The interpretations of the Grace of God have undergone some major distortions through the church age. Most of the denominational fragmentation which has place in the history of the church since the apostles has been through wrong interpretations of the Grace of God. Satan succeeded wonderfully in fragmenting the brotherhood of the church by use of doctrinal factions created by these interpretations. Once Grace is distorted, all major teachings of the Scripture will be affected and altered. Bible scholars (and I avoid the word theologians intentionally), then force other doctrines to fit their interpretation of grace. The end result has been the evolution of a gospel of distorted faith teaching far removed from the apostles’ original meaning.

If the Church Fathers had taught the three zones of Grace which they were familiar with, and clearly preserved in Scripture, the church’s history would read much different than it does.

Satanic influences are at work trying to unite the evangelicals with pagan historical church bodies. The men directing this effort to unite truth with error, have allowed their rational and emotional selves cancel what the Word of God declares about being joined with those who teach false doctrine. (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1) The recent popular trend toward ecumenism is at its very best an unbiblical philosophy, which we are also warned against. (Colossians 2:8) These high profile Charismatic leaders all labor under a false concept of God’s Grace, that Grace is God winking at our departures from His Word. The philosophy of faith teaching that implies a Christian can be materialistic, carnal and prosperous, while enjoying an intimate relationship with God is certainly not Grace, but a disgrace! This Charismatic concept of Grace, as I have heard them say and sing with my own ears, is “God’s mercy cancelling God’s justice.” Never! This is a perfect example of a distorted Grace teaching affecting the vital doctrines of the Bible negatively. The mercy teaching is the basic error of the new grace teaching. It has affected men’s walk, it distorts truth, perverts divine justice and corrupts the mercy of God. One major doctrine distorted sends its infectious impurities racing through the body of Christ bringing ultimately a condition of terminal spiritual illness.

According to the Word of God there are three zones of Grace: there is Grace before the cross; there is Grace at the cross; and there is Grace after the cross. These are three different operations of God’s Grace working in our behalf at three different times representing three different relationships between God and man. Mercenary doctrinaires who use the gospel for their own gain have remodeled God’s Grace to establish themselves in the eyes of naive supporters. They speak of the peculiar Grace of God at the cross as being the total nature of Grace. This is not true and is an oversimplified application of the Grace of God that has had a profound negative effect on the depth of conversion and the moral and spiritual quality of the Christian life.

Grace is a power to transform the sinner morally, not a license to sin and be worldly without fear of God’s judgment. The grace being taught by the Evangelical Ecumenicals is not the Grace the apostles teach us in the Scriptures.

Revival will come swiftly when we restore the message of The Power of Grace. The end-time church is sick and in the last throes of apostasy before Christ’s return—contrary to the promises, pleasantries and persuasive teaching of the new Evangelical Ecumenical left.

When the doctrine of sanctification is removed from the place of supremacy in the teaching of the church, the result is a new kind of sensual grace that eliminates the disciplines of obedient discipleship and promotes self centeredness and a disregard for kingdom law and divine government within the church body. The new grace is effeminate, impotent and morally ineffective, producing a second class Christian with first class ideas. Those under the true Grace of God are becoming despised and hated by those believers who profess to have the real “love of God” operating in their lives. God will always have a remnant people who live according to the Grace of God.

The path that leads the church to revival is called the “old path,” the authentic path, the apostles’ path, the path of Biblical Grace.

Bill Burkett

Chapter One
The Three Zones of Grace

The Dangers of Mixing Unconditional and Conditional Grace Noah Webster takes the prize for the most famous definition of grace, “The unmerited favor of God. ” This definition has echoed from church pulpits, Bible colleges and seminary classrooms, and discussion circles around the world for decades. Mr. Webster’s definition of Grace was never intended to be a theological statement. It is a good generic definition of natural grace but falls short of fulfilling a correct definition of Biblical Grace. Biblical truths are best understood from the Biblical text itself. We must be careful that we do not allow dictionary definitions to replace the authority of the Bible when we are discussing a doctrine of the Bible. Good exegesis of Bible doctrine begins with this very important fact. Webster’s definition of Grace certainly has an element of truth to it, but falls short of leaving a right impression as to what true Grace is in all three zones—its total operation as we will be observing. The Webster definition is accepted by students of the Bible because it is so simple. Others accept it because it tends to support their concept of a conditionless Grace which implies that Grace is God’s mercy winning out over God’s attribute of perfect justice. Grace is not in conflict with either God’s enforcing of perfect justice, nor is it to be confused with God’s mercy as being mercy—it is not as we shall see.

Biblical Grace has three zones of operation, one natural zone and two spiritual zones. This study of Grace explains those two kinds of Grace (natural and spiritual) just as the Bible teaches them. We will discuss these three operations of Biblical Grace and candidly expose the errors produced by wrong concepts of divine Grace.

Grace is what God provides for man that man cannot provide for himself. As we travel through the three zones of Bible Grace this definition will become more appreciated as the more correct and generic definition of Grace. This applies to all of the Graces of God—and there are myriads of them—characterizing God’s Grace in every instance. It always bears this signature no matter what form it is in or on what scale it operates. It is always “God doing something for man that man could not do for himself” This is not a theological or definitive definition but an excellent generic definition that never violates the more extensive definitions.

A Quick Look at The Three Zones of Grace

It is not recommended that we refer to Grace as “zones” outside of this study. We are only using the term here to help us make the distinction between man’s three experiences of God’s Grace.

The Three Zones of Grace

First: Grace before the cross: Natural or Cosmic Grace.
Second: Grace at the cross: Saving Grace.
Third: Grace after the cross: Keeping Grace.

Grace is like all other doctrines of the Bible, it must be “rightly divided. ” These are the three distinct operations of God’s Grace as they apply to man’s three encounters with God in three different life experiences.

Once these three zones or experiences are identified they must be segregated in the mind because our concept of Grace affects the way we think toward every other doctrine of the Bible! One of the most important things Grace affects is my concept of God. A right or wrong concept of God predetermines a right or wrong relationship with God. The reason for many fragmentations and errors within the body of Christ can be traced back, and as far back as the church fathers, to distortions of Grace. Many theologians have mixed these operations of Grace making them all one, applying the meaning of one Grace to the wrong area of my Grace experience. This is especially true of Grace At The Cross and Grace After The Cross.

