Grace: The Power of the Gospel   Leave a comment

Grace: The Power of the Gospel; Book by Andrew Wommack

FROM CHAPTER ONE

A Free Gift:

Many people have mistakenly thought that preaching on hell and scaring people out of it is the Gospel. That’s not what Paul taught in Romans. As a matter of fact, as we dig deeper into this—showing the context and who the apostle was writing to—you’ll see how that’s the complete opposite of what he was really talking about. It’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance! (Rom. 2:4.)  

Nobody can save themselves. Although it is true to tell someone that their sin has separated them from God and caused them to be worthy of eternal damnation, the good news is that Jesus came and bore all of our sin for us. We don’t have to atone for our own sin. We don’t have to become holy enough to earn salvation. It’s a gift.

Romans 6:23-The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Most of religion today majors on the first part of that verse—“For the wages of sin is death”—and calls it the Gospel. They preach their hearts out about hell, fire, and damnation. I know. I grew up in one of those churches. People would literally grab the pew in front of them until their knuckles turned white. They’d feel such conviction and remorse. There is a place for that, but it’s not the Gospel if all that’s presented is God’s wrath and judgment upon sin. The true Gospel specifically refers to the means by which we are saved. We’re saved by faith in what Jesus did for us—not by faith in what we do for Him.

The Gospel is God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The good news is that God doesn’t want to send anyone to hell. You don’t have to go through a tremendous amount of religious instruction or observance. It’s a gift. All you must do is believe and receive. Believe what Jesus has done through His death, burial, and resurrection and receive the cleansing from all your sin and the freedom and liberty it brings. That’s the Gospel!

God’s Grace:

The Gospel is directly related to the grace of God. That’s the only way this forgiveness of our sins can be obtained. It wasn’t through our holiness or good works. God doesn’t take just the “good” people and save them. He justifies (extends salvation toward) the ungodly. (Rom. 4:5.)  

If you’re trying to be justified by anything other than faith in Christ, then you aren’t believing the true Gospel.”    This causes many problems for religious people. They say, “Wait a minute! I believe you must do this and that to be holy.” Religion—false religion, man’s concepts, not God-ordained salvation—teaches that right standing with God and blessings come as a result of our own goodness and works. It’s always preaching, “You must come to this church. You must pay your tithes, do this, and do that. And if you do all these things, then God will accept you.”

That’s anti-Gospel! It’s against the good news of God’s grace because it’s putting the burden of salvation on your back—and you can’t bear it. Nobody can save themselves. That’s basically the false “Gospel” that religion preaches today. They may even talk about the One true God and use terminology like “God the Father.” They may even mention that Jesus is the Savior of the world who died for our sins. But at its core, it’s another “Gospel”—which is no Gospel at all. (Gal. 1:6,7.) In Galatians, Paul angrily rebuked this perversion of the good news. They didn’t totally deny the foundational truths of the Gospel. They just perverted it and tried to add to it, saying, “Well, yes, Jesus is the Savior. But it’s also based on your own goodness, holiness, and performance. It’s Jesus plus you doing all of these things.” Paul declared, “No, no, no—a thousand times no! If you’re trying to be justified by anything other than faith in Christ, then you aren’t believing the true Gospel.”

The Gospel isn’t only just belief that there is salvation, but it’s also the specific method by which this salvation is obtained. “If you’ll act good and do good, then you’ll be good” isn’t the true Gospel. Notice what Paul said while addressing the very first ministers’ conference at Ephesus:

Acts 20:24 – 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.

Another way Paul could have said this is, “I am testifying of the Gospel—which is the good news of the grace of God.” In other words, the Gospel and grace are terms that can be used interchangeably. The good news—or Gospel—is the grace of God.

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Posted April 16, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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