The Gospel in a Diagram

LAW IS CONSCIOUS OF
GRACE IS CONSCIOUS OF
MAN
GOD
SELF
CHRIST
SIN
RIGHTEOUSNESS
DEMAND
SUPPLY
NATURAL
SUPERNATURAL
TREE OF GOOD/EVIL
TREE OF LIFE
FLESH
SPIRIT
STRIVING
BEHOLDING
DEEDS
BELIEF
RITUAL
RELATIONSHIP
DO
DONE
SLAVE
FREE
INSECURITY
SECURITY
OUR LOVE
GOD’S LOVE

What is Grace, What is the Alternative, and Why Should I Care: Explanation and Evidence of a New Consciousness

Many times we think we know all about grace or that it is elementary and feel like we should move on to other things when nothing could be further from the truth. Colossians 2:6 advises that as you receive Christ, so walk in Him. I believe some of the church’s failures have started by failing to unveil Jesus and have instead fed the old man by preaching do’s and don’ts from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil rather then feeding the new man from the tree of life that is Jesus Christ. God wants us to exist in the new way of the Spirit rather than the old way of the Law as we are to understand that we have intimate relationship with Christ and are transformed by beholding Him(Rom 7:3-6, 2 Cor 3:3-18). Many seem to know what the Church is against rather than all of the life changing things that the church is for. All other religions have no answer for sin and cannot adequately expel all the internal enemies that plague us. The one thing that no other belief system can combat, argue, or claim is grace. Grace is unmerited favor; the fullness of what God offers us in Christ, and is focused on His righteousness shown in Christ, not ours through the law(Rom 3:21-24, Rom 10:3-4). The commandments of the Law are good within its purpose in showing us our need for Christ but has no power to make us holy and the inheritance either comes by way of the law or by way of the promise(Gal 3:18-22, Gal 4:23-24). Obviously we must realize we have violated God’s law to see our need for a Savior, or the sickness toward the remedy-receive/believe on Christ(Rom 5:1-2, Gal 2:16). When we see God’s grace through the person, work, and cross of Christ, God sees our faith. Many make faith into an obstacle rather than simply seeing God in His grace, resulting in a positive belief response to God; His true nature, character, and goodness as depicted by His word, not the world or our inclinations. Any obedience that pleases God starts with an obedience of faith(Rom 1:5, Rom 6:17). This faith is from God and His great love and mercy, not of ourselves, and it is God made us alive with Christ, seated us with Him, and who prepared the good works beforehand for us to walk in(Eph 2:4-10). God forgave us through Christ because of the riches of His grace(Eph 1:3-7). Let us not insert anything else or any other reason or stipulation because of religious presupposed assumptions. Either we will abide in freedom that Christ purchased for us or fall from grace(not salvation) by going back to the law to establish our own righteousness(Gal 1:6-7, Gal 5:1-6). The law was not made for the righteous(believers) but for the ungodly(Rom 3:19). Those who still put themselves under(make apart of/believe by) the works of the law are cursed(Gal 3:9-10). Law is demand, while grace is supply, and being mindful of God’s supply, not works(Gal 3:5). In the new covenant the only way to be cursed is to believe or come under a different gospel/doctrine. Even experts in secular fields will advise that condemnation in the root of sickness as well as additions. What we believe and how see God is important. Have we failed to unveil the loveliness of Jesus and the perfection of his work by stating your saved by grace but you have to work for it(Rom 11:5-6)? Often Christians are so focused on sin which is really a focus on self. We need to stop living as thought the cross made little to no difference. Either the divine exchange of Christ becoming sin so that we could be made His righteousness occurred or it did not(2 Cor 5:21). The law was the enemy’s weapon against us but Christ has nailed it to the cross triumphing over it and thus taking away anyone’s ability to use it against us(Col 2:13-15). He has blotted it out and redeemed us by becoming sin and the curse for us so that we might have the blessings of Abraham and by faith receive the promise of the Spirit(Gal 3:11-14). Throughout his preaching Jesus showed us the full measure of the law and what it required, full obedience. This causes us to come to an end of ourselves and to depend totally on grace. If you are righteous(right standing) and good, then there is no need for a savior. Your shortcomings qualify you for the thrown of grace. He looks for a minus to add His plus. We often have the mentality that we can do enough good which prevents us from really enjoying the grace offered to us. Our faith becomes effectual when we realize what we already have been given in Christ(Phil 1:6). Those who are forgiveness conscious are love conscious, and when we are love conscious faith follow freely. Jesus advised the Pharisees that he did not love him as the women washing his feet because he did not realize how much he had been forgiven(Luke 7 41-48). We do not labor to be blessed but are empowered to labor because of the blessing. When you sit under grace your want to’s will change. God is interested in inner heart transformation, not just outer behavior modification. Good works are a result, not a prerequisite. We are all sinners because through Adam sin entered the world, but Jesus took our place becoming our sin so we could become his perfect righteousness once for all to take away consciousness of sin(Heb 9:12, 28. 10:1-4). He has qualified us and we are to fix our eyes on Him, the author and finisher of faith(Col 1:12, Heb 12:2). So when we accept Christ we can stop condemning ourselves and learn of and depend on him(Rom 8:1-5). Stop being infatuated not with yourself, but instead with His thoughts, His actions, His obedience. The Holy Sprit convicts of one sin, not believing in Jesus(John 16:8-11). Grace is not a doctrine; it is person, Jesus Christ. It is cross centered and is the full and proper honoring of Christ, truly glorifying his finished work, which all right theology must do. Right believing will bring right living. Real change is effortless and from on inside out. Many people are pushing all kinds of ways to reign in life, but we do so through an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. If sin reigned because of through the disobedience of one man how much more shall those who receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through Christ(Rom 5:16-21). Where sin(which was ushered in by Adam) abounded, God’s grace abounded much more. Sin(noun) doesn’t have dominion over us not when we under the law but under grace(Rom 6:14). Most have more confidence in the flesh of humans than the Spirit of God. Many well meaning critics of grace exalt sin making it equal, or even greater, to the blood of Christ, yet make light of sin as they believe sin can be over come by their own efforts, will power, or decision making. It is like saying “you must stop preaching water, water and tell people how to get wet”. Everything that real grace touches becomes beautiful. Touching grace is touching God’s holiness(set apart) and righteousness. It is not that sin means nothing, but the full measure of judgment was poured out on Jesus for us, which increases our love for God. This mixture causes you lose the convicting purpose of the law to bring you to Jesus as well as the redeeming power of unmerited grace. Many are saying that we are saved by grace and this is basic, now we must begin to live by the law. This is spiritual adultery that leads to bounding back and forth from Christ and the law. The apostle to the Christian church(Paul) tells us that he died to the law that he might live to God as if right stand came by law they Christ died for nothing(Gal 2:19-21). Remember friends, we increase in grace, favor, and peace by an increase in the revelation and knowledge of Jesus Christ(2 Peter 1:1-11).

Hearing Jesus’ Teaching With New Covenant Ears(Bullet Points)

-Let us address why belief is so important and why many seem to feel this to easy or not practical: not so easy to come to end of self and only believe/rest all in Christ(as receive him so walk in him-Col 2:6)

-Is God that good or maybe we still have to make payment or avoid the big sins, but we are sinners due to the first figurehead of humanity-In Romans 48 of 49 times sin is not a single action but a state of being. We are righteous by the much surer work of the last figure head of humanity-Christ(Rom 5)

-Definitions of Sin(missing the mark) and Grace(unmerited favor of God)

-Jesus’ Ministry to reveal the full extent of the law to point to himself/cross

-Rich Young Ruler-always some falling short can point to when under law

-Many preach mixture of grace and law: lose effects of both(vast standard of law to bring to Christ and the vast Grace to save to the uttermost-new wine in old skins-Matt 9:17)

John 8:35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there for ever.

Galatians 3:21 Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, will you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and the other by a free woman.23One, the child of the slave, was born according to the flesh the other, the child of the free woman, was born through the promise(self effort seems expedient)

-Bondservants have no real/certain relationship to God but sons(through the Son) have a indefensible/preeminent one. “Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bond-woman shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac.”(Gal 4:30)

-Cast out this mentality of immature and unstable relationship with God based on a serving under law rather than based on the promise through Christ’s work, love, standing.

-Jews today still advise they were many to God at Mt Sinai, Paul’s revelation of being married to/seated with the risen Christ who fulfilled the law freely giving grace so the motivation changed/empowerment given.