Grace At The Cross does not apply to the Christian After The Cross in the same way at all. If you are seeking God then do not look over into Grace beyond the cross. As one seeking to know Christ as your Savior you must see Grace At The Cross and then once you have experienced Grace At The Cross you will receive from God the special Grace that will enable you to venture out into the new life in Christ After The Cross. Many souls have put off their salvation, and perhaps died lost, because they tried to imagine how they would possibly be able to live a Christian life as the people they held as model Christians. But once you taste of God’s Grace At The Cross you receive the new nature that you need to live as a Christian After The Cross.

Three Zones of Grace

And then it applies in the reverse case. Christians who have tasted of the Grace of forgiveness through repentance At The Cross must accept Teaching Grace After The Cross and not linger or go back and apply Grace principles At TheCross to The Grace principles After The Cross. These are two distinct zones of Christian experience and must not be mixed lest we invite error into our lives. The church has been feasting on Grace stew consisting of a mixture of bits and pieces of Grace from all three experiences of Grace. We have mixed the Grace principles At The Cross with Grace After The Cross. These two operations of Grace are two different realms of truth with two distinct objectives that will not mix without affecting the purity of the church.

The conditionless grace philosophy so popular with Charismatics and liberal Pentecostal churches is the result of mixing Grace At The Cross which is unconditional with Grace After The Cross, which is conditional. The result is a dysfunctional Grace. For a Christian to mature and find intimacy with God he must be walking in that third zone and leave Grace At The Cross at the cross!

So what do we do to “make it work” when it’s just simply wrong teaching? We hedge around Scriptures that will not reconcile with our position, twist them and force them into a mold that supports the view we hold from isolated verses on the subject. But those of us serving God under Grace After The Cross should see that these three operations of Grace are distinct and must not be mixed or combined.

We are not saying that a Christian abandons the cross experience he has had, no! no! In fact, once I come to the cross I take it with me on my journey into Grace After The Cross. When we speak of leaving Grace At The Cross behind us we mean it in the same sense as Scripture means it. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God. Hebrews 6:1. The writer of Hebrews seemed to sense the danger of trying to apply Grace At The Cross to life After The Cross. Or perhaps the apostles were having this problem with believers then who were trying to bring the unconditional Grace with them over into the conditional Christian walk After The Cross. It is one of the biggest and yet least dealt with factors in the modern evangelical church life today—trying to apply unconditional Grace At The Cross to conditional Grace After The Cross. Mixing unconditional Grace with conditional Grace is a corruption of pure doctrine and disturbs God’s order of things in the church. Grace must be rightly divided if we are to have the spiritual results Grace intended for the church. Distorted Grace is the mother of all error in the body of Christ.

Table Chart of The Three Zones of Grace

There are three operations of Grace within the total scope of Grace as can easily be seen on the Grace graphic and table charts. After viewing all three zones of Grace we will devote the rest of our time to the two spiritual Graces, At The Cross and After The Cross. Natural Grace is a subject all of its own, and worthy of all exception, taking in the whole of cosmic creation and how that cosmic order serves the highest good of man. It reveals many things about the nature of God such as His benevolence, His creative forethought of man, and His appreciation of variety, order and beauty. But here we will only touch on it briefly to establish it as the first of three extensions of God’s Amazing Grace.

The Imperial Grace
In The Beginning

Of the three Zones of Grace one of them is supreme. We declare it so because the other Graces would not exist without Grace At The Cross. There are three distinct operations of Grace. But, the Grace provided in the agonies of the cross of Christ, releasing man from the guilt of damning sin and transforming him into a new moral creation, is imperial Grace!


Only God has it in His power to release man from the guilt of sin. Only the Spirit of God can give the new creation experience to those who come to God by Christ Jesus. God speaks to us again and again in His Word persuading us that Christ is the only way a man may enter into the kingdom of God. Why does God make this point? Because God possessed the only possibility of man’s salvation. He wants every man to know that and not be deceived into believing we can come into the kingdom of heaven any other way. Matthew 22:11-13; John 3:3; 10:1. God cannot forgive man arbitrarily because He is sovereign. This would be a violation of His holy character. If God could save man by His sovereignty then He would have never sent His Son to suffer untold agonies in the darkness and squalor of a dirty, demon ridden world!

God forgives man on the basis of perfect justice which demanded blood atonement. If God could forgive man of His sin without the cross then He would have surely done it! The cross is a senseless and shocking bit of cruelty on the part of a loving, caring God if there is no redemptive power in the blood of Christ!

Only God can restore us back into His presence because only God could provide for us the God-man Redeemer who provided for us what we, a fallen and depraved human race, could have never provided for ourselves, the atoning blood of a sinless God-man.

There was only one way man could be restored to fellowship with God and be saved from the damnation of hell. It would have to be a sinless man for many reasons. He would have to have rights and access to the throne of God to legally represent God. He would also have to have access to the throne of God to intercede effectively for the human race. This redeemer would have to be God and man. He would have to be able to represent the Creator whom that man had offended and transgressed against, and represent fallen man who had offended Him. This redeemer would have to be a God-man. To represent a holy God He would have to be sinless. To represent man He would have to be bonded to the human race as a member of the fallen creation and ultimately even partake of the sinful man’s guilt in order to receive punishment justly on behalf of sinful man.

He alone could provide a Redeemer and a blood atonement necessary to buy back the souls of men. Because the Redeemer would have to be a God-man, only heaven could provide that last Adam. This means that the only legal way man can enter God’s heaven is by the only legal provision God provided. (Much of the theology being pumped into the ears of hungry saints today sounds like the preacher received his inspiration from a comic strip!) Blood atonement is the only salvation God could

provide because He is just and the blood atonement is based on the premise of perfect justice, the only system and rule of action that God can ever take.

Such a man did not exist on Earth, above the Earth or under the Earth! Revelation 5:3. There was only one other place heaven could look for this God-man…in heaven itself. Yes, on the very golden avenues of that celestial city there strode a Prince, the

Prince of the Living God who was the only solution to man’s dilemma of damnation. If God would give His only Son, if the Son would empty Himself into a human body and restrict Himself to a human existence and walk among men teaching the truth, the raging depravity of man would soon reject this Godman full of Grace and truth. Their rejection and murderous hatred of Him would seal their guilt and at the same time bring a premature death to the God-man Redeemer who would then be released from this life to return to the presence of the Father. This Redeemer could not be claimed by hell but would return to the Father’s throne to be at His right hand becoming the legal and rightful representative of the two alienated parties, God and man. From the throne of God He would become the Savior of the very people who subjected Him to the heinous death of a Roman cross! This is indeed the supreme Grace!

