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Grace Should Not Be A Strange Teaching

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods which are of no 
value to those who eat them.
Hebrews 13:9

In 1991, I was introduced to the biblical message of grace through a book called Classic Christianity (www.classicchristianity.com). It communicated the biblical teaching about the grace of God poured out upon us richly through the shed blood of Jesus, resulting in complete forgiveness and enabling us to go directly into the presence of God boldly and confidently in a genuine relationship. Through this introduction into grace, my life has never been the same. Grace has impacted my life more than anything ever has.

Since this time, it has become my passion to share the good news of God's grace with as many people as possible. Time after time, in sharing God's grace, I get the same response from Christian people who have been in churches for years. Their response is, "Why is grace not taught in churches?"  They are baffled by the lack of teaching on grace in view of the clarity and obvious teaching of grace in Paul's letters to the churches, (Romans - Titus) as well as in the book of Hebrews. I am baffled as well.

One man recently told me, "I have been in churches for 33 years. I have heard many sermons and attended many Sunday School classes, but I have never heard the teaching of God's grace until I learned it from you. Why don't churches teach about God's grace?" 

My answer to this man and to those asking the same question is, "I don't know. It should be the dominant teaching in churches." 

Lewis Sperry Chafer, founder of Dallas Theological Seminary, said the following about grace in his book, Grace: An Exposition of God's Marvelous Gift:

The exact and discriminate meaning of the word grace should be crystal clear to every child of God. With such insight only can he feed his own soul on the inexhaustible riches which it unfolds, and with such understanding only can he be enabled clearly to pass on to others its marvelous, transforming themes (pg 19, Grace: An Exposition of God's Marvelous Gift).

Sadly, Christians are not familiar with the biblical truths of grace. They can define grace as God's unmerited favor, but they do not know about the favor that is unmerited.

Grace is a strange teaching to the majority of Christians. However, the teaching of grace was the dominant teaching of Paul in his letters to churches. It is the dominant teaching of Hebrews. Why grace is not the dominant teaching today, I am not sure. I do know tradition is strong. It was in Jesus' day. It is in our day. What is traditional is normally accepted as biblical. And, if what is biblical does not match up with what is traditional, the biblical teaching is discarded as heresy and traditional teachings are accepted as truth.

The Pharisees and teachers of the law, the religious leaders during Jesus' time, were deeply rooted in their religious traditional teachings. Jesus, nor his disciples, followed their traditional teachings. This made them very upset with Jesus. In their anger, they would confront Jesus about his departure from their traditional teachings. Mark 7:5 provides an example of these confrontations.

So Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders...?"

Jesus replied by quoting Isaiah 29:13:

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
Mark 7:7

Furthermore, he responded to their question by saying the following:

"You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men...You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!...Thus, You nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."
Mark 7:8-13

What we see in this exchange between Jesus, the Pharisees, and the teachers of the law is that what is traditional is often replaced and accepted as biblical when in reality what is traditional sometimes is not biblical at all. Yet, what is traditional continues to be passed down and accepted as biblical. So when what is traditional is challenged, as in Jesus' time, the biblical teaching is rejected as heresy.

I think this is why the gospel of grace remains a strange, unfamiliar teaching to Christians today. Grace has not been traditionally taught. The legalistic teachings of religious teachers passed down from one generation to the next has replaced the gospel of grace. Therefore, what should be a very familiar teaching to Christians today, grace, remains very strange to them.

The message of grace remains so strange to Christians that when it is taught, they often reply by saying, "Why has no one ever taught me this before? It is right here in the Bible. It is so clear. It is so obvious. Why is grace not taught in many churches?" These are people who have been in church for years, but who have never been taught the good news of God's grace. And, when they are finally taught the transforming truths of grace, they are in amazement of why no one before ever taught them about grace.

In the Bible, Paul was one of the Pharisees who was extremely zealous for the traditional religious teachings of his forefathers. But it was grace that set him free from religious traditions. 

