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Responses To Grace

Has Your Name Been Slandered? Rejoice!

"It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice."
Philippians 1:15-18


Because of Paul's boldness in proclaiming the good news of grace through the person of Christ while in the face of persecution from both legalistic believers and non-believers, many grace believers began to proclaim the person and finished work of Jesus more boldly.

Fighting The Good Fight Of Grace

“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:6-7

Paul knew the time of his death was close. For over thirty years, he had faithfully shared the good news of God’s grace with many people, just as Jesus had instructed him (Acts 20:24). He now had finished his race of telling others about the good news of grace.

Paul described his time of sharing the good news of God’s grace, which the ascended Jesus had given him to share (Acts 20:24, Ephesians 3, Galatians 1:11-12), as a fight.

What Drives Religious Legalists To Resist God's Grace?

It is very common in the lives of grace believers and teachers to experience the consistent resistance of grace by the religious legalists around them. These legalists are in the grace-believers' families, their churches, their places of employment, their neighborhoods, their schools, and the organizations to which they belong. These religious legalists are everywhere!

I am sure you have encountered them!

But what drives these religious legalists to be so resistant to grace and to reject those who believe and teach grace?

The Religious Are Wrong! Grace Leads Us Out Of Sin Not Into Sin!

Many religious people say the teaching of grace, God's unconditional love, unmerited kindness, unlimited forgiveness, and unearned blessings freely given us in Jesus and received by faith, will give people the impression they can sin all they want. 

According to the religious Pharisees of Jesus' time, Jesus, because of grace, was giving people the impression they could sin all they wanted. They said he was giving people permission to sin. They even went so far as to accuse Jesus of participating with them in sin.

Only The Teaching Of Grace Exposes The Heart

How someone responds to the teaching of grace (God's unconditional love, unmerited kindness, unlimited forgiveness, and unearned blessings freely given us in Jesus and received by faith - Ephesians 1-3) reveals the heart. 

Some will misuse grace as a license to sin (Jude 4), exposing them as false believers...godless...as they exchange grace for a license to sin.

There are many who are afraid to teach grace because they fear someone might use it as a license to sin. Their hearts are exposed for not appreciating grace because they have no awareness of their own sin, just like the Pharisees.

5 Responses To Grace

When mentioned in a conversation or post, or to an audience, the word grace results in different responses. I have discovered there are at least five responses to grace. Before we look at these five responses, let's first take a closer look at what grace is.

The word grace is used many times in the Bible. During the life of Jesus, before his crucifixion, it is used five times. After his ascension and appearance to Paul, it is used over 150 times. I have categorized the word 
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