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Pure Grace - Prologue

  Prologue
Pure Grace
by Daniel LeEarl Hall

 

I have the privilege of knowing and sharing in ministry with many dear Christians in the Body of Christ. The Lord has also allowed me to assist some in their journey out of cults and legalistic religions and to believing and receiving Jesus Christ for eternal life.

I enjoy sharing with them how Christianity is not a religion, not a specific form of worship, but rather is a relationship with the living God of the universe through His Son, Jesus Christ. Most make wonderful strides in understanding this vital truth and that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8,9)

But, there are some issues that many struggle with.

First, so many are troubled with questions of their personal
standing before God and maintaining their salvation.

Second, they are also plagued with guilt over their past sins,
current sins, and contemplated future sins.

Third, they are afraid they are not doing enough to receive God's
favor and continued acceptance.

Fourth, they tend to compare themselves with others whom they
perceive as better, more active Christians.

When I tell them that salvation is maintenance-free, they don't understand, but accept it. When I ask them, "Would you really want to worship a God who needed your help?" they get the point.

When I explain to them that Jesus paid for all our sins and when He did that, our -sins were all in the future, though they can hardly fathom the concept, they are encouraged by this truth.

I reassure them that no one has a leg-up on anyone else and that all who have believed and received Jesus Christ stand exactly the same before God. (Yes, I know this is a redundancy)

New ones have a little difficulty here, and even though they also
find this hard to believe, they do accept it.

But, what stops them cold is pure grace! "You mean I can go do anything I want and not lose my salvation?" they ask. Paul dealt with this, asking, "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!" (Rom.6:1 ,2) All who are saved still sin in the flesh, but if someone claims to believe in Christ, but then leads a debauched life, there is the possibility that they were never sealed in Christ, never saved in the first place. Many don't understand pure grace and what it means to live, walk, stand, and grow in the grace of God. Some also forget that God abhors sin and that there is a great price that must be paid in the flesh for sins in the flesh.

When it comes to accepting pure grace, most struggle with the concept. Human reasoning tells us that even if God has saved us by His grace, we must have to do something and certainly we have to maintain certain good behavior for God to continue to accept us and not reject us in the future. We have been taught this from childhood.

The first thing to establish is that everything about God is pure,
including His grace, which is pure grace. There is no other kind.

Most Christians and Christian religions are attempting to blend
God's grace with man's good works. (James 3:17)

Our flesh has the natural tendency to perform. The natural man wants to stand out, to look better and be better than others. Our flesh wants God to love us best. Your mother may have liked you best, but God loves all His children the same. (John 17:23)

Our best deeds are "filthy rags:" to God. (Isa. 64:6) Do you really
think that God wishes to mix our filthy rags with His pure grace?

For years I have been saying that if God gave me just one thing to do towards my salvation, I would mess it up! I recently realized that this truth was proven by Adam, beyond a shadow of a doubt.

If we were able to accomplish one thing towards our salvation, one trillionth of one billionth, of one millionth of 1 percent, God's grace would be gone! God will not allow His grace to be adulterated with one drop of our flesh-works!

This is not a team effort and God is not our co-pilot. If God allowed us to share in his salvation process, He would be setting Himself up for failure, and God never fails.

If we were required to do one thing, men Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection left something undone. Remember this absolute fact:

JESUS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION ARE SUFFICIENT'

The apostle Paul clearly showed us that our salvation is either of works or it is of grace. "If it is grace. it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. " (Rom. 11 :6)

The rest of this book is dedicated to sharing the many aspects of God's pure grace and to help you learn to study God's Word from the standpoint of pure grace. I will be discussing controversial Issues which are under:5tood differently in the Body of Christ. We need to accept one another, wherever we are in our spiritual growth in Christ.
It is my hope that this book will enlighten you on many vital issues of the Christian faith and that you will come to know more intimately our marvelous God of grace. Understanding the pure grace of God will have a major impact on your life in Christ.

By the way, there is no such thing as "cheap grace." The greatest price ever paid was paid by God to supply you with His grace.

Each chapter of this book is complete in itself. Therefore, you may notice some repetition of key points. I am not presenting this information to convince you to take a particular stand on these issues, but to share with you the understanding of God's grace that the Holy Spirit, as our teacher, has given to me. (John 14:26;15:26)

Allow the Holy Spirit to be your guide into all truth. (John 16:13)

"Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."


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