-John 8:11 Gave gift of no condemnation then sin no more-we have reversed many times

-Rom 6:14 Sin loses power not when under law but grace

-the law is holy but has no power to make you holy-the mirror points out your flaws but you don’t clean you self with that mirror

-Let Christ do the cleaning-We are transformed by beholding Christ(2 Cor 3:18)

-Law=demand, Grace=Supply; Christ came not to condemn but to save(John 3:17), law came by Moses, grace/truth came by Christ(John 1:17)

-Need Spirit to understand grace(still righteous when fail): the Holy Spirit is the comforter(John 14:26) not the accuser

-Spirit convicts the world of sin because they do not Believe in Christ, of righteousness because you no longer see me, and judgment because the accuser is condemned(John 16:8-11) Christ did not come to kick us when we are down but is a Savior to save us from our shortcomings, as that is when to rely/believe on Christ(Rom 5)

-The Spirit testifies of Christ(John 15:26) and that we are his children(Romans 8:16)

-All those who came before me a thieves and robbers(John 10:8)-religious leaders who use law to disqualify them and keep others under and religious system of control

-We please God by believing on and being conscious of his son(obedience of faith(obedience of faith-Rom 1:5,Rom 16:26), not basing our relationship or standing with him on our actions. This is the only hope toward bringing a fruitful life

-Gal 3:3; Are you staring in the Spirit and ending with the flesh

-We are feeding the new man from the tree of life rather then the old man from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

-The one time sin mentioned in Romans as an single action is when Paul was asked should we sin so grace can about-must have preach grace radically-many churches today don’t have to worry about begin asked this question

-John 8:39-Jews believe in their natural linage; Christ advised they did not do as Abraham. Gal 3:6-7; Abraham believed God as it was credited to him as righteousness and those who believed are descendants of Abraham

-Consciousness of Christ in us and filling us through his work, glory(judgments-justifies us by Christ) His love and desire to do so and not by way of our coercing him to in dwell us by our human and works and qualifications

-Gal 3:13-14; Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’—in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

-Martin Luther advised had to preach grace everyday, least he forget

-Whoever is conscious that they are forgiven much, loves much. (Luke 7:37-50) The Pharisee felt was not in need of much forgives and did no act for Jesus unlike the woman

-Grace is the New Testament word of all that God has for us-we have nothing to prove

-Accuser of the Brethren-9 times word accuser used when Pharisees accused Jesus

-(Isa 54:17)No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is from me, says the Lord

- John 8:53-54; Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, “He is our God”

-Heb 1:1-4; Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets(progressive relation-complete in Christ) but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs

-Rom 5 conveys an overpayment by Christ as not done by a man but God’s son and a new relationship(same as his son) established with God not based on action

-illustration of people imparting sin to lamb and lamb innocence to them

-Heb 1:3 Temple priest did not sit as continually offered sacrifice for sin-Heb 4:14 Jesus our high priest-Heb 7:27 not daily sacrifice but once for all-Heb 10:10-14 made perfect once for all-Heb 1:4 The manifestations of God by angels at different times in the Old Testament, did not bring man and God into personal union, as the manifestation of God in human flesh does. God became a gainer through redemption(the cross) 

-John 9:1-3  how can someone sin in the womb? Seems like all some are conscious of is sin(Heb:10:1-2). John did not included himself-states disciples asked. Compare Peter(focused his love for God-will never forsake you)/John(focused God’s love for him-rest on Jesus’ bosom). Christ was focused on the answer-Himself (power of sin not problem when under grace not law(Rom 6:14)

-John 9:33-34-Pharasses could see only sin, not the one from God. Psychology term projection-what see/concerned of in self-accuse/put on to others

-John 9:39-40  Jesus’ ministry of unveiling extend of law to unveil extend of Himself. Those who feel see fine become blind, and those who don’t can now see-Pharisee and the women washing Jesus’ feet from Luke, she understood what the law and grace were

-Rom 3:20 by law no one justified, law is knowledge of sin   

-Paul show both Jew and Gentile to fall short. The law does not make them righteous but brings the consciousness of sin and the word here is singular. It makes us aware of defects of our very character and nature. Not just what we do but who we are. So the law has a purpose as it is no easy thing to being humans to this realization. But humans have hope for both acquittal and righteousness as God has initiated action and provided the means for redemption by his grace alone, by his Son alone.

Rom 3:21; Get the right gospel-where the righteousness of God is revealed, without law: Only this kind of righteousness is the requirement and Chris is the means to obtain what God has so freely provided.

-Rom 3:24; to justify-to obtain a favorable verdict, to declare righteous. A gift with no cause-unmerited favor

-Redemption: to purchase out of the market and remove from further sale, slaves release

-Rom 3:25; sin Passed over:bypassed in OT, now complete removal of in Christ

-Rom 3:26; Propitiation: Now able to justly show mercy righteously-Christ showing the real nature of God as this necessary act of propitiation was not impose on God from without but from within by his virtue

-John 10:1-8; those before Christ advised of another way-the law is the way

-No other way then Christ-the sheep gate was the only intended way in, to climb over the gate one must exert self imagination(I will do this instead) and self effort. John’s Gospel stated believe 68 times with no condition

-John10:16-other sheep to bring in(Gentiles) that hear my voice, as it transitions into Eph 2:13-18; those far off from God were brought near by Christ’s work

-Col 3:10-11; the new man, no matter background, but one in Christ

-2 Cor 5:17-21; a new creation for those in Christ, taking that mindset of being reconciled to God into the world is the ministry of reconciliation, is base on Christ work and some just good deed by human standards

-The further we see ourselves from God and his reconciliation, we will exert a ministry of condemnation to ourselves and others, but when aware of non imputation of sin, see God’s grace/favor and righteousness by saving us

-New creation; in reference to form/quality not exiting before, not time
-2 Cor 5:19  reconciled us-restored to God’s favor justly by Christ’s person/work. God’s true character or love was not changed by the cross, but it was the result/product of it

-5:20 The Greek expresses God was the reconciler in Christ, therefore let God reconcile you to Himself or let this have its designed effect.

-5:21-The heart of the Devine exchange, do we really believe this?

Verses That Depict Full Grace Theology(567)


(67vs) Galatians 1:6-7 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 2:4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

Galatians 2:16-21 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.  But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be!  For if I rebuild what I have once destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.  For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in(of) the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.

Galatians 3:All 29 verses. Phrases; hearing of faith, credited as righteous by believing, those who rely on law, Christ redeemed us from the law, receive blessing by the promise, we are Abraham’s seed and sons of God.

Galatians 4:1-9 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,  but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.  So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,  so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father!  Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.  However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

Galatians 4:21-31 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law?  For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.  But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.  This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.  Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.  For it is written, REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR; BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR; FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.  And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.  But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.  But what does the Scripture say? CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN. So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.

Galatians 5:1-6 it was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.   And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.  You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

Galatians 5:16-18 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

(31vs)Ephesians 1:1-14 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,  to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace  which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight  He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him  with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him  also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,  to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,  who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Ephesians 2:14-22 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,  by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,  and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.  AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;  for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

(22vs)Colossians 1:12-15 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation

Colossians 2:6-23 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,  and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;  and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;  having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,  having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.  Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-  things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.   Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,  and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.  If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,  Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!  (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)–in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?  These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Philippians 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.

(102vs)Romans 1:5-6 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,  among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance.

Romans 3:19-31 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.  But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,  even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;  whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;  for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Where then is boasting? It is excluded By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,  since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.  Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish(uphold the true purpose of) Law.

Romans 4-all 25 verses: Phrases; Abraham begin justified and credited with righteousness by faith and by believing God, Blessed is the man who’s sins are not imputed to him, We are heirs by grace, faith, and promise not law, Is no violation where is no law, fully assured God able to do what promised, died and raised for justification.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:8-21 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned,  for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.  But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.  The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.  For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.  For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:17-18 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,  and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Romans 7:3-6 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.  Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.  But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:1-5 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.  For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,  so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:29-35 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.  What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?  Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.  Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.  Who can separate us from the love of Christ.

Romans 9:30-33 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;  but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,  just as it is written, BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

Romans 10:2-13 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.  For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness.  But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down),  or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,  that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.  For the Scripture says, WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;  for WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Romans 11:5-6 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Romans 14:22-23 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.  But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

Romans 15:14-18 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.  But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God.  For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed,

(11vs)I Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours

I Corinthians 1:8-9 who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

I Corinthians 1:30-31 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,  so that, just as it is written, LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.

I Corinthians 2:12-16 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,  which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.  But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.  But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.  For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.

I Corinthians 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

I Corinthians 15:56-58 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

(26vs)II Corinthians 3:3-18 being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.  Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.  Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,  who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,  how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?  For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.  For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it.  For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.  Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech,  and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away.  But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ.  But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart;  but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

II Corinthians 4:13-15 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,  knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.  For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

II Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,  namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

II Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

II Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

(86vs)Hebrews 1:1-5 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,  in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.  For to which of the angels did He ever say, YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”? And again, I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME.

