GRACE! LESSON 3

INTRODUCTION:

As one begins their study of the New Covenant of Grace, remembrance of what “time” it is in the History of God’s work among men. Remember Christ came during the Old Covenant days, and much of what HE spoke had to do with correcting wrong teachings concerning the Law, along with many other teachings concerning WHO HE was and future events along with Living a perfect keeping law life, not to speak of how much HE spoke concerning His coming substitutionary death for His people on the cross!

I. FROM THE CROSS THROUGH THE BOOK OF ACTS IS A TRANSITION PERIOD!

Moving out from the Cross, the Resurrection, and Ascension, Christ Jesus begins to show Himself to His disciples and open up more of the Scriptures to them concerning the fact He is the Lord from glory and that He would be sending back the Holy Spirit to be with them – taking His place in their own hearts and life, as He is seated at the Throne of God the Father in heaven making intercession for His people.

Acts can be considered the “Acts of the Holy Spirit”! The Apostles whom God would use in a powerful manner preaching the Gospel to all, were given special miracle gifts to authenticate that they truly were giving out the Living God’s truth and message. These men were 12 men who had walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry and they ministered mainly to the Jews. Paul the Apostle was a special called Apostle to the Gentiles, even though he was a Jew also. The office or role of these men were Apostles, an office that did not continue after the last one passed away. Also, their special gifts were no longer operable in others lives after this transition time period, for those were only given to REAL Apostles which meant they had been with Jesus, walked with Him during His days on earth. Paul was only exception although HE did SEE the RISEN CHRIST Who revealed Himself to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus, and then taught Him over his early years all he needed to know about the God etc., which is revealed in all of his epistles.

Acts is not a writing developing Doctrinal issue like Romans, Ephesians, or the Pastoral Epistles. It is a running account of God’s work through the Holy Spirit in the Apostles and even in men like Phillip and Stephen, special gifted men whom God worked miracles through also.

By the way, none of what I stated about the miracles, etc., means that God doesn’t or will not do such things again among men on earth. He has, He will and we know so for Revelation reflects many types of miracles performed by Christ through His people! Also, down through history there have been miracles performed by gifts given to certain individuals from time to time, but it is not as prolific as it was during the ACTS days!

We do have some doctrine taught in Acts, but that is not its primary purpose. So, to use certain things that the Apostles did and make them Apostolic is not correct. There are NO demands we can make about gifts anyway, God gives a gift to someone as HE chooses to do and when He wants them to function. We don’t make them take place just because we want a gift. We can ask and pray for a gift but God is the ONE who makes that Choice, Apparently He isn’t making it to much because I don’t know of any person who really Speaks for instance in a foreign language immediately without studying such language from a normal human standpoint. It may have happened over the past history occasionally, and somewhere for a moment of time, but I know of none that have it. The gibberish done today is NOT what was given as a gift in that day. It was KNOWN languages that existed on earth. It is anti Biblical to say one has to have this gift today if they have the Holy Spirit. That is not taught in the word of God!

2. ACTS SHOWS US THAT THE LAW (ALL LAWS IN THE O.T.) HAVE CEASED BEING OUR TUTOR!

God is taking away from the Saved Jewish believers as well as the pagan lost Jews, a security blanket! They devoted their lives to the Law but with NO faith by a lot of the Jews. They were legalistic to the core. The Pharisee’s were like the orthodox or fundamental Christians of this day in terms of devotion to the Law scriptures.

Christian maturity comes as God weans the saints off of their security blanket, the Law. I am sure they felt insecure during these times and you can see a lot of this by the reaction of the Judaizers, and the Jerusalem Church leaders also. Even Peter and Barnabas were deceived on this issues and Paul had to call Peter out about that matter as he had separated himself from the Gentiles during a meeting when they had a meal together.

Paul preached freedom from the Law. He also stated we DIED to the law. It was fading away and being removed from the local congregations especially the dominated Jewish groups who had tendencies to use it incorrectly.

THE LAW AND ITS PLACE NOW!

The law was never intended to serve as a foundation for the Christian life. I read an article today where a prominent popular denominational writer wrote about how important the Law and the Sabbath was to the Christians today! Totally wrong and was a Lie! People buy into it because they just do not study the word properly and believe anything they hear from the pulpits they are affiliated with without questioning such!

We have NO right or Scriptural basis by which to select portions of the Mosaic Law and claim that these should supervise believers conduct. When I was first saved, I became affiliated with congregations which were filled with ministers of that denomination who preached the law and even used it to place fear in the people. For instance, they used the verses in Malachi, to teach tithing. They would tell us that if we didn’t tithe God will kill us or put us in the hospital for sure. That HE would collect that tithe one way are another, we either give it, or He causes us to pay physically and monetarily Doctors or Hospitals or Funeral homes the tithe! That was awful. I had to go a long time cleansing my heart by the grace of God and the word of God to get out of this brainwashed status I had been placed in. I though they were speaking the truth for surely they were Gospel preaches and looked up to in such a position in that day!

