fight our sins: Foolish Galatians!…The righteous will live by faith.”

v) D.L. Moody (1837-1899), prolific American evangelist.

“Grace means undeserved kindness. It is the gift of God to man the moment he sees he is unworthy of God’s favour…. Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. The Law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along to straighten me out.”

vi) A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), famous American preacher and author.

“All the infinite attributes of God rejoice together when a man believes in the grace of God and returns home (Luke 15)”. “Grace is the goodness of God confronting human demerit”. “As mercy is God’s goodness confronting human misery and guilt, so grace is his goodness directed toward human debt and demerit”. “Abounding sin is the terror of the world, but abounding grace is the hope of mankind”. “It is by His grace that God imputes merit where none previously existed and declares no debt to be where one had been before”. “The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers”. “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving”. “The grace of God is infinite and beyond our ability to measure. His grace has no beginning and therefore no end”.

              1.6  SALVATION BY GRACE IS THE FULL PACKAGE OF LIFE NOW  

John 10:10 “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance, to the full, till it overflows”

One of the great misconceptions concerning salvation is that it simply means to be saved from sin and death – to receive eternal life. Jesus grace earned so much more than that for us. Salvation is much more than just a future heavenly life to come, it is full and abundant life now. Grace is a continuing way of life. The Greek word “to be saved or salvation” is “σώζω”, sozo. Thayer defines it as, “to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction, from injury or peril. To save a suffering one from perishing, i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health. To preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue. To deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment and to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance.”  “Sozo” is a package of both future eternal life and the gift of abundant life right now. Grace not only brings us eternal life but health, wholeness, safety, forgiveness, blessing and victory over evil – today. This is kingdom living – accepting his gifts and learning to live and reign in Christ right here and right now. Grace qualifies us and empowers us in every way for this victorious kingdom life that is a witness to those around us.

               1.7  GRACE QUALIFIES

Col 1:12  “Giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Many believers constantly feel unworthy and undeserving. This results in spiritual paralysis and passivity. This is one of the biggest indicators of a Law based belief system or the mixing of Law and grace. Unworthiness stems from the belief that it is our own performance or righteousness that  qualifies us to be used by God. Deep down they know that this is a shaky foundation which will always fail. Many live with a deep unspoken fear that God will at some stage “take away” or bring about terrible hardship to teach them a lesson or punish them because they have fallen short.  When they are blessed they either feel guilty or undeserving and suspect that it’s too good to be true. This mentality is founded in Law. The Law always disqualifies us because it always points out our faults. Grace on the other hand qualifies us and points to Jesus as our only qualification. Jesus’ grace and kingdom is unshakable (Heb.12:28) and therefore empowers us, gives us assurance and confidence to be blessed and minister effectively and with spiritual power.  Under grace we have confidence as we know that God is there to help us at all times (Heb.4:16).

              1.8  GRACE BLESSES

John 1:16 (Amp.)  “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift [heaped] upon gift”.

The Law of Moses blesses and curses based on our performance. In contrast the abundant overflowing grace of Jesus bring us blessing and blessing because it is based on Jesus’ performance and righteousness. Under grace our sin and curse has been transferred to Jesus on the cross and his righteousness and blessings has been transferred to us. It is the great exchanged of the cross – so we are now able to live with the expectation of God’s continual blessing. Even when times are hard and suffering is intense, we live in hope and anticipation of the better to soon come through grace.

              1.9  GRACE OFFENDS

Galatians 5:11 “Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision (i.e. the Law), why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.” 

The cross heralded in the new system in which we are called to live – that of God’s grace. Grace is scandalous. It is hard to accept, hard to believe, and hard to receive. Grace shocks us in what it offers as it defies our judgement based on logic. It is truly not of this world,  it frightens us with what it does for sinners. Grace teaches us that God does for others what we would never do for them. We would save the “not-so-bad”, but God starts with prostitutes and then works downward from there. Grace is a gift that costs everything to the giver; Jesus, and nothing to the receiver; the sinner. It is given to those who do not deserve it, barely recognise it, and hardly appreciate it. That is why God alone gets the glory for our salvation that is by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8). Jesus did all the work when he died on the cross, “It is finished!” (Jn.19:30). Grace focuses on Jesus work and performance, not ours.

