Amazing Life

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10 

Introduction

How would you fill in the blank, life is …….?  Some have described our existence by filling in the blank that life is like a rat race, a series of choices, a pay cheque, a party and life being short so make it sweet.  For us who are born of the water and Spirit, our life belongs to Jesus Who has prepared a way for us to live according to His perfect will. 

Let us explore some of the perspectives of life on earth. 

 

  1. The Misconception Of Life John 10:10a

Unfortunately, for many life is nothing more than the time spent between birth and death.  They endure the drudgery of existence, the boring monotony of the routine and hoping of having enough until the end.  In the passage above, Jesus drawing a familiar scene of shepherds on a hillside keeping watch over their sheep by saying “a thief comes only to steal and kill and to destroy.”   The job of the shepherd was to lead, protect and feed the sheep but unfortunately just as our time, there were thieves and robbers who exploit the sheep (soul) for personal gratification.

Likewise, there are also many other avenues which we can take that could lead not to life but to destruction.  While we would never call these pursuits thieves and robbers who steal our soul but they are just that.  As a matter of fact, it is proven through life experience that we will never find life in pleasure, in performance, in possessions, in positions and in worldly pursuits.

 

  1. The Source Of Life John 10:10b

The truth is that life is not found in pleasure, performance, possessions, positions or pursuits.  It is found in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus says time and time again that he is the giver and author of life.  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25   Later  in John’s Gospel He states, “I am the way, truth   and   the  life.”  John 14:6    However,  the   most  powerful  statement Jesus made regarding life was “a thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy, I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”    The word  ‘I’ in the verse is emphatic meaning that life is found in no other than Jesus.  Furthermore, Jesus said “I am the door of the sheep.”   Jesus meant that the sheepfold has only one entrance, life has one source, spiritual nourishment to be obtained only one way and heaven can be entered only through one entrance.  The single means of access to all that is life is Jesus.

 

  1. The Significance Of Life John 10:10

The life that Jesus gives is infinitely and eternally different than the life one possesses now.  Maybe a little lesson in Greek vocabulary would be helpful in discerning what the significance of this life Jesus offers.  The Greek language employs several different words to communicate concept and thoughts that in English only one word is available.  Such is true with the concept of life.  Two words for life in Greek will clarify the meaning of life.  The first word is “bios” in which English word biology is derived.  It refers to the duration of life – one’s life span, the time between one’s birth date and one’s death date.  It refers to the necessities of life – one’s food, shelter and clothing. 

The second word is “zoe” in which the English words zoo and zoology are derived.  It refers to the life as God has it.  The life that belongs to God that become ours when we place our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  It is not duration because this life is not limited by time nor hindered by death.  It is not a possession but rather an infilling – God once again breathing His life into us.

When we were born we were given “bios” life.   However, when we are born again after receiving perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit by placing our faith in Jesus’ baptism and death, we are given ‘zoe’ life. 

 

Conclusion

The amazing life that Jesus offers is a superabundant life that is full of vitality, a new meaning, a new energy, a new purpose, a new significance, a new outlook, a new hope and a new life.

 

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The Power Of Unity

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3 

Introduction

United we stand, divided we fall.  This is true in every level of society, ministry, government, business, management and home.  It is also true in the church, the Body of Christ. 

When we live in unity, we reflect the perfect relationship in the Godhead:  Father, Son and the  Holy Spirit. 

We are one in spirit, one in purpose and one in passion for the Kingdom of God.  The Bible makes it very clear that we are to conduct ourselves in love.  Love is the glue of unity.  Spirit driven unity empowers us to agree wholeheartedly with each other so that we may contend for our precious faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  At NCCkl,  we ought to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel Truth that consist of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. 

In my ministry over the years, I have identified three key elements that showcases the power of unity in the Church of God.

 

  1. Power In Working Together For A Common Goal Neh 2:20

The Scripture declares “…the God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build…”  What unites the Lord’s people?  What makes for real, lasting and binding unity among the family of God at NCCkl.  Throughout Nehemiah 3, we see the people united in an incredible way.  Men and women, adults and children, nobles and servants, different tribes, different culture, different occupation working as one towards a common goal.  There were hardships, there were setbacks, there were serious spiritual opposition but through it all, the gracious Hand of God was upon them.  In 52 days they did what seemed impossible.  They built the walls around Jerusalem.

