The Gospel of Grace
So, if you recall, I mentioned in my Deuteronomy post about a conference that my church had last week. It was amazing and I got to hear the Word of God from a wonderful pastor – Pastor Creflo Dollar. I had never heard him preach before and I had such a beautiful time and a clearer view on the Word of God.
I wanted to share some of what he preached with you guys – since I love you so much – and I thought the best way to do that will be to share the notes that I took on the first day I heard him preach. It’s a little all over the place but I think it makes enough sense and I hope you can get blessed from it.
One of the greatest bondage is people bondage – Bondage to what people think of you and what they say about you.
Grace is not a curriculum or a subject; it is a person and that person is Jesus. Ephesians 1: 16-21 (AMP)
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers; [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. And [I pray] that they eyes of your heart [the very centre and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human] and [far above] every names that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.
Not knowing or Lack of knowledge can cost you. Look at Hosea 4:6a (AMP)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of My law, where I reveal my will]…
Gospel is the grace of Christ. Look at 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (AMP). (As you read this, interchange gospel with grace.
But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing; among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Men can’t see the grace that came by Jesus because they are blinded by the law that came by Moses.
We are living in a different dispensation; we are living in a dispensation of grace.
Romans 6:14 (AMP)
For sin will no longer be a master over you, since you are not under the Law [as slaves] but under [unmerited] grace [as recipients of God’s favour and mercy].
Now, we live under the faithfulness of Jesus and it is for us to believe in that. He is the root and we are the fruit bearers. We are no longer under the law.
There was a need for a second covenant because the age of the first one had passed. Look at Hebrews 8:7 (AMP)
For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one or an attempt to institute another one [the new covenant].
We could not live up to the first covenant.
The first one was based on our faithfulness, – if we do, God will do – The new one is based on God’s faithfulness.
The law is for people who don’t have Christ. The law was our babysitter until Christ came. Now, we don’t need the law anymore to guide us, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.
The law was for a different age. The law never made anything perfect. Check out Hebrews 7:19 (AMP)
(for the law never made anything perfect); while on the other hand a better hope is introduced through we now continually draw near God.
We are not supposed to live under the 10 commandments. There are over 600 laws, we can’t keep them. If you break one of them, you break all of them. – 2 Corinthians 3:5-7 (AMP)
Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God. He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the [letter of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.
Now if the ministry of death, engraved in letters of stones [the covenant of the Law which led to death because of sin], came with such glory and splendour that the Israelites were not able to look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, [a brilliance] that was fading,
We can’t do it by ourselves and God was going to prove it to us. Exodus 19:8 (AMP)
All the people answered together and said, “We will do everything that the Lord has spoken.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.
[My understanding: When God gave the people of Israel his commandments, they were so sure that they would keep to it. But they couldn’t. As we have seen in the books of the Bible that we have covered, the people kept on sinning over and over again. The same with us. We can’t keep to the commandments and God proved to us that we can’t do it on our own. This is why he sent his Son, Jesus to die for us so that all our sins – past, present and future – will be completely wiped away. All you have to do is to believe in what He did for you.]
The veil of the 10 commandments is gone. – 2 Corinthians 3:14 (AMP)
But [in fact] their minds were hardened [for they had lost the ability to understand] ; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted , because it is removed [only] in Christ.
You are so focused on what you can do for God and not what He has already done for you.
The gospel of grace is not about believing in his faithfulness but in our believing in His faithfulness.