THE LAW IN ASSOCIATION WITH GODíS GRACE.
THE NEW TESTAMENT LAW IN ASSOCIATION WITH GODíS GRACE
AND THAT OF CHRIST.
Whenever a Christian is asked as to what is the meaning of ĎGraceí in association with the work of the LORD, the answer is inevitably ďUnmerited FavourĒ.
Now we do appreciate that when we come down to Ďtin tacksí that, whatever we have received from God our Father is not due to MY MERIT.† Nothing could ever change that situation : even to the giving of oneís life.† The fact is that God our Father so loves us and that through Christ, has given us so much; this is Grace beyond all comprehension.
However, if one goes to the dictionary to find the meaning of the word Ďgraceí, we will not find, ďUnmerited FavourĒ in regard to grace.
A strong word which gives the meaning of grace, is favour.† This is in connection with the word blessed, which means that the individual was in favour with God, therefore experiencing His Grace.
An example of this is to be found in Luke 1: 41-45.
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, called Mary and the child within her as blessed, that is favoured of God.† That is, that Godís grace was towards her and the child, whom we know was Jesus.† Mary favoured God with her desire to serve.
Mary would have been chosen to bear the baby Jesus, because of the fact that God would have known her life to be in right standing with Himself, under The Law of The Old Testament.
Why was Jacob favoured by God over Esau?† Because God knew Jacob and his desire towards God.† Jacob favoured the God of Abraham and desired to know His favour and care of him.
Why was Able favoured by God over Cain?† Because God saw Abelís desire and favour was towards the God of his Father Adam.
It was grace on the part of God the Father, because these men, as well as many others, chose to please God.† This was with those before the time of the Law, as well as after the giving of the Written Law.† The Grace of God is revealed in an operational way.† He provides His care and protection which is closely knit with being Redeemer and Deliverer.
THE GRACE OF GOD OPERATING:
His grace was operational towards those because of their desire to do right, and to those who repented from doing that which is unrighteous.
For example we hear of people who are in a very dangerous situation.† They call out for help from God and graciously He does so.† This is underserved favour.† It may well be that those God helped will not seek to know Him at all, once the danger is past.
Remember, that it is most amazing that God should desire to know us and to have fellowship with us.
GRACE BECAUSE OF FELLOWSHIP:
Before the Law was given, before Abraham, men found favour or grace with God.† Godís Grace is His Favour in action.
Genesis 6: 8† Noah found favour with God.† This is Godís Grace.
Genesis 14: 19† Abram found favour.† He was bless by God.† This is God the Father, who is The Spirit of Grace, being gracious towards Abram because Abram favoured God, over sin.
UNDER THE WRITTEN LAW GRACE OPERATED.
Under The Old Testament, those who kept the Written Law were seen as righteous and Godís grace or favour rested on them.† He was their Redeemer : He was their Deliverer.
Keeping The Law Preceded being made Righteous.† Under The Old Covenant, one had to observe The Law to gain Righteousness : whereas under The New Covenant WE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL OF GOD, act upon it and as a result we are said to have the Righteousness of God, and we receive The Praise of God.† Romans 2: 29.† We are in Favour or in Godís Grace, due to all this work.† Our position is IN CHRIST and we are to walk as those who are Righteous, to maintain Godís favour towards us.† Note Hebrews 10: 26-31 and Galatians 3: 1-14.
GODíS LAW FOR FULL SALVATION:
The mechanics of the Cross and the Baptism with Holy Spirit, have their results and these results or work achieved, by His Law, in the realm of the Spirit, is written in the hearts and on the minds of the believer. ††Hebrews 8: 10.
Note:† The Cross alone, does not result in the believer being Baptised with Holy Spirit.† They are not automatically Baptised with Holy Spirit as a flow on and part of the work of the Cross.† It is not part of the work of the Cross.
The Baptism with Holy Spirit, (Godís Gift) of His Promised Spirit, is not The Result of the work of the Cross Ė but because of its work, we can be Baptised with Holy Spirit and its work is written in us.† Only then can we know the result of Godís Law for Full Salvation and gain Godís Favour as a result.
First one is to be Redeemed, by the work of The Cross, in order that, they receive the Promise of GOD, His Spirit.† Galatians 3: 14.
