Grace is the revelation of God’s love for humanity and His deep desire to be involved in our lives. All that God does for us is the result of His grace. We all need God’s grace and mercy.According to the James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the word grace means unmerited favor. It also means, the Divine influence upon the heart, reflected in the life. Grace also refers to the calling and Divine purpose of God upon our lives. God’s favor and blessing were revealed from the beginning, because of God, Who is Love, created humanity, to love humanity. And even after man sinned against Him, God, instead of condemning us immediately to eternal wrath and punishment, determined to do whatever it took to redeem us back to Himself. The man went against God by his choosing, being tempted of God’s enemy. Instead of God destroying us, He decided to show us how much He loved us. God did this for us, revealing His grace in such a manner, that there is no doubt about how He feels about us.
Salvation then, is the result of grace, for it is by grace that we are saved through believing in God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and receiving Him as Lord and Savior. After we are saved, we will discover that the Christian life is lived by God’s Divine grace. The revelation of His grace is further discovered in His holy Word, The Holy Bible. That is close to my central passion – recovering what has either been lost or simply missed in the gospel and then making it clearly and widely known. Often the gospel gets cluttered with a lot of baggage and dismissed by preconceived ideas. In this article, I aim to share a summary of the central message, the climax of the ages; the good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
– What this is NOT
Let me clear the ground and tell you what I am not doing – I have not just unearthed a fantastic golden key for unlocking all mysteries, nor am I going to tell you to your open-mouthed amazement that I have just dug up in the Gobi desert, near fossil dinosaur eggs, a scroll that gives a whole new slant on Christianity! Neither am I sharing how to meditate your way into the center of divine consciousness. With those ideas cleared out of the way, we must ask, “Just what is the gospel – the central biblical message?”
– Christianity is Christ
He who made all things, the eternally pre-existing second Person of the triune living God, was born in Bethlehem. He taught with astonishing authority as he announced the next royal reign of God, freely shared God’s compassion, gave sight to the blind, cleansed lepers, welcomed moral outcasts and raised the dead. These mighty acts accredited and confirmed both Jesus’ message and his Person, as Israel’s long-awaited royal deliverer – their Messiah and Son of God (see Luke 5:13, Luke 18:41 -43, John 11:44, Acts 2:22 -24).
– God in action on behalf of others
In his crowning work as both God and man, Jesus gave himself into death as the final, divinely appointed sacrifice for sin (see John 1:29 & Hebrews 10:12), when he was publicly crucified by command of the Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. On the third day, Jesus was raised, bodily resurrected by God, with many compelling pieces of evidence, as Lord over all forever. Jesus’ setting in history shows that Christianity is rooted in a real person who fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. We are not merely talking about wonderful ideas, but carefully recorded teaching and events that can be checked out as to their time and place. An atradius credit in Johannesburg company is set to sponsor the church.