He had even been conscientious (though conscientiously wrong) in his persecution of Christ (Acts 26:9) and while it is clear that he was not saved through obedience to his conscience, this characteristic of his make-up became the more strongly marked after his regeneration and enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. In connection with the larger contributions being made by the Gentile churches to the saints at Jerusalem, he wrote to the Corinthians that along with Titus (sent to collect their contributions) he was sending another brother, who was well known to all the churches and appointed by them to travel with him in taking the gift to Jerusalem: “Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: “Providing for honest things [what is honorable] not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men” (II Cor. 3:9). This website is a tool to share Bible studies that I have developed during the course of teaching home-based Bible study groups over many years. The latter is therefore the first essential step a person must take. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law\" (Romans 3:26-28).However James states, \"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only\" (James 2:24).When witnessing to someone in a cult, Christians should be prepared to deal with this apparent contradiction. He constantly speaks of them, not in hidden meanings, but in open declaration, as good news, as that around which God’s eternal purpose revolves and from which all our blessings flow.1. It accomplishes this first by making us humble. “Behold, before God, I lie not” (Gal. 8:7-12; 10:25-29). 3:2) and that it was his “ministry… received of the Lord Jesus” to make known “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). PAUL the Apostle of Grace. 3:2). This death was not a suicide, the result of an accident, or the punishment of a criminal. The ascended, glorified Lord revealed this gospel to the Apostle Paul. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Cor. Prime. And then, in Paul’s epistles the word grace is nearly always used doctrinally, in connection with the dispensation of Grace. “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh” (Rom. In fact, we can clearly see from the Bible that Paul was saved by the Gospel of the Grace of God, the same Gospel by which we are saved today. But to those who hesitate to accept these inspired statements at their face value, we have further important evidence to offer in the fact that no other bible writer—not even all the others put together—have so much to say about grace. 2:7). With that picture of a great, triumphant, reigning Messiah and Lord before us, Paul can now talk about grace on its proper basis. The Cross, the blood, the death of Christ become the very theme of his message. He was sent forth to proclaim “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). To him was committed “the dispensation of the grace of God” (Eph. The major theme of Paul's letters is that salvation is a totally free gift -- not earned by good works, rituals, or obeying laws. There we read that we are “not under the law, but under grace” (6:14), that “God is able to make all grace abound” toward us that we may “abound to every good work” (II Cor. We are saved through faith in His blood (Rom. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. He says in verse 5, “ through whom we have received grace.” In other words, God’s grace has come to Paul through the Lord Jesus Christ who was born as a son of David and was raised as Son of God in power. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Christ crucified is the power of God and the wisdom of God (I Cor. 5:15). 4:1-3). To the unbiased believer of the Word of God, there is overwhelming proof that the secret of God’s eternal purpose and of His good news to man was first communicated by revelation to the Apostle Paul, that he in turn might make it known to others. In the same way the apostle was keenly aware of conscience, and taught others to be so. Aside from Jesus of Nazareth, no person is more important to God’s eternal plan than the Apostle Paul. We have peace through the blood of His Cross (Col. 1:20). “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10. There is a great difference in believing that the grace of God is all that is required for salvation and those that would add works to salvation (circumcision in this case). “Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men” (Acts 24:16). Notice how this Gospel of Grace was exclusive to Paul’s ministry; nowhere else in Scripture is that Gospel message mentioned. But with Paul it was a different matter. When Jews and religious proselytes at Pisidian Antioch received Paul’s proclamation of salvation through Christ, without the law, he and Barnabas “persuaded them to continue in the grace of God” (13:38,39,43). Paul, The Apostle of Grace: The Man to Whom Christ Gave the Final Gospel - Kindle edition by Litzman, Warren, Seward, James (Jim), Ferraro, Teresa. To all this much more could be added to show how no one until Paul proclaimed the truths of reconciliation, of the one Body, of our baptism into Christ, etc. Paul taught the kingdom of God, but he did not preach the same message as Peter and the twelve. 6:3). 3:24), that “where sin abounded grace did much more abound” (Rom. All of these gospels reveal the One who is called Grace, who was given to us out of the fullness of the Father’s grace, and through whom we have received grace upon grace. The nature of the Gospel hinges on a proper understanding of the relationship of faith and works in salvation. It is not merely Paul, but the inspired Word which declares that “the dispensation of the grace of God” was committed to him (Eph. Before the raising up of Paul it is not used once of the dispensation of Grace or of salvation by grace, but in later Acts, after his conversion, not only is the word used more often, but immediately it appears in connection with the dispensation of Grace. ( Log Out /  Change ). He also preached to them the same Gospel that also includes the Kingdom. Paul’s salvation (Acts 9) is well established by his first missionary journey in which he proclaimed the Gospel and started churches. These differences can be identified by examining the letters attributed to Paul and the answers he gave to those who questioned him: Before addressing this commonly held teaching, let’s consider what Jesus Christ taught on these important subjects. Aside from Jesus of Nazareth, no person is more important to God’s eternal plan than the Apostle Paul. What a volume of Paul’s writings we could cite in support of these facts! Gospel. Outlined by the apostle Paul in First Corinthians 15, the gospel of grace concern the person of God's Son, the Lord Jesus, in His death, burial, and resurrection. He was God’s great example of grace, the “chief of sinners” saved by grace (1 Tim. In Acts 23:1 we have his words to the Sanhedrin: “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” (See also II Tim. They all lived for each other. Cart Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals Electronics Gift Ideas Customer Service Books Home New Releases Computers Gift Cards Coupons Sell. The gospel for our day is the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20.24). To the Corinthians, Paul claims to be the masterbuilder who lays the foundation of the grace of God upon which other men build. There the word grace in the original is found four times before the raising up of Paul and 12 times after. The Greek word for grace is charis. He died that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him (I Thes. How often the apostle speaks with an oath! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 11:13) sent to Gentiles throughout the world. Saul of Tarsus, that we now know as the Apostle Paul and wrote 13 Epistles ,Romans through to Philemon,was persecuted and put in prison because was preaching The Gospel of The Grace of God. 1:3). 9:8), that it is God’s purpose for “the ages to come” to “show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. The epistles of Paul begin with a salutation that always includes the words, “grace to you and peace” or “grace, mercy, and peace” as in the case of 1 and 2 Timothy. The heart of the Gospel is grace. “I call God for a record upon my soul” (II Cor. It is the same with the Old Testament types of our Lord’s death. 6:13). 31:31-34). "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 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