Hebrew 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrew 4:1-11 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.  For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST, although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.  For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS  and again in this passage, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.  Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,  He again fixes a certain day, Today, saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.  For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.  So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

Hebrews 7:16-28 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.  For it is attested of Him, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.  For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness  for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.  And inasmuch as it was not without an oath  (for they indeed became priests without an oath, but He with an oath through the One who said to Him, THE LORD HAS SWORN AND WILL NOT CHANGE HIS MIND, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER'”)  so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.  The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,  but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.  Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;  who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.

Hebrews 8:12-13 FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.  When He said, A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

Hebrews 9:12-28 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,  how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.  For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.  For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.  Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.  For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,  saying, THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU.  And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.  And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.  Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;  nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.  Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,  so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Hebrews 10:1-23 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.  Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?  But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year.  For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.  Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME;  IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE.  THEN I SAID, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.  After saying above, SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them (which are offered according to the Law),  then He said, BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL. He takes away the first in order to establish the second.  By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;  but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,  waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.  For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.  And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,  THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM, He then says,  AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.  Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.  Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 11:6-7 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.  By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

(64vs)John 1:12 But a many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

John 1:16-17 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.  For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ

John 3:16-18. so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

John 3:33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.

John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.

John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;  and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

John 6:27-29 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.  Therefore they said to Him, What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.

John 6:35-40 Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.

John 6:47-65 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?  But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, Does this cause you to stumble?  What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.  But there are some of you who do not believe ‘For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.  And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.

John 7:37-39 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.  But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 8:24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.

John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,  and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?

John 11:40 Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?

John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

John 15:15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

John 16:8-12 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;  concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;  and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;  and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.  I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 17:20-23 I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.  The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

John 20:29-31 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.  Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

(14vs)Acts 13:38-39 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,  and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Acts 15:7-18 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.  And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;  and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?  But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.  All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.  After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, Brethren, listen to me.  Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name.  With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,  AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,  SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’  SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.

II Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

(13v)Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.  These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority Let no one disregard you.

Titus 3:4-11 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,  He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,  whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.  But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.  Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,  knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.

Philemon 1:6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake.

I Peter 2:4-12 coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For this is contained in Scripture: BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,  and, A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.  But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

II Peter 1:1-12 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.  Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,  and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,  and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.  Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;  for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.  Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.

(24vs)I John 3:3-9 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.  You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.  No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.  Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;  the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.  No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

I John 3:20-24 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;  and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.  This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.  The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

I John 4:9-19 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  We love, because He first loved us.

(20vs)Mathew 5-17-20 Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.  For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.  Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matt 9:2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.

Matthew 9:22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well. At once the woman was made well.

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 12:7-8 But if you had known what this means, I desire compassion and not sacrifice; you would not have condemned the innocent.  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

Matthew 17:25-26 He said, Yes. And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?  When Peter said, From strangers, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.

Matthew 20:14-16 Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?  So the last shall be first, and the first last.

Matthew 21:21-22 And Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen.  And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive

(20vs)Mark1:15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand repent and believe in the gospel.

Mark 2:5 And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven.

Mark 26-28 how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?  Jesus said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.

Mark 5:34-37 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.  While He was still speaking, they came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?  But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.  And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter(rock) and James(replace) and John(grace)=law replaced by grace?

Mark 9:23-24 And Jesus said to him, ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.  Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Mark 10:52 And Jesus said to him, Go; your faith has made you well. Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

Mark 11:22-24 And Jesus answered saying to them, Have faith in God.  Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.  Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

Mark 16:16-19 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.  These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;  they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.  So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

(24vs)Luke 37-50 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume,  and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.  And Jesus answered him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he replied, Say it, Teacher.  A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?  Simon answered and said, I suppose the one whom he forgave more. And He said to him, You have judged correctly.  Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.  Then He said to her, Your sins have been forgiven.  Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, Who is this man who even forgives sins?  And He said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

Luke 8:48-50 And He said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.  While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.  But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.

Luke 10:39-42 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.  But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

Luke 17:19 And He said to him, Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.

Luke 23:42-43 And he was saying, Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!  And He said to him, Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

Isaiah 54:9-10For this is like the days of Noah to Me: when I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you.  Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate LORD.

Isaiah 54:14 and you will be established on [a foundation of] righteousness. You will be far from oppression, you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their righteousness is from Me.”[This is] the LORD’s declaration.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Look, the days are coming—[this is] the LORD’s declaration—when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.  [This one will] not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I had married them—the LORD’s declaration.  Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days—the LORD’s declaration. I will place My law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.  No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying: Know the LORD, for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them—the LORD’s declaration. For I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.

Psalm 6: The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.  He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.  He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake.  Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear [no] danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff-they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live.

Psalm 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your instruction is true.

*All 567 verses taken from the NASB, except the 14 verses from the OT are from the HCSB

Who is Jesus and Why Does it Matter? The Sanity of Grace

One of the very key components to unlocking the nearly too good to be true new of he gospel is grace. Stop! Do not turn off because you believe grace is just some elementary element of Christianity and simply means that when you screw up you are still entitled and justified in your behavior just because you are so special within yourself. Once we loose the true meaning and force behind grace every hope will evaporate from our mists and we will become unable to grasp it. The theologian I.J. Packer advised that the role of the modern evangelist is the recovery of the gospel. Even Christian’s today are proclaiming a grace mixed with law. This is nullifying the meaning and effects of both. Why is this so important? Every problem or behavior steams from a wrong believing and it is only right believing that will bring worth real, genuine, and last change in all areas of life even though is may seems slower that regulations. In order to really understand these concepts we must understand how very extensive and insurmountable the law is and just how inadequate, incapable, and spiritually blind our discernment as become do to a sinful nature. Only then can we understand, value, and hold dear the goodness, mercy, unmerited favor God as initiated to us by the person and work of Christ. In essence, grace sees things through God’s character, provision, and Spirit and not our own flesh, feeling thoughts, emotions, and sense. This is what propels us out of our own patterns, stagnation and addictions and into an entirely new realm of being that impact every area of our existence. You see nothing can offer or duplicated grace. It is a counter to out culture and it want makes Christianity radically different. The reformer Marin Luther stated that he had to elaborate grace to someone every day least he himself forget. We are bombarded with contradictory messages from all forms of media as well as form every other form of religion. All of which convey a sin conscious works mentality where you are good person or get good things by doing good and bad by doing bad. Friends this is only the fruit or by product of the root. So let us stop putting the cart before he horse or majoring in the minor, and unleash a gospel revolution that will fee us from the bonds of all that opposes Christ. Our behavior stems from what we believe. When we receive the revelation that our identity is in Christ and his righteousness we will begin to live right.
God is a good God who loves us, and has come to give life more abundantly (John 10:9-11). He wants to express this, but we must only realize, believe(Eph 3:20) and accept Christ and all that he has provided through his finished work at the cross. The law is all about man, grace is all about God. Grace and truth came through Jesus(John 1:17) Notice the use of the word came, indicating that God sees grace(which is unmerited favor and is the term for everything Christ has for humans) and truth as one is the same and that both came by way of Christ. When the disciples asked Jesus what they would have to do to do the works of God, Jesus disclosed the work of God the be believing in him who God as sent(John 6:28-29). We are all sinners because through Adam sin entered the world, but Jesus took our place becoming our sin so we could become his perfect righteousness. For we have a righteousness that is not from the law but from faith in Christ, a righteousness that comes from God(Phil 3:9). He has qualified us. Stop condemning yourself and learn of and depend on and be confident in him(I John 3:21). Stop being infatuated with yourself and your actions and see his. We need only believe in the work of Christ, that we are not condemned, and allow God to write on our hearts. Those who are forgiveness conscious are love conscious. Jesus came to forgive of all sin. Recall and rest in this and we will see change from the inside out. Christianity is spelled done not do. By trusting in Jesus we are made righteous(right standing with God) because of his great mercy and love. We have peace with God and by faith we have access into grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope in the glory of God(Rom 5:1-2). Instead we seek to know Christ and his righteousness, the hope of his calling and the exceeded greatness of his power that works in us through Christ(Eph 1:18-23). The Holy Sprit convicts of one sin, not believing in Jesus, the one who sets the captives free(Luke 4:18,19). The one who overcomes the world is the one who believes upon Jesus Christ(I John 5:4). God wants you to reign in all areas of life and this becomes possible when we believe and receive the spiritual truths of who Jesus is and all has accomplished at the cross(Acts 13:39). Grace is not a doctrine; it is person, Jesus Christ. It is cross centered and is the full and proper honoring of Christ, truly glorifying his finished work, which all right theology must do. Many today, even without really realizing it are preaching grace with a mixture of the law(10 commandments, doing good for righteousness) which is actually self righteousness and works to negate real grace in the lives of countless Christians(Gal 2:21). Contrary to popular belief, we fall from grace not when we sin but when we leave grace and go back to basing our receiving or standing upon law or our own merits(Gal 5:4). When putting new wine into old skins you lose both(Mat 9:16-17). This is causing a frustrating experience for many and is opposite of how Paul preached. You lose the convicting purpose of the law to bring you to Jesus as well as the redeeming power of unmerited grace. It is like saying “you must stop preaching water, water and tell people how to get wet”. Everything grace touches becomes beautiful. Touching grace is touching God’s holiness/righteousness. We must see Jesus and his holiness as our holiness. An abundance of grace equals an abundance of Jesus and no one is the same after knowing Christ. It is base on his work, not ours. Grace can only be one sided and unmarried favor or it is not grace(Rom 11:6). If sin reigned because of Adam how much more shall those who receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through Christ(Rom 5:15-20). Christ’s work and its result is certainly not inferior to Adam’s, it is far superior. We are not sinners because we sin, but because of Adam(sin first entered the world), just as we are now righteous because of believing and trusting in Jesus and what he did for us. Actions don’t change a sinner, he/she is still a sinner, so to action will not change our righteousness in Christ. Obviously we must realize we have violated God’s law to see our need for a Savior(sickness to remedy-receive/believe on Christ) but the miracle of salvation comes by faith(as do the rest). Don’t look to yourself or be sin conscious, look to God’s provision through Christ. Your part is to focus on/be attentive to Jesus and his obedience and his love, not yours. This is new covenant(after the cross) theology which is far better and more complete than the old(Heb 1:1-2). God has made us sufficient ministers of the new covenant(2 Cor 3:5-11).
Realizing that Jesus has forgiven us of all sin(Col 2:13) past, present, and future, and has perfected us forever causing us to have no consciousness of sin(Heb 10:1-18), frees us to meet life with joyful mastery and freedom as we begin to walk out what we now know we are. Again, not based on our acts, thoughts or obedience, but on Christ’s acts, thoughts and obedience(2 Cor 10:4-5). While the prostitute was washing Jesus’ feet, Jesus told the Pharisee, who gave Him no water, that he did love Him much because he did not believe that he was forgiven much(Luke 7:36-50). Like the Pharisee, we often rely on something of our own doing or work as opposed to God’s Spirit and love transforming us from the inside out, flowing in our hearts. Many are walking around uptight and upset because they feel only past or little sins are already forgiven. They afraid of the freedom that total forgives would bring. Our faith becomes effectual when we realize what we already have been given after accepting Christ(Phil 1:6). Christ even made us sit down with Him to show the exceeding riches of God’s grace and kindness toward us(Eph 2:4-7). We do not labor to be blessed but are empowered to labor because of the blessing. When you sit under grace your want to’s will change. God is interested in inner heart transformation, not just outer behavior modification and it is he who works in you to do good(Phil 2:13). Have we failed to unveil the loveliness of Jesus and the perfection of his work. Self control is not a work but a fruit of knowing and reveling in how much you have been forgiven. In Luke, the man who was forgiven a large debt could not forgive someone who owed him a small debt because he still had the mentality that if had more time he could pay and not of really enjoying that he was so freely forgiven.
Throughout his preaching Jesus showed us the full measure of the law and what it required, full obedience. This causes us to come to an end of ourselves and to depend totally on grace. If you are righteous and good, then there is no need for a savior. Your shortcomings qualify you for the thrown of grace. Right believing brings a right lifestyle. Walking in the Spirit leads to freedom from the flesh(Gal 5:16). How often do we hear don’t walk in the flesh, then you will walk in the Spirit. The 7th chapter of Romans depicts trying to live life in the flesh(5 senses or anything that opposes the spirit). Jesus first gave the prostitute caught in adultery the gift of no condemnation before she could go and sin no more(John 8:10-11). God is more interested in relationship rather than rules. We are all for obedience but the issue is how do you get there from here. There is an obedience of faith(Rom 1:5) not law. Under law, when you obeyed in every detail all blessing came to you(Deut 28:3-4,12). But now these things are ours because to Christ’s obedience for the law is not of faith(Gal 3:12). It wouldn’t take much faith to believe one is righteous because they have no sin. The law was not made for the righteous(believers) but for the ungodly(Gal 3:19-31). Those who still put themselves under(make apart of/believe by) the works of the law are cursed(Gal 3:9-10). Christ became the curse of the law for us. Abraham believed God and was accounted righteous, but those who think they obtain righteous by way of being good or good deeds alone are in lack(Rom 4:2-5). In the Old Testament, Boas has to be of the same people to redeem Ruth-just as Jesus had to become man to redeem us. Realize his unfailing, unchanging goodness and let it draw your attention and fall in love with him. We are free to walk with him, not the burden and slavery of the law, as for freedom Christ has set us free(Gal 5:1). We sin not when we awake to righteousness(1 Cor 15:34), and we are the righteousness of God in Christ. The Bible says that our hearts may be encouraged by attaining the riches from the full assurance of understanding Christ in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge(Col 2:2-3). The Prince of Preachers Charles Spurgeon said that “No doctrine is calculated to preserve man from sin as the doctrine of the grace of God. Those who have called it a licentious doctrine did not know anything at all about it.”
Radical grace radically transforms lives and is the truth that will set us free(John 8:32). Being under grace does not give people the power to sin, but being under the law does(1 Cor 15:56). That is why sin shall have no dominion over believers because we are not under the law but under grace(Rom 6:14). If you are living in sin then you are not under grace and enjoying its freedom, favor, and victory. Many well meaning critics of grace exalt sin making it equal, or even greater, to the blood of Christ, yet make light of sin as they believe sin can be over come by efforts or deciding to stop. This is destine to fail. It is not that sin means nothing, but the full measure of judgment was poured out on Jesus for us, which increases our love for God. We need to realize and depend on what God has given us. The word salvation is translated as sozo, meaning salvation in all areas and peace that is shalom, meaning complete peace in all areas. His peace, completeness, and soundness is our inheritance. Jesus said to his disciples “My peace I give you” and “let not your hearts be troubled(John 14:27). God will not be angry with us or rebuke us(Isa 54:9). Our view of God should not match that of the terrorist believe that God is judging America(even in the OT Sodom could not be destroyed until Lot left) because our God is not theirs. Christianity is different from all other religions. It is not do and do, but done and done. Many Christians are failing to understand that when Christ stated “it is finished,” it(his work) was. Jesus came to reconcile us to God. Do we think he only did a partial job, or would make it so we would go in and out of right standing because of sin which includes all we do wrong and all that we don’t do as right as we should? Is that really a gift? When you feel like you are far from God you start try to do what the Bible calls dead works to get right with God again, but it is not grace that is elementary, dead works are, and we are to leave them for faith toward God(Heb 6:1). We need to stop living as thought the cross made little to no difference. The law was the enemy’s weapon against us but Christ as nailed it to the cross triumphing over it and thus taking away anyone’s ability to use it against us(Col 2:14-15). He has blotted it out and redeemed us by becoming sin and the curse for us so that we might have the blessings of Abraham and by faith receive the promise of the Spirit(Gal 3:13-14). The promise to Abraham and his descendants that they would be heirs of the world came through the righteousness of faith and not the law(Rom 4:13-14). Teachings that claim blessing only come when we are obedient are not only arrogant but is putting the weapon of the law back into the hands of the enemy and frustrating the grace of God by focusing on their own qualifications. The law is good within its purpose in showing us our need for Christ but has no power toward holiness(Gal 3:22). The inheritance either came by way of the law or by way of the promise(Gal 3:18). When we say I did this or did that, we neglect the fact that He has blessed us(Eph 1:3). Through Jesus God is freed to be the God he really is(Matt 7:7-11).