2.  ONE GOSPEL

               2.1  ONE MESSAGE OF GOOD NEWS

Luke 4:18  Jesus read “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor”.

The Greek word for gospel is “εὐαγγέλιον,” euaggelion, meaning a good message or good news. We are called to preach and teach the good news of Jesus Christ and His kingdom which is founded on God’s grace. The gospel is described in a number of ways in the Scriptures:

The gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 20:24)

The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1:1)

The gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:3)

The gospel of God (Romans 1:1)

The gospel of peace (Romans 10:15)

Paul’s gospel (Romans 2:16)

The gospel of Christ (Romans 15:19)

These designations are merely contextual and definitive. They are all one in the same single gospel which has been progressively revealed since the fall of mankind and was finally given to the Apostle Paul in its fullness by the glorified Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12).  A combined description of the gospel would be: “The good news of the grace and peace of God’s Son, Jesus Christ and His kingdom”.

              2.2  THE GOSPEL OF GRACE AND THE KINGDOM

Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.”

The unique revelation that the glorified Jesus Christ gave to the Apostle Paul was the link between the kingdom and grace. Paul makes it clear in the above scripture that he was preaching the kingdom of God, but that his unique calling from Jesus calling was to testify to the Gospel of Grace. The revelation and manifestation of the kingdom reign and rule of Jesus Christ, first in the hearts of believers and then in the world, can only fully come about under the system of grace founded in Christ and His finished work on the cross. In a sense grace is the system by which the kingdom is administered, just as democracy for instance is the system of administration in the United Kingdom.  Jesus declared in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus preached this knowing that His gift of righteousness is the foundation of the gospel of grace (see the part 5 on righteousness) which brings about entrance and citizenship in the kingdom of God. This is the link that in times past has been missed. Many have preached the kingdom but have failed to see the link between the kingdom and grace.

Colossians 4:6 states, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”. Our response to the enquiries of the world is Jesus’ grace and that the kingdom of God and grace are inextricably linked.

 2.3  STICK TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE

Galatians 1:6-7, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”

Finally it is clear that undermining the gospel of grace is one of the keys schemes of Satan (Eph.6:11) and his false prophets and teachers. Adding law to grace nullifies grace and denies the effectiveness of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Spirit speaking through Paul was well aware of this battle and  issue. The reading of Galatians, especially Galatians chapter 1, reveals the intensity of the battle to maintain the purity of the gospel.

Read through the following Scriptures: Galatians 1:1-24, 3:1-14 and reflect on the passion of Paul’s defence of the gospel and grace.

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3.  GROUP EXCERISE

               3.1 THE PRODIGAL SON

The famous parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 shows the Father’s grace towards someone that should have been stoned according to the Law of Moses. But there is also another son in the story. This parable contains some of the most pertinent lessons on grace found in the Scriptures. Carefully read this parable and comment on what you believe Jesus was trying to teach about the Father’s love, acceptance and  how to live in grace.

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LESSON 2: THE GRACE WAY TO USE SCRIPTURE

4.  THE SCRIPTURES

An important aspects of understanding the grace that is ours through the living Word, Jesus Christ, is that grace is based on firm biblical and historical foundation. Grace is not some new doctrine or revelation, grace is and always has been the foundation of the gospel. When we have strong biblical foundations then the intimacy, hope and blessings that come through Jesus and his grace cannot be undermined. As you go through this study course please spend time looking up all the scriptural references quoted in brackets and allow the Holy Spirit to establish the Word in your heart and mind. As you go through each part, at first, there may unanswered question that arise. Many of these will be answered as the course progresses, so hang in there. If by the end of the course you feel any question has not been answered sufficiently please spend time in prayer and the Scriptures asking the Holy Spirit for revelation. You may also email us at study@gracelovetruth.com if you still feel clarification is needed and we will endeavour to help.

