1-24-2017 Moses Not Christ

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV). Jesus, “by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9 NKJV). God’s grace is offered to the world through the cross of Jesus Christ. Noah had “found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8 NKJV). The LORD told Moses, “you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name” (Exodus 33:17 NKJV).

However, “the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 NKJV).  The Gospel of Christ teaches “that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 2:16 NKJV).  Keeping the 10 commandments, Sabbath day, Seder, musical instruments, incense, or any of Moses’ Law, means “Christ died in vain.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#grace-of-god, #law-of-moses

Using scripture to justify sexual perversion is actually scriptural*

Let’s be up front – I make mistakes! In comparison to the standards of God, the “all” of Romans 3:23 includes me. Even if I were to solely go by my own standards in life, I would still fail at living perfectly. But God forbid that I, in any sort of right mind, would use the word of God to pervert the grace of God and justify the sin that I commit against myself, my neighbor or my creator (Romans 6:1).

I see my sins! And that means that I know I’m not perfect; but I believe there is a perfect law, and that law in no way excuses sin (James 1:21-25). God’s law, through the blood of Jesus the Christ, will justify sin that’s been repented of (Luke 13:3-5, Acts 2:38), but God’s law in no way excuses sin (Ephesians 5:1-7). And you would think the clarity of scriptures such as Romans 1:18-321 Corinthians 6:9-11; 18Galatians 5:16-21Ephesians 4:17-24; 5:1-7Colossians 3:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-52 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:9-12 would be enough to convince someone who thinks otherwise to think otherwise (I could have kept going with several more plainly spoken scripture references but if these 67 verses don’t help you to see the truth of the matter, then sadly you’re probably not able to – John 9:25; 39-41). Fact of the matter is, if it weren’t for the scriptures of God that reveals the will of God (2 Timothy 3:16-171 John 1:7-10; 3:4-7Psalm 19:8, 119:172) I wouldn’t even know whether I have sinned against God! (Romans 7:7)

Despite the sound line of the afore-mentioned reasoning, there are some in the religious world who find great pleasure in using twisting the scriptures of God to excuse sin, and great offense at anyone who “dares” to suggest that one can know that another is committing or living in sin. For proof all you have to do is read this story about offended politicians and the comments that followed where homosexuality and the rest of the LGBTQ letters are defended with verses such as the “ole-reliable” Matthew 7:1-2 (judge not that you be not judged…), Matthew 7:12 (the “golden-rule”) and even Matthew 22:37-40 (the first and second commandment). Continue reading

#faux-justification, #grace-of-god, #homosexual-movement, #irony, #judgment-of-god, #justifying-wickedness, #sin, #twist-scriptures

Judgment follows grace

The judgment of God always follows the grace of God. And the moment is always meant to change the way we view sin and the way we look at judgment. Think about it:

  • Grace shown through the ark during the flood – judgment upon the world
  • Grace shown through the blood of the lamb during the passover – judgment upon Egypt
  • Grace shown through the life of Jesus – judgment upon Israel
  • Grace shown through the gospel – the ever closer judgment upon the world

There are other particular instances with prophets and kings in Israel and even with preachers and foreign nations where the theme of “grace followed by judgment” can be seen, but the pivotal moments referred to above reveal God’s willingness and great desire to handle our sin with his grace rather than through his wrath (2 Peter 3:9-10).

Don’t misunderstand grace – if grace isn’t saving us from something, then it isn’t grace. This is why God’s word clearly teaches that approaching judgment always follows a revealed grace.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

#grace-of-god, #judgment-of-god

September 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Gems from the Pen of a Faithful Servant)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • God’s Grace (Carl Garner)
  • We Are Family (Carl Garner)
  • Famous Last Words (Carl Garner)
  • Are You a Dissembler? (Carl Garner)
  • God’s Authority (Carl Garner)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#authority-in-religion, #christian-worker, #church-as-family, #grace-of-god, #hypocrisy, #the-power-of-influence, #what-grace-will-not-do

Grace removes the practice of sin, or it is not grace

grace-godlinessGod’s grace not only saves, but teaches. It will not save unless we are teachable. We cannot welcome saving grace without accepting teaching grace. Grace is not a blanket to cover sin that is present, but removes both its guilt and its practice.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.

This Paul says in Titus 2:11-15 (WEB). Grace comes with conditions. It is spiritual and moral. Holiness belongs to grace. If godliness is not present, neither is grace. Continue reading

#godliness, #grace-of-god, #sound-doctrine

Jericho: Grace, faith, works

Grace has been defined as unmerited favor. It is when someone gives something to someone else who has not earned the right to receive the gift. In Joshua 6:2 God told Joshua and the Israelites that He was giving Jericho to them. The city was a gift from God to Israel. It was given to them by the grace of God.

Yet, God laid down some obligations that they had to obey to get his gift. God’s instructions required that the 601,730 men of war were to march around the city once each day for six days. He also required that seven priests, each carrying a trumpet were to march around the city walking before the Ark of the Covenant. On the seventh day they were all required to walk around the city seven times. After the seventh lap the priests were to blow trumpets. Then the people, probably only the soldiers, were to shout.

The Israelites did not receive God’s gift immediately after he told them he was giving them Jericho. They did not receive his gift after God gave His instructions. They did not get the gift until they obeyed God. Did their obedience to God’s instructions mean that God did not give them Jericho? No, it was still a gift from God!

The walls of Jericho fell because of the Israelites’ faith. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days” (Heb. 11:30). Did the walls fall the moment they believed? No, they did not fall until they obeyed all of God’s requirements.

Did the Israelites earn Jericho because they marched around the city thirteen times, blew trumpets and shouted? No! It was a gift from God (Jos. 6:2). Did their acts nullify their faith? No! They conquered Jericho because of their faith (Heb. 11:30), and the city was given to them by grace.

Today our food is a gift from God. It is given to us by the grace of God. We demonstrate our recognition for his gifts every time we thank God for our food. Yet we are still told to ask him to provide it for us (Matt. 6:11) and we are still expected to work for it (II Thess. 3:10).

Our salvation is by God’s grace (Eph. 2:5). Just like Jericho, our obedience to God’s commands does not nullify God’s grace and our acts of obedience do not earn us salvation. If a person desires for God to save them by his grace, they had better find out what God requires of them to be saved! If a person has a desire to be saved and faith that God will save him, he will seek God’s salvation by opening the Bible, learning what conditions God has given to receive his salvation and then obeying Him.

God’s instructions did not end with the falling of the walls. There were things he required the Israelites to do after the walls fell. Just like Israel had responsibilities after the walls fell, we have responsibilities after God forgives us. After the walls fell, the Israelites had to enter Jericho and kill all the inhabitants. After we are saved, we have to thoroughly kill all the sins of which we have repented. The falling of the walls did not end the Israelites’ battle. God forgiving us of our sins does not end our battle.

The story of Jericho teaches us that Calvinism’s “saved by faith only” and “once saved always saved” are wrong. We have work to do to be saved and work to do after our salvation to remain saved.

Brock Hartwigsen, Carolina Messenger vol. 15, Feb. 2008, number 2

In Christ, Steve Preston

#faith, #grace-of-god, #obedience, #salvation

I’m Grateful for God’s Faithfulness

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

All I can say is that I’m grateful that the faithfulness of God can overcome the faithfulmess that we can create.

#1-john, #faithfulness, #grace-of-god