 

  1. Power In Speaking With The New Tongue Gen 11:6

The Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”

A people united can never be defeated.  A team united cannot be easily beaten.  God Himself recognizes that when men unites together in oneness of purpose,  they are able to accomplish spectacular things.  However, in this Scripture context, the people of this generation decided to unite to accomplish something apart from God.  As a result, only self-righteousness was manifested since their hearts wanted to reach God with their own strength and might by building the Tower of Babel.  God decided to demolish their carnal attitude by confusing their one common language and scattered them across the face of the earth.  The church that speaks the one heavenly language with the new tongue about the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection has the power to unite and do great exploits for the Kingdom of God.  

 

  1. Power In Exalting The Righteousness of God Zech 6:11-15

“…Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!  From His place He shall branch out, And He shall build the temple of the Lord….”  According to the Scripture, someone called the Branch will branch out from the temple, from Jerusalem and He will build the temple of God.   In  Isa 11:1-3, he says that “He is the Judge of all the world and the One Who will put all creation to rights.”  The Branch is the King Who will save.  He won’t just judge righteously – He will be our Righteousness.  He will be the Righteousness which we all need before God.  This King – this Branch – will be the One we must trust in.  The Branch is the Priest-King called Jesus Who fulfill all righteousness through His baptism, death and resurrection to save sinners from eternal death.  At NCCkl,  we endeavour by God’s grace to unite as one family to exalt God’s Righteousness so that the lost souls may be drawn to Jesus Christ. 

 

Conclusion

Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.  The calling of every congregation is to be one that live in harmony, working together with one heart and one soul and  with a unified vision that causes us to be perfectly joined together.

 

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The Church Jesus Builds

“I also say to you that you are Peter, on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”  Mt 16:18 

Introduction

One of the most significant statement in the revelation of God’s plan was Jesus’ promise to His apostles, “I will build my church.”

Let us break down this statement and see what Jesus is teaching here. 

 

  1. I

Jesus is the one speaking here of what he intended to do.  It is important that we understand who Jesus is.  He asked His disciples “who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  Mt 16:13   Various answers were given – John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.  Mt 16:14   However, the most important question Jesus asked was this, “but who do you say that I am?” Mt 16:15   No matter what others say or think, we must believe the truth about Jesus.  So who is Jesus?  Peter correctly answered that He is “the Christ the Son of the Living God” Mt 16:18   He is our Savior and King.  2 Tim 1:10; John 18:36-37  He is one of the Persons of the Godhead.  John 1:1; Col 2:9   Others will have false ideas about Jesus – that He is just a prophet, merely a good man or a wise philosopher.  Our knowledge of knowing who Jesus is,  is vital because  Jesus’ identity would be the ‘rock’ upon which the church will be built.  Mt16:18

 

  1. Will

This indicates a future time in which Jesus’ plan would be carried out.  The church was not yet in existence but would be in the near future.  Mt 16, 19 & 28.  How certain was the plan?  Was there a chance that Jesus would fail?  We have already noticed that Jesus was God in the flesh.  Mt 1:23  As God, it would be impossible for Him to lie.  Tit 1:2   He was also working along with the Father.  John 5:17  When would this church be established?  It is important to understand the terms church and kingdom were used. by Jesus to refer to the same institution.  Mt 16:18-19  Jesus said that His Kingdom (the church) would come soon within the lifetime of some of His disciples.  More so, it would come with power.  Mk 9:1  Power would come with the Holy Spirit Acts 1:8 , who came at the Day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Christ.  It was here that Christ’ church was established.  Acts 2:47

 

  1. Build

Jesus was going to establish a church.  He did not come to reform an existing church.  He came to establish a new kingdom (church)  Dan2:44  What would this building look like?  It would not be a physical building but a spiritual one.  Jesus plainly told Pilate “My kingdom  is not of this world”  John 18:36   We are part of a “spiritual house”  1 Pet 2:6-8 an built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets Eph 2:20.  We are the “living stones”  that make up the building.  1 Pet 2:5

 

  1. My

Jesus was going to build a church but he was not going to transfer ownership to anyone.  The church was “purchased” with the blood of Christ after His baptism where He took the sins of humanity.  Acts 20:28   He  is the “Head of the church“  Eph 5:23  and “will reign” over it forever and ever.  Rev 11:15   Since the church belongs to Christ, He makes the rules and “the church is subject to Christ”  Eph 5:24   Jesus has “all authority”  Mt 28:18   Therefore, we must observe all that Jesus commanded.  Everything we say and do must be done by the authority of Christ.  Col 3:17   Also, since Christ is the Head, we proclaim and promote Him, rather than ourselves.  2 Cor 4:5

 

  1. Church

Jesus came to build His church.  Jesus did not come to this earth to be baptized and die on the cross in order to build a social club, college, charity homes, daycare or any thing that people add as extension to a church. 

