October 24, 2009 Just a note before bringing this previous article from last year’s blog to this month.
Christians are New Creatures in Christ. We, the Christians, are not the same person as before, if one isn’t changed then one wasn’t born again by the Holy Spirit of God. When are the Christians going to stop whining about all of their woe! It seems all that one hears from the religionists leaderships, is to draw the continual parallel how that we are failures in the things of God, we have missed this are that, and we are to continually, week after week, year after year, confess our inward secret sins repeatedly. We are slaves to our sinful passions as long as we are in these sinful bodies here on earth.
Hello!!! is this it ?? As a Christian?
Look at all the Christian self help, awareness, unveiling, how to books, every sympathy plan known to man in trying to get support funds.
Christians are lead to believe they are just a helpless lot, and that their true purpose, is to give used cloths to some poor person, are to give food to the hungry, this in their mind is the emblem of their Christian humility.
We are a different person, made different by God’s power, by us agreeing,with a repentant heart to God’s terms through the Cross of Christ.
We are different! we are a ""NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST""
Break free Christian of this continual "YOKE Of BONDAGE," You are free! believe "Jesus!"
Walk in the Promises, stop believing the religionists, you are a "New Creature In Christ."
Stop living as a secret failure as a Christian!
Stop thinking that somehow in the future your going to become what God wants you to be! You are that now, in God’s eyes! Walk in the Christian New Testament, New Covenant promises, not in some future emotional wish list! of what you think your going to be…Believe Jesus! trust Jesus! You are as He, Jesus says, "a NEW Creature!" not new in Sin!
But, A new creature In Christ
Believe, walk, talk, to-be what Jesus- By His Power alone that emanates from His precious Atonement- freely gives to all that ask, the opportunity to become a new creature in Him, In Christ! Grace, Grace thank you Jesus! Praises to You!
Believe the Bible, you are not the first century person, that the bible talks about and too.
You are the continual, ongoing, Living Book Of Acts!
Believe God! ….Believe Jesus! …. Believe The Bible! …..
Follow The Teachings Of The New Covenant/Testament Writer’s
Christ, the Apostles, and the Evangelists.
YOU ARE A NEW PERSON, A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST! BELIEVE JESUS!
N. Oetker Christian Missionary Serving in Reynosa Mexico October 2009
Is Grace Earned By Christians By Acts Of Humility? A Review.
Many Years In The Past, During A Sunday School Class, I got a checked in my Spirit about a statement that was made. Eventually, through the years I have recognized that "check"’ as an inward witness from the Holy Spirit, indicating that something wasn’t correct in what was being said.
Back then, and even more so now, I spent, and spend, a lot of time researching things and sure enough you would find the error. More importantly, the error found, would be based on it’s contradictions to the Bible, not through man’s current theologies. The example I want to give starts like this, "We are God’s People."
Consequently, from this statement a general message evolves, that as the people in the Old Testament where God’s people, so today, we are God’s people. (The everyday church going people.)
The Blessing’s of God are our rights’s, As the Jewish People thought.
Based on this simple repetitive statement by religious leaders to their religious people, this people begin to have a false since of security.
Theretofore, the next step is easy to believe, that as God was the great protector of the Old Testament thus, He will protect them, if they will keep His commands.
This error continues…
We are God’s Children, and, if we obey God, by doing things for Him, then "God" will take care of everything for us.
Our erroneous performance based actions insures us of those blessings.
The error continues…
For us to receive "Grace," we need to do something.
The Prosperity message is based in a similar concept, it normally goes something like this, that we have a sort of contract with God.
If we do our part in this contract arrangement then God is obligated to do His part.
For example, if I do this service, or give this much: time, effort, money, then God is under His own Word to give back to me this, and so much more, strictly a contractual arrangement.
I do, give etc. and God gives back in a more bountiful measure.
I receive because I have done something to earn it or to receive it.
God is sovereign, and "He, God and He" alone, can and will do what He so desires.
We know that Mercies and Truth’s are God’s given from generation to generation..
Quote from the article under review which is below. "God’s grace is accessed through humility and faith."
No, it’s not, we have nothing to do with accessing God’s Grace. It’s from God and God alone. This ideal is very difficult for most to realize.
Furthermore, this is simply a miss applied meaning of Grace in scripture, in fact, it is contrary to the trueness about the Bible doctrine of salvation by Grace.
This miss-applied application about Grace, is in fact, a law based concept.
Why is this so popular? Why does it have a large following? Why is it taught and preached?
Man is a law based creature, man general thinks you get what you deserve attitude.
I will determine to be humble therefore, I’ll receive God’s Grace.
This thread plays out like this …being God’s children, as demonstrated over and over with Old Testament examples, then we, the children of the New Testament deserve this or that. Why? because we have done this and that, or we have acted in our minds, in humility or this way in faith; thus, we receive from our performance based actions, which in our mind seems right.
In short, this ideal that has been taught over and over. That we, the religionists deserve… something because of who we are, because of the actions that we performed, whether they be mental or physical (humility or faith.)
This concept, which is sad to say, is embraced in most of Christendom.