Believers should be conscious of forgiveness, our righteousness, and enjoying unbroken fellowship with God. The gospel’s power lies in living every moment with the awareness of God’s perfect love that cast out every fear(I John 4:18) and with the confidence that all our sins are completely forgiven, leaving nothing to prove because of insecurity. Our conscious understands good and evil and expects punishment for sin. However, we now live by the Spirit knowledge of Christ not by our fleshly conscious knowledge of good and evil. Jesus took it all and God’s justice will not punish the same sin twice. For in our hearts we know sin brings condemnation/judgment but there is now zero condemnation and we are set free by the Spirit of Christ(Rom 8:1) many translations added later “to those who walk according to…” as if they could believe there is no condemnation period) and our heart cleansed by the blood(Heb 10:22). Condemnation is the deepest root that brings fear and stress in our lives. The Holy Spirit convicts of one sin, not trusting in Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of unbelief and convicts believers of their new righteousness, and thus reminding us that the enemy has been judged(John 16:8-11). Grace is not basic or an add on, it is a constant string in the Christian life. Even when we think we know, there is more that we don’t know. The revelation of grace and the cross can only come by way of Holy Spirit convicting us of this truth, as it is “unnatural”. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which brought consciousness of sin and then self-righteousness(covering with fig leaves), represents a system like all other religious, while the tree of life represents new life and relationship with Christ. If the continual sacrifices of the old convent would have sufficed than there would be no consciousness of sin(Heb 10:1-2). We are freed from the law and have no response to it(Rom 6:11).We now have a new guardian or supervisor in the Spirit of Christ and are sons and heirs of God(Gal 3:23-25, 4:1-7). When we are struggling with something what we usually hear is more law, “thou shall not”, “thou shall not” but that only makes one more sin conscious and never deals with his/her feeling of “I can’t help it.” When we are conscious of the continuous flowing grace and forgiveness of God we grow in love and are empowered to live a life that honors Him. The Bible says we are cleansed because of Christ’s blood and God’s mercy not by what we do or don’t do.
The tabernacle had a mercy seat where scarifies took place. This covered the contents of the tabernacle, which is where the law was, the 2 tablets of stone. Now, Christ is our sacrifice. We should not lift the mercy seat that the blood of Christ has covered and try to look once again at the law. The word ark in this case actually translates to a coffin, a coffin for the law. This is not being anti-law but pro-Christ. The good has been replaced by something much better. Who would continue to pay attention to a shadow after turning the corner and seeing the very one who cast it? Although it is important and beneficial to gather together, some Christians are afraid to use the phone on Sunday because of an Old Testament perspective, but it is Christ who is our Sabbath. Just as Sampson accomplished even more for his people in his death than in his life when he pushed over the two stone pillars, our Lord has set more free in His death by pushing over two stone tables. God doesn’t examine us but our sin offering-Jesus. Because we walk in the light we are cleansed(in Greek as a present/continuous action) by the blood of Jesus, nothing else(1 John 1:7). Most make this verse to say only when we walk according to the light are we cleansed. We walk in the light of Jesus, which we have been translated into, having been qualified by God to share in the inheritance of the saints(Col 1:12-14). Stop thinking you need to give something up before you can have a relationship with God. Learn of Jesus and let him do the cleaning. You have to sit well in the revelation of knowing Christ before you can walk well. To say this encourages sin, with all do respect, is scripturally inconsistent and theologically incoherent. If someone says “yah for grace I can go out and sin” than this person, whom I have yet to see, clearly does not know/love God or desire to honor him and certainly doesn’t know themselves. They haven’t been properly introduce to Jesus and have a lack of understanding(deficiency of knowledge) regarding grace. You can have knowledge of good and evil and be far from God. One is dependent on self efforts and knowledge regarding good and evil, or be dependant on the tree of life and God’s life giving spirit and grace in Jesus. It is very easy to go back to legalistic behavior, but we must lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways acknowledge Him an He shall direct your path(Prov 3:5-6)
Our belief is beyond abstract awareness but one base on love, acceptance, and relationship. To equate anyone who has truly encountered and is under grace as “now being able to do anything we want” is not in line with reality and experience. Many only obtain victory over addictions after really understanding grace. We sing songs about “I need to get holiness” or David crying out to God “renew me, do not leave me” but we seldom hear David’s prophecy speaking of those after the cross that blessed are those who God will not impute their sin(Rom 4:5-8). We can now boldly approach the throne of grace to find mercy in time of need(Eph 3:12). Just as Jesus became sin despite his deeds, which were perfect, so did we be become righteous apart from our performance. The law is about looking at yourself while the new covenant of grace is all about seeing Jesus. Many times Christian’s can’t seem to take their eyes off themselves. Our culture tells us its all about being rewarded for behavior, but we can never seek our righteousness(Rom 10:3-4), we must seek and believe that Jesus became sin and made us his righteousness(2 Cor 5:21). We need to realize we have these things and just receive them and start walking it out. This mixture of grace with the law is not helping even though it sounds noble and righteous. In reality it is self righteous. You have to truly humble yourself to say it is all the Lord and not me. This is why some have called Christianity the easiest and hardest of beliefs. Paul called the Galatians who wanted to return to regulations and the law foolish(Gal 3:1-8), and saw the situation at Corinth(the church was committing all kinds of sin) as a knowledge problem. He asked them “do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ not to these harlots, that Holy Spirit is in you and you have been bought by a price(the blood of Christ).(1 Cor 6:15-20).
Knowing of God causes us to desire to glorify him. Four times Paul dealt with this question of should we now sin so grace may abound, which is interesting because now our churches are so sin focused this question never even comes up. Paul responded to this free pass to sin by saying “how can this be, we are dead to sin and alive to Christ?” If we read scripture carefully, this(accusations/persecution) was Paul’s thorn in the flesh; that others would gossip and attack him and his preaching. People will persecute you for preaching grace. Often they feel upset that they have put so much effort in achieving a sense of self righteousness, yet see others receiving victory and blessing by grace and not works. After the prodigal son returned and was embraced by his father his brother was offended, yet the father told him that he had been to busy trying to earn the things he to could have freely received(Luke 15:18-32). Now the book of James speaks of faith with works is dead, but it is speaking of what will be the natural fruit of salvation and of being justified before man. Likewise the books of Timothy and Titus speak of living holy before men as they will take any opportunities to discredit you and the faith, especially those hold positions(called the Pastoral Letters-but for us all) as we often see today. We are holy because we are sanctified in Christ, called, separated by Him not actions themselves. Note that we are told to stand in grace(2 Tim 2:1) and that it is grace that will teach us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live righteous and godly lives(Titus 2:11-12). A focus on fruit will not bring fruit, it comes from the root. We know that an abundance of grace is the only thing that conquerors sin and the work of God is to believe in the One who is sent(John 6:28-29). If the blood of bulls and goats in the Old Testament were good for one year then how are we saying that the blood oftfffg Jesus isn’t eternal?(Heb 9:12-17) The gospel is translated as nearly too good to be true news but many are not preaching good news. We just have to make certain it is the right gospel-reveals God’s righteous not ours, from grace to grace and faith to faith, not grace or faith to works(Rom 1:16-17). We are not trying to get the forgiveness of sin, we have it(Col 1:14). It came at a great cost, the blood of Jesus. Some preach “ok you are forgiven by grace but you have to careful from now on.” I don’t believe someone who encounters God’s perfect love and forgiveness will desire a life of sin but will instead experience dominion and victory. How can we not win in life with this gospel God has given us? It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance(Rom 2:4). The Bible says we cannot sin because God wants us to know that sin cannot affect our spirit once we are truly in Him(1 John 3:5-6). Let us not allow our hearts to be hardened(Heb 3: 13-14), for how shall we escape if we refuse or neglect this precious promise of rest(Heb 4:11) and only gift of salvation(Heb 2:3). Paul called his apprentice to diligently discern the Word(2 Tim 2:15).
Grace teaches us to exult/value/be preoccupied with Christ and our rightness through his blood alone. Religion teaches us to be preoccupied with ourselves, which will always lead to depression/oppression. We are his righteousness so that we may boast in him(1 Cor 1:30-31). How many preachers are telling people they need more righteousness? Tradition teaches us that it is humble to lament over our sins and to make certain you bow and confess all failures. Does this not insult the spirit of grace(Heb 10:29) and what was done at the cross asserting that the payment was not enough? Paul had the prefect opportunity to tell to the Corinthians that they better confess their sin, but instead he asked them how is it you do you know the Lord and the spirit that is in you(I Cor 6:14). One is either a free son of God’s unmerited promise or a slave of human effort(Gal 4:23-31). These verses combat that belief that grace needs help from the law in to help raise the believer in the Christian life. Many believers today still make there mother the law instead of grace. After Jesus rose from the dead, he walk with two men on the road to Emmaus(Luke 24:25). He did not want show them himself until he showed them himself in the scriptures. We too have the greater relation of faith, believing what the word says about him rather than just seeing him with our senses. This also tells us the purpose of looking at scripture; not to magnify do’s or don’ts, but to see Jesus in both the Old and New Testament. A prefect picture of grace was from the time between the Israelites leaving Egypt and receiving the law. Every time they complained it was met with God’s mercy/grace/provision as they were under the Abrahamic covenant of grace. This changed when they stated all that God has commanded we are able to do(Ex 19:8). This was an arrogant statement of self reliance asking God to deal with them based on their obedience rather than God’s goodness, which began the Sinaic covenant based on law. It was not the act of sin itself, but it was when the commandment came. Believers feel guilty for leaving the law but believers are divorced from the law so we can bear fruit to God(Rom 7:3-11). People are still making the same statement as the Israelites and fighting for what was made obsolete(Heb 8:13). Under law one bad thing makes us guilty, under grace by doing one good thing(believing on Jesus) we are justified in all(Gal 2:16). God provides grace to us to believe and rewards us for using that grace.