The church has a divine mission ordained by God – to proclaim the Gospel Truth of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection in order to save lost souls. 

Furthermore, the church exist to equip and build up the members of the body in the righteousness of faith. 1 Tim 3:15  We must be content with the work given to the church, carry it out in the way that is authorized and leave all other work to social and secular organization.

 

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Marks Of A Spirit Driven Church

 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  Acts 2:42 

Introduction 

In the NT, church means ‘people’ not ‘buildings’.   The church lies at the very heart of God’s eternal purpose.  God’s purpose is to build a church of people who are born again through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  At NCCkl, we are concerned about the biblical vision of what the church is intended to be. 

What are the chief distinguishing marks of a Spirit driven church?  One of the best way to answer the question is to take a fresh look at the early church that came into being in Jerusalem on and after the day of Pentecost.  The Early Church was radically driven by the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. Word Oriented Church

The first mark  that the passage above gives us of the Early Church  driven by the Holy Spirit is that it is a learning church.  It was a studying church.  They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles.  This is exceedingly significant because the Spirit filled converts were not enjoying some mystical experience that they were witnessing but was totally focused on growing in the Word.  They acknowledged that Jesus had appointed the apostles as the leaders of the church and they submitted to their authority and leadership.  The presence of physical miracles throughout the Scriptures is to authenticate fresh stage of revelation.  We have no biblical authority to expect miracles in the physical realm with the same frequency because God has completed His revelation in Christ.  The Bible now is the final authority.  A Spirit driven church is one that takes seriously the authority of the Scriptures and seeks to submit to Him.  Its ministers will expound the Bible from the pulpit through the inspiration  of   the   Holy   Spirit.   Its   parents  will  teach  their  children out of the Scriptures.  Its members will read and reflect upon the Scriptures everyday in order to grow into maturity in Christ.  The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the Word.

 

  1. Fellowship Oriented Church

Secondly, the Spirit driven church is a caring church, a loving church and a supportive church.  Its members love and care for one another.  They devote themselves to strengthen and enhance vibrant fellowship.  Vibrant fellowship expresses what we share in together, what we have received together and what we participate in together.  It is our common participation in the grace and mercy of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.  Vibrant fellowship also bears witness to what we share outwardly together and not just when we receive together but more so when we give together.  Vibrant fellowship in the Spirit driven church leads to simplicity, contentment and generosity.

 

  1. Worship Oriented Church

Thirdly, a Spirit driven church worship together in spirit and in truth.  They are built on the common faith that is established by uniting with Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  They devote themselves to the breaking of the bread and prayers with oneness of heart declaring Jesus’ baptism and death.  Furthermore, worship songs never fails to exalt the Righteousness of God that saves one’s soul.  It is done both formal and informal.  We need the experience of exuberant worship so that both young and old can let down their guards and express freely their heart felt worship to the Lord our Savior.  Not withstanding,  we also need the experience of the dignity of the church service where order is paramount.  The Early Church was both joyful and reverent at the same time.

 

Conclusion

The three marks of a Spirit driven church concerns our relationship as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are a family. 

Our responsibility is to seek the power, direction and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. 

When the Holy Spirit is given the rightful place of freedom in the church, then our church  will approximate these ideals – biblical faith, loving fellowship and living worship.

 

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One Purpose

32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. .”  Acts 4: 32-33

Introduction 

Is it any wonder we have conflict, confusion and deadness in many churches today?  Nothing precedes purpose.  The starting point for every church should be the question, “why do we exist?”  Until we know what our church exist for, we will have no foundation, no motivation, no direction and no unity. At NCCkl, we exist to preach the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection for the salvation of sin, to receive the Holy Spirit and to become God’s glorious children.

