There is an array of misinformation about the meaning of God’s grace. What does it mean to be a ‘grace-person’ or a ‘grace-church’? Here are some of the characteristics:
1. The finished work of Jesus Christ is in focus. What we need for ‘life’ and ‘godliness’ has been provided by the death and resurrection of Christ. Just like Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the Garden of Eden, so Jesus has provided all for us. Our response is to ‘open’ our eyes to see the riches of the inheritance we have.
2. The cross divides the Old and New Covenant. In the Old, believers looked forward to that which would come, while in the New we look back at what Jesus Christ has already accomplished. Believers before the cross were involved in spiritual activities in order to receive God’s blessing. New Testament believers pray, worship, give and serve because the blessing is already provided.
3. A new love for the Old Testament. Jesus instructed, “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures”. Grace preachers value the Old Testament, and preach from it much like the apostles and early church fathers – to discover beautiful truths about Jesus Christ. The study of the Old Testament becomes a “treasure hunt” to know Christ better.
Coming up next week: Parts 4-6