We are to seek God’s kingdom and his rightness, not ours and all things are added to us(Mat 6:33). Good things happen to those who know God love them. Be like to disciple John who called himself the disciple that Jesus loved(John 19:26). People seem to be afraid that truth will do what it is design to do, and rather than set people free from uncertainly, guilt, and fear, they believe it will cause people to live any way they want, which is really showing that they never opened themselves to Jesus in the first place. But by faith we are prepositioned in Christ and that is how God has decided to see us. Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith(Heb 12:2). For too long we have put our faith and trust in our faith, which can become a barrier to the promise. Rather have faith and trust in Jesus and believe that it is his blood and grace alone(not plus anything else) that saves, delivers, heals, blesses. The more we see and hear of Jesus(Bible) and God’s love and grace the more faith effortlessly springs forth from inside. The women who touched Jesus was not conscious of whether she deserved a miracle or even on her own faith, but she was conscious of Jesus and his grace. She saw his grace and he saw her faith. As you come under grace, faith is not a struggle; you will walk in unconscious faith. Faith is just bringing out what is already there, and what is already true of you. He has qualified us for all blessings purchased through the blood of his son(took all our bad and gave all his good). This is what Martin Luther called the Devine exchange. He who gave his son, will freely give us all things(Rom 8:29-39). It is not some day by day estimation, formula, or reciting. After not reading the Bible we shouldn’t be feeling condemned but we should rather be feeling hungry. It is grace that produces true maturity and sonship(Gal 4:1-7). The Christian life is knowing Jesus more and more. You increase in grace, favor, and peace by an increase in revelation knowledge of Christ(2 Peter 1:1-11).
The gospel of Jesus is one of assurance, peace, confidence, and security, not one of fear and insecurity. When we fix our eyes on that which does not fluxgate, God’s love for us, rather than on our inconsistent love for God, it will result in a stable life(I John 4:17-19). Let me assure you that no true believer can commit what has been called the unpardonable sin(continually reject Jesus). When Jesus spoke of those who had no forgiveness he was speaking to the Pharisees who rejected Jesus as having an unclean spirit(Mark 3:28-30). God’s grace is greater than sin. When you accept Jesus as savior and Lord God is now judging you based on the one(Jesus) who is sitting at his right hand interceding for us, deflecting condemnation(Rom 8:33-34). The corresponding Bible verses(Heb 8:12, Rom 8:1) translate that God will by no means remember our sins and that there shall by no means be any condemnation for the believer. Many times we fail to realize what the context of scripture. Most are so eager to impose their own religious tradition and gravitate toward some kind of legalistic, human or sin based act rather then what to topic, occasion or person is being addressed. Romans 6:14-18 is pertaining to what doctrine you are attentive to being under(original Greek meaning-obey is used), either Adam’s sin to death or under Jesus’ righteousness to life. Paul was addressing if we should sin because we are under grace and responded by conveying that this was not scripturally possible(did not make sense) as we are no longer obedient to or under such a doctrine but have step into a brand new spiritual perspective in Christ. Sin is used as a noun 47 times in Romans(once as a verb). We always think of sin as action rather than a construct that was introduced by the first Adam and the source of all the things that came from it. In the same way we tend to see salvation as a one time action rather than all the things that come from or are included in it. All other religions have no answer for sin.
The one thing that no other belief system can combat, argue, or claim is grace. The law is the strength of sin but grace is the weakness of sin, which can bring it down in our lives. Many people are pushing all kinds of ways to reign in life, but we do so through an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness(Rom 5:17). Sometimes we major in the minor(place the cart before the horse). Certainly we are not against worship, obedience, fasting, ect, but they are a response to an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and their purpose is to get our focus on Christ not the world. Our responsibility is a response. Hebrews 12:28 says that because are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we can serve God acceptably and reverently. Most churches say grace is good, just not an abundance of grace, but when you receive an abundance of grace you will have to work hard at not reigning in your life. A pastor stated to another that he knows these things are true but he could not tell this to his congregation fearing what they would do. He has more faith in man’s flesh than God’s Spirit. Furthermore, it is in that very place or area where we fall short where we need to receive this grace. Religion says that we can expect good things in other areas but not in that area, which is why many of us are not receiving. Now, obviously when we continuously commit some specific act we know is wrong, our own conscious can dull us and make it harder for us to believe these things because it feels condemned. But look at the words the Bible uses-where sin increased(can be counted) grace super abounds(cannot be counted). We receive that grace so that we can be lifted out of that sin. God is able to make all grace abound to us, having all sufficiency in everything and abundance for every good deed(2 Cor 9:8). A scholar in Britton, Martin Lloyd Jones said that if not one person ever accuses you or misunderstands you in this area than you are probably not really preaching grace. Faith is simply coming to Jesus, but is also has a lot to do with how you see him as well. Now all believers have faith or else we could never have been saved, but Jesus said if you do not doubt in your heart, you can move mountains(Mark 11:22-23). The Greek word translated doubt is the same one used for the word condemn elsewhere. God did not send His Son to condemn the world but to save it through Him(John 3:16-18). Not condemning yourself is how you believe and receive what you say and pray. The same faith that caused our salvation is the same faith that we do all things. This faith is from and of God, not of ourselves. It is God who prepared the good works beforehand for us to walk in(Eph 2:8-10) and equipped us with everything good for the doing of his will(Heb 13:20-21). Did you not use a supernatural God faith when you got saved(1 Cor 2:14)? Faith for all things is a faith from God and not us trying to muster it. Faith, or grace for that matter, is not elementary, it is steady and constant. As you receive him so walk in him(Col 2:6, Gal 3:2-5). From this conversion point on we have the exact same Spirit of God and Jesus Christ(Rom 8:11). The rest of the Christian life is drawing on this, renewing our minds(increase in knowledge of Christ), and seeing the manifestation. Just as Jesus is so are we on this earth(I John 4:17). Our spirit is sealed by the Holy Spirit(Eph 1:13) and we are continuously being cleansed of all sin. Either Jesus took care of all sin once and for all and gave us eternal redemption or he didn’t(Heb 10:10). We must realize we are under a water fall of grace. The gospel enables us to receive all other things like healing as well. If the greatest miracle of salvation comes by grace through faith so to do all others(Gal 3:5-6). In the Bible people who heard the gospel, were convinced of his love and provision and were healed. If you don’t realize that Jesus took your curse, you will curse yourself somehow, typically because of condemnation, self introspection, and guilt people become sick, depressed, and live under the circumstance rather than reigning in life though an abundance of unmerited favor and the gift of rightness. In the new covenant the only way to be curse is to believe or come under a different gospel/doctrine. You don’t have to be fearful of generational curses for in Christ you are a new creation all has become new(II Cor 5:17-18). You have not received a spirit slavery to fear again but one of adoption(Rom 8:13-18).
When Jesus died on the cross the veil over our eyes was consumed and we can take part in the Lord’s Spirit, being transformed by beholding God’s glory(2 Cor 3:14-18). God forgave us because of his riches of his grace(Eph 1:7). Let us not insert anything else, any other reason or stipulation because of religious presupposed assumptions. Many will say this is true only when we get any new sin back under the blood using I John 1:9, yet the opening of I John would suggest it is speaking to the Gnostics and what they as unbelievers would have to do to receive salvation. Does it not cheapen the grace of God and work of Christ to say that are forgiveness is dependent upon our own confession rather that for his name sake and because Christ is our active and current advocate(I John 2:1-2)? We must read the Bible in its context, who it is speaking to, believers or nonbelievers, before the cross or after. Paul did not covey confessing as vital to forgiveness but said we are because we have Christ. If we are required to confess all sin we would have to do so all the time, for whatsoever is not of faith in sin(Romans 14:23). Frantic confessing only makes us more sin conscious. We confess our sins not to beg for forgiveness, but because we have relationship with God and can go to him openly and feely in time of need and with our failures. Repentance is changing our minds seeing Christ as the only atonement for our sins, not a ritual. We can confess words without realizing where we went wrong-trusting our own efforts, not attentively holding, esteeming, enjoying who God is and all he has done for us. Just as salvation is not dependant on what we do but what Jesus did, so to is forgiveness. Paul constantly reminded believers(even those rebelling in Corinth) of who and who’s they were(1 Cor 6:19). Let us not insult to super sufficient payment Christ has made and embrace like never before relationship with God which is the key to possessing victory. Proclaim and confess who Christ is and what he has done for you(Rom 10:8-10). This grace was not cheap. These blessing and benefits of Christ are so priceless that they can only be given.
Grace is about what Jesus did for us and the corresponding heart relationship, not law’s, do’s or don’ts. Grace is not only forgiveness, but is empowerment to follow God joyfully and with purpose, disesteeming the earthly things. We must learn to operate in the mind of our Spirit, not our five senses(Rom 8:1-11). What has occurred in our Spirits is drawn upon to go into our outer parts(soul and body). This is received from walking in, cooperating with, and cultivating the knowledge of what we already have through Christ(faith in the provided grace). The old nature is not suppressed but is overtaken by our relationship with Christ. We have as much of God as we can believe for, or are willing to spend time on. We must guard to not become sin or performance focused but rather on the unfathomable mercy, grace, merit, person, and work of Christ. The word is a seed and it may take time to see a difference but roots are growing. We can be no longer slaves to sin(the noun-who we were by Adam, not just or only the verb) but slaves to Christ and righteousness. We need only realize God’s great love for us and that the grace (unmerited favor) of God super abounds in that very area of concern or need in our lives. He looks for the minuses to add his plus. Trying to establish control of life by our own merits or willpower is not the gospel. The law (Old Testament) was man centered but grace (New Testament) is Christ centered. Often fear and the need for control start with shame not realizing who we are and what w have in Christ. Praise God that He said He would by no means ever remember our sins anymore and there shall be no condemnation for the believer. When the prostitute was washing Jesus’ feet, Jesus told the Pharisee, who gave Him no water, that he did love Him much because he did not believe that he was forgiven much. Christ was one sacrifice for sin forever. Like the Pharisee, we often rely or focus on our own doing or “goodness” as opposed to magnifying faith in God’s grace and favor through the power of his Spirit that works in us and the knowledge of Christ’s person, work, and provision. An abundance of grace and peace to you and yours.

