3 amazing facts about God’s Grace!

I was excited to receive a message on my Facebook page today from a sister in Christ who’s had a revelation of God’s radical grace.

As I was responding to her message I realized there are 3 amazing things we should know about God’s grace.

 

  1. No Fear!

Do you think God wants us to live in fear?

There is no fear in love but perfect love drives out fear – because fear has to do with punishment. Whoever fears is not made perfect in love.

– 1 John 4:18

How are we made perfect in love?

We are perfect in love when we have no fear.

When we know our salvation is secure…

When we know and understand how wide and high and long and deep is the love of Christ…

When we understand that nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love…

When we realize that we can no more limit God’s grace than we can set a time limit on eternity…

When we know that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ…

And finally when we are assured that we can never, ever be punished for our sin ever again.

There is no fear in love but perfect love drives out fear – because fear has to do with punishment. Whoever fears is not made perfect in love.

– 1 John 4:18.

  1. Change Your Mind!

A question that comes up a lot with people who oppose the ‘hypergrace’ movement is repentance. People seem to think that hypergrace teachers are against repentance. Not true! It’s not that we’re against repentance, it’s just that we’re against using the word in the wrong way. The biblical word in Greek was metanoia which means ‘to change your mind.’

Biblical repentance means to change your mind about God’s grace.

Tweet that!

Martin Luther thought the same. He said –

Metanoia signifies a changing of the mind and heart – not only a change of heart but also how it is changed, that is by the grace of God. 

 

Amen!

An article on Metanoia Ministries website says this:

The Reformation saw the new church fathers begin to go back to the Classical Greek. Both Luther and Calvin wished to remove the concept of penance from the meaning of repentance. Repentance meant “to change the mind.” Specifically—to change our minds about Christ.

– link to article.

This ties in with Paul. In his letter to the young church at Philippi he said he was a ‘perfect’ Pharisee. He obeyed all the laws. He was legalistically perfect:

Circumsized on the eighth day, of the tribe of Benjamin, of the people of Israel, a Hebrew of Hebrews. As for zeal, persecuting the church. As for legalistic righteousness – perfect!

– Philippians 3:6

Which leads us nicely on to —

  1. The Law is Rubbish!

When Paul discovered he was ‘righteous by faith’ he called his law-obeying ‘rubbish’:

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of knowing Christ. More than that, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in Him – not having a righteousness of my own that comes from obeying the law but that which is through faith in Christ – a righteousness that comes from God and is by faith!

– Philippains 3:7-8

Paul ‘changed his mind’ about his legalistic righteousness. He used to think his self-earned righteousness was perfect. But now he considered it rubbish compared to being ‘righteous by faith.’

This was Paul’s ‘grace’ revelation!

He realized that nothing he could do could add to the righteousness God had given him – as a free gift.

Summing up –

We too, like Paul, have to change our minds about our own ability to be perfect.

We must rely totally on Christ and His grace.

If we think we can ‘get in God’s good books’ by ‘being good’ and stopping sinning we are trusting in our own ability rather than in Christ’s cross.

But, if we ‘change our mind’, admit we have no chance of getting in God’s ‘good books’ by ourselves and rely totally on God’s grace, then we are free.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!

– Galatians 5:1

If we think our place in Heaven depends on our ‘being good’ we have lost all sight of the gospel. We are trusting in ourselves rather in Christ.

Summing up then, we cannot win, keep, or earn our place in Heaven…but thanks be to God! He loves us and He has saved us to be with Him forever.

Hallelujah!

Amen.

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4 thoughts on “3 amazing facts about God’s Grace!

    • Thank you, brother, I agree. This is the simple gospel. It’s such a shame that we have to call it by another name, when it really is just grace. Pure grace. The church is no different from Paul’s day – where legalism has crept in. Let’s keep praying for God to pour out His spirit on all flesh! Thanks for your encouragement. I really appreciate it.

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