Grace–The Power of the Gospel   Leave a comment

Grace – The Power of the Gospel – Book by Andrew Wommack

Accept The Truth – If by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17

It’s a gift of righteousness that came through One—the Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn’t come through what you do. Righteousness—right standing with God, being declared righteous in His sight—comes through faith. It’s a gift from God. The only thing you must do to access this grace is to have faith in what Jesus did for you.

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Romans 5:18

That’s the same point. Actually, five different times in these verses Paul made this same point. He repeated it over and over.

As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:19

How can anyone get around this? If you accept the fact that you were born a sinner, then you must accept the truth that you are born again righteous. Righteousness isn’t something you obtain through your effort. It’s something you receive as a gift.

Holy Hippies? – These scriptures changed my life! Back in the late 1960s a friend of mine started telling me I was righteous and then suckered me into going to a Bible study he attended. This was during the time that I was still in a denominational church. I walked in the door of that Bible study and immediately became offended because a woman was leading. Women leaders didn’t square with my theology. Also, there were long-haired “hippies” in attendance. The denominational church I attended preached that long-haired hippies couldn’t be saved. They taught that if a man’s hair touched the collar of his shirt, he went straight to hell. So there I was in this Bible study with long-haired hippies and a woman leader. I was quite offended even before one word had been said.  

My head had the understanding, but my heart kept saying, “How can this be?”   

Then the study began and they started talking about being righteous. I might have been able to tolerate them and not say anything as long as they’d just admit that they were sinners. But when these people started proclaiming that they were righteous, I couldn’t handle it. I whipped out my three scriptures—“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10), “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Is. 64:6)—and just blasted them with both barrels.

To my surprise, instead of getting angry, they just continued to walk in love. For every one scripture I quoted about them being the scum of the earth, they quoted three or four about them being righteous. I didn’t know there were scriptures like that. It just overwhelmed me! Although they didn’t convince me, I determined when I left there that I would study this out for myself. So I purchased a Young’s Analytical Concordance and started studying every time the words righteous and righteousness were used in the Bible. After about a week of poring over the Word sixteen hours a day, I was intellectually convinced that I was righteous as a gift and not through what I did. I realized that these people were right in what they were saying.   Righteousness is knowing that you are accepted by your heavenly Father just as a child counts on their earthly father’s acceptance.   

But even though I could see it in my head, my heart had yet to embrace it. For so long I had related to the fact that I was by nature a sinner. So I struggled with this. My head had the understanding, but my heart kept saying, “How can this be?”

These verses here in Romans 5 were what turned me around. They basically said that if I accepted the fact that I was born a sinner, then I also had to accept the truth that I had been born again righteous. It’s not something I earn. It’s not based on my performance. It’s a gift—and I just had to accept it. If I believed that one side of the coin was true, then the other side had to be genuine too. Finally, I humbled myself and accepted it.

These are powerful passages of scripture! If we truly understand what Paul was saying, there’s no way we can still maintain that we must earn things from God based on our own holiness, righteousness, and works.

The week I studied these scriptures on righteousness culminated in an experience that the Lord used to drive home His point. I walked out on my back porch and sat down on the steps to meditate on what I’d seen in the Word. My dog, Honey, came running up to me the way she always did. At about five feet away, she stopped, rolled over on her side, and tentatively scooted the rest of the way. Even though I had never mistreated her, Honey’s previous owners had beaten her with a chain as a puppy. Now she was a big German shepherd dog, but she always approached me like that. In frustration, I shouted, “Honey, just once I would like you to come up to me like a normal dog. Jump on me, sniff me, or anything else you like— but stop acting like I beat you!”

As soon as that left my lips, the Lord spoke in my heart and said, “That’s the way I feel about you, Andrew. You always come before Me naming all of your sins, afraid that if you don’t mention them, I will. Just once I’d like you to come to Me as a child approaches his father—confident of acceptance instead of fearful of rejection. Just jump up in My lap and say ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom. 8:15.)

That’s what righteousness is. It’s knowing that you are accepted by your heavenly Father just as a child counts on their earthly father’s acceptance.

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Posted June 9, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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