GRACE DISCOVERY

GRACE DISCOVERY – Grace Comprehensive Teaching for New Believers:
© Copy Right : Joseph Prince, 2009

DISCOVER THE GOOD NEWS Part I
Topic 1) FROM SINNER TO SON
A) Believe And Receive
B) Forever Forgiven
C) Eternally Righteous

Topic 2) THE FATHER’S BELOVED
A) The Spirit Of Sonship
B) Your Father Loves You
C) Declare Your Father’s Love Through Baptism

 

DISCOVER THE GOOD NEWS
Topic 1) FROM SINNER TO SON
(A) Believe And Receive

  1. Believe The Good News
    Right believing will produce right living. And what you believe, you will receive. So you need to watch what you believe.

It is important for you to believe the good news because it is God’s power to bring you salvation (which includes preservation, healing, health, wholeness, prosperity and wellness).

Romans 1:16
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

As important as prayer might be, the apostle Paul says that it is not prayer or anything else, but the good news-the gospel of Christ-that brings preservation, healing, health, wholeness, prosperity and wellness.

  1. What Is The Good News?
    Because of what Jesus did for you at the cross, the good news for you today is that you are no longer a sinner but a son. And God is your Father.

John 1:12
12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name

Sinners do not belong to God’s family. Many of them try to atone for their wrong doings to be accepted and loved by a holy God. But sons are loved just because every good father loves his children.

You are now a son totally loved by your Father in heaven and totally accepted by Him.

As a son, you have a new identity. Two important things about your new identity as a son are that you are totally forgiven and you have been made righteous.

 

(B) Forever Forgiven
1. Your Sins Have Been Punished
To qualify you as God’s son, Jesus went to the cross and bore the full wrath of God for your sins.

God did not suddenly go soft on sin. He had to punish your sins and my sins, but in the body of His Son. Because of that, we are no longer counted as sinners, but have been reconciled to Him and become His sons.

Romans 5:8-11
8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  1. You Are Totally Forgiven
    Today, God has totally forgiven you of all your sins-past, present and future.

Colossians 2:13
13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

This is possible because God is not limited by time and hence can transcend time. He is able to go down the corridors of time to take all our sins, even future ones, and put them on Christ. Only God is able to do this.
And if you are still wondering if God can actually forgive your future sins, have you considered that when Jesus died 2,000 years ago, all your sins were future?

In the court of law, a crime cannot be punished twice. This is due to the law of double jeopardy. So a holy and just God cannot punish your sins twice. Today, God’s holiness demands our acquittal, righteousness and forgiveness.
It demands no condemnation for us because His Son bore the punishment for all our sins. So the holiness that people are afraid of is now for us. Today, God is not against you, He is for you. He is on your side because of what Jesus did for you.

God didn’t forgive us grudgingly. He forgave us according to the riches of His Grace.

Ephesians 1:7–8
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,

When you know and believe this, it makes you run to your heavenly Father and it makes you enjoy your relationship with Him.

  1. Stop Having Sin on Your Conscience
    It is important to know that you are totally forgiven because if you still have sin on your conscience, you cannot experience God’s love fully and you will not have faith that He hears your prayers.

If you owed your friend $1 million and are not able to pay him, you would feel awkward every time you are around him, and you would try to avoid him. However, if you know that a benefactor has paid your debt, you will not feel bad any more when you are around that friend. What you will feel is a sense of gratitude toward your benefactor.

We owed a sin-debt we could never pay, but Jesus our “benefactor” paid it for us. In fact, He is an overpayment for our sins.

  1. Jesus Is An Overpayment For Our Sins
    How is Jesus an overpayment for our sins? To understand this, perhaps we could use an analogy: Imagine that a group of ants have sinned and are to be punished by death.
    To save them, you are asked to send your only child to die in their place.

Even if we are dealing with one million ants, the death of your child-a human being-would be an overpayment. How can the value of one million ants be compared to the value of your precious child?

