Righteousness…And Grace…

NOTE: The below is an article which is WIP -work in progress & not Completed yet!

...Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness…But solid food is for the mature… (Hebrews 5:13 & 14)

The 1st time the Holy Spirit pointed out to me about ‘The Teaching about Righteousness’ – which was solid food for the mature Christian, I was intrigued by it and started a journey onto the discovery of Grace Vs Law…

Imagine my 2nd time– when I was reading the Red Letter Bible (words of Jesus in Red color) and the Holy Spirit pointed out that the 1st verse spoken by Jesus in the Bible also mentioned Righteousness:

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15)

then again 5 more times in the next couple of chapters…

Mathew Chapter 5:

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousnessfor theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Mathew Chapter 6:

1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So it now seemed to me that both Christ and Paul took Righteousness to be important…

In the above verses spoken by Jesus, we see- Righteousness, Your Righteousness and His Righteousness…

Now Romans 5:17 is another verse that stood out…

…”For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ…”

Here 2 phrases stand out- Abundance of Grace & Gift of Righteousness

Grace is received & not earned, also there can both be Abundance and Scarcity of Grace- based on how much you are willing to receive from Him, not because of His willingness to pour out or not (John 3:34)- but rather your (un)willingness to simply take…

And Righteousness is a Gift- which is freely given and cannot be earned, and it doesn’t have a measure or quantity. It is a Unity, a Binary (0 or 1), black or white – you get it fully or you don’t get it at all- no partial measures, only the full cup…You can’t have more or less righteousness- since you can have only His righteousness, the very same full measure of Christ’s righteousness; nothing less, nothing more!

Again I looked at the treatment of the original word used in Greek for Righteousness – in the new testament, the following is the gist of it- taken from LINK

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Hyper-Grace: Micheal Brown Vs Pastor Joseph Prince…

Dr. Michael L. Brown is an American Messianic Jew, radio host, conservative and author of the book ‘Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message’…below is an article he wrote after a face to face meeting he had with Joseph Prince…

In general many assume that the views of Dr. Brown are opposite to what Joseph Prince preaches- especially after Dr. Browns ‘Hyper-Grace’ book was published.

Let us see how things stand in Jan 2017, when they both met to discuss on Grace…

After the meeting Dr. Brown says & I quote: …”the points on which we agreed far outnumbered and outweighed the points on which we differed”. The following are the 8 points where they both agreed: 

  1.  It’s all about Jesus 
  2. Many believers often fail to realize the depth of God’s love for them and on what Jesus did on their behalf, and so it is essential to ground them in Grace
  3. God calls us to holiness, and true grace will manifest in a holy life
  4. Sanctification is progressive, meaning, the moment we are saved, we are forgiven, declared righteous, and set apart as holy, but now we must grow in holiness
  5. The Lord corrects us, and included in the preaching of grace is the calling to “exhort and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15)
  6. God’s Law is glorious and holy and beautiful- but we understand that, “The Ten Commandments are so perfect in [their] standard and so unbending in [their] holy requirements that Galatians 3:11 states that no man can be justified by the law in the sight of God. Justification before God can only come by faith in Christ.”
  7. Any form of universalism or any denial of future punishment for the lost must be categorically rejected
  8. Commitment to the local church and the authority of the local church

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.

Joseph Prince is the senior pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore (33000 members) and is a well known author, speaker and proponent of the Grace Revolution world-wide.

Below is given the article in its full form.

TITLE of the article: Hyper-Grace: Setting the Record Straight With Pastor Joseph Prince

On Friday, January 20 2017, while ministering in Singapore, I had the pleasure of spending two-and-a-half hours with Pastor Joseph Prince, delving into the Scriptures in Hebrew and Greek, discussing the points on which we differed, and highlighting the points on which we agreed. Without a doubt, the points on which we agreed far outnumbered and outweighed the points on which we differed.

(Photo: Michael Brown) Pastor Joseph Prince (Left) and Dr. Michael Brown, January 20, 2017.

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BEWARE OF THE DANGERS OF COUNTERFEIT GRACE…by JP

Whenever we speak about any topic, the 2 sides of a coin story has to be told…in this article, Joseph Prince speaks about the Dangers of Counterfeit Grace…completely_forgiven

We live in exciting times. Our Lord Jesus is truly restoring the gospel of grace that was first given to Apostle Paul. Over the last decade, I have had the great privilege of reading a constant stream of praise reports and testimonies sent to our ministry office from precious people set free from all kinds of addictions, including smoking, drugs, alcohol, and especially pornography.