Because one is first of all redeemed, Jesusí Spirit creates a favour with God because of Christís presence in the believer.† The believer, on the other hand, is to love Christ and obey his commands.† John 14: 13-17.† One of these commands is to be Baptised with Holy Spirit.
Acts 1: 4-5 N.I.V.†† On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command:† ďDo not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.† For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy SpiritĒ.† (placed in, introduced† into, the Holy Spirit.† Amp. Vers.)
When Baptised in Holy Spirit by Christ, and consequently Baptised into the Body of Christ by God the Father the believer declares ĎJesus is Lordí, by the Spirit of God the Father in them : and The Law of GOD For Full Salvation Is Complete.
John 15: 26†††† 1 Corinthians 12: 3.
The believer, having been Spiritually circumcised from death is now raised up,
placed in Life, forgiven all sins and placed in the Body of Christ.† He is made alive by being Baptised into and with the Spirit of God the Father.
Romans 8: 11†††† 1 Corinthians 12: 3††† John 15: 26†††† Ephesians 4: 5-6
All this is the result of Believing That Christ Is The Baptiser and submitting to Him for THAT WORK to be done : as when one is redeemed, that believer is qualified to receive The Baptism with Holy Spirit.† Then because one has completed the Law of God For Salvation, it is written by God the Father in our hearts and on our minds, by the presence of the Spirits of God and Christ.†† John 14: 23.
This is His Mark:† We are the Righteousness of God.† Where?† In Christ.† That is In ĎThe Body of Christí,† NOT Jesus himself ; where all those who have completed the Law of God For Salvation †are seen as New Creation.† Where?† In Christ.
Ephesians 4: 5-6†††† 2 Corinthians 5: 17
Where we have our favour Ė Grace with God because of Christís work.† Romans 2: 29
Because I am a Son of God, I must walk holy and in Righteousness and if I do Ė only if I do Ė this will Result in one inheriting Eternal Life.
Only as I do Godís Will, do I know His Favour Ė His Grace and all He is.
I will not, nor shall any other, inherit Eternal Life, simply because I have been to the cross, or have even done great things, or have been set free from Deathís Realm and its Law, or because I am a Son of God (the reason why I have known such a great Salvation as a result of the Cross and Baptism with Holy Spirit),† UNLESS†† I DO the Will of God the Father and only if I do that Will, the result will be Eternal Life.
Matthew 7: 21-23††† 2 Corinthians 5: 10†††† 1 John 5: 1-12
THE IMPORTANCE OF WORDS IN SCRIPTURE:
We have seen the words, Ďbecauseí and Ďthe result ofí,† what they infer and in their meaning and in their use.
A strong example of the use of these words is to be seen in Romans 5: 12-21.
The Outline Of The Reason For The Gospel.
These verses are to reveal the great grace of our God;† His mercy in the face of manís rejection of Him and His Righteousness.
The subject is manís Trespasses, (under the Power of Sin, He Sinned) and Godís Gift of Salvation to Mankind.† (Through the work of the Cross and the Baptism with Holy Spirit).
N.B.:† The Promises of God, or the Gift of God refers to the full work of Christ which results in one receiving the Promised Spirit of God The Father.
Romans 5: 12†††††††††††††† Sin entered the world†††††††††††† Because One Man, ADAM, sinned
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Death entered man††††††††††††††††† Because Man Sinned
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Death came to all men†††††††††††† Because All Sinned
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Adam to Moses†††††††††††††††††††††††† As a Result of Manís Sin.
Romans 5: 15†††††††††††††† One Manís Sin†††††††††††††††††††††††† Resulted in Judgement and
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Condemnation followed.† i.e.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† resulted in man being unfit
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for Godís use Ė condemned.
Romans 5: 12-13† †††††† Before the Law by Moses†††††† Because †there was No Law.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sin was not accounted.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Yet men were accounted
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Righteous because of
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† obedience to God)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Men were sinners†††††††††††††††††† Because there was No Law.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They still trespassed.†††††††††††††††† The result of being a sinner.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† They were under The ††††††††††† The result of one manís sin.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Law of Sin and Death.
