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The Spirit is confirming our identity in Christ

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There is a move of the Spirit that is re-establishing us in our identity in Christ; we have grace, favor, blessing, abundance, life etc. because we are children of Abba Father. We are not sinners, but saints. We are nor servants but sons who’s nature is righteousness not sin. Hear the good news of what Jesus has done for us and who we are as part of him.

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Grace based true prosperity

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One of the keys to abundant life is to understand that through grace we are called to prosper in all areas of our life; health, wholeness, financial freedom, great family relationship, longevity, etc etc. All earned for the children of God by Jesus on the cross.

It’s good news as God’s blessings are not based on your works or your doings, but on Jesus.


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Most warfare is in the mind (2Co.10:5). So we use God’s promises to change our thinking (Ro.12:2) by replacing lies with truth, and renewing our worldview so we see things by the Spirit the way God see them.

  1. Why should I feel unloved when “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Ro.8:39)
  2. Why do I doubt God’s goodness when it says “For out of His abundance we have all received one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift. (Jn.1:17 Amp)
  3. Why should my needs not be met knowing that “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?” (Phil.4: 19).
  4. Why should I say “I can’t” when the Bible says “I can do all things through Him Christ who strengthens me”? (Phil. 4: 13).
  5. Why should I fear when the Bible says ”God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind?” (2Tim.1: 7).
  6. Why should I doubt or lack faith knowing that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith?” (Romans 12: 3).
  7. Why am I weak when the Bible says “The Lord is the strength of my life “(Psalm27: 1) and “People who know their God will display strength?” (Dan.11: 32).
  8. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro.8:1)
  9. Why should I focus on my sins when God says “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb.10:17)
  10. Why should I focus on The Law when it says “We are not under law but under grace?”(Ro.6:15)
  11. Why should I allow Satan to have supremacy over my life, for “Greater is He that is within me than he who is within the world?” (1John4: 4) and Jesus and the cross has “disarmed the powers and authorities”(Col.2:15).
  12. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says “Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ?” (2Cor.2: 14).
  13. Why should I lack wisdom when “Christ became to us wisdom from God” (1Co.1:30) and “God gives wisdom to all men generously and without reproach who asks Him for it?” (James 1: 5).
  14. Why should fear tomorrow when I can recall to my mind and therefore have hope that “the Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never fails, for his compassions never ever fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness?” (Lam.3: 21-23).
  15. Why should I be depressed when “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh.8:10) and Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”. (Jn.15:11).
  16. Why should I worry and fret when I can “Cast all my anxiety on Christ, because He cares for me?” (1Peter 5: 7).
  1. Why should I ever be in bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”(2Cor:3:17) and “It was for freedom that Christ set me free.”(Gal.5: 1).
  2. Why should I ever feel alone when Jesus said ”I am with you always, even to the end of the age.(Matt.28: 20). And I will never leave you nor forsake you?”(Heb.13: 5).
  3. Why should I be discontented when, like Paul, I can ”Learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am?” (Phil.4: 11).
  4. Why should I feel worthless when “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him?” (2Cor.5: 21).
  5. Why should I feel accursed or the victim of bad luck when the bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us in order that in Christ we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith?” (Gal.3:13-14).
  6. Why should I ever have a persecution complex, for “If God be for me, who can be against me? (Rom8: 31).
  7. Why should I be confused? “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1Cor.14: 33) And, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”(1Cor.2: 12).
  8. Why should I feel a failure when, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us?” (Romans 8: 37).
  9. Why should I let the world bother me when Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world?” (John16: 33).
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 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).



              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.


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.


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”.


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.


               2.1  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”.


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.


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.



               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.




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.


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?


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




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!


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.


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.


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?



              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?


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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Most of Paul’s letters were addressed to two distinct camps that divided the churches. Jewish background Christians who  mixed grace with Law. And Gentile believers with a Pagan background who accepted grace without the need for the Jewish Law.

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Paul never taught that those in Christ should come under the Law, he taught that we can live moral and righteous lives by the Spirit and in by loving.
We all desire right actions. Amen to that. But the scriptures make it perfectly clear that keeping rules and laws can never be the root of righteous living and actions -as Israel discovered over and over (Rom.9).

Law & grace mix

The Law (the 10 commandments etc.) does have value – in exposing self righteousness and religious hypocrisy i.e. it reminds us ALL that we sin and in our self effort we all fall short of God Holiness and therefore continually need God’s grace and love. Those who think they can mix grace and Law are mistaken , just like Israel was.
Thank God, Jesus opened up a new way of living:- Rom.6:14 “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace”.
It is only His grace, empowering us by the Spirit to love, that can fulfill the law. (Rom.13:10) and God’s Holy standards. We don’t need religious rules and laws in the New Covenant – we have the Spirit and grace. Both of which we have in overflowing abundance through Jesus whose Spirit lives in us.
Be confident that you are a blessed child of God and let 2014 be the year of grace and the Spirit. And see the abundant LIFE flow.

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In life, you can travel the rough and bumpy road of self effort and independence, or get onto the high-way of God’s grace, and cruise along, depending on His goodness and guidance. It’s a higher way of living and it’s good news.
Here is some of my personal testimony of how after burning out and then falling into depression, the Holy Spirit reveal to me that there is a higher way of living in Jesus, a way called Grace.