Scripture is the in the Holy Spirit’s progressive revelation of Jesus’ gospel of grace and His kingdom. This gospel is found in shadows and types throughout all the Old Testament scriptures. If we accept the fact that the ultimate purpose of all Scripture is to reveal Jesus Christ, his righteousness, his salvation, his grace and his kingdom, it will affect the way we read and interpret Scripture. The purpose of this first lesson is to clarify the way the early church would have use and understood the Scriptures and how we need to have a similar understanding so that we can fully delve the truths of Jesus and his grace.

              4.1  PRINCIPLES OF BIBLE READING

John 3:3  Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

These are some of the principles we will be applying when reading Scriptures:

We believe that all Scripture (The Bible) is from God and in its original language, is without error. It has spiritual authority and power. It is alive and active for each new day. It reveals spiritual truth about the spiritual kingdom of God and therefore can only be truly understood in its fullness through the revelation of the Holy Spirit to “born again” believers.  To correctly interpret any scripture;

1. Scripture is used to interpret scripture.

2. The principle of first mention is helpful  i.e. the first time something is mentioned will shed light on all subsequent mentions.

3. Scripture, especially the Old Testament, is highly symbolic, poetic and prophetic. The Jews would have picked up on these nuances and hidden meanings which form a thread through their generations and history.

4. Every word found in the scriptures is there for a reason and has a meaning. Numbers have meanings, animals have meaning and especially names have meanings. Knowing these meanings sheds light on what God is trying to reveal or teach us about His plan of salvation. Here are a few suggested examples:  The name Job means hated, Sarah means grace, Isaac means laughter. Lambs;  generally represents Jesus the atoning sacrifice of God. Blood; is pointing to Jesus blood sacrifice for our sins. Flour; is pointing to Jesus body crushed for our healing. Sweat; is pointing to man’s self effort, good works of self righteousness. Thorns; is pointing to the Law of sin and death and the curse of the fall. Mountains; spiritual kingdoms. Gold; God’s glory. 5 = divine grace. 6= man (and his fall). 7= perfection or rest

4. The Scriptures reveal one of the core underlying themes since the Fall of man; God dependant righteousness (Ro.3:21), which pleases God because it’s source and focus is his Son, Jesus. As opposed to man’s independent self righteousness, which we will show that God hates because its source and focus is man, man’s will and man’s own ability (more on this important truth in part 5).

5. Because of God’s different covenants not all Scripture applies directly to born again believers, but all Scripture is valid, important, useful and insightful (we will look at covenants in part 2).

6. The New Testament is a fulfilment of the Old Testament and it is directly linked and does not stand on its own.

7. Jesus acted in a specific ways so as to fulfil the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jewish people knew and recognized this.

8. The mindset with which we approach Scripture affects what we are able to receive from Scriptures. To those who seek Law, it teaches Law, to those who desire grace, it reveals Jesus as grace.

              4.2  THE EIGHT C’S

There are many varying opinions on the way to use the Bible. Applying the following eight “C” points can be a helpful way to gain revelation and understanding of any scripture, especially in the context Jesus’ grace:

Christ: How does it reveal and point to Jesus as Lord and Saviour and our intimate relationship with him?

The Cross: What does it say or imply about the finished work of the cross?

The Context: Who and what issues was it originally addressing? Have we read the whole message . What is the context?

The Covenant: Which covenant applies to this scripture, Law or Grace?

Citizenship: What does it say about the kingdom of God, our citizenship thereof and the Holy Spirits leading?

The New Creation: How does it point to the new creation – the born again believer?

The Church: What is it telling us about God’s people – the church and fellowship?

God’s Children: What does it say about the children of “Abba” God?

              4.3  THE SCRIPTURES REVEAL JESUS

Jesus is the living Word and  Scripture is the revelation of the Word (Greek: logos), who is Jesus. It is not a rule book, but the revelation of Christ. It reveals God’s plan to save mankind through Jesus. The Scriptures cannot save anyone, only Jesus can.

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 5:39 – “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.”

Luke 24:27 – “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”

Acts 18:28 – “For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.”

2 Timothy 3:15 – “And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

Mark 14:49 – “Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.”