Perfect justice, the forensic rule of heaven, is the cause and reason behind the redemptive plan. Only blood could atone for sin because it is the only logical equivalence between the sin of rebellion punished by death and blood which is the life of man. Sin and death are synonymous while blood and life are also synonymous. If perfect justice requires the death of those who sin (rebel) against God, then only blood (life) can atone for sin (death) because they are the only matching equivalents. The penalty must be equivalent to the violation committed. Perfect justice, not God, required blood. Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) and death is in sin. (James 1:14). It is just here at this point we begin to see God’s Grace in its very beginning making provision for man’s restoration into His presence by a means man could have never provided for Himself. It is just here that God’s Amazing Grace begins!

Because all of God’s provisions are executed in perfect justice, only the blood (life) of a human redeemer could atone for the sin (death) of man. That is the power of Grace at the cross. (1 Peter 2:24) In the divine mind these painful alternatives were all known and settled before He laid the foundations of the world and created man in the garden of Eden. (John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4)

He came without an invitation from the human race and condescended to the sinner’s state to experience a pounding heart, perspiration, hunger and thirst; to encounter sin, disease and demons, to provide for me a way back into the presence of God.

He came from the luxury and splendor of heaven to enter this human existence in a world of stinking mangers, darkness, hatred and running sores. He came because perfect justice required it and love desired it.

Jesus Christ alone achieved my release from sin and restored me to fellowship with God. That is Grace beyond degree, Grace as fathomless as the sea, Wonderful, Amazing Grace At The Cross. Christ and Christ alone righteousness.

That is Imperial Grace!

We must agree with Mr. Webster that this is the unmerited favor of God! It was surely what Noah Webster was considering when he coined the definition in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. Mr. Webster also said in that volume just below his unmerited favor statement that, Grace was the influence of God’s love restraining us from sin. I shall always wonder how we missed making that a part of the unmerited favor definition we lifted out of the same context and taught to several generations of the church as a generic definition of Grace. It should more correctly state, God’s unmerited favor toward sinners and the restraining influence of His love upon the saints. Doesn’t that sound much better?

Jesus, through the legal provisions of the cross fulfills all demands of divine justice: providing the atoning blood of the cross, making it possible for me to come boldly into the presence of God clothed in His righteousness; and through that atonement restores my fellowship with God and makes my moral transformation possible, giving me access to His personal advocate, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity. No saint should feel destitute or depressed. God the Father sits upon the eternal throne of an endless kingdom gladly receiving me into His presence. Christ stands at the Father’s right hand interceding for me when I approach the throne; and the Holy Ghost is come to take up His abode within me as His temple. We have all three members of the Godhead involved in securing our salvation! That is indeed Amazing Grace!

Chapter Two

Two Experiences Of Grace

Because there are two experiences of Grace, one At The Cross and another After The Cross there are also two different desired results in each of these Grace experiences.

Grace AT THE CROSS is to bring the sinner to repentance and restore him back into fellowship and communion with God. This involves a number of beginnings for the new disciple as he passes from death to life in Christ.

Grace AFTER THE CROSS is to carry the Christian on into the life of divine government and the perfecting of personal holiness. (2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:12)


A Great principle helps us understand the Word of God. All doctrine, including Grace, has separate functions on either side of the cross. Paul admonished us to Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Note the word ashamed in this verse. It means to be rightly accused of wrongdoing, to suffer reproach and embarrassment for bloopers that could have been avoided had we applied proper study to our subject. How do we avoid this embarrassment? Paul tells us what brings reproach to the church and then how to avoid it; by rightly dividing the Word of truth! Rightly dividing is one word in the Greek (orthotomeo) taken from two other Greek words which mean to cut straight (correctly) and to cut into two pieces. Rightly dividing the Word of truth is what false teachers do not do! They arbitrarily run everything together to their liking. It is “sloppy exegesis.” Strong says of this word, rightly dividing, to dissect correctly the divine message. The word study precedes rightly dividing and rightly so. If we are to understand the Grace of God we are going to have to make a correct dissecting of it.

Grace is like all other doctrines of the Bible in this one respect, it must be divided between what it means At The Cross and what it means After The Cross. All doctrine is subject to that difference. When I am converted to Christ through repentance, that is Grace At The Cross. Once I become His disciple, His learner, I am under Grace After The Cross.

Grace toward the sinner is something quite different than Grace in the life of the saint.

Grace to the disobedient is a different kind of Grace than Teaching Grace in the life of an obedient disciple of Jesus. God is doing something for both of them that they could never do for themselves; He is blessing the obedient child and chastising the disobedient wayward child. But both are recipients of His Grace.

There is Grace forgiving AT THE CROSS and then there is another kind of Grace for living AFTER THE CROSS. These two operations of God’s Grace must be rightly divided and treated separately even though they are both different operations of the same wonderful Grace.

At the cross God’s Grace sanctifies me ceremonially. He declares me holy. Grace after the cross brings sanctification, cultivating the sensitivities of the spiritual man to discern the unclean things in the world environment perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (Philippians 1:9-10; 2 Corinthians 7:1.) Grace After The Cross teaches me to be holy and develop my consciousness of the holy nature of God dwelling in the inner man. The first experience is bestowed, the second experience is instilled.

AT THE CROSS God is reconciling man to Himself. This is the whole purpose of Christ’s death, to make a legal atonement for the sins of man and restore him into fellowship with God as in the beginning. At the cross we are receiving God’s Grace, but then afterward Grace gives us a ministry of life and obedience. Paul said in Romans 1:5, By whom we have received grace AND apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.

AFTER THE CROSS Grace transforms by the renewing of the mind, a process of moral transformation (Romans 12:2), and the subsequent receiving of a Pentecostal baptism that empowers us supernaturally to do the works of Christ. Has the Bible believing church gone from seeking holiness and sanctification at the altars to seeking tongues? If so, is it any wonder we are the generation of the falling away? that we are the generation that has built super churches with fleshpot doctrines and saints with sensual soapy mentalities? They have literally lost their minds.

Mixing The Two Graces
Bad Chemistry!

Saving Grace to the sinner AT THE CROSS is unconditional Grace.

Keeping Grace for the saved AFTER THE CROSS is conditional Grace.

The evangelical churches of every stripe and color are cursed with problems that stem from making the Grace of God After The Cross an unconditional relationship with God. If there is one thing that plagues the church, marks the Charismatics, and corrupted the once powerful movements it is the error of misapplying unconditional Grace At The Cross to Grace After The Cross. When you came to the Lord there were no conditions, no works, nothing! But.. .once you stepped across the line into the life of a disciple you came under Grace with all of its many conditions—but with a power God gave us to meet those conditions and be overcomers!

