Who’s Afraid of Grace?
It boggles my mind. I am struggling to understand. What is it about grace that scares folks? I’ve actually been cautioned by ministers that “even though we know that we are totally forgiven of all our sins, we can not preach that to baby Christians because they will use that knowledge to sin. Grace is for the mature.” Brethren, if we don’t preach the grace of God only, what are we to preach? Law? Mixture? No wonder the body of Christ is in such bad shape. How sad!
Grace is not a doctrine; it is a person.
Grace is Jesus in all His fullness.
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 favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. [Exod. 20:1.] (John 1:16, 17 AMP)
To distrust grace is to distrust Jesus. To think that preaching pure grace leads to sin is to think that preaching only Christ crucified, apart from law, results in sin. How can that be? Are we not complete in Christ?
Instead of giving people permission to sin, the revelation of God’s grace does just the opposite.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, (Titus 2:11, 12 NIV)
There is only one antidote to sin, and it is not The Ten Commandments. It is pure, unadulterated grace made available through the Gospel to all who hear and believe
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:56, 57 NKJV)
Preach the law to people in order to make them live holy lives and you will strengthen the power of sin in their flesh. It will be impossible for them to overcome. Preach only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Grace of God, to them and He will give them the victory.
But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded. (Romans 5:20b, AMP)
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17 NKJV)
Wow! Did you hear what Paul just said? Don’t throw the law at sin–that’s like adding gasoline to fire. Don’t use guilt and condemnation to try to get people to stand up and walk straight. That won’t work. Throw grace at sin, and not just a little amount. Let grace superabound.
Who’s afraid of grace? Not I! Are you?
When I recieved the grace message,I understood how much christ loves me.Because of God Grace,I want to love him more and not sin.. His Grace is what makes me want to know him more
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There is no need to be afraid of grace.
I think it is very powerful when you put things into context. The Law was given under a different covenant. As long as we are under this New Covenant with God we have to understand that the old has been made void and is now antiquated. As soon as we mix the two we are just making this Christian life that much harder.
God bless you Bishop for the liberation through these messages.
Amen! I rejoice to see you grow up in Him.
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i truly believe that preachers need to take the will of GOD seriously and that is to preach the gospel of grace. Thanks Bishop..
The amazing grace of God preached by Bishop give me spiritual liberation. I was bounded by the law but grace set me free. We must preach “the gospel of grace” and not the law. God bless you Bishop.
LOVE THE INTIMATE CONNECTION . ..GRACE “BEING” THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST IN ALL “HIS” FULLNESS. OUR FEARS ARE BANISHED . . . . WASHED AWAY BY “HIS” SHED BLOOD ON THE CROSS, . . NOW SAFELY IN “HIS” LOVING ARMS, HE CLAIMS US AS “HIS SOUL” POSSESSION . . .THERE IS THE FULLNESS OF GRACE. . . BUT ONLY BY OUR CHOICE OF CONVICTION OF/IN “HIS” TRUTH. . . INHERITED BY OUR FAITHING TRUST IMPLICIT IN THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST. . .”HIS” PERFECT SIN SACRIFICE COMPLETED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SOLE BENEFIT. . … YET THE RICHES AND GLORY ARE “HIS ALONE” TO SHARE.