†††††††††††††††††† v. 20†††††††††† The Written Law was†††††††††††† To gain the result, because of
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Added.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† which, trespasses might increase
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (i.e. awareness of sin increased)
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† When Sin Increased†††††††††††††† Because sin increased, so did
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Godís Grace.† Because sin
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Increased, (knowledge of it) all
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the more.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Grace Increased†††††††††††††††††††† Because God would have
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it that way.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† So That†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† So That
†††††††††††††††††† v. 21†††††††††† Grace Might Reign.†††††††††††††††† As The Result of the
††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The Favour of God.† †††††††††††††††† Righteousness of The One Man,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Jesus Christ.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RESULTING IN ETERNAL LIFE.
That is what occurred because of One Manís Sin† and the Result of it.
The Because can now be utilized in this way.
Because I am a Sinner, as a Result of Adamís Sin and I am condemned, I will accept Godís Way of Salvation and that through Jesus Christ.† I will accept His Gift of Full Salvation BECAUSE of His Great Mercy and the great price of His Son, Jesus Christ, that was paid for my Salvation.
I will receive Godís abundant provision of Grace and of the Gift of Righteousness, to Reign in Life through The One Man Jesus Christ; being the Result of confessing that I am a sinner and in need of Salvation.
GRACE MIGHT REIGN†††††††††††† TO GIVE THE RESULT OF GODíS GRACE AND THE GIFT OF
ďTHE FAVOUR OF GODĒ† †††††† RIGHTEOUSNESS REIGNING INSTEAD OF SIN IN THE LIFE
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OF THE BELIEVER, TO WHOM GODíS GRACE AND THE
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GIFT CAME BY THE GRACE OF THE ONE MAN JESUS,
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND WOULD OVERFLOW TO THE MANY.
The Grace of God, complies to His Spirit of Grace.† Not a spirit of understanding or compromise but Love.† Love for the world, for those of the world who would desire to be right with Him and to know Him but because of the weight of trespasses, are under the law of Sin and Death.
Let it be clearly understood that while ĎGod so loved the world that He sent His Soní : that love was in the offering and those who have not yet, and those who will not accept Godís Love offering, are under the wrath of God and shall know justice in the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 20: 11-15†††† Galatians 3: 22†††† Galatians 3: 14
Those who did righteousness i.e. right by receiving, through believing in Godís Law for Salvation, would remain in His Favour i.e. His Grace.
It is worthy to note that the Spirit of Grace, operates for those who seek to please and to obey Him.† WARNING: BUT not for those for whom Christ died, that knew salvation and even that of being Born Again, if they deliberately continue on in sin, they are seen as insulting God Himself, as they have trampled underfoot His Son and the great work done by which we come out from under the law of Sin and Death into Life Itself.
We know The Father, as did the Son.††† Hebrews 6: 4-8††† Hebrews 10: 29-33.
THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE GIFT, CAME BY THE GRACE OF ONE MAN, JESUS.
Here is a question for thought.†† What was Jesusí Grace?
The dictionary meaning among several meanings of the word Grace, does not speak of unmerited favour.
ĎThe Grace of the One Maní, shows that Jesus was in the state of being so influenced by God and Godís favour : that God did receive the full favour of His Son, who was thus favoured and blessed.
Luke 1: 41-45, Elizabeth knew the grace/favour of Mary in that she visited Elizabeth.
Grace is what we must operate in.† Unconditional Love is an example.† If we have the One whose Spirit is called Grace and this is operational in and through us, then so must we also be gracious : showing favour for God in all things, as Jesus did : And Rejoice.
REJOICE IN THE FAVOUR OF GOD.†††††† Romans 2: 29.
Wonderful Love Directed Grace.
Romans 5: 15-18†††††††††† The Glory of Godís Abundant Grace:
BY ONE MANíS TRESPASS† †††††††††††††††† ††††††††† BY ONE MANíS ACT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WAS
MANY HAVE DIED and that††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† JUSTIFICATION that brings LIFE FOR MANY.
Note:† The Many indicates that even though All men were born under the Power of Sin and were sinners in the sight of God, all men did not stay in that spiritual position of being under the Power of Sin and Death but escaped, turning to God, having faith in Him.
It must be understood that while men like Abraham did not know deliverance from the bondage of the Law of Sin and Death : he did by desiring to favour God, condemn Sin and was accounted righteous by God.