What happens when men mix the two zones of Grace? Just as Grace for the Christian is not required of the sinner, so Grace offered to sinners must not become the meaning of Grace to the saint. When we try to make these two different operations of Grace into just one, we apply sinners’ Grace to the saint and confuse the Biblical facts about God’s Grace. When we study the doctrine of Grace (as well as any other doctrine) we must remember Paul’s instruction; Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [orthotomeo; to cut straight, to dissect correctly the divine message] the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15. All Bible doctrines are dichotomous in nature. That is, they have two parts that make the whole. For example, Paul speaks of justification by faith, but then James speaks of justification by works. Are these two statements contradictory? No, because Paul is speaking to Jews and new converts to Christianity of justification At The Cross, and James is speaking to Christians, to the church, of justification After The Cross. There is repentance At The Cross and then there is also the need of repentance After The Cross. The sinner is sanctified At The Cross, and then there is sanctification After The Cross as we will see.

What I am doing At The Cross and what I am doing After The Cross are two very different experiences which accomplish two distinct works of the Spirit in my life. To understand these two purposes of working Grace At The Cross and After The Cross is the beginning of seeing that when the Bible speaks on any given subject we must instantly note if Scripture is speaking of being saved At The Cross or speaking to Christians who are already living for God After The Cross.

A quick flip over to the chart in the centerfold of this book will give a visual impression of this principle. These are two distinct relationships of the sinner and the saved. We are two different people altogether depending on which side of the cross you are experiencing. You are a sinner yet At The Cross. But once I repent and stand to my feet and walk over the line to the other side—After the cross—I am a saint and a new creature with a new name.

Chapter Three

Imputed and Imparted Righteousness
Settling the dilemma

Understanding imparted and imputed righteousness has not been easy for some. Somewhere in the misty history of church doctrine some well meaning brother came up with the terms imputed (the righteousness of Christ imputed to sinners when they are saved) and imparted (credited with works of righteousness after salvation). David Breese says that the term imparted is not a Biblical term and should not be used to describe the works of the Christian, and he is right. But if you strike out on your own to search the Scriptures to see if these things be so, you have a hard time understanding the difference between imputed and imparted. These two terms make a distinction between the two experiences of righteousness, and there are two distinct experiences, but to prove these two experiences using these two terms would be difficult. While imparted is implied it is not as clear as the term imputed, which word the Scripture uses when speaking of the righteousness of Christ being credited to us at conversion. To clearly understand what the Bible teaches about these two experiences we must first just take a big breath and relax. The answer is simple. Actually the Word of God speaks of them both as being imputed righteousness. It is simply imputed righteousness At The Cross and imputed righteousness After The Cross. Now take another deep breath. Actually they are both imputed righteousness!

The righteousness of Christ is imputed to me when I am born again, and then His righteousness is imputed to me as I continue in obedience and good works in His Name. Rather than use the words imputed and imparted which is Biblically implied but not correct according to definition, let us state it as Scripture states;

Imputed righteousness At The Cross, and Imputed righteousness After The Cross.

Actually the only righteousness we have whether it be Before The Cross, At The Cross, or After The Cross, is the righteousness which Christ provides for us.

At The Cross I am credited with the righteousness of Christ. In this relationship He is my Savior. The Spirit of Christ enters my heart and life restoring my peace with God. He now dwells in me. (Romans 8:11) When the Father looks upon me from that time on He sees Christ in me and receives me as Christ. And so that when I appear before God in prayer and ask anything in Jesus’ Name, the Father receives me and responds to me as His Son who now dwells in me. This is imputed (credited with) righteousness At The Cross.

After The Cross This Christ in me brings me under Grace. In this relationship He is my Master, or teacher, and I am the disciple or learner. If I frustrate that Grace or spurn His Word and turn aside and return to the vomit of my former life (2 Peter 2:20-22), the Spirit of God will at some point depart from me. (Judges 16:20; 1 Samuel 16:14) But as I remain faithful to Him and nurture this precious relationship I will unconsciously grow in His likeness living in obedience to His Word. As I continue in the life of righteousness He is crediting me with those things done in my body, whether good or bad. He credits me with right doing when I willingly follow His teaching by His Spirit and according to His Word. This is imputed (credited with) righteousness After The Cross.

Abraham Under Grace

Righteousness imputed to Abraham for believing God Justified by Grace At The Cross

When God spoke to Abraham the first time, He gave him a promise. And, behold, the word of the Lord {came} unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:4-6

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worke this the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:1-5

The word justified (dikaioo) means to be declared righteous. It is clear that Abraham was justified or declared righteous by only believing God. This experience of Abraham in his first encounter with God is the example of the Christian’s first encounter with Christ At The Cross. This is when we are justified and declared righteous by faith. By believing in the atoning work of our Lord we are saved. It is unconditional when we place our faith in Christ. In this encounter I have only to believe. At The Cross I am declared righteous by faith in Christ alone! Read carefully Romans 3:21-25. Paul is speaking of justification At The Cross and not justification After The Cross.

Paul speaks very plain about this being justification At The Cross as opposed to justification After The Cross in Romans 4:23 through 25. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:23-25

Righteousness imputed to Abraham for obedience to God Justified by Grace After The Cross.

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him then for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:2-3

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. James 2:21-23

We need not be afraid that Paul and James have made conflicting statements when Paul says we are justified by believing God and not by works (Galatians 2:16), and then James comes after him saying we are justified by works and not by faith alone (James 2:20).

Paul was speaking of Grace At The Cross, and James was speaking to Christians about Grace After The Cross.

When we come to Christ At The Cross there are no works of our own. It is all of Christ and His finished work upon the tree! It is without condition. After The Cross as we come under Grace (Romans 6:14) it is still all by the power of Christ alone. But After The Cross His Spirit is indwelling me, anointing me and inspiring me to be a new me! Now I have a new desire to be holy, to love and serve others, to seek their well being and obey God in all matters of life as His Word instructs me.

If I believe in Christ then I will act; I will comply; I will move in obedience; I will call for the wood and the fire to go! The action that followed God’s word to Abraham that God imputed righteousness was imputed as an act, a work that Abraham committed and not just something he believed. James cites Abraham’s offering up of Isaac. It was not just believing that imputed righteousness to Abraham, but acting on what he believed when God spoke! So it is the act of righteousness that is imputed in Scripture, not just believing.

