Will The Real Gospel Please Stand Up? Part 2

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Once saved, are believers required to keep Moses’ law?

This question, much debated by the early church leaders, is still an issue of dispute in the church today.

Travel back in time with Joseph Prince as he dusts off the original gospel and shows you the biblical answer in a landmark leadership meeting among the early church fathers.

Be set free from wrong believing, legalism, and defeatist thoughts and begin to live life full of peace, security, and victory as you rediscover the true gospel—the power of God for your every need!

Hear Joseph Prince’s Latest Message – 15 June 2014

 

Grace Pharisee or a Grace Extremist

During the Pharisee era: Every thing had been made into “Laws / commandments”.  Today in this Grace Revolution movements many believers are actually spending useless time trying to separate clearly: which is under Law? & which is under Grace? They do not enjoy the life of Freedom in Christ. Freedom from self occupation, into Christ occupation.

People who live a life of Freedom in Christ walking under Grace, are people who truly enjoy their Christian walk with Lord Jesus Christ.  They are not conscious of the Laws nor SELF, but only Christ conscious; and automatically and unconsciously, they have no problem obeying the Laws, and they are actually enjoying obeying the Laws in the first place.  For example: The Law of “Thou shall not commit adultery” : because of the overflowing Love of Christ Jesus in their heart, they truly Love their wife and treasure family commitment, and refuse to commit this wicked act against Father God; and thus they have no problem in rejecting any temptation of sexual immorality & adultery that comes along their walk of life.

What has been the root under Law, now becomes the Fruits effortlessly, the obedience to the Law has now become automatically and enjoy fully.

It is not important what I said, nor what any Theologians says, but what the Bible said ? Is it true that the New Covenant of Grace is no longer regarding any Laws / Commandments?   Apparently not so! There are still 4 commandments clearly stated that every New Covenant non-Jews believers (gentiles) must still follow.

In the New Testament book of the New Covenant of Grace, in the book of Act Chp.25, the Jerusalem counsels (Jerusalem Assembly) which was the highest body, led by all the first line of 12 apostles like Paul, Peter, James, John, etc), were meeting in Jerusalem at the first church shepherd by senior pastor James (the half-brother of Jesus, and the church of ex- 3000 people who were initially saved earlier in Act 2:41 by Peter’s preaching), has decided to do away with all the Laws, except these 4 commandments which are still applicable.

Act 21:25  But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that (1) they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, (2) from blood, (3) from things strangled, and (4) from sexual immorality.”

Why only these 4 ?
These Commandments have been in existence and applicable even before the 10th Commandments were given @Mt. Sinai, and during the Moses’ Laws period, as well as after Jesus died on the cross / the dispensation of Grace period @today.  And, I think there are certain spiritually bad consequences which are unseen by our naked eyes, that God loves us so much so that He did not want us to suffer those bad consequences.  Is it okay to disobey under grace? Yes, certainly you will still go to heaven when you die; you’d still be able to choose to disobey, but you cannot choose not to accept the bad consequences that come with your bad choices.

Let’s just say: “Forget the rest of the Laws but just remember these 4 commandments and you will be well to do… Farewell beloved of God”

 

Christian life starts from “it is Finished”

Joh 19:30  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

This is the last word of Jesus on the cross, marking the end of Old Covenant of Law, and beginning the New Covenant of Grace, as He declared it during the last supper on the night before crucifixion in (Luk_22:20  Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.)

Thus the right walks of a Christian should rightfully start from here, when Jesus said “it is Finished”, what did He mean?  We, preachers and teachers of Bible, must be contextual, based on the context of the bible and in the right chronological order set by Holy Spirit in the Bible.

The first words of Jesus recorded in the bible were in (Luk_2:49  And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”) where Jesus was only 12 years old, and the parents found Him inside the temple.  Jesus said, He came to do about His Father’s business. What is that business?

Jesus’ main resume is a Savior for He will save His people from their sins; this was stated by the angel of the Lord before he was born to this world (Mat 1:20-21  …, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”)

Has Jesus done successfully so on the cross?, when He shouted “it is Finished” ? Certainly, He has completed His task perfectly.  By our doubting whether we still have unforgiven sins in our life, indirectly undermines and insults the perfect work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus is God, God never fails, God never lies, and Jesus is also the perfect Lamb of God (Joh_1:29), and He is beyond time and space.  When He remitted our sins, it covered past, present and future sins, even to the sins that we have not committed yet,  Yes, ALL those sins have also been pardoned, forgiven, redeemed and remitted. He paid it all !

Do not see from human perspective, but look through the eyes of God, of How God see. When Jesus died on the cross, anyone of us in this generation, have been born yet ? certainly no one was born yet, therefore the cross transcends time and space and into the past, present and future, ALL our sins are future sins when Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

What is finished again?  The night before Jesus said “it is finished” and died on the cross, in (Mat 26:39  He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”)  What cup is Jesus talking about?  it is the cup containing your sins and my sins that He had to bear and become sins for us. The punishments of our sins were upon Him. And, none of those punishments escaped from Jesus, He bore them ALL.  So, when He said “it is finished”, Jesus really meant no more punishments of sins shall we bear any more, all done and paid for by Him on the cross.

This is where our Christian life should start, the awareness of a fully Christ-redeemed life, completely RIGHTEOUS, completely HOLY, there is no longer any spots of sins in our life.  Although, our conduct in day to day’s life may not be perfect yet (no one will be perfect, not even one!), but we should start off our Christian life with this understanding and belief that we are Righteous in Christ, and then we can walk our Christian journey with peace & joy in the Holy Spirit.  This is what it means when Jesus said in (Joh 8:32  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” )

We are solidly based on the Righteous foundation of God (2Co 5:21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.)

God himself who sacrificed His own son to wipe out the requirements of the Law, i.e: The Law required the punishment of sins is death, and everyone has failed & will continue to fail the requirement of the Law. (Col 2:14  having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.)

Your walk in life may not be perfect, but with the perfect peace and conscience in your heart & mind, you will walk with Christ-confidence and make lesser and lesser mistakes in life.  Your default is no longer sin, but righteousness. You will not be aware of self, but being aware of Christ, His loveliness and the perfection of His work on the cross. That is where sins will have no more power in your life. (Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under Grace.)

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Also read: https://liftingjesus.org/2014/04/28/the-passion-of-the-christ-unseen-the-spiritual-agonies/