Wednesday, 5 August 2015

GOD'S PILL 2015 : CAPSULE 32

SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY: GRACE AND FAITH

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭(Study in context 2Corinthians 5:16-21)

Starting from capsule 24 we have been discussing the ever so important subject of Spirit, Soul and Body. I am persuaded that with this discussion you have come to see some things in a different light. I would be naive to think that everybody would agree with all, but I am satisfied that I have not said or written anything that has not been validated by the word of God. It took me 24 years to get to this point (maybe I'm a slow learner), I pray it does not take you that long. The problem we face is that we have been force fed by people's opinion of God instead of checking things out our selves (Acts 17:11). The last capsule dealt with what I see as the third stumbling block to appreciating and accessing the real you and the potential available . The difficulty of wanting to earn grace instead of receiving it as a gift through faith is deep seated and long
standing. The epistles to the Romans and Galatians were written solely to address this problem. 

The verbal feedback I got from home and abroad has compelled me to dedicate this capsule to further delve into this subject. I really appreciate these feedbacks and can honestly identify with the struggle most of us face. In fact , it is one thing to mentally understand it, the struggle is to get it to become a living concept in your every day life. 'The way we approach God is as if He is able to do all things, but He is yet to do anything, except and unless we make Him do it.' This is wrong and completely runs counter to what grace is all about. The NT is called the Gospel, meaning Good News for a reason. NEWS means it has happened already (Romans 1:16-17, Luke 4:18-19). There are so many scriptures that point at this concept, in fact that is the whole message of the bible, the OT prophesied it and the NT announced its arrival (John 1:16-17), yet we somehow still don't get it. I would like to use a scripture that we all are familiar with to walk you through the dynamics between grace and faith - Romans 10:6-10 (Please read in context Romans 10:4-13).

“But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:6-7‬ ‭(KJV)

To understand grace these 2 questions must not come up in your heart and if they do the answer must never be in doubt.

Question 1
1. Who will go up to heaven to bring Christ down to earth?
The reason why this question should never arise is because He already came voluntarily of His accord.(John 1:29)

Question 2
2. Who shall go to hell to bring Him from the dead?
Again He already went to hell paid the price for sin, defeated the satan and his cohort, made an open show of them and He resurrected the third day (Colossians 2:12-15). Once these two questions are dealt with it becomes obvious that He had left nothing undone that He didn't do!. This is what Grace is.

“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:8-10 (KJV)

Now verse 8, says if the above 2 questions in verses 6 and 7 are irrelevant, what should be the correct response to grace? It answered it's own question, faith! The summary of all these is that there should never be any doubt or question in our hearts about whether Christ would do it, because He already did The question should be 'are you going to accept it as a gift by faith and not by works?' So GRACE , that is everything that comes with the new birth, everything that is in your born again spirit can only be made available or accessible to you if you receive it as a gift which is your positive response called FAITH .

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭(KJV),

CONCLUSION
WHEN GRACE MEETS WITH FAITH, THERE IS SALVATION.



'Femi Idowu
www.mindgym.org.uk