When we come under Grace in that third zone, into the realm of Teaching Grace After The Cross where we are being perfected in holiness, Christ is not only my Savior, but my Lord. Under Grace in the third zone I come under the authority of Teaching Grace! We have a new relationship with the Lord. It is here we learn to be intimate with Him, to walk and talk with Him at every opportunity. Here, in the Master and disciple relationship, I am learning to love and appreciate Him as my Master as well as a my Savior. If our salvation experience was not with depth and deep repentance for the life of sin we lived in rebellion against Him, then this relationship will never come to some and be difficult for others. But is here After The Cross that good works and obedience become essential to our Salvation. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12.

His presence in my heart is teaching me to live as He lived and obeyed God when He was dwelling here in the flesh. As John Baptist said, I must decrease and He must increase. I must die to self and submit to His Lordship governing me now from within. If I do, then I will be righteous even as He is righteous. As I assent to His every wish and Word of instruction, my inner man is bonding with His inner presence. My love for the truth increases and my commitments take in more areas of my life. With all of this I am credited so long as my actions are born out of a love for Him and done in His power.

Faith operates in two phases: first I believe God’s Word, and secondly I live out the Word in acts of obedience regarding the thing I believe. First it is received and accepted by the soul, and then I move and act and commit works that prove my faith!

For righteousness to be imputed At The Cross, God must impute it!

For righteousness to be imputed After The Cross, God must impute it.

Chapter Four

The paradox of the cross

God Lets The Guilty Sinner Go Free And Remains “Just”?
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:25-26

The paradox: The words just and justifier both appear in this verse. How can God remain just and release the confessed sinner of his guilt without due penalty? Perfect justice meets out a penalty that is equivalent to charges of guilt. In this case the Scripture is very clear. The soul that sinneth shall die! For the creature to rebel against his creator is a sin unto death. Rebellion is as witchcraft and in God’s sight the grossest of all sin that can be committed. It is not until a man rebels against God that he then goes on to commit all other sins known to man. Rebellion against divine government is only paid for by death. The paradox? How can God justify the sinner, forgive his sin without administering the penalty of death and remain just?

This is on Paul’s mind when twice he repeated the fact that God is both just and the justifier. If any truth of Scripture proves beyond any doubt that Grace is what God provides for man that man cannot provide for himself, the paradox of the cross is that proof.


God without mercy brought wrath and judgment upon His own Son bearing our sins on the tree to make an atonement for us as our substitute! Justice was executed upon a human body indwelt by God’s Son, and there was no mercy when God poured His wrath out on the sin of man taken upon His Son. Every demand of divine justice was executed firmly and without mercy! God showed no mercy upon His Son as He hung nailed like an animal to the splintered Roman cross?

But, some say, “The Word of God declares God’s mercy over and over again. How can we say that He showed no mercy?

“There are many Scriptures that attest to the mercy of God.” Psalm 57:10; Psalm 103:11 Psalm 145:8.

The only way a legal atonement could be achieved without violating the perfect justice of God was precisely the way Christ provided it—in perfect compliance with all the immutable laws of the Kingdom. So He came and justified us yet remaining just! To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:26. God will not, God cannot deviate from perfect justice. If God was able to deviate from law, do you not think He would have done it to avoid the sufferings of the cross? If God was to get soft on sin, it would have been with His own Son and not with the sinner! Heaven had to intervene!

At The Cross total obligation was on Christ. After The Cross there falls an obligation upon the disciple to depart from the sin that drew the Savior from Heaven to redeem us and make us new moral creatures.

In Perfect Justice penalty is administered without mercy or cruelty in an exact and impartial way. The degree of penalty and equivalent to the violation committed must be paid as kingdom law demands. Whatever a man sows he will reap. These are just laws of the kingdom. Whether they work for our good or for our detriment depends on what we sow.

In the case of sinful man the violation was rebellion against divine government! Kingdom law decrees that:

1. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezekiel 18:4

2. For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11; And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22

Perfect justice is exact and impartial in the adjusting of wrong that has been done. It restores to the offended and requires a just penalty of the offender. Perfect justice rewards both good and evil; good with restoration or recompense for any losses it suffered wrongfully, while evil is punished and suffers a loss equal to the loss he has caused to another or others. Justice always means that a just penalty has been exacted upon a violator of the law in perfect proportion to the losses he has inflicted on others. The penalty will be equivalent to the violation committed. If the penalty is too little then it is mercy. If the penalty be too great then it is cruelty. With God there is neither mercy nor cruelty in the dispensing of perfect justice. Please don’t get excited when we say “no mercy” and note that we have carefully qualified “no mercy.” We are speaking of mercy as it relates to the “perfect justice” of God. This is not a reference to God’s nature. The only time God shows no mercy is when His victims have by their sin deserved that extreme degree of justice.

In perfect justice there is no mercy because there is no feeling, no favoritism, no bias. Perfect justice is done when the punishment is perfectly equivalent with the seriousness of the offense. No other factors enter into perfect justice. How can the perfect love of God and the perfect justice of God be compatible? It is only answered in the depth of the cross.

Let us make a point here that should be clear when speaking of divine justice. God does reverse His judgments but He does not violate perfect justice! It is true that God’s mercy can change judgments He has pronounced. But mercy never, never violates justice. We must be sure to make the distinction between justice and judgment when we speak of God’s mercy.


We look again at the cross and see what seems to be a contradiction, that while God had no mercy in carrying out the demands of divine justice against sin, He was all the time showing mercy of such magnitude toward the sinner that man through the ages has not been able to comprehend the depth of such love! But some things we do know, that blood (the source of life) was the only propitiation that could legally atone for sin (the source of death). But the man representing the human race had to be sinless in order to return directly to God’s presence. The only way such a sinless man could exist, would be for God to indwell a human body, identify with the human race undertaking all of the temptations that befall an ordinary man so that he, as a man in every sense of human experience becomes very man and all the time remaining very God. That, Sir, took the Grace of God! That He came without my knowledge or an invitation from the human race and condescended to the sinners’ state to provide a way for sinners back into the presence of God…that is indeed unmerited favor! That He, through the cross makes transformation available to me by the Holy Spirit, providing a new and living way into the presence of God—That is grace beyond degree!

Chapter Five

Witnessing The Crucifixion
Following Him From The Garden To Golgotha

Let us go now to the cross. . .come with me and let us join the crowd on the brow of Golgotha and look together upon the scenes of the crucifixion, and witness this paradox of the cross. It is only here that we will see God’s magnificent mercy displayed at the same time we see His wrath without mercy!

We must go first to the garden, for this is where the agonies of atonement actually began. This is where the first atoning blood was spilled. Let us see if we can find mercy.