The Law brings condemnation! Period! It was designed to show sinners that they were sinners and needed to be saved and redeemed from sin! But, that is not for the bride of Christ, for we LIVE and Breath GRACE and it produces Holy Living in us, and we are under the LAW of Christ, which is LOVE!

The law will actually cause saints to sin more and more and more! SIN takes advantage of the law and uses it to entice us into sin, and also to bring to us shame, disgrace, lack of faith, lack of assurance, and guilt! One can expect MORE struggle and MORE sinning if they adopt the law as their guide for Living. Don’t do it! Look to Jesus and walk in the Spirit and you will NOT fulfill the Lusts of the flesh! Grace moves us into POWER over the flesh and sin! The Law is good, but to use it unlawfully as it is being done even today is sin also! Christ stated we are DEAD TO THE LAW! GALATIANS IS A BOOK TOTALLY DEVOTED TO THE FACT WE DO NOT USE THE LAW! That means no more Sabbath for Christ is our 24/7 REST! No more law tithing with threats, we give freely and even more than a tithe! Legalism is heresy and it is rampant in many local churches today even though they may believe a lot of the Gospel and Doctrines of Grace but in the end, pervert both!

WE ARE TO TAKE NOTE OF THE ALLEGORY USED IN GALATIANS 4!

God used a allegory about Hagar and Sarah portraying Hagar and her son as representing the LAW and Sarah and her son representing Grace. God said, Hagar and son had to leave and not be included anymore in the family. For all practical purposes she and the son were ‘dead’ to the family of Abraham now! No more part of Abraham’s family.

This coincides with the many verses of scripture letting us know now we do not use the Law, which consists of ceremonial, pictorial, and specific laws such as the 10 Commandments and the 613 other ones. Not to be used for salvation or sanctification. In fact, as I stated before, using the law only makes MORE sin take place rather than stopping sin! We are under GRACE alone now! So go live in it! Be FREE!!!! In doing so you will see a life more in line with the total morality and character of God than ever before!

BY LAMAR

GRACE! WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ACTUALLY TEACH ABOUT THIS AWESOME DOCTRINE? LESSON ONE!

GOD IS LOVE AND BRINGS US PEACE THROUGH CHRIST!

INTRODUCTION:

The following lessons are designed to instruct the body of Christ world-wide about the meaning of the Gospel of Grace. What it actually means is clear from the scriptures. What you will read is opposite from the majority of the denominations and Churches beliefs today. They either are back under the Law, thus under a curse, believing a false Gospel, or they are misrepresenting the Doctrines of Grace, by fostering a life of sin being no problem because they think all don’t have Jesus as Lord, but only Savior.

Both concepts are false, a lie! Many may hear this for the first time, or many will hear it and be totally shaken because they have believed a lie in a congregation they thought was really a Gospel preaching Church. Studying Church history you will find periods of time when the Gospel was totally perverted and only a few were teaching the truth, thus they were persecuted and even killed for doing so.

A WORD CONCERNING THE LAW!

IMPORTANT STATEMENT: When I speak about he Law, may it be always remembered that a true saint and follower of Jesus who believes absolutely in the New Covenant of Grace, does not reject the Law, does not consider it wrong or evil, but to the contrary, we believe about the law exactly what Jesus said about it in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. The Law is Good, the Law reflects God’s morality and character and purposes etc.! We lift it up, we put it high up on the proper place it should be, so I want all to know I am not antinomian one bit! However, having stated that, these words about the Law in Matthew 5, 6, and 7, were directed to the JEWS only and were spoken to them reflecting what the true meaning of the law was, the 613 and the MOsaic Law, which was, to show that that LAW could not save, was not designed to save a soul or sanctify a soul, because it was not designed for such! It was designed to show how terrible bad off a human being was before God and how much he or she needed Grace of God because they were not able to even begin to keep those laws!

The LAW is now laid aside, it is NOT used in our lives to get us into heaven only the Gospel of Grace does that. It is not to be used for sanctification either for God does that by and through Grace. We are driven away from the Law to Jesus who kept the Law and IN HIM we live and have our being through the Spirit of God in who we walk! We are forgiven for all of the breaking of the laws both past, present and future. So, we let the Law do its thing among the pagans of the world which it condemns and makes some whom God calls and chooses turn to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior escaping hell and wrath and condemnation.

I. FULFILLING THE LAW IS SOMETHING THAT GOD DID IN CHRIST! ITS FULFILLMENT ISN’T AN ONGOING EVENT IN THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS TODAY. GOD SET US FREE FROM THE LAW, SO THAT WE’RE NOT UNDER IT OR SUPERVISED BY IT. – (GALATIANS 3:25.)

