"Grace" in the Life of a Country Boy
As my heart has walked through the Word over the years, seeking a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father, certain Truths have come to my attention which do not fit with main stream teachings.
Grace is one such concept. If you listen to preachers and believers talk about grace, it seems that it can mean almost anything that you want, especially people use it to allow them to have sin in their lives, yet be at peace with a belief that they are headed for heaven. (Attached is a pdf of what I was shown about Grace as defined by Paul in his letter to Titus.)
If I were to condense the Bible, and its purpose, into one simple concept, I believe it would have to be to "be Holy". The one thing that Satan does not want anyone to be!
Down at the bottom are Scriptures, both Old and New, which are just a sample of God's expressed desire for His peculiar people throughout the Bible.
God's final provision for us is to be able to be Holy by the power of His Real Grace, the Divine Influence, that can live with in us; the Word? (Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee). Could that be the Logos? ...the Word that was with God in the beginning and one with the Father, as spoken of by John at the start of his account of Jesus Christ. Is this possibly the same concept of the Spirit, of Himself, that Jesus prayed to be "in" His disciples? ...one with His disciples? ...and those that afterwards would believe? (not just a mental knowledge, but a belief that results in active obedience!)
John 17:15-23 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world.
Set them apart in the truth; your word is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I set myself apart on their behalf, so that they too may be truly set apart.
"I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.
The glory you gave to 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 completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.
Jesus said, "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father residing in me performs his miraculous deeds. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves." John 14:10-11
What an unspeakable gift the Father has made available, what "Grace"! Christ in me, the hope of Glory!
"I became a servant of the church according to the stewardship from God — given to me for you — in order to complete the word of God, that is, the mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations, but has now been revealed to his saints. God wanted to make known to them the glorious riches of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me." Colossians 1:26-29
Oh that you, if you have not already, experience the deliverance, protection, defense or refuge that comes by living under the divine influence, which changes the heart and life. Totally our from under any influence of the world.
"For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments do not weigh us down, because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world. This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith." (...our faithfulness!)1John 5:3-4
(Habakkuk 2:4 NET "...the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.")
Ephesians 5:1 Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children...
Leviticus 11:44-45 for I am the LORD your God and you are to sanctify yourselves and be holy because I am holy. You must not defile yourselves by any of the swarming things that creep on the ground, for I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God, and you are to be holy because I am holy.
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the whole congregation of the Israelites and tell them, ‘You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Leviticus 20:7-8 “ ‘You must sanctify yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. You must be sure to obey my statutes. I am the LORD who sanctifies you.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
1Peter 1:13-17 Therefore, get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.”
And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here in reverence.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Hebrews 12:14 Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.
Grace_Country Boy.pdf (606.46KB)