I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from birth
and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me
so that I might preach him among the Gentiles...
Galatians 1:14

Because of the revelation of grace to Paul, he broke free from the religious traditions to which he was once so committed and in bondage. In breaking free, he became consumed with sharing God's grace with others. I can relate to that. 

So who revealed the good news of God's grace to Paul, which consumed him and compelled him to share this grace so passionately with others? Jesus himself!


However, I (Paul) consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
Acts 20:24

I (Paul) want you to know, brothers, that the gospel (grace) I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ
Galatians 1:12

It was this revelation of grace to Paul by Jesus that set Paul free from the bondage of traditional religious teachings and launched him into a loving relationship with God. The revelation of grace, which so impacted Paul's life, is communicated to us by Paul in the letters he wrote. 

Here is a sampling of the revelation of grace by Jesus to Paul which transformed Paul's life and that he passionately taught others.

But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known to which the law and the prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption 
that came by Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:21-24

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and this way death came to all men, because all have sinned...But the gift (righteousness before God, forgiveness from God, eternal life with God) is not like the trespass. For if the many (the entire human race) died by the trespass of the one man (Adam) how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by God's grace overflow to the many. Again, the gift of God is not like the one man's sin: the judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation (guilt before God), but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification (innocence before God). For, if by the trespass one man, death reigned through the one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of graceand the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:12-17

For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith 
into this grace in which we now stand.
Romans 5:1-2


All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself through Christ, not counting men's sins against them. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God was making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive (to hear about) God's grace (all that God did for us through Jesus' death and resurrection) in vain (failure to place one's faith in Jesus)...I tell you, now is the time of God's favor (grace), 
now is the day of salvation (by grace through faith).
2 Corinthians 5:18 - 6:2

I do not set aside the grace of God, so if righteousness could be gained through the law, then Christ died for nothing!
Galatians 2:21

You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace (seeking to make oneself acceptable to God, righteous before God, forgiven by God, and come into the presence of God by practicing religious traditions and activities, rather than placing one's faith in Jesus alone).
Galatians 5:4

God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out "Abba, Father"...But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law...the fruit of the Spirit is love...
Galatians 4:4-6 and 5:16-23 

To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:6-8

Like the rest, we were by nature objects of God's wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ...it is by grace you have been saved...in order in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:3-9

...all of you share in God's grace with me.
Philippians 1:7

...we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and love for all the saints - the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
Colossians 1:4-6

...He (God) has made us alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.
Colossians 2:14

Let your conversation always be full of grace...
Colossians 4:6 

I was once a...violent man...The grace of God was poured out upon me (Paul) abundantly...
1 Timothy 1:113-14

This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus...And of this gospel (the good news about grace), I (Paul) was appointed (by Jesus
a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
2 Timothy 1;9-11

For the the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness...
Titus 2:11

As we see in this sampling from Paul's letters, grace was at the heart of Paul's message. It was Paul's message. 

So what is the message of grace which Jesus revealed to Paul? From Paul's letters, we can summarize grace in this way: 

Grace is everything God has done for us through Jesus out of his unconditional love and unmerited kindness to bring us into relationship with himself, leaving us nothing to do to achieve salvation but to only receive by faith all that he has done for us. Through Jesus, our sin penalty has been paid in full. We are now released from the law of God, justified (declared not guilty) by God, made completely righteous before God, and totally forgiven by God, now calling God our loving Father by the Spirit of Jesus who lives in us. We no longer have to seek to earn God's forgiveness by following religious traditions, but we now rest in the fact that God is no longer counting our sins against us because they were all counted against Jesus. We no longer have to fear being out of fellowship with God because the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all sin, enabling us to go directly and honestly into the presence of God without fear, rejection, or condemnation. We now come into his presence with boldness and confidence, assured of his love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

After the revelation of grace to Paul by Jesus, he then assigned Paul the task of  establishing churches in cities all over the Roman empire that would communicate grace to those living there. 

