Preach the Gospel of the Grace of God!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14 KJV).

Saints, God has entrusted us with the greatest message of all time, “the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24), so that we can preach the greatest Person of all time, Jesus Christ. “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…” (2 Corinthians 4:5a). As today’s Scripture indicates, if the lost world is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, they need us to first preach this wonderful message to them!

According to James 2:17-26, God had always demanded faith and works for salvation (Abraham was the one exception; Romans 4:1-5). But, when we come to Paul’s ministry in Scripture, God declares that Sabbath day keeping, water baptism, physical circumcision, tithing, and animal sacrifices are no longer required for salvation.

Today, in the Dispensation of Grace, God is not operating Israel’s works-religion. The good news of God’s grace is that we can be saved solely by God’s grace without us doing anything but trusting in Christ alone! “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). Until Paul, God had never revealed a message like our Gospel of Grace: the Gospel of the Grace of God declares what God did for you because you are unable to do anything for God. We can be saved without works today!

The Gospel of Grace is 1 Corinthians 15:3,4: …how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Jesus Christ shed His sinless blood to pay for your sins, He was buried to put away your sins, and He was raised again for your justification (Romans 4:25). Place your faith in Christ  alone, and He will save you forever. Then, preach the Gospel of Grace for others to hear!

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Christian ambassador (Shawn Brasseaux)

Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!

5 thoughts on “Preach the Gospel of the Grace of God!”

  1. So many are deceived into believing a NT tithing doctrine. It starts with them first being lied to that the Church is the same as the nation of Israel. Such false teaching going on and it’s getting worse. NT tithing is more like a tradition now and it’s hard to get Christians to see and understand the Truth.

      1. Hi. Good question. Yes, most religious circles today claim that we need to follow the Law, to varying degrees. Should we Christians obey and follow the Mosaic Law? Let’s look at the Bible’s answer.

        Paul is “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13). What God has to say us is in Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon. All of the Bible is FOR us, but not all of the Bible is TO us or ABOUT us. In time past, God dealt with Israel using the Mosaic Law. If a Jew wanted to know God’s will, he/she had to go to the Law of Moses (Rom. 2:17-20). But again, God sent Moses to ISRAEL, not to us Gentiles. Whom did God send to us? Paul. What does God tell us about keeping the Mosaic Law today? What is God’s will for us? Let’s see what God has to say to us through Paul:

        “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). To answer your question, we are NOT bound to keep the Mosaic Law in this the Dispensation of Grace. At this point, one might ask, “If the Bible says we are free from the Law of Moses, does that mean we now have license to go out and sin all we want?” The next verse tells us: “GOD FORBID [NO!].” “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Rom. 6:15). To say that we can sin all we want because we’re under grace is a failure to fully grasp what grace teaches (more on this later).

        Notice Galatians 4:9,10: “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.” And Galatians 5:1,13: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage…. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

        The Christians in Galatia were being pummeled with false teaching: they were told that they had to keep the Law of Moses in order to be saved (cf. Acts 15:1-5). Paul’s response was simple (quoted above): Galatia, don’t return to “bondage”/the Mosaic Law, either for salvation or for Christian good works. Paul urged them not to be “bewitched”/tricked into working for their salvation, or using the Law system in their Christian lives (see also Galatians 3:1-5). “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter [the Law]” (Rom. 7:6).

        Why are we not under the Law of Moses today? God has done away with Israel’s works-religion system (Judaism). It failed because the Jews were sinners–we’re all sinners, Jew and Gentile (Rom. 3:9). The Jews couldn’t live up to the Mosaic Law (Acts 15:10), and we certainly can’t live up to those standards today either. If Israel wanted to be blessed of God and on God’s “good side,” they had to obey Him (keep the Law); otherwise they would receive God’s curse (those were the conditions of the Old Covenant/Mosaic Law; see Deut. chapter 28). The Law, in God’s eyes is “weak and beggarly” (Galatians 4:9)–it’s “weak through [our] flesh” (Romans 8:3). We can’t keep the Law, and God doesn’t expect us to because He has already used the Law to prove us as sinners (Romans 3:19,20). So, if not by the Law of Moses, how are our Christian lives governed today?

        Titus 2:11,12 explains: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, God’s grace has saved you from sin. Now, you’re a saint. God’s grace and your new identity in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) give you the capacity to say, “My former, lost lifestyle is not me anymore. My life needs to reflect the life of a saint, not a sinner.”

        As we study and believe God’s Word dispensationally–understanding that God’s Word to us is Paul’s epistles–God the Holy Spirit will use that sound doctrine to work in us, and He will fulfill the demands of the Law, and God performing in us will bring about a change in our behavior. 1 Thess. 2:13 “the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” Galatians 5:18 says, “But if ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” The basis of our Christian life is NOT us fulfilling the demands of the Mosaic Law, but allowing the indwelling Holy Spirit to accomplish His will in and through us and God Himself will work in us to fulfill the Law.

        The way to sabotage your Christian life is to place yourself under Israel’s performance-based acceptance system like Galatia was doing–performing to get God’s blessings and to avoid His curses. Paul struggled with keeping the Law as a Christian in Romans chapter 7, and he concluded the chapter in defeat. I’d encourage you to read Romans 8:1-15, which describes the Christian allowing the indwelling Holy Spirit to fulfill the demands of the Law in him/her, instead of the Christian forced to fulfill the demands of the Law in his/her own strength (like with Israel). Denominations often confuse God’s dealings with Israel under Law with us under Grace, which is why you have heard what you have heard (your question). They are going to a program–the Mosaic System–that God is not operating today. You can’t just be “Scriptural.” You must also be “DISPENSATIONAL”–i.e. yes Law-keeping is in the Bible, and it was practiced at one time, but it is not true TODAY.

        God has already “accepted you in the beloved [Christ Jesus],” regardless of your performance (Eph 1:6). He has already “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3), and we didn’t work to get them–Christ WORKED for them. Our performance is not the issue–Christ’s performance IN US is! Notice Galatians 2:19,20: “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” The Christian life is NOT us living for Christ, but Christ living in us! “Christ liveth in me.” (The Law system was Israel’s performance to live for God, but the Grace system is God working in and through us to fulfill the Law).

        Notice again how God’s grace transforms our lives (without the Law). Romans 12:1,2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” How do we get the “renewed mind?” Study God’s Word dispensationally, and, by faith in that sound doctrine, we let the Holy Spirit use that sound doctrine to work in us for God’s glory (see Eph. 4:17-32)!

        Hopefully that makes sense to you. Considering what could be said about this, this is brief. I’m going to assume this information suffices. If you have any further questions, you can re-comment, or feel free to email me at arcministries@gmail.com. Thanks for asking.

    1. Oh, Lily, I know what you mean! I’ve spoken with the so-called “Christian” “tithers” of our day. Usually, their first response is “So I can’t give money?” My response is always, “God’s grace is NOT against GIVING, it’s against TITHING.” Certainly, there is no commandment to tithe in the NT. In fact, that 10-25% tithe of the OT was actually replaced in Israel’s program by 100% giving (Acts 2:44-47; Acts 4:34-35). Anyone wants to obey that 100% tithe? OF COURSE NOT! Tell that to next person who tries to say that they “tithe.”

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