It is an error, and the explanations of Grace given in the writings under review below, are incorrect, and are theologically based, not biblically.
Grace from God is not based on our actions.
Grace is God’s, and it’s given in abundant measure, from His heart, His love, and His kindness, to wards man, whom He created in His image.
N. Oetker… I have included one of the excellent articles on Grace from the Fundamentals.
Then after this Fundamental article on Grace below, the article in review continues.
"Grace" is an English word used in the New Testament to translate the Greek word, Charis, which means "favor," without recompense or equivalent. If there is any compensatory act or payment, however slight or inadequate, it is "no more grace"—Charis.
When used to denote a certain attitude or act of God toward man it is therefore of the very essence of the matter that human merit or deserving is utterly excluded. In grace God acts out from Himself, toward those who have deserved, not His favor, but His wrath. In the structure of the Epistle to the Romans grace does not enter, could not enter, till a whole race, without one single exception, stands guilty and speechless before God. …
The Three Errors
In the Epistle to the Galatians the Holy Spirit through Paul meets and answers the three great errors into which in different degrees, theological systems have fallen.
The course of this demonstration is like the resistless march of an armed host. Nothing can stand before it. The reasonings of ancient and modern legalists are scattered like the chaff of the summer threshing floor.
We have, most of us, been reared and now live under the influence of Galatianism. Protestant theology, alas, is for the most part, thoroughly Galatianized, in that neither law nor grace are given their distinct and separated places, as in the counsels of God, but are mingled together in one incoherent system. The law is no longer, as in the Divine intent, a ministration of death (2 Corinthians 3:7), of cursing (Galatians 3:10), of conviction (Romans 3:19), because we are taught that we must try to keep it, and that by Divine help we may. Nor, on the other hand, does grace bring us blessed deliverance from the dominion of sin, for we are kept under the law as a rule of life despite the plain declaration, "Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Romans 6:14).
The First Error
The Spirit first meets the contention that justification is partly by lawworks and partly by faith through grace (Galatians 2:5 to 3:24).
The steps are:
1. Even the Jews, who are not like the Gentiles, hopeless, "and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12), but already in covenant relations with God, even they, "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 2:15,16), have believed; "for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
2. The law has executed its sentence upon the believer (Galatians 2:19); death has freed him. Identified with Christ’s death by faith, he, in the reckoning of God, died with Christ (Romans 6:3-10; 7:4).
3. But righteousness is by faith, not by law (Galatians 2:21).
4. The Holy Spirit is given to faith, not law-works (Galatians 3:1-9).
5. "As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse"—and the reason is given: "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10). The law, then, cannot "help", but can only do its great and necessary work of condemnation (Romans 3:19,20; 2 Corinthians 3:7,9; Galatians 3:19; James 2:10).
Elsewhere (Romans 5:1-5) the Spirit, by the same Apostle, sums up the results of justification by faith with every semblance of human merit carefully excluded. Grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, has brought the believer into peace with God, a standing in grace, and assured hope of glory. Tribulation can but serve to develop in him new graces. The very love that saved him through grace now fills his heart; the Holy Spirit is given him, and he joys in God. And all by grace, through faith!
The Second Error
The Spirit next meets and refutes the second great error concerning the relations of law and grace—the notion that the believer, though assuredly justified by faith through grace wholly without law-works, is, after justification, put under law as a rule of life.
This is the current form of the Galatian error. From Luther down, Protestantism has consistently held to justification by faith through grace. Most inconsistently Protestant theology has held to the second form of Galatianism.
An entire section of the Epistle to the Romans, and two chapters of Galatians are devoted to the refutation of this error, and to the setting forth of the true rule of the believer’s life. Romans 6, 7, 8, and Galatians 4 and 5, set forth the new Gospel of the believer’s standing in grace.
Romans 6:14 states the new principle: "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." The Apostle is not here speaking of the justification of a sinner, but of the deliverance of a saint from the dominion of indwelling sin. In Galatians, after showing that the law had been to the Jew like the pedagogue in a Greek or Roman household, a ruler of children in their nonage (Galatians 3:23,24) the Apostle says explicitly (ver. 25), "But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster" (pedagogue).
No evasion is possible here. The pedagogue is the law (3:24); faith justifies; but the faith which justifies also ends the rule of the pedagogue. Modern theology says that after justification we are under the pedagogue. Here is a clear issue, an absolute contradiction between the Word of God and theology. Which do you side with?
Equally futile is the timorous gloss that this whole profound discussion in Romans and Galatians relates to the ceremonial law. No Gentile could observe the ceremonial law. Even the Jews, since the destruction of the temple, A.D. 70, have not found it possible to keep the ceremonial law except in a few particulars of diet. It is not the ceremonial law which says, "Thou shalt not covet" (comp. Romans 7:7-9).
The believer is separated by death and resurrection from Mosaism (Romans 6:3-15; 7:1-6; Galatians 4:19-31). The fact remains immutable that to God he is, as to the law, an executed criminal. Justice has been completely vindicated, an it is no longer possible even to bring an accusation against him (Romans 8:33,34).
