THE GRACE OF GOD
GROW IN GRACE
From Sam-Best Ewruje, an able minister of the New Testament, not of man, nor by man, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but by the will of God through the Grace and Mercy Christ given unto me. Abundance of Grace and Gift of righteousness which is by Grace be unto you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be patient to read. It will set you free.
I am inclined at this point with a release in my spirit to write on the Grace of God as empowered by His Spirit. I know that volumes have been written on Grace some of which re devoid of power but it is important to note that Grace is not a concept or subject or an abstract or a thing. Grace is the Ability of God. It is the power of God for a new life that you have never lived before! It is God’s absolute power in Christ. Grace is the Person of the Lord Jesus. We have to preach Him daily in Church of Christ and in fellowship. When we understand Salvation by Grace that it has nothing to do with you but what Jesus did we cannot help but preach Christ and the Grace of God every day. When we understand that all the good works we do including, praying, fasting, giving, serving in church, doing good etc are all by the quickening of the Spirit of God, then we will appreciate and preach Him more. However Grace has become like a cliche or by word that we have been programmed to say without realising the power behind it.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
To understand the Grace of God, we must first receive the following Truth:
- 1. The Scripture is not of any private interpretation. The Glory of the latter house is greater and that old glory has been done away with so that God can introduce a completely new era. So no matter who you listen to young or old, big or small please check it whether it is the Word of God. If it is not please discard it completely. Peter said they were eyewitnesses, they saw Christ, they dined with Him, they saw the transfiguration on the mount but concludes that we do not just depend on these “spooky” experiences rather we have His Word. Whatever experiences we have of God, He does not want to be put in that box of your experience but He wants you to continue in His words as a true disciple. Read it, hear it, meditate on it and receive insight, revelation and understanding from it.
2 Peter 1
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
- 2. God has specifically given special ability or Grace to His people to become able Ministers of the New Testament. This is very vital because much of what has made the Church to neglect the daily preaching of Grace is miss-match of the Old and the New Testament. The new and the old are exactly the same thing – The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ – what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do. Please know that what Jesus does is the Will of God. If we do not understand this we will preach a gospel that is devoid of Grace and therefore put masses under condemnation and curses and in that way exploit them. We don’t do anything by our own righteousness or holiness but faith in the Name of Jesus Christ. As I write this message of Grace of Christ to you, I have faith in His name that He will do something new in your life and make you whole
2 Corinthians 3:5-7
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
- 3. Abandon the Syndrome of “yeah but”. One of the problems that paralyse the church from preaching the Grace of God in Christ is what I call the “Yeah or Yes But Syndrome”. Whenever you bring out truth (Christ) in the Word of God, many of us believers will say yes but. However I see in the Word of God that God means what He says and says what He means so no man can escape apart from accepting Jesus Christ, the Grace of God upon mankind. It is sin or evil to privately interpret the word of God and by philosophy or wise thinking or scholastic achievement or status or wisdom or position or intelligence or by any such things bring in and translate what God has not said into His word. Indeed the Book of Revelation stressed this. Don’t add or remove from the Word of God! Our revelation must be founded in the word of God. As Peter said we have a more sure word to compare our revelation with. There are many examples but the one that intrigued me recently and simple to understand is the word “demon”. This word is not in the original King James Version of the Bible yet many volumes and exposition have been written by researchers and scholars on this subject to the weariness of the mind. Even when I discussed this with brethren they come with the yeah but syndrome and even bring in their own interpretation.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
- 4. Grace gives license to sin: Wow! Are you kidding me! This is one of the errors that try to limit the preaching of the Gospel of Christ and of the Grace of God. Man had the license to sin from Adam our former father in the Garden of Eden. We did not even do any driving test to get that license. We were born into it. Our Father is now ABBA the Almighty God!! Indeed Jesus (Grace) came to bind and ban that sin driving license. It is Grace that brought righteousness and freedom from sin and its consequences. No wonder Paul says if anyone preaches another gospel let that person be cursed!! Sin was an eternal license brought in by the devil in the Garden of Eden from one man and it passed to all generation. However Grace came through ONE MAN Jesus Christ eternally to all generation. Listen friends, when you become a child of God through Jesus Christ, you are saved from sin. We are now born into righteousness. Grace forgives us forever! We have eternal forgiveness. We are forgiven of sins past, present and future hence we are BLESSED! Being blessed is not something you earn because you performed well or sang well or prayed well or did so much that God blessed you. It is a Gift by Grace!! We are righteous because of what Jesus did. It is a gift. Now you are Child of God when you accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Note that Jesus is the only begotten of God. The rest of us were adopted. Adoption is legally binding such that God has absolute power over all His children. God is legally binding and committed to see that you grow, mature and succeed in Kingdom Life. You are also legally bound to receive Kingdom Life. So when you see Grace as a license to sin, it is like playing with fire. Then the Lord will institute and mete out His disciplinary measures to you as appropriate and SCOURGE you until you come back to your senses. And boy, it is not a pleasant thing but you will come out with Grace and Glory when the Lord has finished with you. That is how the Lord deals with us. He deals with us as sons in His Kingdom!! Now you can decide to reject Jesus and decline your eternal sonship but that is why you have the choice to commit to Jesus as Lord and Saviour or you reject Him outright. That is perfectly allowed. Even at that God the Father will still try to call you to repentance and turn back to Jesus until the day you die!
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Halleluya!! How can you neglect so great a salvation! If you are not saved, why don’t you receive what Jesus says? We will continue with part 2 next
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