The gospel of grace and peace
We get saved and live by grace!
Christianity is not a religion. It is not keeping a set of rule to approach God.
When Jesus came He brought us the gospel. God reached to man. God came to where we were.
Christianity is about right believing. The just shall live by faith.
Through Christ we have received unmerited favour!
Obedience to the faith is right believing!
This is important for our eternal destiny. God breathed into man and man become the living soul.
Man’s rule is by his word. We are God’s breathe.
There is a wrong believing in our lives when we are worried about our lives, our future.
Goodness of God lead people to repentance.
There is no man who never transgress commandments, but only Jesus.
The father said “my dear child”, which is not mature, “son” means mature son.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Prosper – present passive infinitive
Passive because we can be prospering without looking for it.
Health- active participation
Walk in truth (present active indicative)
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
No flesh can be justified. Greatest commandment of all- love the Lord with all your hearts and souls.
Keep the law will not produce holiness. By the law is the knowledge of sin.
2 Chronicles 29:7
They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel.
When churches start with prayers of asking for forgiveness of sins, they do not understand what Jesus has done!
It is certain that through Jesus we are saved and forgiven! It is a declaration! It is certain! Not “maybe”
Robust faith that all our sins are forgiven!!!
Divine certainty that all our sins are forgiven!!
These things are written that you may know that you have eternal life!!! Is a CERTAIN!
1 John 2:12
Their Spiritual State
I write to you, little (dear beloved) children, Because your sins are forgiven (perfect passive indicative) you for His name’s sake.
You are forgiven. No such things as unforgiven christians.
We are born again! Born again person is not a pig, is a sheep. Pig loves to be in the mud. Sheep loves to be clean.
Jesus died to give us the gospel. Love God with a passion and love one another.
In Him we have (echo) redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
In Him we “have”!
Have – present active indicative
Redemption – freedom that comes from the penalty.
He had to justly forgive.
To hold fast
“ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
“ For if you forgive men their trespasses (paraptoma), your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Forgave there is once and for all.
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “ You have rightly judged.”
Forgiven most will love Jesus most! Greater quantity!
Reveal how forgiven we are!
Matt 18:21-35 (NLT)
This story was before His death and resurrection. Now all our sins are forgiven!
Marriage is a series of forgiving each other.
All our sins are forgiven. Leaders need to rightly judged.
We have wrongly judged why people don’t love God!
Come back to the purity of the original.
We have a new nature- sheep nature.