It is not possible to know Gospel liberty, or Gospel holiness, until this great fundamental truth is clearly, bravely grasped. One may be a Christian and a worthy and useful man, and be still under bondage to the law, but one can never have deliverance from the dominion of sin, nor know the true blessedness and rest of the Gospel and remain under the law. Therefore, once more, note that it is death which has broken the connection between the believer and the law. "The law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth" (Romans 7:1). "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held" (Romans 7:6). Nothing can be clearer.
But I hasten to add that there is a mere carnal and fleshly way of looking at our deliverance from the law, which is most unscriptural, and I am persuaded, most dishonoring to God. It consists in rejoicing in a supposed deliverance from the principle of Divine authority over the life—a deliverance into mere self-will and lawlessness.
The true ground of rejoicing is quite other than this. The truth is, a Christian may get on after a sort under law as a rule of life. Not apprehending that the law is anything more than an ideal, he feels a kind of pious complacency in "consenting unto the law that it is good," and more or less languidly hoping that in the future he may succeed better in keeping it than in the past. So treated, the law is wholly robbed of its terror. Like a sword carefully fastened in its scabbard, the law no longer cuts into the conscience. It is forgotten that the law offers absolutely but two alternatives exact obedience, always, in all things, or a curse. There is no third voice. "Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them" (Galatians 3:10; James 2:10). The law has but one voice: "What things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19). The law, in other words, never says: "Try to do better next time." Of this the antinomian legalist seems entirely unaware.
N. Oetker Missionary…below is the article in review, please remember it is the miss-application of ‘Grace.’ that is the review.
"Access to Grace through Humility and Faith." N. Oetker one cannot receive Grace by their actions, mental or physical.
N. Oetker English Class Comments October 2008 Reynosa.
God’s Grace First Draws One To The Saving Knowledge Of Christ. Then, That Individual, if she or he so desires from a repentant heart, Will, Yield Their Mind, And Heart, For The Acceptance Of "Jesus," As Their Personal Lord And Savior.
The Atoning Work Of The Cross By Faith Is Applied To His Sin’s, His Guilt, And Then Sin’s Condemnations Are Removed, Then and Only Then, Is One Converted.
Being Humble as a Little Child, can Only Be Accomplished By God’s Grace.
God’s Grace First Drawing One to the Cross, In Their Decision To Accept Christ.
Only Through God’s Grace Can That Process Begin.
And Being Humbled Can Only Be Accomplished By A Converted Person. For All Are Dead In Their Trespasses And Sin’s, Until They Are Converted.
1 ¶ At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
The face value of the above statement "God resist the proud," one needs to stay within Biblical Context.
Jesus purpose is not to condemn, but to save mankind.
The way in which this sentence above is written is incorrect, compared to scripture below.
James 4:I-10. it is plain to see God does not say he gives Grace to the humbled person, look closely no matter how much sin is going on Verse 6, God gives more Grace.
To His converted person to overcome, Grace is available before any actions of Man are taken, either by the prideful or the humbled.
It’s available to the converted, however, if one is to proud to trust the Lord during his trials and testing, then this; prideful person isn’t receiving that which is abundantly available to him, "GRACE, WHICH IS GOD’S MERCY, COMPASSION, KINDNESS, AND ENDEARMENT TO US, WITHOUT MEASURE FROM A HOLY GOD."
Nevertheless, man then realizes that only God can help him, and then man’s dependance on Him. Man, throught trials is then humbled, by that which he goes through. Because man understands, he could not sustain victory, if Grace’s Standard wasn’t raised and planned by God in His eternal salvation through Calvary’s cross, for the converted, to cling to, to hug tightly, and to hold on, at the nail scarred feet of our Blessed Savior… Praise Be Forever ! For Our Blessed Redeemer, Who Forgives All that Will But Come To Calvary’s Cross. .
God has in abundant measures of Grace to all.
I believe that God’s Grace will eventually break through a converted heart that has become prideful.
For God’s ultimate plan is to Save all of his Children as Christ said to the Father " I have not lost that which you gave to me."
1 ¶ From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up
N. Oetker Comments October 2008 Reynosa Comments Below on Romans 5:2 From Article.
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble…through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand.
Nevertheless, it needs to be brought into the open the implication of the above statement, for this is how it appears in it’s entirety.
Man is portrayed as being proud and thus, no blessings from God, if a man will be humbled he will have blessings. Now let’s look at the scriptures in it’s entirety in instead of this one verse only.
1 ¶ Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 ¶
N. Oetker October 2008 Reynosa Comments Below on Romans 5:1-5 From Article.
The Converted Have Peace With God.
Grace Brought Us To The Knowledge Christ.
Grace Gives Us The Faith To Believe.
Grace Given During Trials And Temptations Thus Enabling Us To Be, "More Than A Conquer Through Christ Who Dwells Within."
N. Oetker. As one reads this author, and those who think likewise. The author’s views on Grace and it’s attainment by us is done by our actions, our works, which is incorrect. This isn’t the correct interpretation of God’s Grace and it’s practical application to our lives. Yet the majority, of nominal Christian religionists accept this view.
MEO L.A.M. Norman Oetker Missionary "The Light Amidst the Mong/MEO" Hmong Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, English Class, St. Charles Missouri US.