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Through Jesus’ work on the cross YOU have been qualified by the Father to inherit all the blessings and power of the Kingdom, not at some distant far off future event, but right here and right now.
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Col.1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

In the world and religious systems you have to work and sweat to qualify for anything. But under the New Covenant of the Grace your qualification was imputed (transferred) to you by Jesus – the great exchange of the cross: Your sin (i), that disqualified you for any blessing and life >>>>> transferred to Jesus (sin kills so that’s why he actually died on the cross) – while His righteousness (right standing with God) was >>>>>> transferred to you (ii).

Unbelievable but true!
You are probably sitting there thinking  “There must be something I need to do to get God’s blessings and favor, otherwise it’s unfair.”  Really!  Think about it in real life. If your father leaves you something in a will; Did you work for it? Did you ask for it? Did you qualify yourself for it? Nope! You qualified for the inheritance simply because you were your father’s child. And so it is in the Kingdom, you are a beloved child of God (iii) and a co-heir with Jesus .

BUUUT…..there actually is something you have to do…… accept the gift, draw on the riches in your heavenly account, accept the good news and learn to receive. Put your focus on Jesus and what he has cone for you on the cross. Christian life is about being totally dependent on Him and being lead by the Spirit within us.

Stop allowing the Law to condemn you. The Law is good for what it was intended, to expose everyone’s sin and drive us into the arms of the Savior, Jesus, but it stops there, so come free of the false teachings of Law that condemn us and fill us with guilt. Stop disqualifying yourself by focusing on you sin (iv), your shortcomings, your circumstances and your feelings. Stop doubting God’s goodness, stop doubting the effectiveness of the cross, stop feeling unworthy.

The truth is that  YOU are righteous (v), you are worthy and you are beloved, because you are in Christ and He is in you (vi). God has qualified you… Jesus is good news. Enjoy and live in the power of the Holy Spirit within you.



We need to live in Jesus’ grace by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s important that we, God’s people, free ourselves from the ministry of the Law because the Bible teaches that the Law brings condemnation and death – these manifest in passivity, depression and sickness (vii). Sadly brothers and sisters many believes are experiencing this horrible fruit of the Law, often convinced that it’s God punishing them or training them.

Because most of us have grown up with a mixture of grace and religious law, many find it hard to distinguish whether what they are hearing or thinking is rooted in grace or Law. One can’t generalize but over the years I have found  that Believers can test by asking the following questions. This simple test that will normally expose if the root is Law or Grace.

1. If it points to Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross – it’s normally grace.
If it points to you and what you should be doing for God – its normally Law.

2. If the fruit in you is condemnation or guilt – it’s Law.
If the fruit in you is freedom – it’s grace

3. If it’s about God’s judgment and punishment – it’s Law.
If it’s about God’ love and forgiveness – it’s grace.

4. If it harps on about your sinfulness – it’s Law.
If it focuses on your Christ given righteousness – it’s grace.

5. If it’s about, techniques, methods and principles – it’s Law.
If it’s about hearing and being lead by the Holy Spirit – it’s grace.

6. If it restricts or discourages you form sharing and ministering – it’s Law.
If it encourages and releases you to share and minister – it’s grace.

7. If it causes you to judge others – it’s Law.
If it causes you to see the God given potential in others – it’s grace.

8. If it from the Old Testament without pointing to Jesus or the New Covenant – it’s Law
If it reveals Jesus and the good news of His New Covenant – it’s grace.

9. If it accuses you, like Satan the accuser,- it’s Law
If it affirms you – it’s grace

10. If it’s focus is on you being God’s servant or slave – it’s Law
If it  declares you to be a beloved child of The Father, who is about the Fathers work – it’s grace.

11. If it’s about your performance  – it’s Law.
If it’s about resting in Christ – it’s grace

12. If it’s focus is you obeying – it’s Law.
If it’s about Jesus’ obidience – it’s grace.

13. If it declares you cursed – it’s Law.
If it declares you blessed – it’s grace.

14. If the focus on what you sow – it’s Law.
If the focus is on what Jesus has sown on the cross – it’s grace.

There are many more that I’m sure you can think of, let me know.Be wise and be discerning, test all things, including this.

Blessing and love to you in Christ.



(i) Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
(ii) Rom 5: 17 …those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
(iii) John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name
(iv) 2Co.5:19  God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.
(v) Rom 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
(vi)  Col 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Col 3:3 ….your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

(vii) 2Co 3:7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was,  will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?  If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!

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Casting stones
Grace always see the best in people. Grace is prophetic in nature: Seeing who people for who they are and what they can become as beloved children of God.
Law on the other hand always finds fault and condemns. And Satan always accuses – his name means “Accuser”.
Remembering this, we must beware of fault finding, accusing  and judging (Rom.7:1) others. To do so would indicate that every area of our lives are perfect, spotless and totally open for inspection, and let’s be honest, who of us can claim that kind of righteousness and perfection except by the grace of God?
History has shown that the self righteous will always be put to the test and hypocrites are eventually exposed. Many preachers of judgment and condemnation have ended up doing the very things that they were quick to judge and condemn in other “sinners”.
Sometimes the fallen inclination remaining within our minds may cause us to point out others sins and faults instead of their righteousness in Christ – but we can resist doing this by renewing the way we think. We can ask the Holy Spirit to help us stop and instead show us the prophetic potential of each person and the positive things about them.
Jesus’ grace is the solution to all sin, not our law, judgment, anger, condemnation and exposure of others (Rom.6:14). If you know someone who is battling, instead of judging and condemning them why not come alongside them in prayer and love.

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