I only know that in every city the holy Spirit warns me that prisons and hardships are facing meHowever, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
Acts 20:23-24

According to Jesus' plan, churches in cities were to be the communication centers of grace to people all over the world.This plan was to be initiated by Paul and then carried out by all generations, including our generation.  In the heart and mind of Jesus, the one place grace would not be a strange message would be in churches, since grace would be the very foundation all churches would be built upon (2 Corinthians 3:10). Thus, in the heart and mind of Jesus, for people in a church to consider the message of grace strange, would be strange in and of itself.

Several years ago, a prominent pastor and influential leader of a popular denomination told me, "Brad, I would love to teach about grace in my church the way you do in yours. But, if I did, I would lose my church and job."  This is one of the reasons grace remains a strange teaching to those in churches. Many care more about pleasing men than pleasing God with what they teach. Referring to his teachings about grace and pleasing men, Paul said the following in Galatians:

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I still trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10

Paul, whom many consider as having written the book of Hebrews, considered any teaching other than grace strange.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods which are of no 
value to those who eat them.
Hebrews 13:9

Today, when grace is taught, grace is considered the strange teaching. Many who teach the Bible, who themselves do not understand grace, warn those who are under their spiritual guidance not to following this strange teaching of grace. How sad...

The book of Hebrews expounds greatly upon the message of grace through the teaching of the new covenant. The new covenant is the message of grace. The book of Hebrews contrasts the old covenant of law with the new covenant of grace and concludes grace is superior to law.

Let's take a look at ten truths of the new covenant of grace that Jesus wants all Christians in churches all over the world to be very familiar with so we are not carried away from grace by the teachings and traditions of men.

Before we look at these new covenant truths, it is important we know the meaning of the word covenant or testament.  The Bible is divided into two sections: Old Covenant of Law or Testament and New Covenant of Grace or Testament. But what is the purpose of this division?

Covenant (testament) is an agreement between two parties stating the conditions governing the relationship between the two. Biblically, a covenant is the agreement between God and mankind governing their relationship. There are two relational covenants in the Bible - the old covenant of law given by God to Israel through Moses and the new covenant of grace given by God through Jesus. In the old covenant, mankind's relationship to God is governed by law - mankind's obedience to God. In the new covenant, mankind's relationship to God is governed by grace - all that God has done for us through Jesus' death and resurrection. The old covenant is a covenant of conditions, meaning if we obey, God will bless. If we disobey, God will curse. The old covenant is conditional upon our obedience. The new covenant is a covenant of completion, meaning through grace God did everything for us in Christ. Unlike the old covenant, which is based upon the condition of "If you...then", the new covenant is a covenant based upon God's fulfillment of the covenant for us where he says: "I (God) will".

For if there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant (law), no place would have been sought for another (grace). But God found fault with the people (people could not obey his law and, therefore, lived under his curse) and said: "The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant (grace).." By calling this covenant "new" he has made the first one (old covenant of law) obsolete (no longer valid - out of date).
Hebrews 8:7-13

Now that we understand a little more about the word covenant or testament, which divides the Bible into two sections, let's look at ten truths of the new covenant of grace, from the book of Hebrews, which God wants all Christians to be familiar so we will not be carried away from grace by any strange teachings. 

TRUTH #1: The New Covenant (Testament) does not start at Matthew chapter one, the birth of Jesus, but starts with the death of Jesus at the end of Matthew. (I know this sounds strange, but let's look at this through the lens of what is biblical, not at what is traditional).

Then he (Jesus) took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many 
for the forgiveness of sins." 
Matthew 26:27-28

"This cup (the death of Jesus) is the new covenant (of grace) in my blood which is poured out for you."
Luke 22:20

...by the grace of God, he (Jesus) might taste death for everyone.
Hebrews 2:9

To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:6-8 

For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant (grace)...In the case of a will (covenant or testament), it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died. It never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
Hebrews 9:15 - 17

So, according to the very words of Jesus and the word of God, the New Testament or Covenant does not start at Matthew chapter one, the birth of Jesus, but starts at the death of Jesus. Jesus was born under law, lived under law, and died to redeem us from the law.

