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Hijacking the Grace of God3
Who is Hijacking the Grace of God –Part 3
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
 
 
New Mantras Reveal Old Strongholds
 
So we’ve seen that the new mantra “pattern” as it is used in the false religious system is just a slogan to justify partial truths as the will of God, which is a very old stronghold of the devil.
 
And we’ve answered the question, What’s wrong with partial truth(s)? And seen that what’s wrong with believing partial truth is that it isn’t really truth at all. It’s the aspiration of man posing as truth to set the standard in ideas and philosophies the Holy Spirit will not enter into.
 
Getting truth is clearly essential if you want to know God and please God, but truth was never given in part, but as a whole pattern. That is the purpose of a blueprint, to see how the whole truth works from God’s perspective.
 
You may have been told for your entire life that truth is progressive, but it is not. It’s important that you know and understand why that is so. You would be surprised if the engineer who promised to build you a corporate headquarters kept telling you he isn’t finished with the blueprint yet. He has a lot of ideas he calls his “master plan” that really wowed you when he was in your office, but he hasn’t delivered the blueprint. He’s still working on it. It’s obvious that you can’t start to build until the blueprint is “wholly” conceived. 
 
When truth is in part a minister is saying that grace is important, but cannot define grace to state how grace functions with all the elements. He hasn’t conceived the binary relationship of grace and faith, and the proclitic relationship of grace with the other elements – how the elements were designed by God to work in union with one another – he didn’t think that to be important.
 
While some ministers cling on to these notions about truth being progressive for their entire ministry, partial truth will never grow into truth that represents Jesus perfectly. What happens when truth is in part is that believers don’t know what grace is and they don’t know how to steward the grace of God for growth. When you’re forever trying to work out the pattern you’re not functioning in the true priesthood of Jesus Christ.
 
How did the unauthorized ideas about grace (God’s unmerited favor/ unconditional love) and truth (progressive ideas about scripture) get so ingrained in the Christian community? Independent ministers selling and using their own truths and articles in Christian magazines and websites certainly have had a considerable impact.    
 
It is found that many who now call themselves apostles and prophets do not have the practice of drawing from one blueprint of truth, but draw from many and varied blueprints – they’re on the trail of tears. While they band together in the idea that God has restored apostles to the church – and He has – each carry their own progressive blueprint.
 
Many judgments are made based on the practice of drawing from multiple blueprints. One minister will say that tongues are not for today and another will say that tongues are for today and another will say that it doesn’t matter what gift you have. One will say that faith means this and another will say that faith means something else. I’m sure you have experienced and seen the same.
 
In frustration ministers have opted out saying, Let’s just forget about doctrine, it just divides us. Let’s just focus on saving the world. But they would be bringing the world into a church that is not capable of nurturing them in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They are not equipped in truth.
 
It is undeniable that such judgments based on the gathering of truths from a multitude of dysfunctional blueprints has harmed the Body of Christ and tells us that assessment literacy is in need of attention.
 
Order in God’s Kingdom
 
The same order that that is seen in the natural world is also seen in the invisible Kingdom – the Kingdom of God. God reveals Jesus Christ to our understanding in a way that He designed for us to be joined to Him in truth to experience the work of redemption in our souls. Jesus is the wisdom of God and the power of God. He is the point of contact that is joining us to the Father. Jesus is joining us to Himself by His knowledge. We behold Christ in His knowledge and our perception is now laid upon the scale of His holiness.
 
Truth is set in order by the apostles’ calling to provide by way of personal instruction  the record of Christ. Truth is defined by God as the one divine blueprint where nothing of Jesus is missing and nothing of man is added.
 
The minute that man adds his interpretation to the knowledge of Christ, he has soiled truth with his imagination, aspiration, and principle. God calls this soiled truth false knowledge – corrupt knowledge, for it is a mirror image of man’s ignorance. The anointing does not work with ignorance. The anointing works with the pure knowledge of God, the grace of God in truth.
 
Your faith must be an expression of My grace. And this is what the first century apostles taught by the Spirit, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith joined to grace and truth is the perfect measure of Christ and pleases God because it reflects Jesus Christ.
 
The grace of the apostles’ calling is to carry the knowledge of Christ to the understanding of the people. This is the true divine miracle of apostolic stewardship and is greater than any miracle sought by the false religious system: raising the dead, giving sight to the blind, healing the deaf and dumb. Yes, God does these things. However, ministers use these outward signs to serve themselves and they become fables that cause many to stumble.
 
