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His Grace XII – True Grace

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What is true graciousness? Is it a polite voice, a kindly smile, a well-dressed handsome man or beautiful woman stooping down to help a poor person, a rich man donating part of his fortune to build a temple or monument to a dead saint, a motivational speaker, a politician, or a motivator sprouting words of wisdom that sound wonderful yet give no life? If that is how the world sees graciousness, then how does the world see grace? To forgive and forget? To tolerate or to put up with for the sake of harmony and peace? Now, how do you see grace and graciousness?

How did the One sinless Man who is full of Grace and Truth come? Was He dressed in fine clothes and did He have a handsome attractive appearance? Was He a favourite of the elite and those of high society? Did He pander to them for their donations? Did He give a motivational speech to the cripple and the blind to help them make the most of their life and accept their lot in life? How does the Man who is truly full of the real Grace of God speak? What are His mannerisms? And even as He speaks, what is His tone of voice? What is the way He speaks?

Jesus Christ came full of Grace and Truth, the only Man who is the Holy One of God because He is the only Man who obeyed God exactly, and this is how He appeared: He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.[1]

Graciousness is not determined by appearance, for the Lord’s appearance would not satisfy the world’s definition. Neither is it determined by manners, for the Lord was quite often what the world calls ‘rude’, for to a desperate mother with a demon-possessed child, He said, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”[2] Certainly, with His outbursts in the temple when He took to the money changers with a whip, He would have been jailed for disturbing the peace and charged with assault. Instead of applauding the rich for throwing loads of money into the coffers, He focussed on the widow who gave only a copper coin. Have you ever seen any charity thank a widow for her last ten cents with a big gala dinner? Have you ever seen newspapers and magazines publish and praise the names of widows who gave out their last rupee to help a neighbour? Never!

So we, who work for the Spirit of Grace to prepare this Earth for the return of the One who came full of Grace and Truth, must learn what is true Grace and what is true graciousness. The Man of Grace is not a Man of pleasant manners, fine clothes or soothing words, even if they have a degree of wisdom. He is a Man of action, of personal action. He does not send someone else to do what He wouldn’t do Himself. That is how you will know about a Man of Grace. Jesus Christ never sent anyone to die for mankind, to die for the sins of the world, not even to die for Him, but He died for us. It is never the intention of Jesus Christ that any of His disciples should be harmed or even see death. “I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps My words, he will never see death.”[3] He died for us so that we who believe might live and never die. Now compare that with the so-called gracious men of the world, who’d kill and send their believers to their death that they may live.

Instead of condemning the man born blind for some sin of his or his father’s, as many preachers would love to do, the Lord said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”[4] However, if He left the man still blind after He said that, then He has only blamed God for the man’s blindness. However, Jesus went on to open the eyes of the blind man. A truly gracious Man does not point out a problem nor just give you an answer to the problem for you to solve it yourself. He gives you the answer to the problem personally. If you are blind, He opens your eyes, not sends you to the Royal Blind Society. If you are deaf, He opens your ears, not gives you a hearing aid. If you are a poor beggar, He gives you a pair of legs so that you don’t have to beg anymore, not just a coin in your plate. You see now, a Man of Grace, a true Man of true Grace, is the Man for whom nothing is impossible. That is the standard of true Grace and the fullness thereof.

Men, like James the Younger who has never been credited with doing a single miracle or healing, and indeed, he himself admits that he has not done one by his teaching, have a graciousness that tickles the ears of men, but leaves the blind in the care of the blind society because their denial and ignorance of the words of Christ leaves them without true power to solve the problem. So they turn to political power (note how James used the elders to persuade Paul in Acts 21), intellectual power and financial power, and later men who love his teaching also added military power. So, instead of causing the lame to walk, they created more lame people instead. You can just hear the graciousness of James dripping out of him when he spoke up saying, “Brothers, listen to me…” Instead of being able to say that we should write to them telling them to have faith in the Lord and His Holy Spirit and they will surely do what the Lord has been doing. We should tell them to open the eyes of the blind, cause the lame to walk, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead so as to make it easy for them. For, although Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath,[5] it is Jesus who has truly helped the blind, the lame, the lepers and the dead.

But then, when you haven’t done a miracle yourself, how can you teach others how to do it? So, all James could do was to give advice to us Gentiles that required no miraculous powers to perform. It takes no miraculous power, you do not need the Holy Spirit to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood, but you cannot cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the lepers cleansed and the dead raised without the power of the Holy Spirit, especially if you are not Jesus Christ.

The Lord sent the Holy Spirit to give us power to be His witnesses precisely because we are not Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God, but mere men who have been contaminated with sin, men who can do nothing impossible without the Holy Spirit. The men who love the teachings of James love it for this precise reason that they do not need the Holy Spirit for them to perform the things recommended by James. Any religious person can do them and indeed, many do, and they are not Christians. Fulfilling the requirements of the recommendations of James negates the need for the Proof of Life[6] for a Christian that Christ is indeed in them.