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
born under law, to redeem those under law...
Galatians 4:4-5 

The entire time Jesus was alive, prior to his death, the old covenant of law was in effect. Jesus lived and taught under the old covenant of law. This sounds strange to us. Why? Because traditional teachings of men have taught us the New Testament starts at Matthew chapter one, when the biblical teaching clearly shows us the New Testament or Covenant starts at the death of Jesus.

The birth of Jesus is not where God divides the Old Covenant (Testament) from the New Covenant (Testament). Rather, God's dividing place is the death of Jesus, the cross. During Jesus' life on earth, he fully obeyed the law, becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins. In becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins, he drank of the cup of death, having all our sins counted against himself and ushering in the new covenant of grace. Through the new covenant of grace, we experience complete forgiveness and are able to go boldly into God's presence just as we are, without fear or condemnation, but assured of his love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Why does understanding that the New Covenant of Grace starts at the death, not the birth of Christ, matter? It matters because it has everything to do with how we understand and apply Scripture to our lives. For example, Jesus, in the Lord's Prayer, tells us that if we do not forgive, God will not forgive us. Thus, placing conditions on our ability to experience God's forgiveness.

Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors...For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:12 and 14-15 (as well as Matthew 18:35)

This is the teaching on forgiveness Jesus instructed us on before the new covenant of grace was put into effect through his death. However, following his death, resurrection, and ascension, he revealed the truths of the new covenant of grace to Paul. Concerning forgiveness, Paul teaches us the following.

...forgive one another just as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

He forgave us all our sins...Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 2:14 and 3:12

Under the new covenant of grace, the motivation for forgiving one another doesn't come from fear that we will not be forgiven if we do not forgive. That was under the old covenant of law which was designed to produce fear and drive us to Jesus for salvation through grace. Following the cross, the motivation for forgiving others comes from the fact that all our sins have been forgiven by God. We are instructed by Jesus through Paul to forgive others the same way God has forgiven us...completely by grace. This is the teaching on forgiveness under the new covenant of grace.

The majority of times when I am reading an article or listening to a teacher on the subject of forgiving others, they seek to motivate others to forgive those who have wronged them by quoting the Lord's Prayer..."If you don't forgive others, God will not forgive you." They are using the law to motivate people to forgive by fear. They do not take into account the cross and how it changes our motivation for forgiving others. Grace doesn't seek to strong-arm us with fear in the area of forgiving others, but empowers us to forgive others through the forgiveness God has already provided us when he forgave our sins through Jesus. The law demands we forgive, giving us no power to do so, and condemning us when we do not. Whereas, grace empowers us to forgive others because God has forgiven us of our sins.

This grace teaching on forgiveness should not be a strange teaching to any Christian. It should be the dominate teaching on forgiveness in churches everywhere. Yet, it is a strange teaching because many teach what is traditional rather what is biblical. They continue to teach that if you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you, failing to take into account the new covenant of grace has replaced the old covenant of law.

Another example of why understanding the new covenant starts at the death of Jesus and not the birth of Jesus, relating to understanding and applying the bible to our lives, has to do with salvation. Under the old covenant of law, Jesus said to those who thought salvation was achieved through self-effort that they were to daily pick up their cross and follow him for salvation. He also said whoever puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for God's kingdom. Additionally, he said a person must be as perfect as God for salvation and that to have eternal life one must obey the law completely. No one can do any of these. No one daily picks up his cross. No one has never looked back. No one is as perfect as God. No one can obey the law. All of these teachings were designed to show us our utter inability to save ourselves through self-effort and to lead us to grace alone for salvation. 

