Quote: Defining Grace…

2 May

Excerpts from Kriston Couchey’s blog:

Grace is not simply a teaching, a doctrine, a precept, or concept.  The simple definition of Grace is this: Jesus.  God’s grace towards us is not only Jesus Christ on the cross bringing redemption and cleansing; but also, the continuing grace of God given to believers as the presence and power of Jesus Christ dwelling within us by the Holy Spirit.  Grace to the believer is the impartation of who God is within our very being giving us union with Him.

True grace in this context is not greasy, false, hyper, or cheap.  The indwelling presence and power of Christ in us does not give license to sin, but rather the power to overcome it.

(There are those) who say that the “grace” of God covers their sin and they sin without remorse.  They believe “grace” is a license for them to do whatever they please.  Unfortunately these people have tainted the term “grace” making it easy for others to assume that one who teaches grace is teaching a license to sin.  The term “grace” has been hijacked and tainted by people misusing and abusing “grace”.

Each new emphasis of Holy Spirit throughout history has brought forth kingdom realities such as justification by faith, baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, healing, the Faith movement, The Toronto blessing, The Smithton Outpouring, The Pensacola Repentance Revival, apostolic and prophetic ministry, the organic church, etc.  Yet ALL of the moves of God have been severely judged by some people of their day as being unfit and of the devil when they began, and many still judge them today.

The scripture is clear that the enemy sows tares among good seed.  Jesus also taught that when planting seed, some soil will produce poor results and there is good soil that will produce a harvest.

The pure teaching of Grace today is coming forth in the same manner, we must in the midst of the turmoil and division the enemy plants in our midst be able to receive the benefits of the pure Grace of God and allow Him to bear fruit in our lives as a result.  Bad seed and bad soil must not keep us from discerning Christ and His purposes for bringing a move of His Spirit.

Some speak of grace as simply a teaching, a doctrine, a precept, or a concept.  As with any truth, if grace is taught as simply a doctrine it becomes a religion for people.  But, there are those preaching grace who preach Christ.  More specifically; they preach out of the presence and power of Christ within by the Holy Spirit.  Two seeds, one is knowledge that puffs up, and another is love that edifies. Grace as a concept does nothing to change the heart, but grace as a person is life from the dead.

Father is emphasizing Grace today that is not some deception of the enemy.  Only the indwelling presence and power of Christ in us in this hour will bring forth the full establishment of the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  A religious system of self-effort cannot do so.

Zechariah 4:6-7 gives a prophetic picture of the capstone or headstone of the house/temple/dwelling of God.  We are that dwelling, Jesus is the Foundation, and He is also the Capstone, and the final revelation is Double Grace.  It is not by any man’s power or might that the mountain will be moved and the house will be complete, but by the Spirit of God.  That is Grace working in and through His people.

Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, said the LORD of the hosts.  Who art thou, O great mountain before Zerubbabel?  Thou shalt be reduced to a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. – Zech 4:16

by Kriston Couchey
http://my.opera.com/Boanerges/blog/

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