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Christianity is neither superstition nor science. Superstition is based on false and unfounded beliefs and fears. Science is limited by human and empirical and tentative knowledge at a time and place. Christianity is the revealed religion. Only God makes revelation of the ultimate truth and wisdom. Revelation cannot be achieved by human discovery or wisdom. Christianity is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God who became Man to reveal God and spiritual things to human beings.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ is the pillar of truth.
2. The Roman Catholic Church is historically false, full of heresies and wrong doctrines and superstitions.
3. Science cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because science at best is human tentative knowledge at a given time and place.
4. Human philosophies cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because they are limited human thoughts confined to limited intelligence.
5. All religions except Christianity are man-made.
6. Christianity – the revealed religion – explains and exalts the Supreme Being, Wisdom and Truth.
7. Neither science nor religion can save mankind.
8. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life – outside of Christ there is no salvation.
9. The wisdom of the living is to know the Most High rules the universe and over the realm of mankind.
10. It is of infinite truth and wisdom that human beings must submit themselves humbly to the Will of God.
1. God gives grace.
Gen 6:8,“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
Note: Grace in Hebrew is chen which means unmerited favor, acceptance, good-will; - it occurs about 69 times in the Old Testament. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord not because he deserved something, but because God did him a favor. The word “grace” occurs 170 times in the King James Version.
Psa 84:11,“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Note: For worldly people, good things mean material and earthly things. The Chinese call them
荣华富贵（glory, prosperity, wealth, dignity）. The prevailing values of the West are money, power and sex. It is also called the American dream. Grace and glory are good things.
Pro 18:22,“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” It is not difficult to find a wife, but a good wife is certainly a good thing.
Luk 10:42,“But only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Man has a choice. Your choice will determine you destiny. Mary chose to listen to the Word of Christ which shall not be taken away from her. All earthly and material things will be taken away. Money, power and sex will pass away. It is wise to give up what is temporary to lay hold of what is eternal.
Question: What does the grace of God do?
Eph 2:5,“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
Note: Grace in Greek is charis which means favor, God's unmerited favor, loving-kindness, benefit, bounty; of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, hope, love, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues; God's mercy bestowed upon unworthy sinner; - it occurs 156 times in the New Testament. All human beings are dead in sins spiritually. Men cannot save themselves. Sinners are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior.
Rom 3:24,“They are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Note: Redemption in Greek is apolytrōsis which means deliverance, liberation procured by the payment of a ransom, a releasing effected by payment of ransom; - it occurs only 10 times in the New Testament. Redemption is deliverance effected through the death of Christ from the retributive wrath of the holy God and the penalty of sin. When redemption is applicable to you personally it becomes salvation. Salvation is a gift of God to mankind by grace, but it was paid by the redemption of Christ through sacrificing His life and shedding His precious blood on the cross. There is no such a thing called royal blood, all human blood is the same sinful blood. Only the blood of Jesus is precious because He is sinless and holy and His blood as a ransom for mankind was acceptable to God.
Act 20:32,“And now I commend you to God and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Note: Build up in Greek is epoikodomeō which means to finish the structure of which the foundation has been laid; give constant increase in the knowledge and in a life conformed thereto; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. To have fellowship with Christ and to feed on the Word of His grace is to grow in spiritual life. All who have been saved are sanctified by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads believers into all truth.
Rom 12:6,“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.”
Note: Once a believer is saved and sanctified, he is equipped to serve the Lord. Christians serve the Lord according to the grace that is given and live for the Lord on earth. So Christians have the saving grace, the serving grace and the living grace.
2. Moses prayed for God’s grace to pardon Israelites.
Exd 34:9,“Then he said: If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”
Note: Stiff-necked means stubborn and disobedient which characterizes humanity. Pardon in Hebrew is calach which means to forgive, spare, show mercy; - it occurs about 46 times in the Old Testament. Iniquity in Hebrew is `avon which means perversity, depravity, guilt; - it occurs 230 times in the Old Testament. Sin in Hebrew is chatta'ath which means a misstep, slip with the foot, sinfulness, penalty of sin; - it occurs about 296 times in the Old Testament. There is nothing that man can do to redeem ourselves from our iniquity and our sin, the only thing we can do is to pray for God’s grace to pardon us. God’s pardon is not based on merit, but based on grace. Sinners obtain forgiveness of sins, not because they deserve anything, but because the grace of God was given to believers.
Tts 2:11, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
The salvation of God is for all men, no difference of race, gender, color or class; but only those who repent of their sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be saved.