How Are Christians Like Clark Kent(Superman)?

A fun but interesting analysis examining the obstacles, principles, and parallels between the Superman story and the Christian life and character. We too are trying to implament to supernatural things(of God) with this world.
Make no mistake, we are dealing with Hollywood here, therefore there are countless instances and examples of very non-Christian ideals and principals in any given show. This is not to be in any way seen as some way to condone worldly media as replacing God and his word as the major discerner of his will and character. This is simply an attempt to retrieve some interesting or insightful constructs that may perhaps make His word and principals come more alive to us. The primary source of this commentary was the TV series Smallville.
1.) Clark Kent(Superman) is an alien, and no matter how much he desires to be attached to the things of this world this is not his home. Often such things cause Clark a degree of sadness or become a distraction from his real purpose and how he is to truly and more dramatically assist mankind. So too can we trade in the more difficult responsibility of conveying and living the message of Christ for compromise with the world and our selfish desires. Certainly we do not neglect all relationships, yet how often do we desperately or blindly seek a relationship with the opposite sex because it’s comfortable, while we know we do not processes Godly motives. Interesting to note that Clark can only use his “x-ray vision” when he focuses on something. Clark doesn’t value the act of see through female’s clothing. So to what we choose to focus on/think about/place greater value on is what we will do. It is right believing that brings right action. It is much easier to say “I’m only human”(particularly when dealing with “having fun”) rather then to do the truly good thing that our Father wants us to do and has equipped us by realizing and feeding on his great love for us. Well, just like Clark, if you have the Spirit of almighty God living on the inside of you, you are not only human. Clark
has to exercise faith in the truth that is separate from his emotions and not of this world. He chooses to be a servant to all, and as he matures into who he really is (for us this would be from the Bible, not from watching “as the stomach turns on TV) this occurs on a larger and greater level. In short, he shuns or disesteems this world in favor for a greater purpose/joy. Clark lives good(doing) because he know and believes who he is(being). He is sercure because of the incredable favor he has and that nothing can touch him.
2.) In the TV series Clark not only cannot fly, but he does not want to or desire to even try. Why? Because several times in the show this represents the fullness of his alien identity, powers, and persona. He would rather be human than acknowledge that he is different from others and cable of a higher existence. This is not meant to be a spirit of arrogance, but often we are afraid to go to the next strata of spiritual existence that God has for us because it means we may have to give up something earthly that gives us comfort. Many times we don’t want to fight the good fight or exit the race, particularly in our recent (guess been here nearly 50 years now) culture, (or counter culture) media, and schools that encourages a no conflict, path of least resistance style of thinking and living. In reality what we see as pressure is a peace that only God and his purpose can give us. Also, as Clark
grows into his true identity he develops a Kryptoian 6th sense that allows him to see the motives and character of others. This is precisely what occurs to the Christian the more he/she grows in the spirit and in-this may sound arrogant and others may even tell you so. Unfortunately you may realize the degree to which many act in self centeredness and with a darkened, strictly early reasoning. When does Clark want to fly , he is advise to focus on one thing and make it your whole world-God states to seek first His(not our own) righteousness and all things(blessings) will be added to to. Clark flys more effortlesly when he gets a greater revalation of who he is, his inheritance, and when he receives his fathers approval by way of relationship and identity-proformance was a secondary furit or process.
3.) Many recognize Clark’s principals and beliefs as humanity’s only real hope, while others see them (and him) as a threat. They recognize the powerful reality of the light they convey and some trust it is for their good, while others are fearful that they stand in the way of their own desired lifestyle and means to achieve it. Clark
‘s integrity and compassion influences many on the secular fence who recognizes he has something within him that is desirable and right above the world’s system. In one episode, Clark teaches other superhero’s from the future that most every decision has an easy way out, but we are to instead above all protect and preserve life-a message you won’t be hearing much from any media outlet (for those who didn’t the in past redemption is offered). No matter their status, he seeks to encourage them to a greater/more honorable destiny. He personally cannot fathom it, but they inform him that his influence will reach many.
4.) What personality is Clark up against? In Lex Luther we see a version of the secular humanism in our own culture. For him the ends justify the means and he can define what is right and wrong. Every thing and relationship is manipulated for personal gain. He despises moral black and white and must stay in the murky grey in order to see his worldview and actions as somehow noble. This justifies his actions toward a progressive and humanistic brave new world where “moral fascists” like Clark are to be “stood up to.” Lex even comes to believe he is benefiting mankind by getting rid of a threat like Clark
; just a certain groups today and in the future believe the same regarding Christians. In one episode Clark face a entity call the darkness. Its strength lies in taking advantage of the fact that Clark’s concious is at was with himself. He is fearful he won’t be the hero he is supposed to be. This is what happens when we live ruled by our conscious. The darkness that the Christain knows of also recieves its power only through trying to put believers back under the law, but Christ has fullfilled it and nailed to the cross.
5.) No matter how shaken Clark
may feel within himself he remains a pillar of principal and a testimony, particularly to those who were waiting for him to fall or who needed an example. He could truly vent to a very select few that shared his values.
6.) Clark’s real father (Jerrell) remains as a voice of guidance in the fortress of solitude, just as our God is in our spirit and place of prayer. No matter how alone he feels he is never alone. At one point Clark asks Jerell to start seeing him as his friend and not his enemy, which is what occurred through Jesus and the cross (reconciled). Jerell tells Clark that there is hope for the human race, but that they lack the light to guide them, which is what we are here to convey to others even though many will fight it because they love darkness. There is an ongoing theme that Clark
will at some time be faced with a battle unlike anything he has known and he is preparing now for it. We too will be faced with a time where faith (of and in God) is needed to overcome (trials, sickness, etc) and we cannot just sit around watching TV (or whatever) until then, or we will fail (and then most blame God). We must give attention to our faith now (reading/hearing the Word, pray, ect) so we (emotions) will not fall apart, but will have the faith needed. We cannot have all the great things of God if we never pursue them or allow them to fill us (or fill with opposite things-we reap what we sow).
7.) In his earlier years when Clark faced a time of personal pain and guilt he actually turns to red kryptonite which causes him to indulge in a “free” lifestyle as a form of escape from himself. Cleary we can equate this to sin. Whether it is drink, pills, pornography, even excessive video games or sleep are all things we use to escape our reality or who we are. Just like sin, each time Clark puts on this red rock the stronger hold it has on him. After these episodes Clark
is upset over how out of character is was acting and is forced to confront what we could become if he chooses to act on various ideas or feeling he has. This becomes more evident in the Bizzarro Superman character. This is really a self reliance or focus rather then submitting to the Spirit and the mercy and grace that God has already provided for us as a free gift. In the last season there is an entity that feeds on any insercure, hateful, or fearfull feeling. The concious and condemation can kill and that is why it must be dealt with God’s way. Christians are free from allowing these thought to have any power because our lives are hidden in and with Christ. His thoughts are our thoughts and is spirit our spirit. An idea few accept.
8.) The very idea of Clark Kent is that something super becomes human, just as God did in Christ. He became human to redeem human from the curse and did want only he could do-reconcile the creation to the creator. Also, Clark is more than a face and a name. He is a symbol of something more, an ambassador (as we are for Christ). Those drudging through Metropolis see nothing but the mundane, while looking for a miracle. Clark, like us, represents that miracle. Can you image if Clark did nothing? Of course not, it’s unthinkable to have such a remedy (Christ) for the problem (sin and our depravity) and keep it. However, his doing is compelled by love, who his father is, and who he is. His abilities are a consequence or byproduct of this. We are not the power source, but we are the vessel and must use our gifts and authority that God has given us here. In one instance, Lex describes Clark as “having a thing for saving people”; may this be said about us! Also, Clark receives his supernatural power through the sun, just we do through the Son (Jesus-where are focus should always be)! We may not be supermen, but we can be Spirit-men.