The Early Church knew why they existed.  They were unified in that one purpose

According to the passage above, Jesus had enlisted these followers not to a life of leisure but to a life of service.  While each had a different task they all had the same calling to fulfill the Great Commission in their generation.  They had one leader – Jesus, one purpose – to communicate the Gospel Truth of Jesus’ baptism and death to all people.  These early disciples did more for the spread of this beautiful Gospel than any generation of followers since.  What was their secret? 

 

  1. Unity Acts 4:32

They had unity in the Church of God.  All the believers shared in this unity.  Not just the apostles.  All the believers were unified in love and one purpose.  They were family in relationship, friends in fellowship and followers of Christ in partnership.  They shared the spiritual Father – God Almighty, their lives, possessions and enterprise together.  The believers were from various backgrounds   with    different   interests  and   perspectives  who has been called together for one purpose.  That purpose is to cooperate  in  reaching  out  beyond their walls in order that others can know the love of Jesus Christ.  We are in the life-saving business.  That endeavor is accomplished best when we understand that we are a family of friends in partnership with each other.

 

  1. Power Acts 4:33

Purpose is the power in the engine of life.  Purpose assures us that the steering wheel is connected to the engine.  Without purpose there is a motion without emotion.  There is activity without accomplishment.  There is efficiency without effectiveness.  The early disciples had a laser-like  focus to their purpose and the corresponding result was power – the dynamite of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  The power was evidenced by the quality of the believers, their ability to withstand satanic assault and their finding strength in diversity.  The early believers quickly realized that their diversity could either be a source of division or a source of power.  They chose the latter.

 

  1. Favor Acts 4:33

The early disciples were unified in purpose.  Thus they were committed to the task of reaching the world with the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  God smiled down on them with favor.  Grace as we knew, means unmerited love or favor.  They were generous, God was generous, they were disheartened over the same things that broke the heart of God and they held in high esteem the purposes of Jesus, God held them in high esteem.  It seemed that there exists – both an individual and a church – a direct correlation between our faithfulness to God’s plan and God’s favor in our lives.  If we want to experience God’s blessing we need to first be obedient to His purpose.

 

Conclusion

Nowhere we are told to build unity of one purpose.  We are instructed simply to keep the unity of one purpose.  Unity of one purpose does not need to be created, it simply needs to be protected.

 

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Blessings Are Released Through God’s Church

Now it came to pass……as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob and Jacob had gone out from the presence of Isaac his father,  that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.”  Gen 27: 1-30

Introduction 

It is very important for us to realise that all blessings from God are released to us through God’s Church. 

It is through God’s Church that God works and blesses His people. 

In today’s Scripture passage above, God is teaching us a deep truth.  We need to latch on to the reason why God recorded this event in the Bible.  It was to reveal the fact that God bestows the blessings through His Church.

 

  1. Jacob Was Blessed Because He Listened To His Mother And Followed Her Counsel

Isaac, the son of Abraham and the father of Jacob is nearing his death and losing his sight.  Isaac called his firstborn Esau to hunt and make him a savory food he loves before passing on his blessing.  Esau sharpened his arrows, sling them over his shoulder and went out to hunt.  Rebecca, Isaac’s wife eavesdropped what Isaac was saying and wanted Jacob to be blessed instead of Esau.  Rebecca told Jacob to follow her instruction and counsel.  Rebecca told Jacob to bring two choice young goats from the flock.  Rebecca cooked them and made savory food for Isaac.  Furthermore, Rebecca put the goat’s skin on Jacob’s arms and neck to prevent Isaac from identifying him. 

 

  1. It Is On Account Of The Faith Of God’s Church (NCCkl) That God Has Blessed

Jacob’s mother symbolizes God’s Church.  The Bible implies the Church as a married woman.  The Scriptures describe how Jacob was blessed through the Church.  Jacob was blessed because he did  what  his  mother,  God’s  Church, told him to do.   The Church  (mother) made savory food so that Jacob will be able to receive his father’s blessing.  Savory food here refers to the Truth of salvation that Jesus Christ has blotted out all our sins once and for all with the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  None other than our faith in this righteous work of the Lord is the prepared savory food before God the Father.  If we make this savory food of faith and take it to God we will receive all His blessings. 

