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Sermon: GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

*GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT*
In these End Times, GRACE has been so philosophized that it mostly becomes misconstrued and misused in a way that differs from its meaning in the Apostolic Scriptures. The result is that many today think that Grace means “divine PERMISSION to sin” instead of following the Apostles to see Grace as “POWER to awaken from sin and overcome sin.”

*Grace of the Gospel is the supernatural GIFT OF GOD which He gives us all freely to save us by working in us through Christ UNTO WALKING IN GOOD WORKS as God had originally ordained.*
Eph 2:8-10
(8) For BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is THE GIFT OF GOD:
(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.
(10) For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

For the Apostles, “CHARIS” (a Greek word translated in Rom 12:6; 1Cor 3:10; Jas 4:6; 1Pet 5:5 as God’s GRACE given to us, and in 1Cor 15:57; 2Cor 2:14; 8:16; 9:15 as our THANKS given to God) is “what one gives or does to another to demonstrate that one is favorably disposed to another”. That is why we give God thanks (charis) in gratitude while God gives us grace (charis) gratuitously.

From his writings, Paul’s experience and understanding of GRACE seems to be that of endument with undeserved blessings from God for PURIFICATION from sin (Redeeming us), PEACE with God (Reconciling us) and POWER for spiritual exploits (Reviving us) so we being such Regenerated could participate in His Divine Nature.

*The Apostles taught that though the Law is good in informing us against sin yet it is weak for not empowering us against sin; but the Gospel brings us the QUICKENING AND ENABLING GRACE to rise from our DEATH IN SIN and stand against the DOMINION OF SIN!!!*
Rom 6:11-14
(11) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
(13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
(14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Rom 8:3-4
(3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
(4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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