Hyper-Grace: Fact or Fiction
by Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
co-authored by Teacher Maria vonAnderseck
What is hyper-grace? There are a lot of different tangents going on with this term. We’re going to examine the hype in hyper-grace to separate fact from fiction. First of all, a few have written on the subject of hyper-grace, wanting to alert the church to watch out for what they’ve observed as…
• Social irresponsibility
• Personal irresponsibility
The worry is that the grace of God is being used to give one license to neglect the responsibility God laid upon us all. The problem is that the responsibility referred to is directed towards the world, social ills, and personal failings (ie the kingdom and psychology of the flesh).
In truth, God directs the attention of the church towards the covenant terms, commandments, contact points, and priesthood of Jesus Christ. Grace is restricted to the covenant of Jesus Christ where it functions to reflect and express Him perfectly. God then does the daily work to bring the flesh into subjection to Him.
Those who are trying to raise awareness to the dangers of hyper-grace are not functioning in the covenant of Jesus Christ. They are bewailing the condition of the church, still caught up in the darkness of the 6th Enochian Week and trying to bring their own brand of order to the church, calling for balance, “We can’t have people saying they are under the grace of God and doing as they please, living in sin and claiming the grace of God for their covering.”
Can you see what the devil is doing? He’s shifting responsibility from the covenant and directing it towards the kingdom of the flesh. Saying, for example…
You have to be a responsible husband
You have to be a responsible wife
You have to be honest on the job
You have to be humble
Does God direct us in these things? Absolutely. As Apostle Paul admonished, Christians are to adorn the doctrine of Christ with behavior that is fitting Christ (Titus 2:10). But you can’t adorn the doctrine of Christ if you don’t have the doctrine of Christ. Meaning, the knowledge of Christ, when it is set in order by apostolic stewardship, is what the Holy Spirit uses to set order to the soul.
Knowledge is necessary for the divine power to produce the divine nature in the soul. This is something Apostle Peter instructed the saints to observe for their divine transformation.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Grace is the Law of the Spirit
We cannot experience the divine transformation of the soul through will worship, trying to be a better this or that. There is a big difference between grace governing our choices and policing oneself. God gave us a new law in Jesus Christ, the law of grace AND truth to govern our choices of faith, thus allowing the Holy Spirit to heal the soul and create within the soul the likeness of Christ.
The Holy Spirit brings this out in the gospel of John chapter 1 verse 17, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” And then again through Apostle Paul to the saints in Rome…
“For the law of the Spirit (grace and truth) of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
And again through Apostle James…
“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty (grace and truth).” (James 2:12)
Grace and truth is the scale by which the righteous measure faith to Jesus Christ. Without this true scale the mind would default to the habit of the natural man to measure faith upon many carnal and prejudicial scales. The moral code is a carnal scale. The signature of the soul is a carnal scale. The God-Code is a carnal scale. These scales all carry the prejudice of the flesh.
The divine purpose of apostolic stewardship again emerges: Stewardship presents to the church the one true scale of Jesus Christ.
Know this: The knowledge you embrace is the God you serve. If you embrace the moral code as the scale of your righteousness then this is the knowledge that governs your faith. If the moral code is allowed to govern your faith then it is the flesh you are serving and not God. The likeness reflected to God is not Jesus Christ, the reflection is you. And the problem is that God does not accept you on the basis of who you are, but accepts you on the basis of Jesus Christ, who He is. Faith is the power to reflect Christ.
Can you now see the fleshly priesthood? When the moral code is the scale of discernment it is the testimony written upon the heart which the tongue of the natural man speaks of to reciprocation the flesh. God is not glorified by the priesthood of the flesh. This fleshly testimony of the moral code is not the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Does Grace Mean “I Do Nothing”?
When grace was not defined correctly it was misunderstood to mean that “I do nothing” because the Holy Spirit does it all. Can you see the scale of the moral code working its deception: “All of God, none of me.”
While this statement sounds true on the surface, it’s being worked out by the power of the observations made by the moral code of man, it’s not being worked out by the covenant knowledge and law of grace and truth. The statement “all of God, none of me” is made to qualify that yes, I agree, humility is an important aspect of Christianity and now I’m going to find ways to reflect that in my thoughts and actions.
This is false humility, the measure of a man (moral code) not the measure of Jesus Christ (His righteousness).
Now that God has restored the fullness of grace in its 5 definitions and 9 operations, grace is again properly understood as the power of God to shape the reason of man by our co-laboring with the Holy Spirit drawing from the foundation of truth. We learn to yield to the grace of God as it is issued from the throne of God. One of the operations of God in grace is to humble the will to Him.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
As salvation is again understood as the ongoing and continual work of the Holy Spirit to heal the soul of the scars of iniquity and form in the soul the divine nature of Christ, grace is again understood as it was in the early church as necessary for faith to function.
God knows what you want. You want fruitful believers. You want a church that is full of zealous Christians. But God’s way is different than man’s way. God is a God of order. He first provided the covenant knowledge and set this truth of Jesus Christ in its proper order by assigning knowledge stewards called apostles to instruct the church, thus establishing one record in Jesus Christ for us to pattern our faith after Him.
God also provided spiritual tools in Jesus Christ for faith to be joined to for sanctified contact with Him. Faith must be active with the spiritual tools for the soul to continue to receive the grace of God.
If we are saved by grace alone, then faith is isolated from the covenant, knowledge, stewardship, and spiritual tools God uses to sanctify and justify the soul in Christ. It’s the same as being separated from Christ because Christ is expressed in these things. Can we be saved apart from Christ? No we cannot.
Faith needs to express Christ to reflect Him. This is why faith needs the spiritual tools of the covenant. Faith must be active with the knowledge and tools of Jesus’ covenant.
If faith is not connected to the things of Christ, it’s like building a plastic model of a nuclear power plant. It might resemble the real thing, but there isn’t any substance in it. There’s no power, it provides something for the imagination.
WORKS follow the PATTERN and BLUEPRINT of TRUTH
God sets order to the knowledge of Christ by setting truth in a whole pattern, which is the foundational blueprint each saint works from. If a person is not working from the blueprint of truth then he tries to talk himself into a balanced perspective by talking about the dangers of over emphasizing one thing at the expense of something else. Like over emphasizing grace at the expense of works.
But wholesome doctrine doesn’t work like that. God already set the balance in the blueprint. The works of the covenant are a natural outflow of the elements and tools of the covenant. You can see the flow of the Spirit from the knowledge, to the tools, to the soul, to the lips for expression of charity to the Father.
When a person doesn’t have the blueprint of truth, he’s working from different theories and can imagine how grace might be important because he’s read about it in the Bible and how works might be important because he’s also read about works in the Bible, but he’s not able to put these two together to live the life of Christ. The works he is referring to is not really the works of the covenant, which is still veiled to his understanding.NEXT