3. God gives grace to the humble.
Jam 4:6,“But He (God) gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Note: Grace in Greek is charis which means good will, loving-kindness, unmerited favor, the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues; - it occurs about 156 times in the New Testament. Grace presents the favor, and goodness of God to man, and thus, of necessity, of the worthy to the unworthy, of the holy to the sinful. Grace signifies the entire and absolute freeness of the lovingkindness of God to men. Proud in Greek is hyperēphanos which means showing one's self above others, overtopping, conspicuous above others, pre-eminent; with an overweening estimate of one's means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt; haughty; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. The rich and powerful people are usually proud, but supremacists are the most arrogant. Resist in Greek is antitassō which means to range in battle against, oppose; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. God opposes the proud and arrogant people. Humble in Greek is tapeinos which means not rising far from the ground, lowly, lowly in spirit; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. This is truth of stark contrast: God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. White supremacists are probably the most arrogant and haughty people in the world. When black in power becomes rich, he could be worse than a white supremacist.
1Pe 5:5，“Young men, in the same way be submissive to the elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Note: Clothes are something we wear in the outside. To clothe yourself with humility means to put on humility to show your subjection one to another. Humility is not what you say, it is what you show.
Pro 3:34,“Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.”
Note: Scorn in Hebrew is luwts which means to mock, deride, scoff; - it occurs about 27 times in the Old Testament. God mocks at the mocker. God scorns the scorner. God derides the derider.
1Cr 1:4，“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.”
Note: Sinful men do not deserve the grace of God and have no access to the holy God. Jesus Christ reconciled sinners to God by His substitutionary death. So in fact the grace of God was given to believers by Christ Jesus.
4. Christ is full of grace and truth.
Jhn 1:14,“And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Note: The word “grace” used in Jhn 1:14 is the same original word used in Jam 4:6. The depth and the riches of meaning of grace which can be better understood in the view of the glory of the only begotten Son from the Father, became flesh and lived humbly among men. The manger, not palace, points to the grace of God. Luk 2:15,“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another: Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” The angel brought the good news of great joy to the poor shepherds, not king or queen, prime minister of president. The Gospel is preached to the poor because the rich and powerful are hard to enter the Kingdom of God. The dual prominent attributes of Christ are grace and truth. Grace because the Savior is the gift of God to mankind, truth because Jesus Christ is the truth about God. Just as God is full of compassion and mercy, so Christ is full of grace and truth. Christ is full of grace because He died for our sins. Christ is full of truth because He reveals God and all who come to Him will receive the eternal life.
5. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Jhn 1:17,“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Note: Law in Greek is nomos which means the rule of action approved by God, the Mosaic law, a command of God; - it occurs about 197 times in the New Testament. God gave the law to Moses for Jewish people. The law does not save anyone. The law tells you what sin is. Rom 3:20,“Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” The knowledge of sin comes from the law. Rom 7:7,“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said: You shall not covet.” No one is saved by the law. Rom 7:14,“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Rom 8:3-4, “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, 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.” Grace came by Jesus Christ means what sinful man cannot do required by the law, Jesus Christ came and died for the unrighteous to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law so that all who repent and believe in the Lord and Savior may receive forgiveness of sins and the eternal life. Truth came by Jesus Christ means sinners can be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who is the truth of God.
6. The Gospel is the Word of God’s grace.
Act 14:3,“Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the Word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”
Note: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Word of God’s grace. The Word of God’s grace says salvation is a gift of God given freely to whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ.
7. Believers are justified freely by God’s grace.
Rom 3:24-26,“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
Note: Justify in Greek is dikaioō which means to render righteous, declare, pronounce one to be just or righteous; count as righteous; - it occurs about 40 times in the New Testament. To be justified means to receive the gift of righteousness or to be counted as righteous. Grace is not based on work or merit, for it is free. Freely in Greek is dōrean which means undeservedly, for naught, for nothing, as a gift, gratuitously; - it occurs only 9 times in the New Testament. Although salvation is free, but Jesus Christ paid by His life and precious blood to redeem sinners. All religions teach that you are to be saved by your good deeds. The Gospel of God offers you salvation freely by grace without work or deed of merit. For grace is the free gift of God. Rom 4:4,“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as what is due.”
8. We are saved by grace.
Act 15:11,“But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they are also.”
Eph 2:5,“Even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
Tts 2:11,“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.”
Note: Save in Greek is sōzō which means to rescue from danger or destruction, save from the punitive wrath of God at the judgment of the last day, make one a partaker of the salvation by Christ; - it occurs about 110 times in the New Testament. Salvation in Greek is sōtērios which means passing from death into life; - it occurs only 5 times in the New Testament. Salvation has two phases: now and future. When you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit enters into your heart and you are born again – that is the salvation of your soul which begins now.
Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” To be saved is passing from death into life.
Rom 8:23,“Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” When Jesus Christ returns, your body shall be redeemed and transformed into a spiritual and glorious body – that is the future salvation. No one can be saved by work or merit because man’s work is not good enough in the sight of God. What man cannot do, the grace of God brings salvation. Therefore, whoever believes in Jesus Christ shall be saved by grace.
9. We are saved by grace through faith.
Eph 2:8,“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Note: Gift in Greek is dōronn which means a present, what God offers which is free; - it occurs about 19 times in the New Testament. Salvation is the gift of God. The gift of God is by grace. No one can earn or merit salvation. The only way of salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The way of salvation is the way of God.
Question: What does this salvation entail?
2Th 2:16,“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal consolation and good hope through grace.”
Note: Consolation in Greek is paraklēsis which means comfort, solace, the Messianic salvation; - it occurs about 29 times in the New Testament. The saved souls have eternal consolation because God’s salvation is eternal.
Tts 3:7,“So that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Note: Heir in Greek is klēronomos which means one who receives an inheritance, one who receives his allotted possession by right of sonship; - it occurs about 15 times in the New Testament. Christians, as exalted by faith to the dignity of the sons of God, and hence receive the blessings of God’s kingdom. Jhn 1:12,“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” The right to become children of God is infinitely better than human rights, civil rights, legal rights, political rights, etc.
In the early Church there was a great debate at Antioch as to what Gentile （non-Jewish） Christians should do because some false teachers came down from Judea and taught Gentile Christians must be circumcised according to the custom of Moses or they would not be saved. Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. A sect of the Pharisees said it was necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses. The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. The first council in Jerusalem took place to settle the matter. Peter stood up and said, Act 15:10-11,“Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
Note: There is no distinction as to how a Jewish or Gentile believer is saved. We are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Eph 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” However, there is a distinction as to how a Jewish Christian or a Gentile Christian should conduct himself. James said,
Act 15:19-20,“Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.”
The apostles and the brethren who were elders sent a letter to Gentile Christians saying,
Act 15:25-29,“It seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.” At that time, the Apostles and Elders proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word of mouth. The New Testament was not written yet. The Apostles made it clear Gentile Christians do not need to be circumcised or keep the Sabbath. The ceremonial Law of Moses was no longer required, but the moral law as repeated in the New Testament remains. However, the essentials for all believers whether Jewish or Gentile to observe are to abstain from:
1. eating things sacrificed to
idols and worshiping of idols
2. eating blood
3. eating meat of strangled animals
4. fornicationChristians must be free from eating blood, free from eating food sacrificed to idols and worship of idols, free from eating food from strangled animals, and free from committing sexual immorality (including homosexuality and divorce). In other words, Christians are forbidden to eat blood, food sacrificed to idols or worship of idols, food from strangled animals, and fornication. Chinese Christians must pay particular attention because the Chinese custom of eating blood, worshiping ancestors and idols, and eating food sacrificed to idols. The leader of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has publicly committed idolatry by worshiping idols, I do not know whether he has stopped doing it or not. No one has the right to claim to be a Christian and worship idols at the same time just like no woman has the right to marry two men at the same time. Worshiping idols is a great sin against the living God. Mr. Ma Ying-jeou must come clean: if Ma Ying-jeou claims to be a Christian, he cannot worship idols. If he wants to worship idols, he cannot claim to be a Christian. That is fair. That is religious freedom. There is no hangky-pangky in being a Christian.
10. Grace provides access to God.
Rom 5:2,“Through Him (Christ) we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Note: Access in Greek is prosagōgē which means approach, that relationship with God whereby we are acceptable to Him and have assurance that He is favorably disposed towards us; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Because of this grace we have access to God anytime and anywhere. We do not need to go to a church to have access to God. In Jesus name we may boldly come to God’s throne of mercy to obtain help. All man-made religions have designated places their followers can pray to their gods. Christians have access to God anywhere and anytime.
11. The dispensation of grace.
Eph 3:2-7,“If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.”
