At Grace Gathering our vision and mission is to share the Gospel of Grace. We share the same goal as the Apostle Paul made clear in Acts 20:24
“24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s grace.”
You see, the New Covenant is established by grace. The Old Covenant was based on obedience to the Law. It is a “do to become” self-righteous based system. The problem however, as Paul says, the commandments are good, but the people cannot keep them (Romans 8:3-4). The Human race cannot find life by trying to imitate God in written form. This leads only to death as Paul so boldly declares in 2 Corinthians 3:7. Mankind is hopelessly in bondage to sin and we cannot work our way out of our situation. The Law proves that. In fact, no man can ever be justified by the Law, it is impossible to keep the totality of its harsh standards (Galatians 3:11). If you even break one law one time, you have broken them all (James 2:11). That is the very purpose of why the Law came; to be our schoolmaster to teach us we need a savior (Galatians 3:24).
Jesus came to Earth as fully God and fully man to reconcile us back to God and give us eternal life. Jesus came, as Apostle John says, full of grace and truth. He manifested super-abounding grace upon grace. In fact, Jesus was the bodily manifestation of grace itself (Titus 2:11-12). It is more than just a doctrine. Jesus took the sinners baptism, took our temptations, and lived a perfect life under the Law. He experienced everything a human does so He is able to be the perfect minister to mankind. Jesus performed perfectly on our behalf to create a “new man” no longer in the image of fallen Adam, but in the image of the perfect Adam: Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45). The crescendo of His ministry happened at the crucifixion and resurrection. This was the ultimate manifestation of grace as He took the sin of the world, once for all time unto Himself for our sake (Hebrews 9:28). He then resurrected as a promise of our future immortality. Jesus ascended into heaven, into the Trinity as a man. He now lives as a perfect man inside of the Godhead as our High Priest and Advocate. He sent the Holy Spirit into the world to indwell and empower believers to carry on His ministry through the Church and expressed through His grace gifts dispensed to believers (1 Peter 4:10, Romans 12:6).
Unlike the Old Covenant, the New Covenant is not a “do to become” self-righteous religious system, but a system based entirely by faith. In other words, “believe and you are”. Grace is the “new wineskin”. It seems almost too good to be true, but that is why it is called the “Good News”. Salvation is a free gift not a work (Romans 5:15). We are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). The moment of our salvation we are born again spiritually. We are perfectly righteous and Holy (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are filled with the fullness of God and seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). In fact, we now live in complete union with God. Jesus actually lives His life through us and is expressed to the world around us (Colossians 1:27). Jesus is now our standard of Righteousness, no longer the Law as its purpose is fulfilled in Christ (Romans 10:4). This creates quite a challenge to our self-righteous religious efforts. The flesh resists grace because the flesh likes to earn. It was not the sinners who resisted Jesus after all.
From this place, we then renew our minds in this truth and we mature and grow in our soul (will and emotions). We live holy and righteous because Christ is our Advocate and High Priest and sits on the Throne of Grace as our righteousness (Hebrews 4:16). So if we fail in our flesh, Christ intercedes for us and keeps our perfect position despite our imperfect performance (1 John 2:1). What is amazing is, grace is constantly dispensed to us in only super-abundance. We can always trust and rely on His super abounding grace to carry us. The New Testament is filled with many descriptions and encouragements for us in this super-abounding grace (hyper grace).
The Greek word for grace is Charis (χάρις). It is often defined as unmerited favor. This is true, but it is so much more. From the root chairo; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude) -- acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace(- ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy). In other words, it is the divine persuasion on the hearts of man to convince us of God’s good intention towards us. In fact, it naturally brings goodness and joy as it effects the heart. Even better news is that it only manifests in super abundance. For example, Romans 5:20 defines grace as super-abounding (hyper). The Greek word used is huperperisseuó; hyperperisseúō (from 5228 /hypér, "beyond" and 4052 /perisseúō, "abundantly, exceeding") – properly, beyond what already exceeds," i.e. ultra (super) abounds. I like to refer to it as Grace on steroids!
We see this type of hyper grace all over the New Testament such as John 1:14,16, John 10:10, Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 4:7, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:6-7, to name a few examples. In fact, Paul based his entire ministry on hyper grace (1 Timothy 1:14). The more we yield to Christ’s life inside of us, the more glory He gets. If we try to do it in our own self-righteous efforts, we actually steal God’s glory (see Galatians 4: Hagar vs Sarah).
In conclusion, we leave you with perhaps the most important doctrinal statement in the Bible: Romans 5:18-21
"18Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
We believe that Grace IS the Gospel.
Blessings and grace to you!
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