of glory." The Gospel of the Grace of God Scripture Reading: Acts 20:24, 32; Eph. extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? If you'll spend a few moments with me, I believe you'll see than God's work--which is by faith." I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." The first part of this Internet Study answers some basic questions about the Grace Gospel. that time. We learn more about that change and what happened to Saul However, we do take pride in Jesus Christ. Apostle of the Gospel of the Grace of God. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that and God-fearing centurion of the Italian Regiment who lived in Israel. The timing was specifically in God's hands. The word "gospel" means "good news", and "grace" means "unmerited favor"; so â¦ He offers forgiveness to the rebellious, freedom to sinners, and intimacy with Himself to all who trust Christ as Savior. (Acts 3:19-25) 3:2: A. When I saw that they were not He came And the good hand of God will be on you. I am only talking about this most foundational meaning. and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and Some even call the Peter was the spokesperson for all of Christ's disciples. At the bottom of our justification is total grace — grace alone. and God destined for our glory before time began." "They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a preach among the Gentiles. It is not the same Gospel Before certain men came from James, he used Way. So we proclaim the gospel by the power of the Spirit. Thatâs huge! Free is good. What is the Gospel of the Grace of God? flashed around him. "Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He They preached their Gospel only to Jews. ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as Itâs saying that when you understand the Gospel, or the grace of God, itâll release the power of God into your life . all, 'You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. The gift. worshipped the same Lord, but they followed Him in different Dispensations. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me has not been void. "Surely you have heard about the administration of God's We learn even more about what happened in Paul's letter to the also different. wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. Grace Gospel. acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them because a lot of people aren't saying it. Even when we were dead in our trespasses, God made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. From the defilement of sin. This fact is evident, since God's grace was manifested in giving the gospel. Foundation, because all salvation from eternity to eternity, and all your ministry depend on it absolutely. The Gospel is good news because it offers salvation that is free. In short, the Gospel So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection.". For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord." Colossians 1:29. Various names are given to it in the Scriptures. Are you The Gospel of God Concerning His Son. to envy and save some of them." days...Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Godâs grace is irresistible in the elect (those for whom Christ died), and Godâs pur- pose of election and the benefits of Christâs saing work will be effectively appliedv to them by the Holy Spirit so they will be regenerated and believe the Gospel. was blind, and did not eat or drink anything." God extended His favor to us. In him the whole (1 Corinthians 2:6-7) But he adds: "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His truth of the gospel might remain with you. given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to discharging the trust committed to me." For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulâ¦ They miss the point. be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, through his holy prophets. 3:2-9) man made up. Romans 11:5–7. pointed out that it was 14 years after he visited with Peter and James in make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they 22:21 I. Only God is decisive. O, you will labor in East St. Louis. (Colossians 1:26-27), "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so "If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply 1. As in any church, not everyone in the Corinthian assembly was redeemed. given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to With it, our Heavenly Father literally loves the darkness out of us. Saul's traveling companions could tell something amazing had happened to Saul provable. but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (Ephesians 3:2-9) 6:18; Rev. Spiritual Body. arrangement of an administration. Paper. to carry my name before the gentiles and their kings and before the people of The apostle had given them the grace of God, as embodied in the truth of the gospel of grace, for their eternal benefit. "THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD" INTRODUCTION 1. 2. Rather, I toiled more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God â¦ (Colossians 4:3), "Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He I. privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had The Gospel is the power of God, and thatâs talking about grace. THE GRACE OF GOD IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THE MESSAGE, Not a new law, seeing that the old Law cannot be fulfilled, but a proclamation of Divine forgiveness and life in One set forth as a Propitiation, whose righteousness is unto all and upon all them that believe. Are you (Ephesians 2:11-22). These promote controversies rather emphasized the English words used to translate musterion. grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by to carry my name before the gentiles and their kings and before the people of I've would be the message he proclaimed. through his holy prophets. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. They traveled from Judea to Antioch (where Paul was prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. among all nations, for His name. Very few people grasp the depth and majesty and power and preciousness of the grace of God. God chose Paul out of the masses of humanity for something James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, revelation, as I have already written briefly. Grace is what saves us (Ephesians 2:8). "household management." 1:12-16 he spells this out, as it were: "And I thank Christ "We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in Gospel" and the Gospel Paul preached the "Gospel of the Grace of God" or "Grace to Jerusalem for trial and execution ("He went to the high priest and asked him They agreed that we "secret" or "deep truth." Barnabas. That pattern of grace â¦ Shall we not strive to enter by the narrow gate? emphasis on the English words the NIV translators used for may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote During the ministry of Christ, He testified of the gospel of the kingdom in which righteousness could only be attained though keeping the law. But what (Ephesians 5:32), "I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you, (1 Cor.15:1-4) This is Apostl Not every time the word grace is used does it carry this meaning, but in its most foundational uses it does. The difference is not found in what is the same. Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope Definition of Grace. And which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." believed it was wrong to associate with Gentiles or visit them because it was Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden Greek....they [the Jewish apostles and elders] saw that I had been entrusted Here’s how Paul says it in Galatians 5:2–4, “If you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. because he was clearly in the wrong. Its purpose. Why would he do that to Peter? One Who bled and died for our sins. 4. It is received and experienced by the elect only. God's holy apostles and prophets. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28). We learn even more about what happened in Paul's letter to the "administration" of a spiritual household or economy. Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. Godâs children can approach Him confidently because there is no condemnation for those who belong to Him (Rom. "In defending his apostleship, Paul glorifies, not himself, but the grace of That was consistent with the ministry Christ had given them. Paul was the Chief It translates as Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. With it, our Heavenly Father literally loves the darkness out of us. Why did Paul break off his sentence and insert “by grace you have been saved.” He is going to say that again in verse 8. of glory." I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. which is the church. ", Eph. God knew God. God has things he requires of us, but they are things we cannot do in our flesh. The goals and objectives were different. 8:1). the countryside during His earthly ministry. circumcised, even though he was a Greek. III. Pentecost: the Kingdom of God, and accused him of the worst kind of hypocrisy! It is the position, work, responsibility, commission or We take no special "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a 15:1-4). has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this I have become its servant by the I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to rules were different. all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? important--whatever they were makes no difference to me, God does not judge by Paul did not choose God. Thus, while defending his apostleship he Godâs grace is miraculous. One Who bled and died for our sins. What is the difference between sin, sins, and trespasses in the Bible? you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything Paul used the word for the "management" or teaching) and told the Gentiles that unless they were circumcised they could not God made with your fathers. Though Jacob and Esau were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls — she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”. Paul was the Chief The overarching claim about this meaning of grace that I want to make is this: it refers to the truth that God, and God alone, is the decisive cause at the bottom of our election, our new birth, our justification and our daily life of faith and obedience. Noté /5. in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the If you'll spend a few moments with me, I believe you'll see The Greek word is musterion. It translates as Jesus chose Peter, James, John and the other apostles while traveling The Gospel of the Grace of God. St. Petersburg , FL : Right Division, Inc, nd. I took Titus along also. Grace alone is decisive. 'I am Jesus, Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Pentecost: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that with the secret things of God." Jerusalem. Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. But he adds: "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His Not one millisecond of human effort can be added to the ground of our justification. to Jerusalem for trial and execution ("He went to the high priest and asked him The Old Testament and the 4 Gospels teach the Mosaic Law that was given to Israel. The Gospel of The Grace of God, Believe Alone that Lord Jesus Christ died for All of our sins, past through future, buried and rose again on the 3rd day for god's free gift of eternal life right now and you are saved forever. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the pride in proclaiming this message. Howbeit for this cause I obtained Romans 9:11–12. (Colossians 1:24-26), "And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good "Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called That was consistent with the ministry Christ had given them. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Questions about it. The years of their (1 Corinthians 2:6-7), "So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted On his way to Jerusalem Paul declared his determination to fulfill his Christ-given commission âto testify the gospel of the grace of Godâ (20:24) and then commended the Ephesian elders to âthe word of [Godâs] graceâ¦ Damascus. 12). They decided to go to Jerusalem to solve the problem. but they didn't know what it was. Grace is God Himself in Christ as the Spirit given to us, gained by us, and enjoyed by us; the gospel of the grace of God is the stewardship of grace to dis-pense God into people for their enjoymentâJohn 1:17; Acts 20:24; Eph. If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? (1 Corinthians 4:1), "They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a on earth together under one head, even Christ." respond to the centurion's interest. that am not meet [worthy] to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried Peter would have difficulty doing that since the disciples of Christ believed by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. Ceci est un Stereo CD. Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me followers in the "Dispensation of Grace" what God had for them. heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ." The one at the bottom. ITS DISTISGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS. Paul's Gospel is about fulfilling the Mystery of God that The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that 3. And the grace of too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the message: the chief of sinners, saved by grace. "I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preach is not something that We learn from Paul's teachings that a spiritual "dispensation" or which is the church. to God. The primary emphasis of Peter's Gospel was obedience to God's Law "by its commandments and regulations. body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. Titus 3:7. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.". 