Note: Dispensation in Greek is oikonomia which means the management, oversight, administration; stewardship; God’s providing for man’s salvation; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. Roughly speaking, there are two dispensations: law (represented by the Old Testament - Moses) and grace (represented by the New Testament – Jesus). We now live in the dispensation of the grace of God. This is the good news that whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ may obtain forgiveness of sins and receive the eternal life. Revelation in Greek is apokalypsis which means a disclosure of truth, instruction; laying bare of things unknown before; unveiling, uncovering; - it occurs about 18 times in the New Testament. The mystery of God is revealed by the Spirit in Christ, to know Jesus Christ is to know God. The mystery of the Gospel of grace is revealed, not only to Jews, but Gentiles also; everyone no matter what race or class may inherit the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ. What man cannot do regarding the requirements of the law, Jesus Christ has fulfilled them and grants the righteousness of God to believers. A believer is counted as righteous because of the righteousness of Christ, that is the meaning of grace.
12. Christians are under grace.
Rom 6:14,“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Note: Have dominion over in Greek is kyrieuō which means to be lord of, to rule, exercise influence upon, have power over; - it occurs only 7 times in the New Testament. Under in Greek is hypo which means to be subject to the power of; - it occurs about 230 times in the New Testament. Christians are under grace because they are under Christ, under the power of Christ.
13. The Word of His grace builds up believers.
Act 20:32,“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
Note: Build up in Greek is epoikodomeō which means to finish the structure of which the foundation has been laid, give constant increase in Christian knowledge and in a life conformed thereto; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. The Word of God’s grace is able to build up believers, not by the teaching of anyone or any institution or any church. The Christian life is built on the Word of God. To build on the Word of God is to build upon the Rock. To build on the teachings or traditions of men is to build on the sand. The Word of God is truth. The Word of God sanctifies believers. The ideologies and strange doctrines of men lead people astray.
14. Believers are to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord.
2Pe 3:18,“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Note: Grow in Greek is auxanō which means to increase, become greater; - it occurs 22 times in the New Testament. Grace means the favor of God or of Christ, to which all blessings especially spiritual are due. To grow in grace and knowledge implies a progressive process. A babe in Christ needs to feed on the milk of God’s Word in order to grow.
Hbr 5:13,“For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe.”
Note: A babe in Christ is unskilled in the Word of righteousness. The skills needed in the world may enable you to earn a living, but to be skilled in the Word of righteousness has earthly and heavenly benefits.
1Pe 2:2,“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.”
1Cr 3:2-3,“I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
Note: A carnal believer is a babe. Envy, strife, and divisions are manifestations of the carnal. Denominations are divisions. There are many divisions among believers because they are carnal.
15. The grace of God was upon Him.
Luk 2:40,“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”
Note: Grow in Greek is auxanō which means to increase development of infant, augment, become greater to attainment; - it occurs about 22 times in the New Testament. Spirit in Greek is pneuma which means the rational spirit, the power by which the human being feels, thinks, decides; - it occurs about 385 times in the New Testament. To become strong in spirit is to have pleasant personality and strong character. The spirit is the highest and noblest part of man. This Scripture provides the model of child development. A child needs to grow physically, spiritually, morally and intellectually, and socially. You can see clearly if a child has the grace of God upon him or her. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to watch a stupid child in temper tantrum. Due to one-child policy in China, there are so many stupid and permissive parents who are bringing up spoiled children. There are also oppressive parents in many societies. Good parents are neither permissive nor oppressive. A tiger mother is just as bad as an indulgent mother, one drives her children mad, the other leads her children to the path of destruction. Tiger mother and indulgent mother are extremely unfit mothers, which neither is good or desirable. They are harmful and not helpful to normal child development.
16. Believers are to continue in the grace of God.
Act 13:43,“Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”
Note: Continue in Greek is epimenō which means to stay at or with, tarry still, still to abide, remain, persevere; - it occurs about 18 times in the New Testament. To be a disciple of Christ is not for a period of time, it is a continuing life-time process of growing in the grace of God until Jesus Christ returns.
Hbr 13:9,“Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”
Note: Establish in Greek is bebaioō which means to make firm, confirm, make sure; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. To be established with grace is to be made steadfast and constant in soul by the grace of God. There are many strange doctrines as there are infinite numbers of crooked ways. One strange doctrine, for example, is the belief that all religions lead to God, for that reason the Christian faith and practice must be made to accommodate other faiths or religions. This is a big lie. Truth is exclusive of all lies and falsehoods. It is a good thing that the heart is established with grace. A heart established with grace is rooted in the Word of God, the hope in Christ as an anchor of the soul, and will not be carried about with diverse and strange doctrines.
17. Sing with grace.
Col 3:16,“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Note: If you have the Word of Christ dwells in you richly, naturally you will sing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Take heed, some new songs used in some churches or denominations are not spiritual songs. They were secular songs inspired by Hollywood.