He was one of the many in the Old Testament.† (Refer to the Criteria of the Blood in relation to this).† It does have a strong bearing.
N.B.† Whatever was Godís Requirement for Righteousness, wherever and whenever it is applied Ė Righteousness was possible because God says so.
The Trespass and The Gift : a powerful spiritual work, in both cases.† Simply by one breaking Godís commandment and the other by fully obeying His God and Fatherís Will to the very end.
This surpassed the natural and affected the Spiritual Realms.
This is powerful in that its effect upon all mankind is amazing.† But what is more so, is the amazing grace of our God, in the face of so much trespassing.
THE RESULT OF SINÖ..IS JUDGEMENT, BRINGING CONDEMNATION.
N.B.†† The Gift was not given because of mankindís righteousness.
††††††††† The gift followed trespasses, not because of righteousness.
††††††††† This is Godís favour undeserved by us.
Because of the love of His Creation of those He knew of mankind who did desire to please Him, but found the shackles of The Law of Sin and Death binding and could not be released, they were accounted Righteous in His sight Ė to gain His Eternal Promises Ė to Enter Heaven.
It is by Christís Work, that Godís Favour of Grace is seen as pure Favour not undeserved.
The gift was given to those in trespasses whose rightful judgement should be The Eternal Lake of Fire.† But to those who believe the Gospel, no matter how deep in trespasses, they can know full forgiveness, all because of Godís plan of full salvation purposed in love and abundant grace that is fully realized when the believer comes in faith to Him.
All through the obedience and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in that he favoured highly His God and Fatherís will above that of his own.† It was not that he had no will of his own, for it was his will that did His Fatherís Will.††††† Romans 5
In life we often believe that because we have been Ďgoodí, so to speak, that we deserve a gift.† Here we find that we are like filthy rags in the sight of God and we deserve the justice of our trespasses but this is when grace is operative; when we first do not deserve it, when we receive the Spirit of Christ.† It is only when we know Baptism with Holy Spirit that one shall know, (not by our righteousness), the praise of God.†† Romans 2: 29
THE FAVOUR OF GOD:† We pass from being those in the Death Realm, to those in Life and knowing the favour of God.† All this because of what God and His Son have done for us.† By believing we have become Sons of God and co-heirs with Christ.† What a glory is given to us and Grace is to reign.
Because of our continual favour to our God, as Jesus did : this enables us to know Godís favour reigning in and through us because we as Sons of God are walking Righteously.† And this happens because of being made the righteousness of God.† Philippians 3: 9-10.
This righteousness which we must reveal in all aspects of our lives is the honour of our Loving God and His Son.† For not to walk righteously shall bring the justice kept for those who have not believed God.† To walk right before God, making no use of sin, is to honour the greatness of our salvation.† We are to persist, never forgetting this fact.
Hebrews 10: 29-31, warns us.
Godís grace can only reign with us as we do His Will in all things, obeying Him in Love and Trust.
So as The Written Law of God brought forth trespasses and because of these trespasses Ė not the result of them, Godís Love energized by His Spirit of Grace, sent His Son Ė as His Gift.
When His Gift is received, he (Jesus) can bring man to His God and Father as they believe God and His promises.
This grace Ė this great, wonderful favour, we can know because of the result of Christís work.† We can only know favour by ĎMY BELIEVINGí in that work.† By committing myself as a Son of God I shall remember the great salvation given to us as those who are Sons of His first created Man Adam, who by his disobedience, we were put out of Favour: yet as men desired for and favoured God Ė God gave favour to them ; from Genesis to today.
No matter what man could do, he could not erase the guilt and spiritual position that he was in due to his sin.† But only by Godís own way of setting us free, are we free and know Godís favour Ė His Grace.† This favour is not to be seen as Ďunmeritedí, for Jesus, as our Adam, brought us to the position of being sons of God.† He is our brother and we sit with those made Holy and blameless and so in Life as Sons of God, we by our obedience to Godís Commands and Will sustain that favour as Sons.
Did man deserve this?† Godís love said ĎYesí.† Yes, to those who desired to know Him.
No, to those who continue in wickedness, for they shall have their reward: while the righteous take in the Favour of their GOD.