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The Abundance of God  February 08, 2016  (1.17.3)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Bible, we learn that Jesus Christ came to redeem Israel from the Law (Galatians 4:4-5), and all of humanity from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13). God's Word also presents to all humanity the abundance of His grace, which emanates out from the actual throne of the Creator and into our lives (Hebrews 4:16). Yet today the Law with its unbearable burden (Acts 15:7-11) is still carried around by so many thousands of professing Christians. Many believers have never understood the beauty and gracefulness of Jesus Christ's complete mission on our behalf to make us free from all the Law, also referred to as "the yoke of bondage."

John 1:17:
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Galatians 5:1:
STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that since we were not born two thousand years ago (before the coming of Christ), and given that most Christians today are not descendents from the Tribe of Israel, but rather are Gentiles, then the Old Testament Law is not written or addressed to us - anyway - even remotely (Romans 9:4, Hebrews 7:18-22). Most definitely, those Laws and Commandments of the Old Testament (Romans 10:4, Ephesians 2:15) do not apply to us today who live and enjoy the abundance of God's grace (period)! Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law that Moses gave to Israel, and Jesus gave all those who will believe in him grace and truth coupled with the ability to live and enjoy a new life immersed in the love of God (Romans 13:8-11, Galatians 5:14).

The Law generates works of the flesh, while grace produces love, a fruit of the spirit, and as well, law and grace cannot coexist together.

In the Bible, the word grace, in relation to man, means the favor of God that He has freely offered to the underserved, grace is unearned, yet grace is necessary to enjoy His true spiritual blessings upon our lives, and grace is received by accepting Christ and his redeeming work into our lives. God's divine favor of His grace given to us comes with the abundance of His spiritual blessings, and these blessings are truly unmerited, undeserved, and yet are unlimited to those who accept His grace through the redeeming work of Christ on our behalf.

Ephesians 2:8-9:
8: For by grace {GRACE} are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Galatians 2:21:
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

When anyone continues practicing and trying to obey the Law, God's divine grace will become totally nullified in his or her life. The word frustrate means to reject, and this is what people actually do with the grace of God when trying to practice laws that they "think" will make them acceptable to God, when in truth He has already "made us accepted in the beloved" through the grace of God without any works.

Ephesians 1:6:
{We should be} To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved. {The beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are accepted through Christ's accomplishments on our behalf.}

The word accepted in Ephesians 1:6 is only used twice in the Greek Text of the Bible; the first time this word was used it is spoken by the angel Gabriel in a reference to Mary, the mother of Jesus. "And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women" (Luke 1:28). In the Text, the two words highly favoured are the same Greek word that is used for accepted in Ephesians 1:6. Why do I mention this? Because Mary was a very special woman, she conceived the Son of God and brought forth him who would bring grace and truth!

Today, in grace we are also highly favoured, for we are accepted in the beloved having received Christ within (Colossians 1:27). The gift of Christ within and being accepted in him gives us the heavenly rights to enjoy the grace and truth that comes to us through knowing Christ who fulfilled the Law and redeemed us, thus allowing us to be seen in God's eyes as being very special - to Him - in the abundance of God's grace.

Galatians 2:21 (above) further stated that, then Christ is dead in vain. The reason the Bible says is dead rather than "has died" is because the accomplishments of Christ are as good as dead to any individual who is trying to earn their already God-given righteousness accompanied with His abundance of grace. To try and practice the Law and earn salvation is an action that literally demonstrates that one does not really believe that Jesus actually fulfilled the Law for him or her and so he or she tries to do the very job already accomplished for all those who will simply believe in Jesus' completed work on their behalf.

Galatians 5:4:
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

The reason that one can "fall from grace" is that grace rests upon a plane that is much higher than where the Law sat in Old Testament times. The Epistle of Romans shows us that Christ died to free us from the Law (Romans 3:28, 6:24, 7:6), and that we already have righteousness and grace, and when we believe this from God's Word, the results will become a living reality.

Romans 5:2:
By whom {Jesus Christ} also we have access by faith {believing faith} into this grace wherein we stand {remember, this is above where the Law sat}, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

By the faith of Christ, we have complete access into all of God's grace and thereon is where we are encouraged to stand, with a further view that we may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

This hope of the glory of God is the return of Christ for us, which we can genuinely rejoice and anticipate with a yearning desire.

As we stand in the abundance of the grace of God, we can live without the fear of future retribution (I Thessalonians 1:10), because we have the hope for Christ's return to receive us up into the heavenlies to be with God for eternity.

Have a great week in The Abundance of God's Grace as you continue looking forward to that great and glorious day, the hope of Christ's return for you!

Ephesians 2:8-9 (The Amplified Bible):*
-8: For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God.
-9: Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law's demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

Hebrews 4:16 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

"I have had but one passion, and I have lived for it - the absorbingly arduous yet glorious work of proclaiming the grace and love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." John Henry Jowett

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.


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