18. Speak with grace.
Col 4:6,“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”
Note: Grace of speech means speech that brings joy, pleasure, delight, kindness, sweetness, charm, and loveliness. To speak with grace is how we ought to answer every man. The rich and powerful usually speak roughly and rudely because they think they have money and power. Supremacists are the most arrogant people who always talk big and threaten other nations. There is an interesting historical example that teaches the consequence of a wrong answer. Rehoboam was a stupid son of Solomon. The whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam asking to lighten their burden and yoke. Rehoboam rejected the advice which the elders had given him and spoke to the people roughly. 1Ki 12:14,“And he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying: My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” Rehoboam even boasted, “My little finger shall be thicker than my father's waist!” The leader that does not listen to the people, events will turn against them. There is no good outcome for any dictator. 1Ki 12:18,“Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem.” Every dictator will have to flee. On ?
19. Have grace to serve God.
Heb 12:28, “Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
Note: As believers are saved by grace (saving grace), so Christians have grace to serve God (serving grace). To live in this world of sin and sorrow, Christians also need living grace. You must have the saving grace before you can have the serving grace. How to serve God?
Hbr 9:14,“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Note: Those have the grace of God whose conscience has been cleansed by the blood of Christ. Those whose conscience has been cleansed by the blood of Christ are fit to serve the living God.
20. Believers have gifts differing according to the grace given.
Rom 12:6,“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.”
Note: Gift in Greek is charisma which means extraordinary powers, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating by the Holy Spirit; - it occurs about 17 times in the New Testament. The charismatic church misinterprets the gifts of divine grace. Speaking in tongues does not signify the fullness of the Holy Spirit or a sanctified status in Christ.
21. Believers are to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.
Act 20:24,“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.”
Note: Paul did not count his life dear because the ministry he received of the Lord Jesus was dearer to him. He wanted to finish his course with joy because what he testified was the Gospel of the grace of God.
Act 4:33,“And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”
Note: Great grace upon the servants of Christ and believers so that they may testify for the risen Christ.
22. A minister is made according to the gift of the grace of God.
Eph 3:7 “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of His power.”
Note: There are people who think that they have gone through theological education, obtaining a Th.D., ordained by so-and-so denomination, appointed to be a minister of a certain church, and so they are qualified to be a minister of Jesus Christ. Many have become pastors or preachers as an occupation. Some have become infamous for using the Gospel as a means to get rich as preachers of prosperity gospel do. Not many are made ministers according to the gift of the grace of God. Most ministers are made by men or organizations. True ministers are made by God according to the gift of the grace of God. I have met thousands of ministers, few have the gift of the grace of God. Many have the gift of disgrace.
23. Come to the throne of grace.
Hbr 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.”
Note: Come in Greek is proserchomai which means to approach, draw near to; - it occurs about 86 times in the New Testament. We draw near to God in order to seek His grace and favor. Mercy in Greek is eleos which means kindness of God towards men, goodness of God in general providence, the mercy and clemency of God in providing and offering to men salvation by Christ; - it occurs about 28 times in the New Testament. Man-made religions have designated places for worship. Christians may come to the throne of grace anytime and anywhere. Come to the throne of grace means to pray to God for help in time of need. The line of God is open all the time without interruption or interference.
There are many times of need, natural and man-made disasters abound. This is the promise of God to His children, come boldly to the throne of grace, obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. You can pray for everything, God will not be offended. For an old man the worst thing could happen in America is to be old, poor, sick and alone. This is the meaning of desperation. The propaganda that the U.S. has the best social benefits is false. The U.S. spends trillions in wars and weapons, but you have the right to be unemployed, discriminated, defrauded, blackmailed, threatened, robbed, raped and even murdered alone. To be desperate in America is more desperate than anywhere else.
Call upon the Lord no matter where you are and how desperate you are. The Lord has saved me from many desperate situations.
24. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient.
2Cr 12:9,“And He (Christ) said to me (Paul): My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Note: Sufficient in Greek is arkeō which means to be possessed of unfailing strength, to be enough, to suffice; - it occurs only 8 times in the New Testament. The grace of Christ is sufficient to enable believers to bear the evil of this life manfully. Whatever situation a Christian may encounter, the grace of Christ is sufficient to bear and endure.
25. The grace of God lasts for eternity.
Eph 2:7,“That in the ages to come He (God) might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
Note: In the ages to come in Greek is aiōn which means eternity, for ever, perpetuity of time, the endless future; - it occurs about 128 times in the New Testament. Eternity is time without end. There is no reason why God has to show unworthy mankind His grace and kindness. The only reason is the fact that God sent His son to die for sinners. For eternity God will show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward His children through Jesus Christ. Heaven is such a place with such a condition.
January 1, 2016
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