Can the Matrix be Symbolic of Christianity?

First we must establish that we are speaking of something from Hollywood and there is probably nothing that is more intolerable to it than Christianity. In fact, I am aware of certain comments made by the directors of the matrix and I can assure they are very much opposed to Christianity. Nevertheless, all thing may not be good, yet God and make good from it. Let’s look at some of the striking parallels.

1.) This world is far, far less real than what we experience and will experience when we are purely spirit or operating in the spirit on earth, and not in an earthly body or the flesh(self) currently. Like the matrix itself is world for most is a trap, a constant distraction that many are desperately holding on to in order to suppress the truth. The truth that they know something else is there. Something far more real and meaningful, a spiritual hunger that makes this world seem dull and artificial. Many-like those in Hollywood, or of similar worldviews and beliefs-we fight to exalt it, doing anything in their own power to attempt to nullify the existence of a God, or at least the one from the Bible. They cannot stand the idea of being accountable to anything and need a system of control of justify and convince themselves of their own rightness, proclaiming that their works are good enough in their religious(even if they don’t call it that) system. Just like the matrix we are all born in bondage(a sin(noun not just verb) state of being/thinking. When we have been born again we look at the rest of the world artificial and feel for the people still in bondage to it. However, we must also understand that anyone still trusting this world or themselves cannot be fully trusted.

2.) When Neo is first unpluged from this world’s system he has some difficulties with just how radical the truth is. That he has been living for a lie. He wants to go back but he know that now that he knows the truth he can not go back, he must continue on, learning what he is and what he is destined to become-as do all Christians. Noticed he did not manifest into what he was until the love of Trinity(God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit-not just some male or female) breathed new life into him. He then saw everything differently. He saw things in the spirit and now felt an effortless flow of mastery over the natural. He stopped thing coming against him with a word, nothing could touch him. He could now believe in the way he was so previous trying so hard to in his own efforts. Neo is told there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. There is a difference between knowing God’s love and word and believing it, trusting it, having confidence in it.

3.) Neo represents hope too many, yet his enemy Agent Smith is not. He is consumed only by a feeling of being trapped in this world, believing that he has no purpose, when in fact he was so focused on self, control, and power that he chose to have no purpose. Like humanity’s enemy, he is a liar, trying to convince Neo that he is not free and has no purpose, but Neo remains cool and confident, continuing on his path. Neo advises his enemies that he know they are the ones who are afraid and insecure and that he is going show other what they(religious or secular people) don’t want them to see-the truth. Just as we testify of and about Christ or even just as Jesus unveiled the Father to the people against the religious Pharisees who want to control people. Neo is stronger than the agents of the system becasue their world and their power is based on rules, while Neo has something more. As believers our righteousness  is not based on do’s and dont’s but on the free and imparted enabling grace and favor of God through Christ.

4.) At the story’s end we see Smith so frustrated that he cannot understand why Neo continues to persist because he cannot see the spiritual end, goal, and victory that Neo does. Also we see a clear picture of Christ. Neo allows himself to become Smith, just as Christ allowed himself to become sin. This would not have matted but Neo was hooked up with/to the source-representing the source in this world, which allowed the source to once and for all deal with the problem of Smith through Neo. Because Jesus is God, the perfect image of God, he was able to deal with once and for all the problem of sin by taking it upon himself, satisfying the justice of Holy God. And then there was peace between the source and men just and Christ reconciled us to God. Zion proclaim that Neo was fighting for them and that the war over. Christ has ending the war and given us every victory.

Top 7 Bible Books/Chapters/Translations/Bibles to own

1.Romans
2.Galatians
3.Ephesians
4.Colossians
5.Philippians
6.II Corinthians
7.I Corinthians

1.Romans 8
2.Romans 5
3.Romans 4
4.Galatians 3
5.Galatians 4
6.Ephesians 1
7.Ephesians 2

1.Good News Bible withEncyclopedia(readable study)

2.Ryrie Study Bible(most info-notes/CD)

3.Scofield Study Bible-III(good notes)

4.The Companion Bible-Bullinger(best for deep study)

5.Spirit Filled Study Bible-Hayford(good notes)

6.CEB Daily Companion Bible(best for reading/life application)

7.C.S.Lewis Study Bible(practical notes)

1.Good News Translation(meaning/readable)
2.Common English Body(readable/meaning)
3.NASB(meaning/study)
4.NRSV(meaning/study)
5.Young’s Literal Translation(study/meaning)
6.KJV(study/meaning)
7.HCSB(readalbe/meaning)

What I Was Before Christ: How and Why I Became a Christian

Like many, I was a frustrated youth convinced there was something to life that seemly all others just weren’t getting and I was going to find it. I grew up in the Catholic Church, yet found within its system very little that was appealing, empowering, or of real interest. I’m sure I could have paid more attention though. Consequently, I used my energies elsewhere, largely with sports, but my spiritual inclinations and hunger would eventfully need to be pursued. Unfortunately, I went the classic path of the postmodern humanist, which is basically the religion of the world, looking to music, movies, book for philosophy while shunning the idea that anything had real truth or value. Thus firmly establishing that power, pleasure, and life were within themselves only a means to an end, my end. I sought a spirit that my ego could define and control, or so I thought. We think we can live unto ourselves, away from our source, but we will live for something and go somewhere. Worshiping the so called great potential of human intellect and making decisions based on the idea that I could truly judge rightly, it was only a matter of time before this faltered and blew up. We see many such results in life when our conscious and insecurities are not dealt with in a manner consistent with God’s workings. In a moment a veil was lifted, leaving only a deep godly sorrow and I knew that God was the only one that could rescue me from my spiritual Frankenstein. In a flash came the realization of just how bankrupt, forged, and counterfeit my intellect and sprit truly were and I knew I was either going to develop some kind of addiction or come to know God. My so called freedom was a deception from the world who deceives. I was finally able to walk and breathe freely, not because of my own works, but because my true identity was powerfully transformed and established in Christ as He was unveiled more and more to me. I felt like I had being unplugged from the matrix of a fallen world system. I was somewhat upset that no one told me what was in the Bible. There is no doubt that for several years it was at times difficult for my soul to catch up with my spirit, which was not aided by a good amount of bad doctrine focused on self and performance. It is right believing that produces right action and change from the inside out. By growing in the knowledge of Christ and realizing that it is grace that teaches, draws us, and keep us, I began to experience the near unconscious change that has caused me to hardly recognize myself from year to year. The snow ball effect of reading and studying God’s word has lead to such a greater refreshment and rush than pervious pursuits that it is like comparing nuggets of gold to mere stones. So in the end I did find what those around me had not; an eternal secure standing with God through Christ. They were religious and even went to church, but had no relationship with Jesus and every level of their internal and external life showed it. My spiritual pursuit was now one of fulfillment as I was astonished daily by the truth and intellectual proof of God’s word, work, person, and love in Christ. He took our sins and our place on the cross so that we may have right standing with God. Understanding this allows us to believe in the fullness of Christ as He longs to be used by those that fall short and to welcome us home.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, Be reconciled to God. He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21  HCSB)

The Most Helpful/Interesting/Informative Sites I Have Encountered

josephprince.org: Also a great site for gospel truth/resources. Bible verse for specific issues, can have a daily devotional sent by email.

blueletterbible.org: can search versions of Bible and read Bible commentaries
All the following contain articles/resources/churches converying what is the doctrince of Free Grace
ggfusa.org
faithalone.org
faithalone.org/wordpress:
freegracelibrairy.com
freegraceresources.org

gotquestions.org-for theolical questions

Christian Resources International-can give books, Bible, ect, to people and pastors would need them.

The Follow are good for apologetics/creationsim
evidencebible.com (click on search it). Extremely interesting info on a talking to others about Christ, common/tough questions, evolution, science, difference from other religions, history, quotes of famous people, last words, function of God’s Law, and other Christian principles.
creationevidence.org/cemframes.html,
creationminute.com,
answersingenesis.org,
drdino.com

bible.com (click on bible answers)
comereason.org
godandscience.org
creationists.org
leestrobel.com : can type in your question regarding Christianity and will be given clips to anwser that question.
biblicaldefense.org : Fantastic articles, debates, and papers by experts and PhD’s on Christian apologetics regarding history, atheism, philosophy, psychology and many other topics.
carm.org : Responses regarding controversial issues and questions facing Christianity, the Bible, and other spiritual movements

lovemarriageandstinkingthinking.com : smart and humerous facts on successful marrage

For News/Politics
cbn.com: Probablly the best news site there is.
aclj.org: Informs public on the incredable inforation grading new legislation.
wallbuilders.com: Evidence of the profound Christian foundations and founders of the USA.
ontheissues.org: Shows what the CANDIDATES REALLY FAVOR AND OPPOSE AND WHO YOU AGREE WITH, also cab do with a fun quiz telling you what you would be called on the political grid.

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