THE HOLY SPIRIT ISN’T MOTIVATING US TO KEEP THE MOSAIC LAW, NOR DO WE CONSULT THE LAW AS OUR GUIDE FOR DAILY LIVING. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US INSTEAD.

“BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW” – (GALATIANS 5:18). ALSO, IF GOD WERE MOTIVATING US TO ADHERE TO THE LAW, IT WOULD BE THE ENTIRE LAW, NOT PART OF IT. AROUND 613 LAWS AND THEN 10 COMMANDMENTS. IMAGINE WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT’S TUTELAGE WOULD BE LIKE IF HE WERE MOTIVATING US TO OBEY HUNDREDS OF MOSAIC REGULATIONS AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.

I believe it’s quite clear that believers should have no relationship with the law. Romans 7 explains that we’ve DIED TO THE LAW, and now we’re married to ANOTHER. God views a return to law-based living as spiritual adultery. Living by rules is cheating on Jesus!! ***

CONCLUSION OF LESSON 1:

Galatians 2:20 reads, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. We were not designed to live by the Jewish law, religious rules, a moral code, or even Christian “principles”. Receiving and transmitting Christ’s life is superior to all other views and systems. Christ lives within us. We are in Him and He is in us! That is a permanent relationship that will never end! God is in us! He will not forsake us even if we sin. Our sins in fact, were forgiven and removed from us and from HIS sight, even designed to be so before creation. Those were past sins, present sins, and future sins. When Christ died and rose again, all of our sins were future. All of them. Does that mean we should go on sinning if Grace abounds to all of us?

NO, Paul the Apostle states, for how can one who is dead to sin live any longer under its rule and reign. So, upon our new birthday, God has made us a new creation or creature. We have been totally and completely forgiven and our nomenclature is now “saints! The Apostle Paul and the Apostle John both stated that if we are IN CHRIST the SEED, it is no longer I that sins, but sin itself that dwells in our flesh, our bodies.

We the regenerated, made alive saints, are pure, holy, sanctified, regenerated, ALIVE in Christ as much as we will ever be as for as our souls, our spirits, and our heart go! We do have a current Pure, Regenerated New Heart! Sin resides in the Flesh, our carnal nature, which has NOT been regenerated yet.

We are constantly putting to death sin in the flesh, if we are sons of God and have the Spirit of God in us. Our new nature, is a partaker of the Divine nature. So, sin and the new Divine nature don’t mix, and we are in Christ free from Sin! Yet it dwells in our fallen nature, the old man, the carnal part of our non-regenerated being. Sanctification now consists of the spiritual warfare with the Flesh, where sin dwells. Our new man is already Sanctified at the New Birth and is NOW in Christ. So, in this body with sin, we fight it all of our life on planet earth, through the Spirit and the word of God, through faith in the Blood of Jesus. Many victories, and to many failures for sure. But we are SAVED Saints! That is our position. —–(by Lamar)

Some material from: Dr. Andrew Farley – The Naked Gospel! ***

HUMILITY!

PART ONE!

“No other truth will put us in our place quite like this one (Humility)! The Apostle Paul used it both to comfort the lowly and to humble the mighty:

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—–and the things that are not—–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus….Therefore, as it is written; “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” – (1 Corinthians 1: 27-31)

THE HEART OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN PRODUCED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD!

These are the clearest verses in the Bible revealing we had absolutely nothing to do with our salvation or even the initial beginning of such. God came to us, we did not come to Him! All Glory goes to God! Promotion of self is a high priority in our nation today. However, promotion of our great God and submission to Him, raises us up from such dead and incompetent ideas, into a fullness of joy and delight in Christ Jesus! True Worship elicits extremely satisfying, and comforting stability to the soul of unworthy sinners forgiven by God’s Amazing grace!

“A team of all-stars we are not! At first, that is incredibly humiliating-—until we realize that we can stop trying to impress now! We all remember the schoolyard games, when the most popular kids, serving as team captains, would pick the other popular kids. Everyone hoped for at least a third – or fourth – round pick. Being chosen last could be so humiliating that the poor kid who was often in that position just gave up and stood by himself on the sidelines rather than suffer repeat performances.

That happens in church too. Choices are made concerning people based on their performance or popularity. But the doctrine of election puts folks in their place. On this playground, Christ is the team captain of the “foolish” the “weak”, the “base and despised,” the “nothings,” in order to show the wise, the strong, the popular, and the somebodies of the world, that we all come to Him on equal terms, empty-handed ( 1 Cor. 1:18-19). God has chosen a team that any “loser” can join not an entirely unattainable qualification for many of us.

