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Grace, Truth and Power

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It is not that grace can be separated from truth, or truth can be separated from power, or power can be separated from grace. It was taught on Wednesday night that, “Grace, truth and power [is] the fullness of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.” As surely as the Lord our God, the Lord is One,[1] so grace, truth and power is one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.

But we, the church, have always done that, haven’t we? …Looked at grace and truth and power separately instead of listening to and looking to our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. We tried to attain these three attributes of God separately and outside of the words and deeds of the Son of God, the only One who knows the Father and has seen Him, the only One who can raise us up at the last day. To achieve grace, we built empires of charitable works and submitted ourselves under the partial observance of the Law, but only the parts that suited us. To attain truth, we looked at the Psalms, the Law and the Prophets, combined with science and a body of human wisdom called logic that works overtime to deny the existence of God. Yet we cast aside the full body of the words of Jesus and the counsel of the Holy Spirit. And to acquire power, we replaced miraculous power and fellowship and friendship with the Holy Spirit with physical, financial, political and intellectual strengths that even at the peak of their peaks, could not even vindicate one word of Jesus, for God will not let His Son be defamed when we have exchanged our glory for worthless idols.

For isn’t a doctrine that does not have in mind the things of God but things of men, and is not firmly based on the Alpha words of Jesus (Repent and believe the good news) and His Omega words (Yes, I am coming soon), and all His words in between, a worthless idol in the house of God? The Prophet Jonah said it well, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”[2] You forfeit the grace that could be yours when you fail to see yourself as the sinner that you are and recognise the gift of the covenant of the forgiveness of sins by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And so there is no truth in you when you do not first admit that you are a sinner.

Don’t they say that admitting to the problem is the first step to recovery? No wonder the world thinks Jesus as irrelevant. They do not see themselves as sinners, despite the convictions of the Holy Spirit in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment. But God will be proved true and every man will be proved a liar.

If you do a keyword search of “grace” in the NIV, you will find that Jesus did not speak the word “grace” in all His teachings in the four gospels & in the book of Revelation. Yet, the apostle John testified that, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ..”[3]

For neither grace nor truth comes through observation of the Law. Rather, it is the knowledge and understanding of God’s justice and righteousness in His impeccable timing, multifaceted reasons and eternal purposes in each law He enacted, and the covenants He established, that reveals this undeniable truth about our God: God is Justice, and there is no other. And grace did not come by observing the Law because grace comes when only we disobey God’s commandments and He pardons our iniquities. Grace comes when we mess up.

The Law was never meant to be about salvation, but about atonement. The difference between atonement and salvation is that salvation in the Name of Jesus Christ was The act of redemption in the forgiveness of our sins, once for all and One for all, in the sacrifice of God’s Lamb to the world. Atonement was man sacrificing God’s bulls and lambs, day in day out, year after year, as a reminder of sins that cannot be washed away by blood that is tainted with our sins. “The multitude of your sacrifices— what are they to Me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”[4] The Lord asked, “What are they to Me?” The answer is, “They are nothing that brings You pleasure, Father. But we know what brings You pleasure – Your Son Jesus Christ, for with Him You are well pleased. For You do not have a multitude of Your only begotten Son. He is precious to You.”

Listen then: for we who have taken the great height from which we have fallen to a new low since the day Adam took of the fruit and ate it against God’s command, and we who walk on the razor-sharp edge of the narrow road to climb the mountain of God where the air is thin and the opposition is thick and the words may be harder to bear – understand that grace, truth and power is one. For us, full power is the manifestation of the fullness of grace and truth. The fullness of grace and truth in us will manifest full power. We are fighting the good fight and running the race not to attain full power for the sake of attaining full power, or even for the Lord’s return. That is not the bigger picture.

The focus is not on full power, but on the fullness of grace and truth as Jesus is. Because full power is the physical manifestation in which the fullness of grace and truth dwells and overflows. If our focus is askew, we will say the wrong things and do the worse things in the eyes of the Lord. If our focus is askew, we may well end up as an antichrist for we are not above it, nor is it beneath us.

The bigger picture is beyond the return of the King. The bigger picture is the return of a harvest of sons and daughters to our Father who is good. He is the best. …Sons and daughters who are full of grace and truth, just like Jesus Christ.

So that’s why Jesus didn’t talk about grace. His ministry, His goal and His cross were living testimonies of the grace of God. And our Father’s command to listen to Him is the irrevocable testimony that He is the truth of God. Jesus is God the Truth for He said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”[5] His death on a cross for our sins when we were but hostile enemies of God (“Crucify Him!” we said) is a testimony of grace weightier that any teaching or sermon He could give us, for action speaks so much louder than words and wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.[6]

So these are the keys to the treasure of the Kingdom of God: grace and truth. Grace is demonstrated by the love of our enemies, which now includes real-life antichrists whom we have met and fellowshipped with, and forgiving those who sin against us and praying for them in secret. Truth is listening to Jesus and putting His words into practice, beginning with continuous repentance, and including the constant truthful acknowledgement of our falling short of the glory of God, which is His Word. And all this will take patient endurance and perseverance and good courage.

And so I leave you with this question that I am pondering at the moment: Could it be that we have been taken through a series of “Proofs”- proof of life, love, election, courage, goodness, citizenship, perfection, faith & loyalty, authenticity and in-dwelling because we will be persecuted when we manifest full power (which is the fullness of grace and truth)? Or are we being provided knowledge and wisdom of these “proofs” now because we will commence prosecution in the house of God?

Either way – let God be glorified and we thank You Lord for each revelation, insight and understanding of Your justice.

Amen Holy Spirit.


 

[1] Mark 12.29

[2] Jonah 2.8

[3] John 1.14-18

[4] Isaiah 1.11

[5] John 14.6

[6] Matthew 11.19 NASB

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