There are several deep truths that I have gleaned in this passage:

a. God has clearly established His Church as the pathway through which He bestows His blessings.

b. Although there are countless churches in this world, only few churches actually teach the mystery of salvation that enables us to receive the remission of sin through the Gospel Word.

c. Jacob was a deeply flawed man with many shortcomings but was still blessed because he obeyed his mother (Church).

d. Although we think that we are serving God’s Church but the reality is, it is God’s Church that is serving us.

e. Those who take God’s Church lightly are leading a life of their own strength rather than a life of faith. They are asking for blessing from anywhere, akin to building the Tower of Babel. 

f. Spiritually speaking, the savory food for Isaac refers to the Gospel of the remission of sins. The savory food of faith cannot be found just anywhere.

g. Rebecca as the wife (Church) knows the most about what Isaac (God) loves to eat. She did not just make a meal that anyone makes but she made a very special dish (Gospel Truth) that satisfies the Father.

h. God’s Church is absolutely indispensable to every born again Christians.

 

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Grace In All Its Truth

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen..“  2 Pet 3:18

Introduction 

Grace is the sweetest word next to Jesus in the Bible.   Apart from grace we cannot know, understand or relate to God.  Grace is the face that God puts on when He looks at our failure, faults and flaws.  Christianity cannot be understood apart from an adequate grasp of grace.  In acrostic fashion we had been taught to define grace as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” – Grace.   

Grace is a part of the character of God.  God is a God of all grace and He desires to make this known not only to men but also to the angelic host.  Eph 1:5-12  Grace is epitomised by the baptism and death of Jesus on the cross. 

We cannot grasp the grace of God except in the light of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. 

While grace has always existed as a part of the character of God and was epitomised through the baptism and death of Christ, its truth is expressed in a wide variety of forms.

 

  1. Common Grace is that benevolence  which  is  poured out upon  all  men,  regardless  of  their  spiritual  condition.  Matt 5:44-45  God is gracious in making provision for the salvation of all men.  He is also gracious in delaying judgment, thereby giving men ample time to repent.  2 Pet 3:9

 

  1. Saving Grace is that generous provision of salvation rendered freely by faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection for those who believe. Acts 15:11

 

  1. Securing Grace is that manifestation of God’s benevolence by which true believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness are kept secure in spite of sin. Rom 5:1-2 Just as a lost man cannot obtain salvation through any good work of his own, neither can the believers maintain his salvation by doing good works.  Salvation is obtained and maintained by grace alone.

 

  1. Sanctifying Grace is that grace which work within a true believer of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness in such a way as to bring growth, maturity and progress in the process of becoming Christ like. Acts 13:43; 1 Cor 15:10

 

  1. Serving Grace is the enablement to minister in such a way as to manifest the life of our Lord through the saints as members of His body. Eph 4:7; 1 Pet 4:10 Its specifically refers to spiritual gifts.  The term ‘gift’ is a derivative of the word ‘grace’.

 

  1. Sustaining Grace is a grace given at special times of need, especially during adversity or suffering. 2 Cor 12:9; Heb 4:16

 

Conclusion

Grace seeks us and saves us.  Grace keeps us secure.  Grace enables us to serve and endure the tests and trials of life.  Grace will bring about our sanctification in this life and will ultimately bring us to glory.  From beginning to end we are the object of divine grace.

 

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True Grace

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. “  Ecc 3:11

Introduction 

When God created mankind He set mankind on a quest to find God. The Bible says that every man is born with a mysterious longing in their hearts that nothing can satisfy except God. Since the beginning of time, man have been trying to find this mystery but it is only revealed to those who are born of the water and Spirit. 

When man fails to find the Gospel Truth that provides true grace, they seek their own ways to satisfy the longing of their hearts  which only  leads to  destruction and eternal condemnation.

In Jude 1:11, the Word warns us with 3 consequences when we lack the correct understanding of true grace.

 

A.  The Way Of Cain   Genesis 4

When mankind misunderstands the true grace of God that comes through the Righteousness of God, they tend to establish their own ways to reach God. This is primarily called self-righteousness where man is establishing his own effort. 

 

B. The Error Of Balaam  Numbers 22

Today we see people who have the attitude of Balaam.  In their self-righteousness they tend to seek profit, pride and glory which goes against God’s Word.  They become man pleasers in this perverse generation that goes against His will.