Likewise, when you compare the value of the holy, sinless,lovely Son of the Most High God with that of mortal man, it is easy to see how Jesus is an overpayment for our sins. In fact, since Jesus is God in the flesh, how can man be compared to God? And when you know that Jesus is an overpayment, you are not afraid to go to God because His justice is more than satisfied. You also know your value to God because He gave His beloved Son Jesus, heaven’s best, for you!

  1. Jesus’ Sacrifice Has Made God A Gainer
    Let’s go back to the earlier example of how you owed your friend $1 million. If your benefactor paid him $10 million, then won’t you agree that your friend is more than satisfied with the payment and is truly pleased with you? In fact, he has become a gainer through this situation.

Today, God is not only fully satisfied with you, but He has also become a gainer through Jesus’ death on the cross. How can God be a gainer? At creation, God was only able to show man His majesty. But in redemption, He is able to show man His love. He loves to show us His love. The cross has fully satisfied His heart.

Also, by giving up His only Son Jesus, He has gained many more sons. He values our reconciliation to Him as sons so much that He considers Himself a gainer through what Jesus did on the cross.

 

(C) Eternally Righteous
1. Jesus Has Made You Righteous
Jesus’ sacrifice has made you a gainer as well.
At the cross, Jesus did not just remove your sins and suffer your punishment, but He also made you righteous.

2 Corinthians 5:21
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

  1. You Have Right Standing With The Father
    Righteousness is not right behavior, but right standing with God.
    Jesus had no sin but at the cross, He took our sin. We had no righteousness but at the cross, we took His righteousness.
    To have your sins forgiven means that you will not be punished again for your sins.
    To be made righteous means that you are pleasing to God and favored by Him.
  2. Your Righteousness Is A Gift
    Righteousness is given to you as a gift.

Romans 5:17
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Your righteousness is imputed to you. It is not something you can earn.

Romans 4:6-8
6just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7″Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8blessed is the man to whom the lord shall not impute sin.”

It is a gift of His own righteousness, not the false righteousness that comes through self-effort.
So being righteous does not depend on what you do. It is a result of what He has done at the cross to remove your sins and make you favored by God.

Psalm 5:12
12For You, 0 Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

  1. You Cannot Lose Your Righteousness
    You can never lose your righteousness. In the same way a butterfly cannot transform back into a caterpillar, you cannot lose your sonship and become a sinner again, even when you sin.

This is not to encourage you to sin, but to assure you that your heavenly Father does not stop loving you and that you will not lose your position as a son, even when you sin.

In fact, when you know that you are righteous even when you sin, sin will lose its hold over you.

  1. You Are Righteous Even When You Sin
    Imagine that you lost your temper and shouted at your spouse, and you are on your way to church. While driving, you overtake another car recklessly and that driver honks at you angrily. You look at him and immediately make a bad sign at him, only to realize to your horror that he is a fellow church member.

When you reach church, you find it hard to worship God. It is because you are upset with your spouse for having put you in a bad mood and indirectly causing you to drive recklessly. You also feel that worshipping God as if nothing had happened would make you a hypocrite.

When this happens for a few times, you might even decide to stop coming to church because you feel that it is pointless to come to church and act like a
hypocrite.

Actually, when you got angry with your spouse, overtook the driver and made a bad sign, you never lost your righteousness. At that point when you sinned, if you truly believe that God still loves you and that you are still righteous, you will be so grateful to God, and you will stop being angry with your spouse. You will feel humbled by the goodness of God-that He still loves you despite your failures.

That is why God gave you everlasting righteousness, so that sin will lose its hold over you. Paul said that when you awake to righteousness, you do not sin. (1 Corinthians 15:34)

  1. Focus On Your Righteousness, Not Right Behavior
    Christians who truly believe that they have everlasting righteousness (especially when they have just sinned) will fall in love with God more and more, and fall out of love with sin. This happens because they focus on their righteousness and not on their right behavior.

1Corinthians 15:34
34Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.

In fact, when you focus on your righteousness in Christ, your behavior will take care of itself.
Today, God wants you to look to Jesus’ finished work on the cross, not to your sins, and declare that you are righteous in Christ.