              4.4  TWO WAYS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Rom 3:21  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.

A foundational theme of all Scripture is that there are basically two systems of “getting right” with God. One works and the other fails! (More on this in part 5).

1. Self righteousness through the knowledge of good and bad: Good works and religious Law keeping by self effort. Self dependant righteousness.

2. God’s gift of righteousness through revelation and faith in his Saviour, Jesus Christ: God dependant righteousness.

              4.5   GOD’S GIFTS OF GRACE

The New Testament Scriptures reveal the fulfilment of God’s promises. Through the grace of Jesus he has pour out gifts upon us his children, to empower us to be his representatives and ambassadors in this age through the gifts of……

Jesus and his life

Unconditional love and acceptance

Salvation and eternal life

The Holy Spirit

The power of the Spirit

Righteousness

Holiness

Forgiveness

A new nature

The gifts of the Spirit: Tongues, interpreting tongues, prophecy, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, healings, discerning spirits, faith, working miracles.

Sonship (children of God)

Citizenship in the kingdom of God

The fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, perseverance, self control, goodness, faithfulness

Health and prosperity

The Church

As we go through this course you will see why you are qualified in every way, through the grace of Jesus, to receive everyone of these gifts in full and abundant measure. Blessed to be a blessing!

5.  SCRIPTURE IN THE CONTEXT OF GRACE

John 1:17 – “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

This Scripture clarifies the context in which born again believers seek to understand the Scriptures. Scriptures are often quoted out of context. When this happens, a scripture can take on a totally different meaning to its original intended use. As the saying goes, “A scripture taken out of context is a con.” A very important principle is that the context of a scripture is essential to correctly understanding that scripture.  For instance;  Jesus said in Matthew 5:29-30, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away… and if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” We all know that there is no way Jesus expected us to literally apply this, otherwise we would be a church of blind, one handed people. However taken out of context some may justify doing exactly as he said –  as in Saudi Arabia today. However, taken in the context of the whole teaching which starts in Matthew 5:1 and ends in Matthew 7:28, we see that the actual issue was the self righteousness and hypocrisy of the religious Jews and that the keeping of the Mosaic Law could not make one righteous enough in God’s eyes.

5.1  THE CONTEXT OF DIVISION IN THE EARLY CHURCH

To correctly understand some of the most important parts of the New Testament and to root ourselves in the New Covenant and the Gospel of Grace (Acts 20:24), we need to understand one of the major issues that Jesus was addressing through Paul – what was the context of Paul’s letters?

One of the major issues of Paul’s day was the division and conflict within the churches between Christians from a Jewish background and Christians from a gentile (pagan) background. Even Peter and James fell into the trap of promoting divisions over the Law of Moses, and Paul rebuked them for it (Gal.2:11).  “So what?” you may say, “I don’t have any religious Jews in my church.” That may be true, but this basic issue of Law or grace is still evident today among all Christians and it affects the way we read the Scriptures, the personal way we understand the gospel and how we live out “The Gospel of Grace” in love and faith.

              5.2  LAW KEEPERS AND GRACE BELIEVERS

The conflict between these two groups, Jews and Gentiles, arose because:

1. The Christians from a Jewish background believed that they were more godly and holy because they and their families had kept God’s Law for generations (Ro.2:17). They believed that their Jewish culture had refined them and made them a holy people. They believed that they came into the church with a holy advantage, a holy credit, earned by their family’s generational good works in keeping the Law of Moses.

2. Sadly these Jewish Christians looked down on, and judged Christians with a Greek/Roman culture because their culture was idolatrous and prone to be sexually immoral. Admittedly many of the Greek believers had not fully come free from the “free love” that their culture permitted, in Jewish eyes this made them second class Christians. However the irony was that the Jewish believers secretly did the same things! (Ro.2:23-24).

3. The Jewish Christians believed the gentile Christians needed a good dose of The Law of Moses to get their lives right. After all they claimed “It worked for us Jews”.

4. Intrinsically these judgmental Jewish Christians did not believe that God’s grace and the Holy Spirit  in the gentile Christians was enough for their sanctification.