 

C. The Rebellion Of Korah Numbers 16

This rebellion was not against mankind but against God’s will and His appointed servants. When there is no truth in the hearts of man, they tend to go against the ministry of the Holy Spirit and establish an impure grace.  God promise to remove the lampstand of the churches that disrespects the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

In the bible, Apostle Paul identifies grace as Jesus Himself. Titus 2:11. Grace without the truth which is in Christ is not of God’s will.

Let us establish the meaning of true grace and what it does  for us who are born again correctly in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.

 

  1. True Grace Secures And Keep Us In Christ Jude 1:1

Today,  grace seems to be an outward element that people seek to keep with the notion that they are saved in Christ. However, the Bible clearly states that true grace is only experienced by those who are correctly saved by the Truth of the Gospel Word. True grace secures our salvation and keeps us in Christ until the day we return to the Kingdom of God. 

 

  1. True Grace Liberates Us From The Slavery Of Sin Rom 6:6 

God’s grace in our lives is for us to walk in true freedom in Christ. There are many who assume that they have freedom or some sort of peace with God that they merely make up for themselves. True grace causes the body of the flesh to be inactive and ineffective to the slavery of sin so that we might live in the Righteousness of God.   This empowers us to serve God with all that we are.

 

  1. True Grace Gives Us Peace And Love In Christ Jude 1:2

Grace is not found through our own efforts but it is given in abundance when we are in Christ. The Bible says God gives peace, mercy and love for those who are in Christ. This is not an outward experience but it’s about our spiritual well-being.  God gives serenity to those who walk closely with Him.  This experience is priceless and no amount of human endeavor can replace it.

 

  1. True Grace Strengthens Us 2 Cor 12:9

God is not expecting us to walk in perfectness and there is no necessity to pretend or impress Him. The Bible portrays many imperfect servants whom God used mightily even in their weaknesses and shortcomings.  When we understand that our qualification is in Christ, God’s grace works fully in us.  The grace of God is sufficient for us in all situations.  We must trust, rely and cling to Christ in order to walk even in our weaknesses and vulnerability.  It is in moments like this that the power of Christ manifest and works fully  in us.

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Come Boldly To The Throne Of Grace

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Heb 4:16

Introduction

Heb 4:16 declares on how a true believer in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection can approach the throne of grace with confidence? The passage also says who is qualified to enter the throne of grace?  Who sits on the throne of grace?  Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! 

At NCCkl, we are grateful to God Who qualified us to receive true grace by faith in the Righteousness of God.  Now we can  come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace in times of need.

The word ‘throne’ depicts a seat for a King. The word ‘grace’ means underserved, unearned and unmerited favor given by God. When we put the words together, ‘throne of grace’ it implies a seat for a King that shows mercy and favor.  Generally,  people look to someone who is great, capable of providing and  protecting in times of need.  As for us true believers,  it is none other than God Almighty Who existed before mankind.

For   the  Jews,   He   is   called   Yahweh  or  ‘I  AM  WHO  I  AM’. Exo 3:14-15.  When Moses encountered the Lord God of their fathers, he proclaimed Him as  the God of Abraham, Isaac and  Jacob. Exo 34:6-7  The Lord God was merciful, gracious and abounding in goodness and truth, showed mercy for thousands, forgiving their iniquities and transgressions.  When Law was given to Moses, none of them could fulfil the Law.  In fact, even Moses, the meekest man, failed miserably in Numbers 20: 8-12.

God is Holy and cannot tolerate sin as described in Isa 59:1-2. However, God demonstrated His mercy to the Israelites by giving through Moses the sacrificial system found in the Tabernacle. When Israel sin,  they can be restored by keeping the sacrificial system. This sacrificial system found in the Tabernacle foreshadows how God intends to show His  mercy and grace to all mankind through His Son in the New Covenant. John 1:14-16

However, when God sent His Son, by His mighty words and works and fulfilling all the prophecies according to the Scriptures, there were still disputes and unbelief. 

Through the Scriptures on 3 occasions, God testified and proclaimed Jesus Christ as His beloved Son.  