  1. Enjoy The Blessings Of The Righteous
    Solomon says that blessings crown the head of the righteous (Proverbs 10:6), so expect blessings because you are righteous.

Proverbs 10:
Verse 7  : The memory of the righteous is blessed.
Verse 11: The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.
Verse 20: The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
Verse 25: The righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Verse 28: The hope of the righteous will be gladness.
Verse 30: The righteous will never be removed.
Expect these blessings and more, righteous one!

 

Revision Topic 1 => What You Have Discovered?

  1. The good news is God’s power to bring you salvation, which includes preservation, healing, health, wholeness, wellness and prosperity.
  2. Because of the cross, you are no longer a sinner who has to work to atone for your sins before a holy God. You are now a son loved and favored by your heavenly Father just because He is a good Father.
  3. God can show you favor today because at the cross, Jesus bore the full wrath of God for you.
  4. God has forgiven all your sins-past, present and future-and you can come boldly to Him.
  5. God did not just forgive you of all your sins, but He also made you righteous.
  6. You have His righteousness, which is a free gift, and this has nothing to do with right behavior.
  7. When you know that you are eternally righteous and cannot lose this gift even when you sin, sin will lose its power over you. In fact, you will naturally and unconsciously manifest right behavior.
  8. Today, blessings crown your head because you are righteous.

 

Pls write out your Thoughts for this Topic 1:

  1. Most people find it hard to forgive themselves when they fail. Are there times when you feel this way? How will that change now that you know that God has totally forgiven you?
  2. How has discovering that you are eternally righteous changed the way you pray?

 

Key Verses in Topic 1:

  1. John 1:12
    12 Butas many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name
  2. Colossians2:13
    13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:21
    21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  4. Romans 5:17
    17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
  5. Proverbs 10:6,NIV
    6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

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DISCOVER THE GOOD NEWS – Topic 2) THE FATHER’S BELOVED

  1. A) The Spirit Of Sonship
  2. B) Your Father Loves You
  3. C) Declare Your Father’s Love Through Baptism

DISCOVER THE GOOD NEWS
2) THE FATHER’S BELOVED

(A) The Spirit Of Sonship

You would now have realized the importance of knowing your identity-that you are not a sinner, but a son. You are now a son of God because He has given you the Spirit of sonship.

Romans8:15, NIV
15Foryou did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

God didn’t save us from our sins to make us slaves, but sons. If you have the spirit of a slave, you will always think that you have to work in order to earn the love and approval of God.

When you have the Spirit of a son, you will know that you are loved by your Father just because you are a son. A father will naturally love his son–his son is a product of love, born out of love. And when you know that you are a beloved son, you will walk in your inheritance as a son.

 

(B) Your Father Loves You

  1. You Can Count On Your Father’s Love

God has given us the Spirit of sonship and not a spirit of bondage again to fear. Some people are always fearful-they fear death, disease, depression, but above all, they fear that God is angry with them.

The opposite of fear is love. 1 John 4:18 says that perfect love casts out fear. So love is the opposite of fear.

Every good father loves his son. And a son who has a loving father will not fear his father. He will be well provided for and will grow up emotionally secure.

However, children, especially teenagers, who don’t have the love of their fathers, are more likely to mess up their lives, looking for love in all the wrong places.

God is a good Father. In fact, He is the best Father you can ever have.

Matthew 7:9-11
9 0r what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

And we are His beloved! In Matthew 3:16-17, when Jesus was baptized, God declared, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And today, He has placed us in Christ, so we are also His beloved son, in whom He is well pleased.

You can count on God’s goodness. It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom-He wants to bless you more than you know – just because He loves you. It is His good pleasure to bless you and He longs to bless you.

Good fathers can understand that. Let’s say that you have a child who is about four or five years old, and he wants you to carry him when he is tired. Your child is quite heavy and he falls asleep in your arms. You have to carry him for quite a distance and you get pins and needles in your arms from doing this, but “will you let go of him?” No, you will carry him all the way because you love him.