To those who were aware of their sins and inability to save themselves, Jesus said salvation simply comes by believing or by faith. This was the case with the immoral woman who came into the Pharisees home and wiped the feet of Jesus with her tears. Jesus told her that her faith had saved her. He did not mention taking up her cross, putting her hand to the plow, being perfect as God is perfect, or obeying the law. The reason why is because she was very aware of our inability to save herself...she was very aware of her sinful condition...her only hope was grace, which she received by faith in Jesus.

The Bible says the law condemns us for sin and grace saves us from sin. The law reveals our sin and grace rescues us from our sin. This was the message Jesus gave to Paul.

Paul, writing under the new covenant of grace, said the following:

 There is no one righteous, not even one...Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known...this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:10-21 

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2;8-9

Under grace, we are not saved by taking up our cross and following Jesus daily, by putting our hand to the plow and never looking back, by striving to be perfect like God, or by obeying the law. If these could save anyone, then why did Jesus die on the cross? The fact is they couldn't. Only by grace, the shed blood of Jesus for our sins, can we be saved. 

Paul, in rightly dividing the old covenant of law from the new covenant of grace, said the following in Galatians 2:21:

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!
 

Salvation through grace alone and not by the law is very important to understand. Someone came to me at a point in his life when he was broken of his sin and wanting to be saved. He wanted to begin a relationship with Jesus. He was told he needed to pick up his cross daily and follow Jesus. He was told that if he put his hand to the plow and looked back he would not be fit for the kingdom of God and could not be saved. After hearing this, he was convinced he could not be saved because he knew himself, and he could not do it. In explaining the way of salvation to this broken man, no one shared the gospel of grace with him...the cross...the shed blood of Jesus.

From there, I had the opportunity to tell him about the cross of Jesus. I told him that Jesus died for all his sins and by faith in Jesus he could experience God's forgiveness and begin a relationship with God though grace.

These are just two examples of why it is extremely important that the sections of the Old Covenant of Law and New Covenant of Grace in the Bible be understood if we are to correctly interpret and apply God's word to our lives.

Let's continue to look at ten truths of the new covenant of grace, from the book of Hebrews, which God wants all Christians to be familiar so we are not carried away from grace by the teachings and traditions of men.

TRUTH #2: Jesus completely and eternally paid our sin debt.

He (Jesus) sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself...so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.
Hebrews 7:27-28

He (Jesus) entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his blood, 
having obtained eternal redemption
Hebrews 9:12

TRUTH #3: Jesus entered heaven itself to appear for us before God with his own blood poured out for all of our sins.

He (Jesus) entered the Most Holy Place (heaven itself) once for all by his blood, 
having obtained eternal redemption. 
Hebrews 9:12

For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary, that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.
Hebrews 9:24

TRUTH #4: Because of the blood of Jesus poured out for our sins, all of our sins have been completely and eternally forgiven by God.

He (Jesus) entered the Most Holy Place (heaven) once for all by his blood, 
having obtained eternal redemption
Hebrews 9:12

Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins.
Hebrews 10:17-18

TRUTH #5: Because all of our sins have been completely and eternally forgiven by God, we do not have to repetitively ask God to forgive us of our sins. This would be the same as the high priests who day after day and year after year made sacrifices for the sins of the people because, under the law, forgiveness was temporal and never complete. To continue to ask God to forgive us of sin would be daily reminding ourselves that we are not forgiven, as did those under the old covenant of law, rather than daily remembering we are forgiven, which is consistent with the new covenant of grace. In addition, to continue to ask God to forgive us for sins after receiving the good news of the new covenant of grace would be trampling under foot the blood of Christ as did those who repetitively sacrificed animals after hearing about the new covenant of grace. 