  1. Jesus’ Baptism Matt 3:17; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; John 1:18
  2. JesusTransfiguration Matt 17:2-5; Mk 9:5-7; Lk 9:33-35
  3. Jesus’ Triumphal Entry John 12: 28-30

How To Enter God’s Throne Of Grace By Faith

  1. Faith in Christ Heb 11:6; Gal 3: 26-27)

God saw spirit of faith abiding and prevailing in Abraham, Isaac and  Jacob.   Heb 11:6   On our part we must believe that Jesus is the Sent One Who came to fulfil the Law.  Jesus accomplished God’s plan to redeem mankind through His baptism, death and resurrection.  John the Baptist who came with the spirit and power of Elijah and prepared the way  for the Lord of glory to fulfil all righteousness.   Luke1:17; Matt 3:15   Only one who believes and baptised in Christ can enter boldly into the throne of grace.  Now, God sees us as His Son Jesus Christ because  we are united with Him just like Paul described  in Gal 3:26-27.

  1. Hope in Christ Heb 5:5-6; 7:21,22

Jesus Christ is our High Priest after the order of Mel-chiz’edek,  seated at the right hand of the throne of grace. He is  forever interceding and intervening on our behalf before God so that we can  stand in the presence of God in Christ.  Jesus  Christ  sympathizes with us as He was tempted, tested and tried  as we are to help us in times of need.

  1. Love in Christ Rom 5:2 ; 1 John 5:14-15

We can rejoice even in tribulation because we know God’s love for us and His presence is always there to comfort.   We can request or pray directly to God through our Lord Jesus Christ at all times. All our wrath and sin have been appeased through Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection because Jesus is the  perfect offering on our behalf.  We are now justified and secured in Christ.

Conclusion

NCCkl is the place where we can grow in grace and truth.  We ought to keep hearing by faith in the Gospel Truth to be born again and to be strengthened in the grace in all its truth.

 

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Grace Surpasses All

John 1:17  For law was given to Moses, grace (unearned ,undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ.’

What Is Grace?

Far too often we use the word ‘grace’ carelessly and conveniently without really knowing the meaning of it. We always hear something like 10 minutes grace period when we enter into a car park or delivered from something or receive  protection. 

According to the Bible, grace simply means undeserved or unmerited favor from God. 

It is not something we did to earn it but an undeserved gift from God when we believe in His Righteousness. In other words, we don’t have to work for it.

 

What Is Truth?

Truth is simply the Righteousness of God.   Righteousness of God is simply about what God has done to save mankind from sin and reconcile us to Himself.  The Righteousness of God consists of His baptism (sin was passed to Jesus), death (paying the wages of sin) and resurrection (a new creation or new life) .

 

What Keeps Us Away From The Grace Of God?

In Ephesians 2:1-5, the Word says, when Adam and Eve sin against God, sin entered their life and they were spiritually dead to God. Today, for those who have not believed in the Righteousness of God (Truth),  their spirit continue to remain dead to God and they become an enemy of God. They are controlled by the demon spirit and live to gratify their fleshly desires.  Hence, we all once by nature were children of God’s wrath and we don’t deserve the grace of God.

 

What Causes Us To Deserve The Undeserved Favor Of God?

Philippians 2:7-9; Romans 3:24; Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:9

God being God Who is so rich in mercy sent His own Son Jesus Christ  into  the world  in  the form of human to take our sins upon Himself, subsequently died and rose once for all so that whoever believes in His baptism, death and resurrection will be declared sinless and righteous by faith to have the right standing with God. They will then receive the undeserved favor of God (grace) without working for it.  God will become their Father and we will become the children of God.

 

The Benefits Of Experiencing The Grace Of God 

  1. Forgiveness

The more we know we are forgiven, the more we are able to forgive others.  The less we know we are forgiven, the less we will be able to forgive others.  In Acts 7:60, at the point of death, Stephen was able to forgive those who stoned him by asking the Father to forgive them.

  1. Service

We serve the Lord not trying to gain favor and to be rewarded or have our salvation intact but rather it is because we experience the grace of God.  Just as James 2:17 says, ‘faith without works is dead.’  We just cannot remain dormant and not serve God when we are experiencing His grace.  Grace  will stir our hearts to serve Him with passion.

  1. Generous

At one time  we could have been stingy or calculative but now the spirit of generosity flows mightily in our lives. We do not need to be manipulated to give but giving will just become our lifestyle. Acts 2:45;  Acts 4:32,34-35

  1. Not Judgmental

When we experience the grace of God,  we will realise that there is nothing good in us apart from Christ.  In fact,  we are just filthy rags saved by the mercy and grace of God. When we know this,  we become less judgmental towards others.  When we are less judgmental, we can accept people for who they are.  We will not be judgmental like the Pharisees as recorded in Luke 8:11-12.

 

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