GRACE SIMPLIFIED by Pastor Paul Locke for loxland.com 12/10/2017
Full Gospel is inclusive of all the teachings in Scripture however Grace is one aspect that I simplify so as not to detract from the importance of other teaching. Grace is underserved merit that comes by faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. (Eph 2:8-9) The thorn in the side of Paul refers to spiritual attack and to counter the attack Jesus said, ‘My Grace is sufficient for you; for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2Cor 12:9) This shows power in Grace.
Grace applied is knowing the fullness of salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus by baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Eph 1:18-19) This knowledge is how we grow in the lord daily under tuition i.e. discipleship in the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things. (Jhn 14:26) The true application of the Great Commission is making disciples for the Holy Spirit and not some church man or organisation. Water baptism is recruiting members for a church.
Repentance is the first step in a journey where God moves to rid man of sin. (1Jhn 1:9) This act of repentance is not a once only application but an action that follows a fall from Grace; that is sin, and we need to be quick to repent. When sin abounds; Grace abounds more is what Apostle Paul said so, does this mean we can go on sinning? Paul said ‘By no means.’ (Rom 5:20 & 6:1-2) It means repent for you to be restored back under Grace.
Grace is a prerequisite to working in power ‘For the prayer of a righteous man availeth much.’ (Jas 5:16) Brassy Heavens is a term used by Preachers who know that their prayers are not being answered. Having known the presence of God in their lives they pray and fast in an effort for God to restore them. King David wrote, ‘Take not your Holy Spirit from me.’ (Ps 51:11) This was said in recognition that he had fallen through sin.
Full of Grace for the Lord is with thee is a Catholic Church statement made about Mary the mother of Jesus. (Lk 1:28) Mary knew that Jesus died once for all and shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins of the world; i.e. all sin of all people for all time. She came under Grace because she believed in the work of Jesus on the Cross. (Lk 1:45) We can be full of Grace and the Lord with us too: we only have to believe that God has done it.