The Garden

The first blood Jesus shed as the Lamb of God was not at the whipping post in the great halls of Praetorium—it was in Gethsemane! The first agony this perfect man and perfect God suffered was not being smitten and spit upon by the very people He was dying to redeem; it was in the garden He suffered the agony of agonies when for the first time the nature of God made contact with sin! Throughout the eternities He bore the moral excellencies of the Godhead, having never known sin except to hate it and judge it with a perfect hatred of a holy God.

God Hates Sin!

This Christ who now groans in the darkness of the garden is the Christ who brought the waters of judgment on Noah’s generation because the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5

This is the Christ that caused the Earth to swallow sinful Korah for his sin.

This is the Christ that destroyed sin-ridden Jericho and Ai.

This is the Christ that ordered seven diabolical nations destroyed for their sin.

This is the Christ who rained fire and brimstone upon sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of the plains, and plunged them into a sea created to take them off the face of the Earth.

This is the Christ who loved righteousness and hated iniquity! Hebrews 1:9.

The Cup

Now He falls to the ground agonizing, groaning out these searching words to the Father in the night air of Gethsemane, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39) It was not the physical or mental anguish tearing at His soul, it was the “cup.” Not the cross but the cup. The cup of sin which He must drink linking Himself with man as a partaker of his sin in order to become the object of God’s wrath taking our punishment. It was the thought of becoming sin… for us! The one thing He hated with a perfect hatred—sin! Now He would become sin for us who knew no sin. As a result He would be separated from the eternal Father and become the object of His wrath in the place of the sinner. This was what caused Christ to agonize and shrink back—it was that cup. As torturous as the cross was, it was not the thing He feared and not the thing that tormented His mind. It was the cup! The cup of sin would break the eternal bond between Him and the Father and bring the wrath of God in the place of perfect love. It was the cup of God’s wrath that would separate Him from the love of the Father.

He was not the victim of men but gave Himself to sinners willingly to take their penalty in a horrible death. Hebrews 7:27; 9:9,14; 10:12.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:44) The prince of righteousness, who for eternity had known only the moral excellence of a divine nature, was making first contact with sin! Taking our sinsupon Him, He lifted the trembling cup full of our iniquities to His sacred lips and began to drink. He held it to His mouth and drank from that cup brimming with human iniquity until it was empty—He brought down the cup and became sin for us! (2 Corinthians 5:21) This was His agony in the garden, taking our sin upon Him, becoming our surety, stepping forth to become our sponsor, becoming my substitute, my penalty for sin. The price He had to pay, demanded by the perfect justice of heaven’s law, was to become sin for us and receive our punishment!

This would mean separation from the Father for the first time in the eternal existence of the Godhead! To become the sinners’ sponsor (surety) He had to pay the penalty justice demanded as one of us. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Before the Romans and Jews came to arrest Him in the garden He suffered the most excruciating affliction of atonement—in the garden before the arrest, before the beating, before the long and humiliating climb to Golgotha; before the nails were ever driven into His hands and feet, He was separated from the Father! He now had only the access to God of the depraved sinner. That intimacy of the Godhead was taken from Him when He became sin for us. All of the physical and mental agony awaiting Him on Golgotha were nothing compared to the torment of His spirit when He made contact with sin and separated from the Father. The one who hates sin with a perfect hatred now has the sin of all men thrust upon Him! This was the deepest agony He could possibly suffer. Not only was He making contact with the thing His divine nature loathed with a perfect hatred, but now He was broken from the Godhead! It is no wonder the earth quaked when He cried, It is finished!

For the eternities nothing had separated them. Now my sin had wrenched them apart.

The Taste Of Hell

It was in the Garden He made the decision to become sin for us! This was where He began to smell the brimstones of hell. Jesus shed the first drops of redeeming blood in the garden. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44. The agony intensifies, as depression and destitution press in upon Him. The mind of Christ becomes fogged. He is suffering now both mentally and in His spirit. He senses God’s presence having departed. He struggles to rise on His hands and feels what He believes to be sweat running down His face, dropping to the ground, but it is blood. His agony was so intense that the capillaries had burst sending blood oozing into the sweat glands. His body is trembling. The first blood shed was not atop Golgotha, but here in Gethsemane where the Son of God took on our sin and suffered separation from the Father. This was the blood of mental and spiritual agony, and the first redemptive blood He would shed in the atonement.

All we hear in song and sermon today is the mercy of God at the cross of Christ. But stay with me now and go with me to Golgotha, and tell me if you see the mercy of God in its scenes. Let us see if there is mercy at the cross.


According to Scripture there was the din of a great multitude that came with the priests from the temple and the Roman authorities to take Him into custody. Some scholars estimate a crowd of between one to four thousand people were in the mob following the traitor, Judas. They approached the Lord with torches and lanterns held aloft. When the soldiers addressed Jesus to make the arrest, there was a sudden wave of power that pushed the crowd backward to the ground! Look at them all clamoring to their feet again. It is apparent that even though He carries the sins of the world upon Him, there is a special anointing on the Nazarene.

Then suddenly there were several loud shouts near Jesus. Look! Peter is standing there with his sword drawn and Malchus the servant of the high priest is fallen to the ground! I heard Peter shout something at the Lord just before he lashed out with his sword. Peter’s sword had lopped off his right ear. The priests were elated! Now they had proof that He was an insurrectionist and their charges against Him would make the trial an open and shut case.

In the concentrated light of the lanterns that had gathered around the bleeding Malchus, Jesus was quietly pressing between the armored Roman soldiers reaching out closer toward the stricken man’s head. With every eye fastened on the extended hand of Jesus, a strange quietness suddenly fell over the once loud crowd gathering around the bleeding man who had fallen to his knees. Gently Jesus’ hand touched the side of Malchus’ head until His hand was gripping the side of his neck covered with blood.

It seemed that time was going backward! The blood started disappearing and Jesus was now moving His hand up and over the severed ear. He drew back His hand and the ear was back in its place as if he had never been smitten. The crowd became electrified as the word of what had happened was passed to those who did not see

the miracle. Peter was saved! Jesus had removed the evidence that was against him. The Romans and Jews continued with the arrest of Jesus and led Him back over the brook, through the gate and into the city with the crowd following.

After Jesus was arrested they took Him across the city to the governor’s house to be questioned by a governor who was more interested in seeing this man he had heard so much about than for any official reasons. Jesus was then led back to Praetorium by

the Roman soldiers for preparation of the execution.

He was taken to the court compound where prisoners were received and prepared for execution. They took Him into a large room where they flogged prisoners. Here they disrobed Him and tied His hands to the large iron ring mounted at the top of the flogging post. A Roman stood by holding a chain flog in one hand. The instrument used was made of fine chain strands with weights attached to the ends causing the chains to cut deep into the flesh as it landed across the back. Once Jesus’ hands were

secured to the post, the flogger stood ready for a moment and then throwing the chain whip over his head he brought it down with a relentless force slashing across the back of Jesus. His body flinched each time the chains came down embedding into the flesh. Each stripe left a new laceration flowing with blood. Again and again the chains came swishing through the air and down across the back of God’s Lamb. Each time the whip of chains embedded in the flesh, it was pulled across the flesh on the back to cut even deeper. By the time thirty-nine of these lashes are given, the victims often lapse into shock or coma. There is excessive bleeding that weakens the victim.

Tell me, do you see any mercy here?

Pain sets in as the back side of the body becomes covered with blood. All this time the sound of laughing and shouting jeers fills the room and echoes down the halls of Praetorium. As pain fills His body, insults and jeers fill His ears as His executioners howl insults at Him.

Abuse At The Common Hall—When the whipping is finished the weakened victim is led to the common hall in the court compound. It is here the victim is intimidated and the mental affliction begins. The Roman soldiers attempt here to terrify the victim mentally. Scripture records that it was a large crowd that took part in this humiliation. The “band” in Mark 15:16 could have included all those in the compound of the court including the common workers. They had been taught to take part in these “just” executions. In this case the temple priests had endorsed this man’s death and the hatred of the band was religious as well as political. They disrobed Him in front of the crowd and threw an old scarlet robe around Him, probably the discarded tunic of a Roman centurion. They blindfolded Him, smiting Him on the face demanding that He prophesy. Another came with a crown of thorns and pressed it down upon his head tearing the flesh until the blood ran down into His eyes and down His face. A rough hand of one of the soldiers thrust a reed into Jesus’ right hand forcing his fingers to hold it. Then they started laughing at Him as He stood there in humility, my wonderful Savior! They bowed and hailed Him as King and spit on Him, all the while laughing and mocking.

Do you see any mercy in all of this cruelty?

Into the Street—The Roman soldier in charge gave the command and the blindfold was removed, the robe was jerked from His shoulders. He was gruffly pushed toward the door, down the halls of Praetorium and into the streets of Jerusalem where the mob waited. (Luke 23:27) He caught glimpses of His Mother and the faces of His disciples in the howling, jeering mob through blood blurred eyes. It was His last time to see them before the crucifixion. It is very possible that He was so weak at this point that He was not able to bear the load of the cross. Each time He fell the crowd roared. They conscripted a Cyrenian man from the crowd by the name of Simon to carry the cross. Jesus moved slowly, staggering, over the narrow cobblestone street jeered by the crowd as He passed through them. Men, women and children milled around Him jeering and laughing as they moved to the top of a hill outside Jerusalem called Golgotha (the place of the skull).

Do you see the mercy of God in any of these cruelties?

Reaching The Place of Crucifixion

When they reached the place of the crucifixion, weakness has increased until the victim can hardly stand. A terrible thirst sets in as Jesus reaches the top of Golgotha. One of the soldiers hands Him a vessel in which He thinks there is water. As His hands tremble He lifts the vessel to His lips to drink but suddenly spits it out as the bitterness of vinegar and gall fills His mouth. (Matthew 27:34) The jug is grabbed from His hand as the soldiers and crowd laugh. But the ordeal of the cross is only beginning…two other men with criminal charges are there for execution also. One by one they nail three men to three roughly hewn wooden crosses.

Do you find God’s mercy yet in the cross?

Facts About Roman Crucifixion—There were many ways in which crucifixions were carried out by the Romans. None of them were pleasant. Hurried, or mass crucifixions were carried out with less care and often on makeshift trees, e.g., Alexander the Great executed 2,000 captives of Tyre in this manner; and thousands of Jews were crucified when Titus finally took Jerusalem in the siege which Josephus describes in his history. It is claimed that the Romans had such a mass crucifixion outside Jerusalem that every tree within miles had been hewed down and brought around the walls of Jerusalem. Some crosses were shaped like a T, others as huge pointed stakes driven into the ground at angles forming an X upon which the victims were stretched and crucified. It is indicated that the cross Jesus was crucified on was with overlapping cross beams at the top because over His head there was a papyri placed with the inscription, This is Jesus the king of the Jews.

The formal or less hurried public crucifixions were carried out like the one described here and in the manner described in the gospels. This would be considered a formal execution. We are aware that some writers insist Jesus was nailed at the wrists and not in the palms of the hands because nails in the hands would tear out the flesh and not keep the body impaled and secure for the many hours the victims writhed on the cross. But history also contains records describing the Roman crucifixion as nailed in the palms of the hands and ropes tied securely at the elbow. We take the position that Jesus was nailed literally in the hands and that ropes, as commonly used on crucifixion victims, were used securing the arms to the upper beams. Because Jesus told Thomas to put forth his fingers into His “hands,” we tend to lean toward this literal word. In the literal hand the nails were driven. (John 20:25-27) There is a separate Greek word for wrist and also for arm. The inspired Scripture uses the term hand which in the Greek refers to hollowness, referring to the palm of the hand. Some say the wrist was considered to be part of the hand and anatomically this is the only way a nail would hold the weight of His body. If the nails were driven through the palm of the hand where nerve centers and tendons are located it would bring numbness and immediate discomfort to the victim.

There were pegs fastened to the upright beam of the Roman cross where the crotch of the victim rested the weight of the body through the long torturous hours of waiting for death. Some Roman crosses in ancient drawings show a board or crude wood tablet nailed on the upright beam for the victim to try and use as body support. (See also The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, R 761, col. 2). There were many different kinds of crucifixions administered by the Romans. Some were only tied with no nails used while others did use nails. There was the starvation crucifixion where the accused was tied (no nails) and left to hang unattended until dead. But in Scripture we have enough description by those who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus to let us know quite well which crucifixion He suffered.

Victims of the Roman crucifixion were normally crucified naked, but the Jews demanded of the Romans that Jewish victims of crucifixion be allowed to wear a loin cloth because of their strict teaching against nakedness. Emperor Constantine had the cross abolished as an insult to Christianity after his “conversion” to Christianity.