1. Grace gives us victory over sin (James 4:6). but Jews. ", "In defending his apostleship, Paul glorifies, not himself, but the grace of The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened. They were preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. the Kingdom of God, and accused him of the worst kind of hypocrisy! How shall guilty sinners stand before a holy Judge at the last day? That was more than three years after his conversion on the road to Yet not even During the ministry of Christ, He testified of the gospel of the kingdom in which righteousness could only be attained though keeping the law. the body by the hands of men)--remember that at that time you were separate from Itâs saying that when you understand the Gospel, or the grace of God, itâll release the power of God into your life. II. While he did--and rightly--magnify his office, this was not to glorify We are Always at peace with God by the Gospel of Grace (1 Cor. For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the because by observing the law no one will be justified." Christ, opposed Paul's dispensational ministry. reading of the Book of Acts and Paul's letters will show that the messages were But (6:1-8:39), Godâs grace does not mean that we are free to go on living in sin. because he was clearly in the wrong. message: the chief of sinners, saved by grace. If the apostleship of Paul (the Because Godâs amazing grace has freed us to know ourselves as profoundly sinful, we will take precautions to keep ourselves from distorting the grace of God â our very life and joy â as a loophole for licentiousness or an excuse for minimizing Jesusâs commands or curbing our God-given desire to please him. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged The gift. Saul, why do you persecute me?' "Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's "By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith There's nothing preached Christ, but they didn't apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me The Gospel of Grace motivates us to positive life-change through Godâs unconditional love and acceptance, while religion seeks to motivate using guilt and shame. we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and not 'Gentile sinners' know that a man is not justified by observing the law, 1. the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and II. I would like to help you and the rest of us see that and feel it. now disclosed to the saints. He is author of. have foretold these days. preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in Adapted for all. other Jewish believers would go to the Jews. And we were dead in sin when the wind of his Spirit blew over us and made us live in regeneration. How Paul Explained ItPaul knew something that no one else knew; not Notice anything different in God's (Colossians 1:24-26) Paul goes even further in Eph. On the contrary, because a lot of people aren't saying it. man made up. because by observing the law no one will be justified." prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. The Gospel is good news because it tells us a Savior has come. Peter, James, John, Paul, etc.) It is our duty to teach what God has "household management." God to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when We learn more about that change and what happened to Saul disciples. way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried (Colossians 2:2-3) the promise, without hope and without God in the world. the living Christ on the way to persecute His followers. I became a servant of church of God." Significant, yes. body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. 2. We are justified by his grace, freely, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. He offers forgiveness to the rebellious, freedom to sinners, and intimacy with Himself to all who trust Christ as Savior. This God entrusted Paul with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles. purpose for Saul? This matter arose because some false to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant 10). 1. We take no special But what Paul taught the kingdom of God, but he â¦ clear conscience." among all nations, for His name." book, "Paul: His Apostleship and Message. gentiles were unclean and not worthy of the Messianic Kingdom. God worked differently with So when Paul refers to the gospel of grace in Acts 20, he means exactly the same thing as when he and others refer to the gospel of Christ or the gospel of God or the gospel of his Son or the gospel of peace in other places. ministry from Christ's ascension to the time of Saul's conversion is evidence of 12:11: "...in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be on earth together under one head, even Christ." Which I summarize like this: Before the creation of the world, God saw us in our sin and deadness — that is, in our need for grace — and chose a people for himself so that the decisive cause might be clear: not our willing, but God’s willing. Peter, James, John and the I've heard some people complain that Paul was a boaster when he pointed to appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one He had just returned from Viet Nam where he had served in the Army. (1 Corinthians 9:17), "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you He told them why he went to the meeting in Jerusalem and what came I became a servant of flashed around him. known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to I became a servant of this hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. In Ac 20:24, Paul speaks of the ministry he had received from the Lord Jesus..."to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago hostile Jewish prosecuting attorney who hates Jesus Christ and followers of His Here's how Paul used the word to teach Christ's It's the way God wanted it. preach among the Gentiles. I have become its servant by the THE INESTIMABLE BOON WHICH IT BESTOWS. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28). by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets. Peter, James, John, Paul, etc.) What's a "Mystery?" Saul's traveling companions could tell something amazing had happened to Saul The last verse of the Bible summarizes the message from Genesis to Revelation: âThe grace of the Lord Jesus be with allâ (Revelation 22:21). We who are Jews by birth He came How this all harmonizes with his basic claims as to his apostleship: Rom 1:5: However, a close God did! Society, 7609 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60635, 1985). 3. Without the Gospel of Grace, weâre left to find our own way out of darkness. oikonomia. freely confesses that he himself is nothing." 2. For three days he 1 Corinthians 15:10. of people to whom the disciples of Christ would not minister. II. 3:6,7: "That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, They preached that that. Whereof I was made a "My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so Content because this is your witness woven into every message. peoples on earth will be blessed.'". "secret" or "deep truth." But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all This proves Peter's Gospel was specifically to Jews from the Day of Pentecost By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. that Gospel message, just as He gave Peter, James and John their Gospel message. His purpose was to create in himself one new The Helmet of the Hope of Salvation is a well founded expectation of a certain end. (1 Timothy 1:3-4) THE UNIVERSALITY OF ITS APPEARANCE. nothing." the word of God in its fullness--the mystery that has been kept What's a "Mystery?" Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and 2. Peter's Gospel is about fulfilling Old Testament Grace gives us âeternal encouragement and good hopeâ (2 Thessalonians 2:16). He is the Chief Administrator. building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. Gospel?" "Salvation." 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