Beyond being unshackled by the heavy yoke of guilt and condemnation, real lives, real marriages, and real families are being transformed and these people are living for the glory of Jesus through the power of His amazing grace. Grace is not a movement, teaching, or subject to be studied. It is all about a person. His name is Jesus. What one believes about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and what He has done at the cross, makes all the difference.

Reigning Over Sin Through Grace

To understand the grace of God, it is essential we understand the difference between the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace. John 1:17 tell us, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” The law was given through a servant; grace and truth came through the Son. The law talks about what man ought to be; grace reveals who God is. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (see 2 Cor. 3:6). Under the law, God demands righteousness from sinfully bankrupt man. But under grace, God provides righteousness as a gift. All who believe in Jesus and acknowledge Him as their Lord and Savior are under the new covenant of grace.

Yet, many believers today are still living in confusion. They get law and grace all mixed up by holding to some aspects of the law and some aspects of grace in their Christian walk. As such, they continue in defeat, rather than reign over the power of sin through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.

Romans 5:17 tells us clearly that “those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life.” When we reign in life, we reign over sin, addictions, and all forms of evil.

Thankfully, our Lord Jesus is restoring the purity of the gospel of grace today and many are finding freedom from long-term addictions and other bondages. They share with great joy how the Lord has supernaturally delivered them from decades of substance abuse and sexual addictions, frequent panic attacks, and even long-term clinical depression. Others write in, brimming with thanksgiving, because He has restored their marriages and their relationships with their estranged children, and healed their bodies when doctors had given them no hope. One common denominator took these precious people from defeat to victory, from breakdowns to breakthroughs: they all had an encounter with our Lord Jesus and caught a revelation of His amazing grace.

Distortions to the Restoration of God’s Truth

Nonetheless, it is important we realize that as with any restoration of God’s truths in church history, there are distortions today to the restoration of the truth of grace. There are many controversies, inaccuracies, and counterfeits to the genuine work of grace that God is doing in His church and in people’s lives. It is also unfortunate that a small number misrepresent the truth of God’s amazing grace, using “grace” as an excuse for living a licentious lifestyle that is in clear violation of God’s Word.

It is essential that we do not draw our conclusions about God’s grace based on the few who abuse it, but study God’s Word for ourselves to understand what the original, unadulterated gospel of grace truly is.

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5-Star Grace Books…

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Every grace book listed below has received at least 100 five-star reviews on Amazon. To learn about the judgment calls made in compiling this list, read this post. If you know of any grace book that should be on this list, let us know and we’ll add it.

Books are listed by date of publication (oldest first).

 Classic Christianity, by Bob George (1989)
What’s So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancey (Feb 2002)
 Grace Walk, by Steve McVey (May 2005)
The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning (June 2005)
Destined to Reign, by Joseph Prince (July 2007)
He Loves Me, by Wayne Jacobsen (Aug 2007)
The Naked Gospel, by Andrew Farley (Aug 2009)
Unmerited Favor, by Joseph Prince (Feb 2010)
 Destined to Reign Devotional, by Joseph Prince (Oct 2011)
The Cure, by Lynch et al. (Dec 2011)
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine, by Max Lucado (Sep 2012)
The Gospel in Ten Words, by Paul Ellis (Sept 2012)
Jesus Is, by Judah Smith (Feb 2013)
The Power of Right Believing, by Joseph Prince (Oct 2013)
 The Hyper-Grace Gospel, by Paul Ellis (April 2014)

NOTE: The above is taken from: LINK

Paul- The Apostolic Grace Preacher…

As per lot of accounts and with verses from his epistles like the ones quoted below, Paul (AD 5 – 67) seems to be the numero uno as far as grace preachers are concerned…

“the law entered, that the offence [sin] might abound, but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).

“even so might grace reign through righteousness unto age-lasting [aionian] life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21).

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. — Romans 6:14 (NIV).

“And if by grace, then it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6

I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing! Galatians 2:21

“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8

Below is a small insight on same point of view:

To the unbiased believer of the Word of God, there is overwhelming proof that the secret of God’s eternal purpose and of His good news to man was first communicated by revelation to the Apostle Paul, that he in turn might make it known to others. Not only does Paul himself declare this by divine inspiration but his declarations are amply confirmed by a comparison of his message and ministry with the messages and ministries of all his predecessors. Continue reading