"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual." (1Cor. 2:12-13)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Grace: The Offspring of Love
It is the intelligent Christians that are afraid to embrace a doctrine of grace alone, thinking it would cause many to become complacent in their faith. On the contrary, it is the intelligent mind that tends to avoid the intimacy necessary for the life of grace to become the power flowing from within them. They are the Spiritual lethargy of the church,
becoming teachers and examples of law and morality, and apart from grace, they cause the gospel to become bad news for the weary and heavy burdened. They truly fail to understand that the reality of an obedience to Christ is by grace alone. Grace is the engine of Christianity while faith is its fuel. It is not possible for a saint to sit parked and pretty when they have been captured by God's grace.
The busy Christian is one who pursues the favor of men by their devotion to men, rather than God. Self-effort is the vital component of their 'faith'. On the other hand, those who know they 'need a doctor' understand that their only hope lies in what they themselves can not accomplish. Like grace, faith comes from the Father. It is the unseen evidence of God's love for them. These are the poor in spirit who realize that it was by God's grace they were even able to cry out for salvation. And from that point on, it is grace through faith that they continue to live by because this is the power that first caused them to believe. There is no form of godliness in the world that will pluck them from His hand. They won't be deceived. They are the True Christians. They are nobody to the world, but everything to Jesus and His bride. These are the little ones Jesus spoke about.
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:1-4)