Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

This week’s Audio link

Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

This week’s Audio link

Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

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Grow in Grace or Groan in Disgrace

9/26/10

 

Contrary to popular opinion the path to growth is through the sovereign grace of God alone and not through the principle of law.

 

One of the reasons that there is so much sin and ungodliness in the Church is because there is very little teaching on the sovereign grace of God.

 

Once a believer has matured in the doctrines of grace then he realizes that all of his Christian life is of God’s grace and not of his will,

power or of something in him that makes him different from everyone else.

 

The Scripture teaches that the more a believer learns about sovereign grace that this is the path of godliness and

in contradistinction the more they grow in pride they will grow in ungodliness.

 

The Church today needs more grace teaching not more law teaching.

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

 

2Pe 3:18  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

 

Heb 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.

Heb 13:9  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,

 not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God’s sovereign grace is the only doctrine that produces

humility in the heart of the believer and prepares the heart for growth in godliness.

 

Moreover, it is the only doctrine that gives all the credit and glory to God alone.

  1. Victory comes by means of sovereign Grace and not by the principle Law.

 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under (the rule of) law but under(the rule of) grace.

 

       The Biblical word for grace means God’s unmerited, unconditional, uncaused favor.

 

Grace means that we live by means of what the Lord has done alone and through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.

 In contrast to this revelation from God, the principle of law means that we live by our power alone.

 

         The Nature of Grace

    by William R. Newell- Romans verse by verse pages 245-246:

 

  1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course,
  2. righteously—in view of the cross.

 

 (God acted freely in eternity past in electing His people to be the objects of His grace.)

 

2Ti 1:9  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose

and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

 

2Th 2:13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God

from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

 

      2.    Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.

 

Rom 3:24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

 

 

3. Grace, also is sovereign.

Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases.

It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.

 

Rom 9:10  And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac

Rom 9:11  (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil,

that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),

Rom 9:12  it was said to her, “THE OLDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”

Rom 9:13  As it is written, “JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED.”

 

4.  Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability: Grace does not help— it is absolute, it does all.

 

 Isa 26:12  LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

 

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

 

Our good works as well as our sins have been handed to us.

 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

  

2Sa 24:1  Again the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel, and He moved David against them to say,

“Go, number Israel and Judah.”

 

Gen 20:6  And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart.

For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

5.  There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to

 give cause to God for His Grace.

Rom 9:18  Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

Rom 9:19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”

Rom 9:20  But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,

 “Why have you made me like this?”

Rom 9:21  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

 

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it,

why do you boast as if you had not received it?

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

6.  The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine grace, works the utmost humility:

 for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness:

 yet he finds himself blessed, —on another principle, outside of himself!

 

Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Eph 1:5  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Eph 1:6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

 

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

7.  Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man.

But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “ in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing” (Roms 7:18) ;

and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!

 

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,

 on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit

, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 

                           Things Which Gracious Souls Discover

 

1.    To “ hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.

2.    To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.

3.    To be discouraged is unbelief,– as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.

4.    To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

 

5.    The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.

 

Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Jas 1:8  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

6.    Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing

 has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.

Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Rom 5:10  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

 

7.    To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order, and preach law, not grace.

The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing:

our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, – in proper measure.

 

    8.To judge or to criticize another believer is to fail to understand the sovereign grace of God because

 all of our sins have been handed to us to conform us to the image of Christ.

 

 Psa 33:14  From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;

 Psa 33:15  He fashions their hearts individually;

 

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not

like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.

 

2Sa 16:9  Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog

curse my lord the king? Please, let me go over and take off his head!”

2Sa 16:10  But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD has said to him,

 ‘Curse David.‘ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’ “

2Sa 16:11  And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life.

How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.


Three errors have troubled the church concerning the right relation of law to grace:


1. Antinomianism- the denial of all rule over the lives of believers; the affirmation that men are not required to live holy lives because they are saved by God’s free grace, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1: 16).


“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation; ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude verse 4).


2. Ceremonialism- the demand that believers should observe the levitical ordinances. The modern form of this error is the teaching that Christian ordinances are essential to salvation. “And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).


3. Galatianism – the mingling of law and grace; the teaching that justification is partly by grace, partly by law, or, that grace is given to enable an otherwise helpless sinner to keep the law. Against this error, the most wide-spread of all, the solemn warnings, the unanswerable logic, the emphatic declarations of the Epistle to the Galatians are God’s conclusive answer.


“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:2- 3).


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another [there could not be another gospel]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed”

 (Gal. 1:6-8).

LAW AND GRACE   C I Scofield

 

 

The Christian’s growth is through grace not law.

 

Gal 3:1  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes

 Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Gal 3:4  Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Gal 3:5  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law,

 or by the hearing of faith?

 

The Holy Spirit alone gives the desire and the power alone to have victory over your worst sin by focusing our minds on the

grace of God the Father through what He had Christ accomplish for us on the cross  not on what we can do about our sin through the law.

 

Gal 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another,

so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Php 2:13  for it is God who works in you both

to will and to do for His good pleasure.

 

Rom 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Joh 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will

not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Joh 16:14  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

 

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ,

that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.

But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

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

This marks the beginning of a new ruling factor in a believers’ life.

 

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then

you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

 

Deu 28:1  “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God,

to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

 

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,

2Co 3:6  who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, s

o that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8  how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

 

Gal 2:19  For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.

Gal 3:10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written,

 “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT CONTINUE IN ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO DO THEM.”

 

1Co 15:56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

Act 15:22  Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company

 to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Act 15:23  They wrote this letter by them: The apostles, the elders, and the brethren, To the brethren who are of the Gentiles

 in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings.

Act 15:24  Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying,

 “You must be circumcised and keep the law”—to whom we gave no such commandment

 

Act 15:10  Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples

which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

 

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Tit 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

Tit 2:14  who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for

Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,

but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son

in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

Rom 8:4  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk

according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Rom 8:5  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,

but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Rom 8:8  So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


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