Unlike the other high priests, he (Jesus) does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he sacrificed himself.
Hebrews 7:27-28 

But those sacrifices (animal sacrifices under the old covenant of law) are an annual reminder of sins...
Hebrews 10:3

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus) had offered for all time one sacrifice for sin, he sat down at the right hand of God.
Hebrews 10:11-12

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened (to Jesus and the new covenant of grace)...if they fall away (fall back into the old covenant of law, sacrificing animals for forgiveness), to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace (every time they sacrifice an animal for the forgiveness of sins). 
Hebrews 6:4-7

TRUTH #6: Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we have forever been made holy and perfect before God.

And by that will (the new covenant of grace), we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus once for all...because by one sacrifice he has 
made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:10 and 14.

TRUTH #7. If there is more or ongoing forgiveness we need from God after coming to faith in Jesus, then Jesus would have to die again and again and present his blood before God again and again.

Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have to suffer many times (be sacrificed again and again, shed his blood again and again) since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all...Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people...
Hebrews 9:25-28
  
TRUTH #8: Because of the new covenant of grace, the blood sacrifice of Jesus, we have been cleansed from having to live with a guilty conscience.
 
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.
Hebrews 9:14
 
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (the blood of Jesus).
Hebrews 10:22

TRUTH #9: Because of the new covenant of grace, the sacrifice of Jesus, we can draw near to God in a real and honest relationship. In this grace-based authentic relationship, we share everything about ourselves with God: our hopes, dreams, struggles, sins, fears, etc. Only in grace can our relationship with God ever deepen and strengthen. The old covenant of law will never allow us to grow in our relationship with God. We will continually live in guilt and condemnation. We will never experience the freedom of forgiveness. Under law, we will feel far away from God. We will hide from God and others. Under grace, we draw near to God and are honest with others. The Bible is in opposition to those who say too much teaching on grace will lead to sin. It is also in opposition to those who accuse teachers of grace as giving people a license to sin. Actually, grace brings us closer to God, makes us more aware of sin, and takes us farther away from sin. 
 
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16
 
The former regulation (the old covenant of law) is set aside because it is weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect) and a better hope (the new covenant of grace) is introduced by which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:18-19
 
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart (completely honest and transparent, just as we are) and full assurance of faith (assured of his love, acceptance, and forgiveness), having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience 
and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:22


TRUTH #10: Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we now spend our lives praising and thanking God we are forgiven rather than seeking to obtain more or ongoing forgiveness from him. 
 
Through Him, then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, 
the fruit of lips that give thanks (for the new covenant of grace) to His name.
Hebrews 13:15

These are just ten new covenant truths of grace God wants all Christians to no longer consider strange. He wants us to be very familiar with the teachings of the new covenant of grace because they prevent us from being carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, and there are many of those teachings in the Christian community, and because they draw us closer to him and strengthen our hearts by releasing us from guilt and shame.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace...
Hebrews 13:9

I am so thankful to Bob George, author of Classic Christianity, who boldly proclaimed the gospel of grace within a hostile religious climate, caring not about the approval of men but only the approval of God. Because of his boldness in teaching what is biblical, rather than traditional, my eyes were opened to the transforming truths of the new covenant of grace. To Bob, I will forever be grateful. Along with Classic Christianity, I highly recommend his book, Jesus Changes Everything, which clearly shows the reader the differences between the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace. If you would like to visit Bob's website, go to www.bobgeorge.net.

For other Bible teachers who teach the new covenant truths of grace, visit Grace Links on this website.

My prayer for all those reading this blog is that your eyes have been opened to see the glorious transforming truths of the new covenant of grace...the cross...the shed blood of Jesus for all your sins...his resurrection. And, with your eyes being opened, you are no longer a stranger to the teaching of God's grace. In becoming familiar with grace, I pray you will enjoy an authentic relationship with God where you are able to go directly and boldly into God's presence without fear of rejection or condemnation, but assured of his love, acceptance, and forgiveness. 

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Doug Molyneaux on Thursday, December 04, 2014 7:55 PM
Brad, great blog. Great insight. I was present when the pastor told you that he wished that he could teach Grace but did not want to lose his job. That has stuck with me for a decade or longer.
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