5. They proclaimed to the gentiles that the Law was needed in addition to being saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.

6. They judged the gentile Christians harshly and told them that only The Law of Moses could control their immoral lives.

This self righteous and judgmental attitude of the Jewish Christians and their call to implement the Mosaic Law to curb gentile sin was found throughout the church, in Rome (Ro.4:13-15), Galatia (Gal.3:1-5), Corinth and Ephesus. This judgmental attitude obviously caused great hurt, anger and division in the churches.

It was these compounded errors that Paul’s letters address:

i) Holiness and righteousness is by the grace of Jesus Christ alone (1Co.1:30).

ii) The keeping of laws imposed on us by others no longer has a place in the Christian life (Ro.6:14).

iii) We are now led by God’s Spirit and God’s Word which lives in us. Not by rules, church canons, regulations and laws (Gal.2:20)

The interesting thing that has been missed by many is that Paul points out to both the Jews and the Jewish Christians that their godly inheritance and history was actually far from holy. Even though their ancestors knew and heard God (unlike the pagan nations) they still chose to worship idols and engage in sexual immorality right under God’s nose, even on the day the Law of Moses was given at Mount Sinai (Reading the books of Judges and Kings confirms their ongoing sin). If you wish to look deeper into the depth of depravity and godlessness of Israel and what God was feeling, also read Ezek.23:14-21, but be warned its X rated stuff.

Paul rebukes the Jewish Christians in Romans 1:21-25, because of their sins listed in Jeremiah 32:34, Ezekiel 8:10, Judges 19:22, Exodus 32:1-6. Basically Paul says, “How dare you judge the gentiles who didn’t know God, when you and your forefathers, who did know God, chose to do the very same things. So much for Israel’s Law-keeping, you unholy, self-righteous hypocrites!”  (Jesus had similar strong words for the Jewish religious teachers of the day).

The same applies today, we need to beware of religious hypocrisy and judgmental attitudes. We are called to live in the grace of Jesus Christ. He alone can enable us to live holy lives by the Holy Spirit, not external laws and rules imposed on us by others. We are righteous by the blood of Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Word.

When we read the Bible let us read and seek revelation through the lenses of grace, not with the lenses of the Law.

              5.3.  A SCRIPTURAL EXERCISE

Before the first group meeting, read through and meditate on the following scriptures. Consider them in the context of the above teaching and answer the questions.

Act 15:11. We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 4:16, “Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.”

The issue of Jewish superiority and hypocrisy: What was it?: How do you think it affected church life, their ability to rest in God’s grace and advance the God’s kingdom? In today’s church context are there similar issues and attitudes? What do these Scriptures teach us in relation to grace, fellowship and the preaching of the gospel today?

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              5.4  QUESTIONS

Answer the following questions.

Comment on legalistic religion.

What are some of the principles that can be applied when reading scripture?

What claims did Jesus make about the scriptures?

Explain some of the divisions in the early church and their causes.

What did Jesus say about hypocrisy?

What are dead works?

What is grace?

How do we received grace?

Explain the Greek word, “sozo”.

When and how did Paul get the gospel?

What is the main theme of Galatians 1 &2?

What is the good news?

How did part 1 help you, how can it be improved?

 6.  FOR EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA LEARNERS

If you are doing this course by Email it should ideally be done in a networked group setting with a minimum of five people so that an active discussion can take place and different viewpoints explored.  Those doing the course at a distance by Face Book or Email should discuss the questions below in a study group either on line or at an actual group meeting. Individual should then answer the questions and email a copy to us at study@gracelovetruth.com for evaluation. This will also help us to see the effectiveness of the teachings and how to improve them. We will endeavour to answer any questions that are unresolved by the end of the course. This course is free but we do ask that you  help promote its use by telling your friends and churches about it. Also please send us the names and emails of all participants so we can keep in contact with further course updates. All Email information will be kept private and confidential.

Now that we have established a Biblical understanding of the grace, in part 2 we will look at the New Covenant agreement that God, our loving, heavenly “Abba” Father, has made that guarantees us his blessing and grace through Jesus Christ.

Be blessed!

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