The Gospel of Grace, and What Does it mean?
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
The Gospel of Grace or Christ is foreign to so many Christian churches today. While many churches are still preaching on false Gospel of works salvation, we see the Gospel of Grace being preached by Christ himself, and propagated by the Apostles of Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
The Gospel of Grace is foolishness to the proud man who thinks that he can merit the grace of God, and it is against a man who wants to glory in his flesh.
Apostle explained this truth in the letter he wrote to the Galatians, and how the people who are forcing them to keep the law as a way of being justified in the sight of God because they want to rejoice over them.
Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
In this article, I want to explain the Gospel of Grace, what it is, and how it helps believers in Christ Jesus.
The gospel is the good news, and the glad tiding is that Christ came into the world to die for us, he was buried, and on the third day, he rose again from the grace, and anyone who believes in the truth of the Gospel is saved forever.
1. The Gospel of Grace is the Revelation from God.
Verses that Teach Salvation is Not By Works
There are people who are preaching another gospel that tries to mix law and grace together as a means of justification before God, and Apostle Paul places cursed upon anyone who is trying to preach that Gospel.
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
The Gospel of Grace is not the man’s invention, but it came by the revelation of God himself.
Gal 1:11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul knew what the law says, and when he came face to face with the Gospel of Grace, he had to submit himself to the revelation of God through the Gospel.
And that is why man cannot glory nor boast about the gospel of grace because it is not received through man’s way, but God’s way.
2. The Gospel of Grace changes Life
Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians gives us the synposis of the Gospel of Grace in verse 10 of 1 Corinthians:
1Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
This gospel does not promote loose life, but it brings about changes in the lives of those that come in contact with this gospel. In this law, people are condemned, but grace changes people that received the grace.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
And the grace of God does not stop at salvation, but it is also an ongoing provision for our Christian living. And it sad that people accursed us of promoting cheap grace, because we preached that salvation is a free gift
Anyone that promotes hard grace is not saved, because grace is underserved and unmerited favor of God which no man deserved.
Therefore, the grace of God changes the lives of people, and it helps them to live for the Lord, and not for the Devil. It is this gospel that gives you a new identity because of Jesus Christ.
3. The Gospel of Grace Helps us to Minister or Serve.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
It gives you the liberty and freedom to serve the Lord without any compulsion.
Under the law, people are required to serve whether you like or not, but this gospel gives you the opportunity to serve God.
Anyone that is saved by the grace of God should serve the Lord under the grace of God.
Eph 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Are you serving the Lord because you are forced to do so or you are doing it because you understand the precious salvation that you have received?
Are you giving abundantly because of the grace of God effectually working on your life?
One of the tasks and obligations that God has given to us is to preach this gospel of grace or Christ as we have seen Apostle Paul preach.
1Corinthians 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
2 Corinthians 2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord,
2 Corinthians 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: