Lesson 3 of 5
There are 12 essential Elements of the Gospel. Grace is the 1st element and shares a binary relationship with the element faith. When we talk about grace we are talking about how God communicates to us, sharing His thoughts, sharing His mind.
1 Corinthians 2;16
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
“The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
When we say that God shares His “thoughts” with us, we would strip grace of its power if we stopped short and didn’t explain further. The flesh would take over to assume God’s thoughts and assume God’s voice. You might be thinking:
Do you see the natural rhythm that tends to take place? It is true that God has thoughts of love and care for us. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
However, we know that God packaged His love and care in Jesus Christ. When God shares His thoughts with us He is sharing His perspective of Jesus Christ and purpose of life to stay in rhythm with Him.
Perspective is a very powerful word I want you to hang onto because it is this word that makes all the difference in the world. God shares His perspective to bring something different to our understanding and awareness.
Don’t stop there! God’s voice, the thoughts He communicates with us (grace) has an extraordinary affect upon the soul. God makes His power and presence known to help you identify His voice. These powers are the 9 operations of God in grace, which you are going to learn about. The power of God in His grace is delivering you from the power of deception. That is salvation!
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
The grace of God must be received and yielded to. Our yielding to grace is what God calls faith. We see this relation of grace to faith in the example of Abraham. God “spoke” to Abraham, calling him out of his father’s house to go to a place where God would show him. And the scriptures say that Abraham obeyed the voice of God. And that obedience is called faith.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” (Hebrews 11:8) The word “grace” is not seen in this verse, is it? But do you see it’s action? Abraham could not have “obeyed” God if God had not first initiated towards him, making His voice/thoughts known (grace) to call Abraham out.
Grace therefore, defines God’s covenant promise to communicate to us to direct our faith out of this world and every false belief system into Christ. Faith is our response of obedience to God. The heart yields in faith to obey God.
We can further understand the relation of grace to faith by thinking of how a seed sprouts. When the seed yields to the water, it sprouts. When the soul yields to grace, faith sprouts.
When we talk about God initiating towards man and man yielding, what law do we see in action? We see the law of reciprocation. Why did God establish that law? God set that law into the Elements of the Gospel to establish our contact with Him for increase and to teach us to reciprocate to Him in kind.
G = God initiates = The law of reciprocation = Contact for increase
F = Man responds
The Bible Defines the Grace of God
The Bible brings out 5 key definitions of the grace of God and 9 operations of God in grace that you should know about. When you are in a battle between faith and fear, the deciding moment of victory for you depends on you knowing the voice of God through His grace. So let’s get started learning how simple it is for you to hear God’s voice by reviewing the 5 key definitions of the element grace.
1. Communication – Jesus promised He would manifest Himself to us. John 14:21
2. Revelation - The revelation of God to man is Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:17
3. Illumination - The light of the knowledge of Christ enters the soul. Hebrews 10:32
4. Enlightenment - God grants understanding with knowledge. Ephesians 1:18
5. Awakening - God awakens the soul out of slumber with an urgency to know Him. Ephesians 5:14
God designed grace to do these 5 things. Every time God issues grace to you, He is communicating Christ to you, He is revealing Christ to you, He is illuminating and enlightening your understanding of Him. He is awakening your soul.
When we say that grace does these five things for you, we are again referring to what grace is doing to unfold to our understanding the meaning of Jesus Christ. God shares His perspective with us to fellowship with us and to give us the power to reciprocate in kind.
He is teaching us to care for Him, to take care to build His house. He is teaching us that when we are in the same mind as He is then we are in the same mind with one another. Grace carries this power. We no longer have to find common ground in the flesh, we see the face of Christ in each other. The work of Christ in you is this image of Christ that God honors, which we then honor as well. Can you see why the Deceiver’s definition of grace “God’s unmerited favor” does not carry the same meaning?
Let’s go back to the word perspective for a moment. I want you to see how grace, as it builds our understanding, is also our defense. Satan tainted our understanding of God, life, purpose, faith, righteousness, and even our own self view. Satan shares his thoughts with us to bring something different to our understanding and awareness. The Deceiver does this to contradict God and that is why God refers to Satan’s perspective as the “LIE”.
For you to lose that perspective (which is harmful and wounds the soul) your faith has to labor with God’s yoke of knowledge (the 12 Elements of the Gospel). It is the pattern for your rest. God wants to bring something different and valuable to your understanding and awareness and this is why He reveals Christ in each element. This is what He has purposed for you, for your faith.
Each cycle of growth, as you yield to God’s voice, you’ll find yourself moving away from something (Satan’s perspective) and, more importantly, moving toward something else (God’s perspective).
It is the lie that keeps us bound to death, but truth, the record of Christ, that sets us free from that power to bring life to the soul. That is why Peter said to Jesus in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” God uses the power of His grace to reveal Himself to us so we can experience His life.
Grace assists us by setting order to our understanding of the record of Christ received by living stewards of God’s grace so that we may behold Him in His knowledge. From this fellowship of knowledge comes the three-fold cord of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. So then, grace is a word God uses to describe how He unlocks your understanding.
Matthew 6:17 illustrates perfectly how the grace of God reveals Jesus Christ to the heart. Jesus had asked the question, "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." Grace carries the conviction of faith for righteousness. Grace, by the knowledge and understanding God shares, frees the heart to reason for faith.
