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Hijacking the Grace of God4
Who is Hijacking the Grace of God –Part 4
By Apostle Eric vonAnderseck
The Current of God’s Grace
The command to “steward the grace of God” is a New Covenant commandment. As just stated, in order to steward the grace of God one must know how God issues His grace. This means that your faith must be active with the tools of Christ’s covenant. These 9 tools are contact points for grace.
Think of grace as an electrical current that flows through all the tools of the covenant. You’d need your faith to plug into these tools in order to access the grace of God. After revealing the 12 essential elements of the gospel, God revealed the 9 tools of the New Covenant to me. They are an integral part of the blueprint of truth. They are the activity of faith. When faith is active with these spiritual tools upon which God sprinkled the blood of Jesus to sanctify them, faith is made living by the Spirit. These are the works of the covenant. The current of God’s grace flows through these spiritual tools.
Faith apart from these works (tools) of the covenant is death (James 2:20). Do you now see the need for an education about the proper use of the tools of the covenant to understand the issuance of grace through the tools?
Dead faith happens when faith is not joined to these works of the covenant. Instead, believers use their imagination to construct their own ideas about how to connect to God. These ideas are not sanctified and the current of God’s grace does not flow through them. But because the aspiration flows well with human imagination it might feel like a true connection with God.
One of the things God told me to teach His people was the difference between aspiration and grace. As believers are now being empowered by truth to make this distinction, they can easily discern the wiles of the devil in each false doctrine and God is breaking many yokes of bondage.
The Measure of Faith
The measure of faith that God gives to us is in direct relation to the measure of grace that He gives. Romans 12:3, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith."
Look at Hebrews chapter 11. It is the hall of faith. But actually it is the hall of grace. Can you see that, now that you understand the binary link between grace and faith? By faith Noah built the ark. By faith Abraham obeyed. By faith Moses passed over the Red Sea.
Before Noah built the ark, the voice of the Lord communicated to him to reveal His plan. So grace came before faith. Grace drew faith from the heart and set Noah’s feet upon the prophetic path.
Before Abraham left his father’s house the voice of the Lord communicated to him to reveal His plan. So grace again came before faith. Grace drew faith from Abraham’s heart to set his feet upon the prophetic path.
We have ministers today who say that faith is the sixth sense, but it is GRACE that is our sixth sense. I will get more into that in another article to help my readers more fully understand the relation between grace and faith and why grace is our sixth sense rather than faith.
I want to get back to Romans 12:3, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith."
Past false indoctrination misplaced the emphasis of this scripture upon a need to increase faith. This misplaced emphasis occurred because the focus of faith was on the needs of the flesh, which believers wanted God to address. How can I get more faith to solve this problem over here? How can I get more faith to walk above my circumstances? How can I get more faith to do what Jesus did?
It was erroneously thought that an increase of faith was needed to better deal with the flesh in the hopes of spiritual transformation. If you had “a lot of faith” then you could prophesy and believe God for “big things, powerful thing, miraculous things to happen”.   
God’s emphasis is rather on grace. As He issues grace, faith is then drawn from the heart. So the vessel that is faithful in the daily use of the tools of the covenant will continually be issued more and more grace and naturally faith is increased where the grace of God is in abundance. I bet the lights just went on for you as the Spirit of God ministered to you.
Faith in the false religious system is geared towards the circumstance and struggles of life while true faith is geared towards grace and the purpose of grace that we might know God and the fruit of Christ might be born within the soul from this divine tether.
Grace for Calling (G/C):
From Ephesians 4:7 again, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” And then the Spirit of God speaks of the 5 callings into God’s spiritual government, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” (verse 11)
Each calling receives a measure of grace from God to assist a believer to function in the calling He assigned to them. The apostles’ calling receives the greatest measure of grace to make known the mystery of Christ.
When the grace of God is hijacked it is linked to man’s struggle for power, miracles, and open signs. The evidence of grace is moved from the covenant knowledge of Jesus Christ (the closed sign that speak of the divine miracle of the hidden work of regeneration within the heart) and hijacked to give evidence to Christ in the open sign (the gift of miracles). False ministers are hoping for a “release of grace” in the release of supernatural ability.
Don’t let the devil hijack the grace of God. The grace of the apostolic calling is in the closed sign of Jesus Christ. As master builders, God gives to the apostle the measure of grace to understand the mystery of Christ.
Ephesians 3:2-8
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the GRACE of God which is given me to you-ward:
How that by revelation he made known unto me the MYSTERY; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my KNOWLEDGE in the MYSTERY of CHRIST)
Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Grace for the apostles’ calling is the revelation of the knowledge of Christ, which is the doctrine of Christ (2 John 1:9), which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. So then, the grace of an apostle has to do with the measure of grace to instruct the church in the doctrine of Christ. Your faith needs a frame of knowledge to express and reflect Jesus Christ.
Apostles are Knowledge Stewards
The devil wants to make sure that the apostles’ office is down in the basement again, tending to the imagination of man, cooking up new schemes to get at God’s outward signs, while ignoring the true sign of Christ in His covenant.
Apostles are knowledge stewards. There is a reason for this. They steward the grace of God by stewarding the knowledge of Christ. It is evident that Jesus oversees His church through the stewardship of apostles. Jesus appointed 12 apostles to begin His work and then called additional apostles, such as Paul, after His resurrection.
As the 21st century church awakened to the fact that she has wandered far from her first love and strayed from her first works, she went through a period of deep soul searching. The church did not like what she saw in herself and realized that a time of cleansing and change was ahead, for she was grossly inadequate to carry the gospel to the world. 
As the church sought the face of God for revival and restoration many tried to step in and fulfill the vision by taking what they saw in the gospels and the book of Acts and using that as a model to recreate the church.
As stated earlier, some want to call what they see in the book of Acts a “pattern”, but what’s happening is that the devil opened the door to Event Theology to have believers try to imitate the book of Acts to try to get around God’s mandate for apostolic stewardship to instruct the church in the doctrine of Christ.
Disambiguation: Do you see the reason for the grace of an apostle? Apostles disambiguate between the true pattern of Christ in His knowledge and the false pattern inflicted upon the church through Event Theologists, forcing faith to imitate what is seen by the eye of the imagination to feed the aspiration of man.
Some thought that a return to small meetings in homes would return the church to Jesus’ original sanctified design; some thought that going to foreign soil to suffer physical persecution would add a touch of reality to their faith; some thought that the return to healing clothes, oils, and mighty signs and wonders would return the church to the original pattern; and some thought that God would use prayer or laughter or prophesying into people’s lives as a catalyst for revival. All these proved false. These were dry wells of the 1980’s, 1990’s, and continue to be dry wells today.
The pattern is not in doing these things. The sanctified design is in Jesus Christ Himself. God is transitioning the church back to Christ, not back to an outline found in the book of Acts. 
God is following the pattern of covenant. God has restored the covenant to the church. God has restored true apostolic stewardship in the true measure of grace that accompanies the calling. This is a time of rejoicing and great renewal of hope for the church. I want you to join me in that hope and not stand against it. The receiving of God’s grace by faith will always be accompanied by His peace.
Last Revised: 2015-04-13

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