Grace is the Gospel

Posted: 1 June, 2009 in Ponderings
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Grace is the Gospel, Man of Dirt

Out of so many religions in the world, what makes Christianity stands out? How we can say that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Truth and the Way? What is so special about this Good News?

While there are many other religions and even “gospels” being preached around the world with even bigger claims, they ultimately fall short of meeting the needs of the sinner’s heart. Other religions or “gospels” always call upon their followers to do something, or be something, or achieve something. What they don’t know is that these tasks are impossible for them by nature, but seems deceiving otherwise.

Human effort and human works may give you a false gratification of achievements but the high it wouldn’t last very long. More often than not, people with genuine hearts trying to search for the true Way falls away because they know they ultimately cannot keep up with the religious standards or requirements. The rest, well, they simply cheated behind closed doors. Some probably compromised and consoled themselves that they did their best and that counts for something in the heavenlies too. Think again…

So is there is better way? Actually, there is… By not believing in human’s effort but in God’s effort!

By believing the true gospel, the Word, that Father God has given of His Son, that results in God justifying the ungodly sinner. Not the other way around of the sinner trying to find ways to justify themselves with their feeble attitude and effort. God declares us (the believers) righteous and the debt of our sin which is spiritual separation from Him is paid by Christ on the cross, and we are acquitted from all guilt not because we can make it or make Him do it but because He wants to in the first place!

A God who came down to earth as man to die for all mankind, while we were still yet sinners.

Our conscience is purged by the blood of Jesus Christ and we have peace facing God. There is no more condemnation and death. We may now come boldly to the throne of grace as sons, not servants and definitely not as gods. We have the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts as to our right relationship to God. This same Spirit prays in us constantly according to the will of God. As He prays in us, we are filled with hope and joy. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts and this love pours out of our hearts completely. Each moment, His love flows and continues to flood our hearts. The result is an unshakable faith, assurance and rest that Jesus loves us, as we are.

This is, my friends, is truly the gospel, this is the grace!!

Grace is the Gospel,

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.    Ephesians 1:4-7

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Comments
  1. betweenthelines says:

    i don’t think jesus said all that. be careful with “Adding” theological trash into the mouth of jesus or putting words in jesus’s mouth!

  2. King David says:

    betweenthelines,

    Please be specific. What did Jesus not said? I can back up whatever I have mentioned above with passages from the Bible. Which part do you need me to do that?

    Back up your “claims”, can you?

  3. betweenthelines says:

    “A God who came down to earth as man to die for all mankind, while we were still yet sinners.

    Our conscience is purged by the blood of Jesus Christ and we have peace facing God. There is no more condemnation and death. We may now come boldly to the throne of grace as sons, not servants and definitely not as gods. We have the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts as to our right relationship to God. This same Spirit prays in us constantly according to the will of God. As He prays in us, we are filled with hope and joy. The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts and this love pours out of our hearts completely. Each moment, His love flows and continues to flood our hearts. The result is an unshakable faith, assurance and rest that Jesus loves us, as we are.

    This is, my friends, is truly the gospel, this is the grace!!”

    Did jesus SPECIFICALLY said all of the above?

    C’mon, be honest.

  4. King David says:

    God send Christ to die for us while we are still sinners and unable help ourselves. And because of Jesus’ cleansing blood, we are made friends of God!

    When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:6-11

    This is what Jesus said recorded in the Book of John:

    “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. John 3:16-18

    Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

    “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe. John 14:23-29

    Honestly, it is all from the Bible. I am not quite that capable to make this all up.

  5. betweenthelines says:

    christ is portrayed as the head and his body, the people, as the church.

    you see christ a literal individual “dying” for sinners which if you think about it,is LAWLESSNESS. so that couldn’t be the right interpretation

    however, if you see christ as presenting the “old leadership” the “old man” the “first adam” ” the old head” of a body of people, then it makes sense – at least we don’t violate god’s laws by punishing an innocent person to absolve the crime or sins of the “guilty”. his death speaks of breaking from religious rule or “adamic power structure”, which you are in, then it makes perfect sense.

    if you understand that, then, SIN has a very different meaning to what you had been taught by…Christianity.

  6. King David says:

    The reason mankind cannot save themselves is because we cannot keep the upright law given by God. And because of our lawlessness, orginated from the one sin of Adam (Romans 5:15), that we are doomed for death. But Christ came and by His one act of righteousness (Romans 5:18), redeeming us from this lawlessness by taking the punishments for these lawlessness upon Himself. Thus, making all who believe in Him made right to be blameless before the Almight God.

    But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”

    But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:10-14

    In short, it is not called LAWLESSNESS, it is called LOVE…

  7. I think “between the lines” is just trying to be argumentative. He falls under 1 Corinthians 2:14:
    “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned”.

    I notice that he also attempts to disparage our Savior Jesus by not capitalizing his name. Very sad.

  8. King David says:

    Hi Marianne,

    We speak out of the fullness and grace from our heart that can only come from above. Anything else is a bonus. Blessings!

    It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:13-15

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