The patience, goodness, kindness, the so-called fruits of the Spirit,[7] are only imitation fruits without the power of the Holy Spirit. For the church loves to pursue such fruits, and for them, kindness and gentleness are to give a cup of soup to a poor person to keep them alive in their poverty another day, and joy is an evening spent singing songs of praise with a few heart-felt prayers in a fellowship where everyone smiles at each other cordially but plots murder in their hearts. Such is the fruit of the spirit without the power of the Spirit of Grace.

True patience is to be able to stay alive and wait for Jesus to arrive, even if it takes another millennium. True love is to love your enemies enough to open their eyes, to heal their sick, to multiply their food, to raise their dead, to cleanse their lepers and to die for them. True joy is to experience the joy of the angels as you lead a sinner to repentance because you have preached the full Gospel. True kindness is to multiply the oil of the widow so that she is delivered from poverty. True goodness is to know that no one, not even you, is good except God alone. True faithfulness is to believe the unbelievably best of your God. True gentleness is to be able to ask a legion of demons, “What is your name?” And true self-control is to not call on the power of God to destroy your enemies even when they are killing you.

Such things are impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit. As such, as elect of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Grace, the test of your graciousness does not begin until you have the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through you at full power. It is your unrelenting practise of the words of Jesus that are the true actions of grace, not a polite smile and a politically correct word. It is your ability to respect those who unrelenting practise the words of Jesus that shows you are truly manner-able, not your ability to befriend one another.

So, it is no wonder why men love to listen to the recommendations of James and his teachings. For the words of James have no power and the practice of his words does not need the presence of the Holy Spirit. There is no acid test, as it were, in the words of James, which can reveal the true from the counterfeit. However, because the words of Jesus need the Holy Spirit’s power, otherwise they cannot be practised, no blind can see, no food can be multiplied, it not safe for those who love to lie to God, that is, those who love to appear holy and righteous on the outside yet are full of sin on the inside, to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is too dangerous—just look at what happened to Ananias and Sapphira.

When they, that is Ananias and Sapphira, put the money at the feet of the apostles, I wonder how many people applauded them. If the Holy Spirit was not there, they would have gotten away with it, but because the Holy Spirit was there, they dropped dead. The best way to make sure the Holy Spirit is not with you is to stop practising the words of Jesus. You can believe the words of Jesus, for to believe the words of Jesus does not need power, only faith. But practising the words of Jesus to do what He has been doing, to live and never die, to walk on water, to multiply food, to raise the dead and open the eyes of the blind, you need power as well as faith. That is why men are so comfortable with the words of James and love to practise them because that way they can have faith in Jesus and His words as they enjoy practising the words of James. For surely, then they will be saved when they die and the Holy Spirit won’t be confronting them as He did Ananias and Sapphira. You see, the Holy Spirit will only remind you of what Jesus said and make known to you what belongs to Jesus.[8] He is not to remind you of what James said or make known to you what James did. If He did so, He would have disobeyed the Lord.

Jesus said, “Do not resist an evil person,”[9] yet James said, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”[10] The Holy Spirit will give you His power to not resist an evil person but He will never give you power to resist Satan because Jesus never said that we were to. So, one who practises the words of James and asks the Holy Spirit for power, miraculous power, to resist evil persons, even the devil, is inciting the Holy Spirit to go against the word of Jesus. Now, how would the Holy Spirit feel about that?

Sometimes, a person is judged to be gracious by their speech, a speech that is polite, polished, eloquent, educated and refined. However, our God who is Gracious can say things that can offend those sensitive souls whose idea of graciousness is a preacher speaking eloquently with all politeness in well rehearsed operatic tones, for did not God say, “Because you poured out your wealth (lust) and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood, therefore I am going to gather all your lovers… I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see all your nakedness,”[11] and, “I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame will be seen—”[12]? Imagine a man who would do that to a woman—those who love the graciousness of a hypocritical, petty, shallow world would turn away crying, “How shocking! How rude!” But those who know their God and the power of His Grace would praise Him for His sternness.

So then, if the Man who came full of Grace and Truth was considered to be demon-possessed, a drunkard, a glutton and a friend of sinners, what would they say about you who hold onto His word and practise it relentlessly till it pleases the Holy Spirit to entrust you with full power to do what Jesus has been doing and even greater things?[13]

How gracious do you think the two witnesses are as far as the world is concerned, who have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want?[14] You see, the Grace of God, true Grace, always leads to repentance. Counterfeit grace negates the need for repentance and puffs up self-righteousness. The days of distress that are here are the manifestation of the true Grace of God so that men might repent, but they will not, and you will witness it as it is written: Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of Heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.[15] Men would rather curse God than repent and live.


 

[1] Isaiah 53:2-3

[2] Matthew 15:26

[3] John 8:51

[4] John 9:3

[5] Acts 14:13-21

[6] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2006/13.05.2006_HarderTeachingsI.pdf

[7] Galatians 5:22

[8] John 14:26; 16:14

[9] Matthew 5:39

[10] James 4:7

[11] Ezekiel 16:36-37

[12] Jeremiah 13:26

[13] John 14:12

[14] Revelation 11:6

[15] Revelation 16:10-11

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