Grace Works to Confirm Your New History In Christ
Here I want to talk to you about the difference between the voice of God and the echo. God’s voice (His grace) speaks to the conscience, while the echo speaks to the imagination. The reason why I say that is because the mind works with your history and your history reflects the state of your conscience.
You reflect on your past and ask, “Where do I fit in this? What went wrong? How can I make it better? The mind starts sorting out details to gain clarity about who you are, drawing from the moral code and God-Code and the signature map of your soul. The mind goes where the history goes and the heart follows.
The mind is working with your natural history and you set your heart upon it. That’s why there is a history memory connection in the mind. And because this history is connected to your first birth it is connected to sin, which is Satan’s kingdom. Your history speaks to you about transgression. From this you can understand than, that when your mind works with your natural history your conscience is defiled.
Let’s review that in these scriptures:
“Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.” (1 Corinthians 8:7)
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” (Romans 5:14)
Your history and your heart are under reconstruction. And for that reconstruction to take place you need the mind of God according to Jesus Christ, which is His grace. Not the mind of God according to you, but the mind of God according to Jesus Christ. Not the mind of God according to privatization of scripture, but the mind of God according to Jesus Christ.
The Deceiver speaks to you about the history of the flesh. He will make movies in your mind about your past achievements, accomplishments, disappointments, and then have you project with your imagination how to use your history to measure self worth or the will of God, and to measure other people. These have become permanent fixtures in the mind. The voice that speaks to you about this stuff is the echo of the imagination and aspiration, trying to build something with that knowledge. Do you see the moral code at work? I do!
Study the image to the left. Whose finger do you see on the scale of the moral code? Satan holds the finger of the imagination on the scale to help you gain a false sense of equity for a moment as he dusts off your memories and helps you (with the aid of your imagination) to sort through your history to gain “clarity”.
History is like an anchor for the soul in that you can go back to a point in time to reflect on who you are. History is used for self exploration. You are able to go back to events and moments in time to dust off the memory and evaluate its worth. But this is a false anchor for the soul because an anchor is supposed to be used to tether you to God, not your past.
What happens when Satan removes his support from your imagination? The false confidence he supported is now withdrawn and the ground is felt to fall out from under you as the scale of the moral code fails to sustain the conscience.
This anchor to the past puts the soul in a state of condemnation as it rehearses a history that needs resolution, which puts you in a state of laboring with memory to justify or condemn yourself, looking for new shields that can be used to identify yourself to yourself and others.
You’ll notice that when faith does not have grace to work with, believers will combat this defiled conscience by going to the Bible to find out what God says about them: “God says this about me…God says this about me… God says this about me.” The problem is, that the Bible was not written to speak about us, but to speak to us about Jesus Christ.
A mind game is sometimes played to circumvent this. A person might have been taught to say, “Well if I’m supposed to be just like Jesus, then whatever the Bible says about Jesus, it is saying about me too. For example: Jesus is more than a conqueror—I am more than a conqueror. Jesus is righteous—I am the righteousness of Christ.”
There is a twist here in the perspective that I want you to see because it will keep the grace of God from flowing freely in your life. First of all, quoting what the Bible says about Jesus does not transfer this to you. God’s plan for you to experience the life of Christ requires a foundation of knowledge to first be built in you by those God qualified to teach by calling them into the apostles’ office and granting them the authority to instruct in doctrine.
Secondly, God designed doctrine in such a way that brings you into repeated contact with His grace, whereas you are not simply trading one thought for another, God is forming the virtues of Christ within your heart, molding your identity in Christ through each cycle of growth.
God Wants to Change the Mind Memory Muscle
God wants to change the mind memory muscle. So He gave you a new history is Jesus Christ. The mind now works with the new knowledge of Christ and His tools. The mind is not sorting out the details of the past to gain clarity about self, or trading one thought for another thought, it is laboring with the knowledge of Christ to confirm Christ, to gain your identity in Him.
By this work of the Spirit the conscience is purged. The voice of God leads you in this wisdom. The voice of God speaks to the conscience, while the voice of aspiration speaks in the echoes of the imagination.
Your history carries a memory that God must circumcise. I am not saying that God wants to wipe your memory clean. The fact that you do remember your past speaks of the error of the popular false doctrine that says that God giving you a brand new human spirit upon conversion.
If God did give you a brand new human spirit upon conversion , you would have no memory of your past life before conversion. This is what the Bible says: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have NOT received the spirit of bondage again [not a new human spirit] to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption [the Holy Spirit], whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15)
This point is absolutely vital for you to grasp. The new creation in Christ is a gradual work of regeneration as God daily heals the soul of the wounds it received while in Satan’s kingdom and daily creates in the soul the image of Christ. This new life in Christ is what salvation is all about.
God’s intelligent design for Christ-Centered spiritual transformation ® requires the due process of the covenant terms, knowledge, and tools of Jesus Christ for the Spirit to do this precious work in you. There is no other way to experience Jesus and for God to see a reflection of His Son in you.
Let’s now finish up our point here on the mind to memory connection. I am saying that your history carries a memory of the transgression that God does not want you to reflect on or reciprocate to Him. The knowledge of Christ carries His virtue, which God prepared for you to reflect upon for reciprocation.
The grace of God is the voice of God spoken in the conscience to speak of our new history in Christ to purge the conscience of sin (Hebrews 9:14).