How Can You Understand Hyper-Grace if You Don’t Understand Grace
Many are taking in hand to set balance to the hyper-grace thing without first understanding the element of grace itself and to learn how God designed grace to operate with the other elements of the gospel. The very foundation of spiritual growth in the fullness of the stature of Christ depends upon grace being issued from the throne of God on a daily basis for our yielding to Him.
Grace is the revelation of God to man to communicate Christ, illuminate, enlighten, and awaken the soul every day. But grace does not work alone. Grace is the first of 12 elements of the gospel, which is the DNA of Jesus Christ. Your faith is built on these 12 pillars. God connected grace to the other elements to let you know about how He works so that you might do the same to co-labor with Him. This is the law of reciprocation in kind. Let’s look at the 12 elements of the gospel to quickly to see what they are:
1. grace 7. peace
2. faith 8. rest
3. righteousness 9. charity
4. justification 10. truth
5. sanctification 11. regeneration
6. holiness 12. renewing of the mind
These are the 12 pillars of your faith. I want you to memorize them and then begin to learn how they work together to express Christ.
I remember when the Lord first revealed to me the restoration of the elements back in 1975. I began to chart them on a chalk board as the Spirit gave them to me. As each one was given, I then saw their binary design and understood by the Spirit that the elements worked in binary fashion to reveal God’s infinite wisdom and plan to initiation towards man (God’s part) to draw from man a response (man’s responsibility).
Let’s now look at the binary pattern of the elements to learn how God planned for you to reciprocate to Him on His level (not on the level of the flesh) and how He is teaching you about contact with Him for the increase of your soul in the likeness of Christ. We’ll only look at two pairs of binary elements, grace and faith, and sanctification and holiness.
GRACE (God’s part) SANCTIFICATION (God’s part)
FAITH (man’s part) HOLINESS (man’s part)
Grace (the 1st element), that is on God’s part to issue grace. That’s why I’ve placed that element on top of faith. And faith (the 2nd element) is man’s response (obedience) to grace. Grace draws faith from the heart.
Sanctification is God’s part. He separated you from the world unto Himself by engrafting you with His Spirit and giving you the knowledge and tools of the covenant for Jesus to cleanse the conscience and represent your before the throne of God. Holiness is on your part. You separate yourself from the world unto God by using the same knowledge and tokens that God sanctified by the blood of Jesus. Holiness is not in the power of the flesh, but in this action that faith takes.
When holiness is separated from sanctification, a person struggles against the flesh to define holiness and cannot keep the commandment of God, “Be holy for I am holy.” Holiness, when separated from sanctification, is a false journey that started in the flesh and is continued in the flesh. Many mile markers from others on the same false journey are claimed to validate the process: “You’re on the right track! Keep going!”
By bonding the elements together, the fire of the Spirit is seen to produce the likeness of Christ. As each pair was revealed me to me I also understood by the Spirit how the elements also work in synergy with each other.
Grace draws faith from the heart, but also needs the pattern and foundation of truth to direct faith with the knowledge God sanctified in Christ as the true measure and scale of righteousness to bring the soul into rest. Grace works in synergy with truth, righteousness, sanctification, and rest. All 12 elements perfectly express Jesus Christ. Nothing of Christ is missing from this pattern and nothing of man is added.
God was again teaching the church reciprocation in kind, on His level, rather than the level of the flesh and teaching that faith grows and increases by this contact with Him.
This is not dry doctrine. This is the living pattern of Jesus Christ the Spirit enters into to confirm Him. The doctrine of Christ is practical. The elements of the gospel also are the construction of the altar of Christ needed for your priesthood. No elements = no altar = no priesthood.
In addition, God designed your soul like His soul. You are designed to labor with knowledge to enter into rest. When Adam fell it was because Adam accepted (false) knowledge from the serpent. He labored with false knowledge, but his soul did not enter into rest, did it? Adam acknowledged, molded with, and submitted to false knowledge and God separated Adam from Him.
In that separation, Adam experienced fretfulness, fear, suspicion, guilt, and remorse for the first time. The false knowledge he labored with did not bring his soul into rest. In this we learn that God designed the soul for Himself. We were created by God, for God. When we labor with the sanctified knowledge of Jesus Christ we enter into rest, thus understanding our completion in Christ.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:11)
Is Grace a Theme?
These elements are not themes found in the Bible. Yes, the Bible speaks of them because the apostles wrote their epistles based on the instructions they received from the Lord and their personal experience as they walked in covenant with God. But they did not write about them as separate themes or truths. They wrote about the elements as they function in synergy with each other. None of the elements work alone, they all work as a whole. Understanding the whole we wouldn’t have to extrapolate how to keep them all in balance. God already did that.
The danger of thinking about grace as a theme rather than an element is that you’re never functioning with the whole counsel of God (as Apostle Paul said he was in Acts 20:27).
This has been part of the problem today. People imagined that the kingdom of God must be just like their experience while in the kingdom of darkness where understanding progressed with one’s logic. It was therefore thought that the truth of Jesus Christ is progressively known. But Paul said, “You have not so learned Christ.”
What this means is that a person embarks upon a journey of faith where truth is not known and half truths are always in the wind. So a person is snatching at this thing or the other that makes sense to them at the moment. Believing that knowledge morphs and every morph becomes a new truth for them, they excused diversity and contradiction of doctrine saying that we were all on the same belt, just at a different notch. This illusion is something that the imagination can work with, but not faith.
What you accepted as truth, you expected to change as you got “more truth” and because everyone did you, you felt justified. One person says, “That makes sense” and another person says, “I don’t think so!” Both are reasoning with their logic rather than grace and truth. They’re not drawing from a foundation of truth, but a collection of themes that are constantly changing. So, that’s not the belt of truth, that’s the belt of false knowledge.
Do you see now why restoration means that God gives truth to apostles today as a whole, not in part? Partial truth is being exposed as the deception of the devil. The truth of Jesus Christ does not change. The apostles instructed the church in this whole counsel of God, which became the scale of discernment for all believers. One truth. One scale. One church.
Partial Truth Makes for Bad Advice
When doctrine is constantly shifting in the wind, you might hear this bad advise passed off as the sage advice: "When it comes to doctrine, stay in the middle of the road and you will avoid the ditches. Avoid extremes, excesses and abuses of doctrine."
In that God did not give the church partial truths, half truths, and themes to follow, the doctrine embraced is either in truth or in error. If you have not transitioned into the true gospel that God has now restored to the church, the doctrine you embrace is in error. You can be in the middle, left, or right side of that road and you will still be in error.
The advice suggests that you can “watch out” for error to avoid being ensnared by the devil who works error to shipwreck faith upon the rocks of false doctrine. But truth is the only standard God uses for discernment. If a person does not have the foundation of truth laid in their heart, they can’t discern and have no defense against error. Now we can understand why apostles are called of God to provide this refuge for the church.NEXT