God declared His love for us by sending His Son to take our beatings so that we can have His blessings. Since God didn’t withhold His Son, but delivered Him up for us all, what would he withhold from us today? We can always count on His goodness.

  1. God Is Not Just Your Father, He Is Your Daddy

When you have a Spirit of sonship, you don’t just see God as your Father, but as your Daddy. God has many titles, such as Almighty, Creator and Judge. But Jesus came to reveal God as our Father and He died to reconcile us to the Father. And not just Father, but Daddy, because we cry out “Abba”-the Aramaic equivalent to Daddy.

Imagine that your father serves as a judge in the courts of law, as a deacon in church and also a counselor for the destitute. When you are distressed, you don’t cry out, “Judge!” “Deacon!” or “Counselor!” You cry out, “Daddy!” And that is what makes him run to your aid.

When you know Him as your Daddy, you will cry out to Him and He will surely hear you.

  1. Knowing That You Are Your Father’s Beloved Gives You Dominion In Life

When you know that you are God’s beloved, you will overcome every challenge in life.

Jesus heard the Father’s affirmation at the Jordan River when He was baptized and that gave Him strength to overcome the temptations of the devil in the wilderness.

It was the same for David. His name means “beloved”. He was always conscious that he was the beloved of God. When he faced Goliath, he came not in his own name, but in the name of the Lord and he was sure that God would deliver Goliath into his hands. When you know that you are God’s beloved, you will overcome in the fight of life.

 

 (C) Declare Your Father’s Love Through Baptism

  1. Baptism Is A Response To Your Daddy’s Love

Now that you know how much God loves you, won’t you want to declare it to the world? It is natural for people who are in love to declare it. When a man and woman are in love with each other, they don’t just marry in secret. They declare this love publicly and formalize the relationship through a wedding ceremony.

Likewise, once we experience God’s love for us, we too would want to make known this love relationship through baptism. And when you get baptized, you are also declaring that you are now dead to your old self that was bound to the law of sin and death. Under that law, when a man sinned, death was his punishment. But now you are joined with Christ and His Spirit gives you life.

  1. Baptism Is A Public Declaration Of An Inward Experience

So baptism is a declaration of your love relationship with Christ and what has happened through your union with Him. It is an outward enactment that when you received Christ, you died to that old self and system where if you sin, you die.

It is a declaration that you have been joined with Christ. And through this union, you have His everlasting life.

Romans6:3-4
3 0r do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Thereforewe were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans7:1-4
1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? 2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. 4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another – to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

  1. Baptism Is Not What Joins You With Christ, It Is A Declaration That You Have Been Joined With Him

Baptism is not what makes you one with Christ. It is a declaration that you have already been joined with Him.

The moment you received Him, you became one with Him. Therefore, baptism is an outward celebration and declaration of what has already happened inwardly. Even as a wedding ceremony is an important declaration of love, so is baptism.

 

What You Have Discovered in this Topic 2?

  1. You have a Spirit of sonship, not slavery, so you don’t have to work to please your Father-He is already pleased with you.
  2. You can count on His love.
  3. You can call God “Daddy” because He likes you to be intimate with Him.
  4. Whenever you cry out to your Daddy, He will come to your aid.
  5. When you know that Daddy loves you, you will experience victory in life.
  6. Knowing that you are so dearly loved by your Father, you would want to declare it to the world.
  7. Even as a wedding ceremony is an important declaration of a couple’s love, so is baptism.
  8. Baptism is not what makes you one with Christ. It is a declaration that you are already one with Him. It is not what saves you. It is a declaration that He has already saved you.

What are Your Thoughts in this topic 2?

  1. How will realizing that God is your loving Father change the way you relate to Him?
  2. Does knowing how much the Father loves you make you want to publicly declare His love for you? How will this affect your desire to get baptized?

 

Key Verses in this Topic 2:

  1. Romans 8:15, NIV

15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

  1. Matthew 7:9-11
    9 0r what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 lf you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
  2. Romans 7:4
    4 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another – to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

 

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