Knowing that God has chosen us reminds us that we are loved, though not lovely; chosen, even though we are not necessarily choice in the eyes of the world or the boss, the spouse, the parents, or the folks at church. We are accepted—–not because we are acceptable ourselves, but because “He has made us accepted in the beloved (Jesus).” (Ephesians 1:6).



PART 2: SO WHAT?

“Once we leave the war room of theological debate and enter into a vital, honest, and receptive dialogue with the Word of God, we find ourselves falling in love all over again with the One who first loved us. Too often, however, theology is divorced from life.” – Michael Horton


The reality is, theology and doctrine are to bring about unity in the body of Christ, rather than division among His people. The only division is when the word divides the goats and the sheep. The purpose of theology and doctrine is to first bring about redemption to the lost soul God calls and then to mature that person in the faith.

It is all about the study of God and Who He is, What He is doing, Why He is doing it and we get to be a part of that grand Architects plan and purpose in all of creation. We have to small of an image of the real God! We allow ourselves to think to little of Who He really is and all of His Being! Those who think God is wringing His hands and worried about whether someone will repent and trust in Him for Salvation through Jesus is absolutely an insulting and false concept of the God whom we Know and Serve Who has revealed Himself in the written word and through Jesus Christ Himself to the world at large over 2000 years ago!

“A doctrine like election is discussed by one group, for example, and every phrase is rigorously checked for its doctrinal accuracy. Insults are then hurled at those who are “too blind” to see the truth as clearly. A doctrine calculated to produce humility instead creates pride; a ruby is squandered, the people impoverished, because the object was to win an argument rather than to share the wealth. Another group insists that, based on what they have heard from group number one, they “just want to love Jesus” and forget about theology. Wrong idea! God is Love, and God is All Powerful and if God sets HIS love on ALL human beings equally for salvation they WILL ALL be saved. But we know HE did not choose to do so. The Bible is so clear many people go to eternal punishment without Christ Jesus and multitudes today, do not even hear a plain messaage of the Gospel ever in their lives! God is NOT weak that HE could not do that – get the message to them and call them unto Himself.

HE is the GREATEST power existing and HE KNOWS exactly what it takes to OPEN a mind and heart to HEAR HIS word! We have misrepresented the God of the Bible to the world as a Church! Let us repent and get back to presenting the REAL GOD to the world at large and HE will CAll and Choose those whom HE died for and present them faultless before His Throne in the Kingdom! He hardens hearts and He changes hearts of mankind! He is doing His work of building His Church, not us! We are just servants and tools in His hand to carry out His mission to the extent He wishes us to do, as a blessing to and for us while we live on planet earth! What a privilege He has chosen to give to us to enter into His work! He didn’t need us but He loved us so much He has chosen to do so!

A POPULAR CONCEPTION TODAY!

Some people say they just want to know what will help them live for the Lord, not what will stuff their minds. But when we come to a major truth—–and election is a major truth—–we begin to understand how wrong both groups can be. After all, theology is the basis for loving God and living for Christ. How can one love or serve someone about whom he or she knows very little? While it is impossible to love and serve God correctly without knowing Him correctly, it is possible to understand theology without making the connection between theory and practice. Election is one of those doctrines with which we simply cannot afford to do that. It must be understood, and then it must be applied.” – Michael Horton

Orthodoxy means “right worship”! There is no such thing as dead orthodoxy, since you can’t be orthodox and dead! Right worship is alive and functional. Also, it embraces all of theology and doctrine, without which there can’t be the fullest worship of God by the believer! As Hebrews teaches us, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…….” – Hebrews 6:1. May our Triune God be praised, honored and glorified in our life, worship and service to Him!

OTHER GREAT DOCTRINES OF GOD TO BE STUDIED ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Providence of God; Absolute inability spiritually; Sovereign free Grace; Election; Predestination; Chosen by God; the Bondage of the Will; Etc!

“Perhaps there are some who think all of this in the Bible, but they just don’t see how it relates to their life. They may think this doctrine (Sovereign Grace), is more trouble than it’s worth. The purpose of this article is to convince one that this truth can revolutionize your relationship with God at a most relevant and practical level. These teachings from God will enhance your spiritual growth and maturity and help you live out the faith on a daily basis! Knowing God is IN ALL CONTROL over ALL things brings us much security, assurance and peace.

Professor James Daane writes, “Sermons on election are so rare that even a regular churchgoer may never hear one….No other doctrine has been so central in theology and so ignored in the pulpit.”

‘Why would a doctrine that has generated so much discussion and fascination in the past have been essentially banished from the average pulpit? At least one reason is that this doctrine is unsettling to our feelings, impressions, and presuppositions about who God is and who we are, and about what God can do without our permission.” – So stated Michael Horton in Monergism!