Chapter 3: Controversies surrounding The Gospel of Grace
The Gospel of Grace is surrounded with fear and apprehensions.
The devil has erected so many obstacles and fences around the gospel of grace.
Chapter 3: Controversies–The devil’s strategy
- You can always tell how powerful a truth is by the number o controversies the devil surrounds it with.
- The truth on healing is a controversy because Jesus wants EVERYONE healed and made whole.
- The truth on prosperity is a controversy because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of poverty.
- Why some believers fight for the right to sick and poor is a great mystery.
- Only the truth of Jesus’ grace and power has the anointing to liberate and set people free.
- The devil has been using controversy as a device down through church history to prevent believers from having access to the most powerful truths of God.
- He has built fences of controversy around healing, prosperity and grace to keep believers from reigning over sickness, poverty, and sin.
- The more controversies you find around a truth of God, the more powerful that truth must be.
Chapter 3: Deserved vs. Undeserved favor
- There is only one gospel in the Bible and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- When you believe the gospel of Jesus, which is based entirely on His grace, it will result in health and prosperity.
- The gospel of Jesus Christ leads to blessings, success, healing, restoration, protection, financial breakthroughs, security, peace, wholeness and MUCH MORE.
- God blesses you not because you are good, but because He is good.
- Grace is based on His faithfulness and goodness toward you.
- It is NOT contingent on how good you are, then it would no longer be based on grace, and would instead be based on the system of the law.
- Law is deserved favor-When you obey the commandments PERFECTLY, you will be blessed.
- Grace is underserved favor-Jesus obeyed God PERFECTLY, and you will be blessed by believing in Him.
- Remember, God found fault with the old covenant and for good reason.
Chapter 3: Fences around the abundance of grace.
- Grace is not a topic—grace is the gospel-it is the good news.
- The word Gospel means GOOD NEWS.
- Grace is a person and His name is Jesus.
- John 1:17—-For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by JESUS CHRIST.
- Grace came as a person.
- The law is on the side of Moses, but grace and truth are on the same side as our Savior.
- Truth is what liberates and truth is on the same side of grace.
- The devil wants you to be subject to the law.
- If the devil can keep you under the law, he can keep you defeated.
- Jesus has liberated you from the law.
- People are afraid when you tell a believer that he or she is completely forgiven by grace and no longer has to earn his or her right standing before the Lord via the law of Moses, because they think it would cause him or her to go out and live a life of sin and debauchery.
- The Bible is clear that the strength of sin is the law.
- It is not grace that gives people the strength to sin; it is the law.
- The more you are under the law, the more sin is strengthened.
- The more you are under grace, the more sin will be depleted of its strength.
- The Bible declares that ” sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” —-Romans 6:14—-
- Strength of sin is the law.
- Sin is strengthened when more law is preached.
- The power to have dominion over sin is imparted when more grace is preached.
Chapter 3: Fences around the Gift of Righteousness.
- There is only one righteousness in Christ Jesus.
- The Bible declares that Paul is against any teaching that says that you have to earn and merit your own righteousness.
- You are either righteousness or not.
- There is no such thing as first having ‘ positional righteousness ‘ and then having to maintain that through ‘ practical righteousness.‘
- You are the righteousness of God in Christ, period!
- The devil wants to deceive you into pursuing your own righteousness through the law.
- He wants you to depend on your own self-righteousness.
- A gift is no longer a gift if you have to work for it.
- Many believers today are defeated because they are trying to earn their own righteousness by their law-keeping and good works.
- Righteousness is a gift because of what Jesus has accomplished on the cross for you.
- All your sins-past, present, and future-have been washed clean by His precious blood.
- You are completely forgiven the moment you received Jesus into your life.
- You will never be held liable for your sins ever again.
- There is nothing that you can do that will make God love you more and there is nothing that you can do that will make Him love you less.
- You did nothing to become righteous.
- Jesus did nothing to become sin.
- It is a gift that He purchased for you with His OWN blood.
Chapter 3: License to Sin?
- Won’t people go out and live a licentious life? Won’t grace give people a license to sin?
- People are already sinning without a license.
- Sin loses its appeal when you encounter the Person of grace, Jesus Christ, and realize all that He has blessed you with and done for you on the cross.
- A lifestyle of sin leads only to defeat and destruction.
- Grace differs in handling sin by preaching grace(Jesus Christ).
- An encounter with Jesus always causes us to get out of sin.
- Grace causes you to fall in love with Jesus all over again and again and again.
- The Bible declares, ‘ Awake to righteousness, and sin not.’
- The more you realize that you are righteous, the more victory you will experience over sin.
- Wake up every morning and give thanks that you are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.
Chapter 3: The Final Restoration.
- The revelation of the finished work of Jesus will get stronger and stronger in the end times, and man will begin to enjoy the full benefits of the new covenant of grace.
- The word ‘ redeem ‘ literally means to buy with a price.
- Jesus gave Himself up as a ransom for you and me so that you and I can receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness to reign in life.
- It is time for the church to stop backing away from grace and to stop worrying that it might be too controversial.
Chapter 3: Discerning the Gospel of Grace.
- When grace is preached, it is always Christ-exalting.
- Grace always reveals more and more of Jesus.
- Grace always reveals the beauty of Jesus and the perfection of His finished work on the cross.
- Jesus is always glorified when grace is taught.
- There is no grace without Jesus.
- You cannot separate Jesus and grace.
- Grace does not point to your efforts, your performance or your doing.
- Grace makes nothing of man’s efforts and points completely to Jesus’ efforts and what He has done.
- The Law makes one self conscious.
- The preaching of law is always asking, ‘ What must I do?’
- Grace is always asking, ‘ What has Jesus done? ‘
- Under the law the burden is on you to perform.
- Under grace, the burden is on what Christ has performed on the cross.
- The preaching of Grace has been perverted by the teaching of ‘ universal salvation. ‘ Meaning that all will be saved even without believing in Jesus.
- Universal salvation is a LIE from the pit of hell.
- Remember, grace is a person-Jesus Christ. Without Him, it is not grace.
- Our part is to only believe on Jesus Christ and when we believe, we are blessed and made righteous.
- When believers don’t understand that God’s grace is His undeserved, unearned and unmerited favor, they will depend on their own efforts to keep the law of Moses to deserve, earn, and merit His favor.
- Similarly, when believers don’t understand that righteousness is a gift, and that it is about ‘ right standing ‘ and not ‘ right doing, ‘ they will depend on their own efforts to earn this gift.