False and True Grace

ChGrace (symbol)ristian churches emphasize moral and ethical living largely based on the Ten Commandments. They also teach about “grace” through Jesus’ sacrifice for sin by dying on the cross. Members are taught that if they repent and believe that Jesus paid the penalty for their sins, they are reconciled with God.

While they may believe in Jesus’ sacrifice and vicarious atonement, Christians are still subject to temptations and continue to sin. Sincere church members strive to overcome their back-sliding nature, often becoming discouraged or frustrated at the lack of progress. Others strive less and maintain a false sense of security in their belief that they are saved as a result of their faith in Jesus. Because of this scenario, Christianity can degenerate into a religion where a person may continue to violate God’s laws (in that Jesus’ blood will “cover” the sins of those who believe in his name), and wherein God can accept into His holy house a sin-laden soul merely because of faith in Jesus. Alternatively, it remains a religion not unlike Judaism, with the reliance on law obedience for the purpose of soul purification and as a “way” to God. There is no transformation of the soul – only purification, and therefore no fulfilment of the law by grace.

The truth is that the above is not the grace that Jesus taught and indeed is not grace at all. Neither Jesus’ nor anyone else’s blood has to power to wash away our sins. Also, a soul is naturally purified only to the extent that it is obedient to God’s laws. The message of grace that Jesus taught, and that is contained in the Bible but significantly downplayed and almost unnoticed, is that humans can pray for and obtain God’s Divine Love. This gift of love imparted by the Holy Spirit into the soul can progressively transform the human soul into an immortal divine soul. It is what the Old Testament prophets referred to as the “new heart”, which empowers change and enables the recipient of the Divine Love to more and more avoid sin.

The Divine Love is the real grace which ultimately eliminates sin from the soul as it affects its transformation into a divine soul, and thus brings about a soul condition whereby the laws of Moses are no longer needed. The law is fulfilled by the divine presence of the Father Himself through the Divine Love in the souls of those to whom it comes in response to earnest prayer. It is this love that is the fulfilment of the law.

With the false teaching of grace through the sacrifice and vicarious atonement of Jesus, many do not know about and so do not ask for the Divine Love and are therefore left to their own resources for overcoming sin. Yet, the Father is more than happy to impart the gift of His Love into the souls of those who pray to Him in sincerity and truth. The resultant transformation of the human soul into a divine soul is the true grace and fulfilment of the law.

Reference: The Gospel of God’s Love

For more details on this topic, see also
Vicarious atonement
Reflections on the Gospels

 

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