The claim is, “I want to see the Kingdom of God come to earth in a more tangible way.” But wait a minute, the grace of God is already very tangible to those who are exercised thereby. Jesus called it the light of the world. So, if you are awaiting something “more” tangible than grace it is because you’re not experiencing the grace of God in truth. (Colossians 1:6)
 
Grace: The First of 12 Elements
 
There are 12 essential elements that make up the foundation of your faith. These are the principles of the doctrine of Christ. I first drew the 12 elements of the gospel on a chalk board as the Lord revealed them to me back in 1976 when I was working as a janitor at a high school. God first focused on grace, which is the first and most important element. As grace came into focus, the rest of the elements fell into place.
 
The Lord showed me how He designed the elements to function as binary units to teach us we are to respond to Him on the level of His engagement. He is teaching us reciprocation in kind. He is teaching us contact for increase. This is to prevent us from trying to reciprocate to Him on the level of the flesh. God won’t reciprocate to the flesh. God will only confirm our faith with His presence when we reciprocate on the grounds of the covenant.
 
Let’s talk for a moment about the binary element to grace. Faith is the binary element to grace. God teaches us that faith follows grace because we are called as servants to God. God does not serve us. We serve God. God then reciprocates many rewards and tokens for our yielding to His grace for our increase in Him.
 
The power of grace is to draw faith from the heart, which is the first of the 9 operations of God in grace. From this we understand the primary definition of faith to be obedience (to grace). This is how we were first saved. We heard the voice of His grace when we heard the truth of the message that Jesus died for our sins. That drew faith from the heart and God reciprocated and declared us righteous.
 
As the Lord taught me the definition of grace and the flow of the Spirit through grace I could then see the pattern in the scriptures where Apostle Paul wrote about grace or Apostle Peter wrote about grace.
 
Opposition to Grace
 
The Lord warned of two oppositions to His plan to restore the proper understanding of grace to the church. First, some will say that the old wine is better, that grace is nothing more than “God’s unmerited favor” or “unconditional love”, which has been the much quoted definitions for grace in the current Christian culture.
 
Secondly, some will want to get behind the message that God has restored the true value of grace to the understanding of the church, but they will take it in the wrong direction. This is why we’re hearing teachings about Hyper-Grace and Mega Grace. But don’t be fooled by these ministers. They’re not actually embracing the restoration of grace, but are hijacking grace for their own purposes, which is to turn the grace of God to lasciviousness. The devil wants to get into the mix.
 
The Measure of Grace
 
Apostle Paul instructed the church about the “measure” of grace and its manifold manifestations. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7)
 
We’re going to look at 3 measures of grace: Grace for Salvation (G/S), Grace for Growth (G/G), and Grace for Calling (G/C).
 
Grace for Salvation (G/S): As Apostle Paul taught, every one of us experienced the grace of God to come to come into covenant with Him. The sinner receives a measure of grace to make known their need for Jesus. God speaks to them to awaken the seed that lays dormant in the conscience awaiting the watering of the grace of God.
 
Jesus gave a great object lesson to Peter and the rest of His apostles to help them understand how grace works. He asked them, “Who do men say that I, the Son of man, am?" And Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!" And Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but My Father which is in heaven."
 
Did you catch that? Jesus was defining grace for us. Peter, you heard My words speaking to you as I was sharing truth, but you ALSO heard the voice of My Father in heaven. The voice of grace. The voice that revealed to you that I am the Son of God.
 
Jesus Christ is hidden from the carnal reasoning and concealed from man. No man can come to the Father unless drawn by the Spirit (the voice of grace), as Jesus Himself said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32). And also, “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44). Grace is the element that speaks of God revealing and communicating Christ to the sinner to draw the sinner to God.
 
Acts 15:11, “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”
 
Ephesians 2;8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Now do you see it?
 
Grace for Growth (G/G): Just as God provided grace for the sinner to come to the knowledge of the truth to be joined in covenant with Him, God continues to provide grace for the believer to grow in the knowledge of Christ and for the transformation of the soul into the image of Christ.
 
Acts 13:43, “Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas:  who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”
 
2 Peter3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
 
God grants grace for our daily experience of Him. We can communicate with our surroundings through our senses (sight, sound, touch, taste) and gain experience. God communicates to us through grace and we gain experience with Him through this revelation (unveiling) of Jesus Christ.
 
Every one of us is given grace for growth. Each believer is called of God to steward the grace of God. You have to learn how to receive the grace of God before you can know how to steward it to others. Body minister is about the stewardship of the grace of God one to another as the Spirit provides. 1 Peter 4:10, "As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold graceof God." Listen to the recorded teaching "The Manifold Grace of God" to learn more. [Read more]
 
 
 
Last Revised: 2015-04-13

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