Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What Does " The Grace Of God Mean " ?


In this article I'm exploring the meaning of grace because it is quite often misunderstood by seekers and nonbelievers.  In the article below, I will do my best to convey an understanding.  My hope is that you will seriously think about the depth of your life and what happens after you die.


Grace Definition
1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action. 2. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment. 3. favor or good will. 4. a manifestation of favor, esp. by a superior: 5. mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace. 



 






The Meaning Of God's Grace 

In the English vernacular, grace is defined first as elegance.  In the latter definitions, we learn what is actually meant when someone mentions the Grace of God.  As far as this side of life is concerned, grace is more accurately described as existing in a status of temporary pardon.  God's Grace means that as we live on this side of life, we won't face the harshest consequences of sin, and that would be spiritual separation from God.

Grace extends to everyone, but to have a pleasant eternal existence, one must truly have faith that Jesus is their Lord while existing on this side of reality.  Abiding in the believer's life nets inner peace, even through the hard times.  The believer may go through excruciating physical hardship, but at the center of their being they will have peace at the core.   The true believer knows that death in this world is not the end.  Once belief and faith are truly proclaimed, sin becomes highly uncomfortable and disliked. 

Time Is Of The Essence 

If God decided to stop his grace toward humanity, the world would be deserted in an instant.  I feel that the reality of time came about because of God's Grace toward humanity.  Life on this side of reality is actually a time period to get things right between ourselves and God.

Thousands of years ago Moses illustrated his God inspired claims in manner understandable to everyone of that cultural historical era, and one of his books is called "Genesis". ...  Almost immediately after creation, the Grace of God became necessary if humanity was to survive.  Instead of total spiritual separation, God gave humanity a grace period, thus " time " started.  God veiled His side of eternal reality from us because the first transgression corrupted humanity. This corruption effects every human on this side of life.  Life on our side of existence can be measured with time, but God's side of reality is infinity...our human minds can't even begin to comprehend the realm of our Lord.  After Adam and Eve's first disobedience, their physicality suddenly took on the same biological life that we have, and this is evident because they quickly noticed they were naked.  In my opinion, the initial humans noticed their nakedness because the embodiment of our side of life is all together different.  The glorified bodies that Adam and Eve likely had previous to "the fall" were of an entirely different physicality.  They instantly knew the disobedience changed their relationship with God.  They covered themselves, hopelessly trying to hide the proof of their sin from God. 

God's First Gift Of Grace

Genisis 3 

The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'  "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"  He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."  And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 

Our Side Of Existence 

Grace shouldn't be squandered or toyed with because there is consequence for sin on our side of existence.  Sometimes we learn the hard way, but it's better to learn life's lessons with Christ as your savior.  Now that we know what God's grace is, we should proceed accordingly! 

For Those Wanting A Glorious Eternity. ...

Confess that Jesus is Lord 

 After confessing that Jesus is Lord, He will stand as a barrier between you and living an eternal death ...  Without Jesus as our Lord, sin WILL result in eternal separation from God!  Separation from God is also known as hell!  With Jesus as our advocate, our sin no longer separates us from a wonderful, heavenly eternity.  This doesn't mean that you won't sin anymore, but it means that you will not be comfortable living in sin. 

Confess all of your sin, and then repent. 

You basically tell Jesus all the bad stuff you've done...all of it.  In the future, should you remember a sin you didn't confess, make sure that you talk to Jesus about it.  Repenting means to turn away from sin and the sinful life style. 

Repent from all future sins on this side of life. 

You will have set-backs, but that's life. ...  Just continue to work on a closer relationship with God through prayer, and then pushing back the darkness of evil will become more frequent.  It's takes time to heal from sin, never give up! 

Living out what is listed above is what it takes to receive eternal life!  Read the Holy Bible, perhaps start with the book of John...John 1 and John 2 are the shorter of the three books of John, but ensure you read specifically "John" FIRST.

Biblical References 

John 1 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John testifies concerning Jesus. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " From the fullness of his grace upon grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. 

Ephesians 2 

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
All Bible references were NIV 1984

8 comments:

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    1. Actually, I just stated doing these a few years ago. I've stopped blogging regularly when myspace folded. I had a very good following there, but I'm not very good at marketing my blog. I started a new job and haven't blogged in a long time! I'm not sure what God is doing, but I sure wish I had the zeal to do it again!

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  2. Hey man, love this image of the tree. Do you own this image and if yes can we use it at our church for the grace small groups we are starting in April?

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  3. That is not mine. ... I got it somewhere online. I'd say as long as you're not trying to sell anything it would be fine. But you never know these days.

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  4. I love your picture, where did you get it? May I use it?

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  5. You know...I didn't do this picture! I got it from Google, so I really don't know. I would think if you're not using it for profit and claiming it as your under a brand of some sort, it would fall under the fair use deal.

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  6. EXCELLENT! With love, Your Aunt!

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  7. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE REPENT?

    Is repentance a necessary act that is required by men for salvation or are men saved by "faith only?"

    Acts 17:30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.


    People should repent because God commanded it and because all men will stand before Jesus on Judgment Day.


    Luke 24:47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.


    People should repent for the forgiveness of their sins. On the Day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem, men were required to repent in order to have their sins forgiven. They needed to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. Yes, they needed to repent in order to be saved. (Acts 2:38)


    Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.


    Men need to repent in order to not experience the wrath of God. A stubborn and unrepentant heart can make men reluctant to believe what Jesus said "and has been baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:16) Shall be saved; follows water baptism and belief.


    2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.


    People should repent because it leads to salvation.


    2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


    All people should repent in order not to perish. Contrary to Calvinist teaching God wants all men to repent.


    Luke 13:2-3 And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will likewise perish.


    People should repent because Jesus said "repent or perish."


    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


    All men should repent so that they can have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


    It men believe (John 3:16), confess (Romans 10:9-10), repent (Acts 3:19) and are baptized in water (Acts 2:38) then they are saved. It can take 2 hrs more or less.


    Repentance does not stop at water baptism. You also need to repent after you become a Christian.


    THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS TALKING TO CHRISTIANS IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5.


    Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


    REPENTANCE IS A COMMITMENT TO TURN FROM SIN AND TURN TOWARD GOD. REPENTANCE IS A LIFESTYLE


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