does it mean "fallen
from grace" as it says in
Grace involves the central themes which fired
the apostles in Jesus time. The resurrection
of Jesus Christ was the heart and core, the impetus
for their efforts back then. They were excited! The knew the secrets of
the universe. They were thrilled about sharing these with others. It was
the beginning of a new era for mankind. It was the way to have a better
life, a way where all of one's life would be happy, a
way to get all they wanted:. They were elated! Acts
19:23 "And the same time there arose no small stir about that way."
"...These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also."
And what did Jesus do that was so
spectacular that it so fired his followers to
turn the world upside down? This is it ...
... A.W. Pink author of many Christian
books "Grace is a Divine provision for those who
are so corrupt that they cannot better their evil natures; so averse to
God they will not turn unto Him; so blind they perceive not His excellence;
so deaf they hear Him not speaking unto them; so dead spiritually that
He must open their graves (dead lives) and bring them forth on to resurrection
ground if ever they are to be saved.
that its object's condition is desperate to the last degree; that God might
justly leave him to perish.....grace is told out in the Gospel, which is
not a message of good advice, but of good news. It is a proclamation of
mercy, sent not to the good, but to the bad. It offers a free, perfect
and everlasting salvation-‘without
money and without price’ and that to the chief of sinners (and Paul
was). To the convicted conscience, salvation by grace alone
seems too good to be true. Grace is God acting irrespective
of the sinner’s character, not as a Demander but as a Giver—to the
ill deserving and Hell-deserving—who
have done nothing to procure His
favour, but everything to provoke
Grace is being
in the 'favor of God'.
5:18 "....God, who hath reconciled
us to himself by Jesus Christ....."
key to making grace abundant in your experience here on Earth is to grow
in faith and love toward Christ -1Timothy
1:14. And how does one do this? Believe in the resurrection--Acts
Grace is that which affords joy,
pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness. In essence
it is God's nature. His kindness toward us, as evidenced by what
Jesus did for us--Ephesians
2:7 "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of
his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus."
We grow in this grace by learning
about it. We learn about it by studying the book
God wrote for us. Think about things learned regarding grace, and couple
that with a willing mind, a mindset allowing what you now know to be true
about grace to affect your heart. In other words, accept
The phrase "fallen from grace" has absolutely nothing
at all to do with losing salvation and nothing to do with Christians having
committed sins either. The rest of this verse explains who the ones are
who have fallen from grace. Churches today are in grave error if they teach
that one gains God's acceptance by performance or loses it by failures.
Those teaching such a corrupted gospel are the ones this verse is meant
for. Legalists have fallen from grace.
Falling back into the
law and/or 'fighting' that which in Christ you
already have the victory over causes one to
fall from grace -2Corinthians
6:1 "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye
receive not the grace of God in vain."-How?
from grace, bitterness can well up in a person -Hebrews
12:15 "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest
any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled-(or,
'affected', as the original implies)."-It's
so sad when this happens.
It's a devilish trick to sap you, to extinguish your fire, to wipe out
your enthusiasm. More.
God gives us the gift of grace -Ephesians
4:7. It's the gift of grace that brings salvation -Titus
2:11. It's up to us to bring
forth the things of
in us. -Romans 6:1,15; Titus
God's grace is not a 'license' for
sinning, but rather an assurance to us that if we do, we never have to
fear separation from God for even a second. God
just doesn't see it at all! Ephesians
Grace means 'all the good that God wants you to have'
and has as its root in the original, 'rejoicing'. When you rejoice in His
grace, it all comes forth into your experience (in time), as grace
reigns through righteousness.
When you know you are righteous,
favored by and approved by God, grace will reign in you too!
If righteousness was doing everything
right, you wouldn't need God's grace. Receiving God's amazing grace has
nothing to do with you receiving it apart from acceptance of it -Ephesians
2:8. Hold fast to the grace of God -Hebrews
12:15; 2Timothy 1:13,14. Grace
is sufficient to bring the power of God to you as it did to Paul. It
is the grace of God that brings the free gift of salvation -Titus
2:11. It is in grace we should become strong -2Timothy
2:1. Grace is abundant when you have faith and love -1Timothy
The only reason Jesus,
a man just like us (Hebrews 4:15),
was able to do what He did re: miracles etc., was that He knew He was approved
of God -Matthew 3:17.
Jesus was without sin. So
are we when we to, are in
Him. Focus on the grace (all the good God wants you to have) of God
(Romans 5:20,21) as He did.
One stands by the true grace of God
-1Peter 5:12; John
1:17; Romans 6:14. Grace is
something we can grow in -2Peter 3:18.
Grace grows in you as you grow in knowledge of Jesus Christ -1Peter
1:13; 2Peter 1:2.
If one is into beliefs that any
rules, regulations are necessary to keep you right with God, then he
is frustrating the grace of God -Galatians
1:6; 2:21. The grace of God
comes to you by believing in Jesus
Christ -1Corinthians 1:4;
5:15. Believing the resurrection causes
one to greatly grow in grace (Acts 4:33)
5:5 "...for God resisteth the proud and giveth
grace to the humble",
and grace enables one to see greater things for others -2Corinthians