"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." - James 4:6

The Gospel of Grace vs. the Gospel of the Kingdom

by Nathan Rambeck on

Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14–15

Christians love the gospel. We dedicate our lives to spreading the gospel message to our friends and neighbors and even to every corner of the earth.

But what is the gospel? What is it’s message? Paul tells us very clearly in his letter to the Corinthians.

Jesus did not teach salvation by grace

by Nathan Rambeck on

If you count up the number of time Jesus used the word “grace” compared to the amount of times grace is used in the rest of the New Testament, can you guess what the ratio is?

The ratio is actually 0 because not once in any of the four gospels does the Bible record Jesus using the word “grace” in his earthly ministry. Not. One. Time.

How can that be? Jesus IS the grace of God. It was His death for our sins that made grace available to every man.

The four gospels are in the Old Testament

by Nathan Rambeck on

The Christian Bible is divided up into two major sections. If you have a full sized Bible, you’ll find right before the book of Genesis a page that says “The Old Testament.” Then right after the book of Malachi and before the book of Matthew you’ll find a page that says “The New Testament.” I want you to do something for me. I want to you rip out the page that says “The New Testament” because it’s in the wrong spot of your Bible. It doesn’t belong there and it’s causing great confusion to many Christians.

Faith without works is completely sufficient

by Nathan Rambeck on

The faith and works debate has raged for millennia among Christians. For many, the concept that God would accept anyone as righteous without any effort at all on their part is the pinnacle of absurdity. Men must be held accountable for their unrighteous actions and to give them a get-out-of-jail-free card is seen as unjust.

Yet Paul tells us in Romans that God has revealed a righteousness that is apart from doing any deeds required by the law.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28

Receiving Grace: Faith

by Nathan Rambeck on

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God… Ephesian 2:8

Paul tells us in Ephesians that grace is the free gift of God by which we are saved. We are saved by grace which is an offer made for free without any obligation. However, the gift of salvation by grace isn’t just applied to every person automatically. It has to be received and God tells us that we receive the gift of God’s grace through faith.