The Nails

When they had disrobed Jesus down to His loin cloth, you can see the abuse He received from the beating and lashes. His body is covered with blood. The lashes are swollen and ugly on His back. The crowd stares to see the marks of the battering the

Romans had dealt to His body at Praetorium. It is no wonder He acts stunned and reels on His feet.

A gruff hand grabs Jesus without warning throwing Him to the ground. Being completely off balance His head crashes to the limestone rocks beneath Him. Two Romans quickly grab Him by the arms dragging Him on the ground to the cross nearby where they drop Him. A foot kicks at Him and He rolls over onto the beam of the cross. They place the crotch of His body over the peg that juts out from the main beam as they position His body for the nailing. The sharp splintery edges of the rugged wooden beam scrape across the lacerations covering His back. His head is ringing—it feels so good to be lying on the ground—still—then suddenly He feels one of the soldiers grabbing His arm and jerking it out onto the cross beam. The pain shoots up His arm, ropes drop over the arms and pulled tight. Another still moment passes, then suddenly He hears a dull thud, a sudden burning pain fills the palm of the right hand—there are several more sounds of the hammer and with each sound new pain. Someone is stepping over Him and now the same sounds and pain filling the hand and arm. The legs are grabbed at the ankles and yanked downward, the feet are held together and pressed against a wooden block at the bottom of the cross beam—He feels the nails piercing the feet, tearing through the flesh. The pain shoots up into the calves of the legs causing immediate cramping of the leg muscles. Blood is running from the fresh wounds—but the physical and mental, and spiritual horrors of the cross are yet to come.


Tell me Christian, do you see any mercy whatsoever in these scenes? Look at Him! Tell me, do you see mercy, or do you see the wrath of God being poured out upon the sins of the a rebellious human race? I can tell you that you see no mercy. This is God’s wrath against sin! This is God’s judgment being poured out upon the sinner! The penalty pronounced by the laws of the Kingdom are being meted out—without mercy!

Lifted Up

After the victim is nailed to the cross they hoist the top of the cross upward sometimes with a rope attached to the top. As it is raised the weight of the body begins to pull and tear where the nails have been driven through the flesh. Suddenly as the cross becomes upright it drops into the hole with a sudden jolt, tearing at the flesh in the feet and hands. The peg tears into the crotch sending pain up into the abdomen. The victim tightens His lips, flexes His body, bracing Himself, but to no avail. The jolt tears at the flesh and indescribable pain shoots through the feet, the thighs, arms and belly. As soon as the soldiers had finished erecting the three crosses they settled under the middle cross to look over the belongings of their victims. To divide the clothes and possessions of crucifixion victims was part of their pay as Romans soldiers. Most of them received salt as their pay, an expensive commodity in that day. The possessions of the crucified victims was always something they looked forward to.

The Horrors Of The Cross

There is a special torment that was part of the cross experience that is little known. The worst physical agony of the cross was the effort made to shift the weight of the body through the hours of waiting for death to come. Starting with the very early moments after the nailing, the victim begins the most excruciating effort to shift the weight of the body between the fastened points on the body in an attempt to avoid mounting pain. His first instinct is to rest the weight of the body on the peg at the crotch, but soon discovers that the pain from the peg is unbearable. But after a short while pain and numbness become so intense in the lower abdomen that He instinctively tries to shift the weight of His body from the pain in the crotch by pulling on the arms and hands. He writhes in pain shifting the weight of the body from the peg to relieve the abdominal pains and swelling, to the hands, and then from the hands He seeks momentary relief by pushing against the nails in the feet.

Do you see anyone . . . even God, having mercy?

He pulls upward on His arms to relieve the pressure of the body pressing on the nails in the feet and the peg grinding into the crotch. The ropes around the forearm and the numbness in the hands deceive the victim into believing relief would come. But now soreness was setting in around the wounds and the pain was mounting at every slight movement. That quickly becomes unbearable, and He shifts the weight of the body pressing on the nails in the feet by pulling on the nails and ropes with His arms.

Becoming soon exhausted by the pain in the arms He slowly lets the weight of the body press against the peg giving relief to the hands and feet—but it proves to be even more painful. He quickly presses on the feet to support the body weight pushing with the legs against the nails. This soon becomes so agonizing He seeks relief by resting the crotch on the peg again to take the pressure off of the nails in the feet and hands. But this brings insufferable pain shooting into the abdomen forcing Him to quickly shift His weight again to the arms. For hours our Lord struggled and suffered all alone with the crowd yelling insults and the Romans laughing. Hour after hour He hangs shifting the body weight from the crotch to the hands, from the hands to the feet, and then back to the crotch. From the crotch, to the hands to the feet; from the crotch to the hands to the feet until numbness is the only relief.

The heat is unbearable. As He pulls again and again on the jagged wounds of the nails, inflammation sets in, the hands and feet begin to swell adding pain to pain. The fever reaches the head and a throbbing headache brings delirium to the mind. Now with each passing moment new pains shoot through different parts of the body, some of them internal. He continues the cycle of switching His weight from one inflamed part of the body to another. The arteries of the head and stomach become enlarged, thirst tears at the throat.

The cycle of shifting the weight of the body from the hands to the crotch to the feet could go on for hours depending on the health and age of the victim. Jesus being strong and only 33 years old would stay alive under these conditions for hours! He did die before the other two men but how soon death comes on the cross depends on how much abuse and blood loss the victim suffered before being nailed.

From the feet, to the crotch, from the crotch He shifts to pressing upward on the nails in the feet…

From the feet to the hands, then lifting the body again off of the peg…

From nails to the peg, from the peg to the nails…

From the hands to the feet, to the crotch…

From the feet to the crotch, then back to pulling on the arms…

From the hands to the feet, to the crotch…

He keeps shifting the weight hour after hour seeking relief from the pain…but it never comes.

As He moves to relieve the pain it only increases. The flesh around the wounds has grown sore and inflamed from pulling on the wounds. Pain is added to pain until numbness creeps upward from the feet, inward from the hands meeting in the center of the body. The belly swells, the legs and arms are inflamed, the mouth has turned to cotton, the lips are cracked.

In this state, Jesus looked upon the crowd with compassion. He seems to be wanting to say something, the mouth is moving… those who stand nearby heard Him say, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. The victim hangs there limp, not struggling with the shifting as before—He is too weak.

Have we seen one little bit of mercy through this agony?

The bleeding abates as the blood pressure drops and the heart grows weaker. The tissues under the skin crystallize grinding the nerves like ground glass.

Have you glimpsed one bit of mercy in this travesty?

Suddenly the dazed victim breaks into violent convulsions! Each jerk of the body tears at the inflamed nail wounds, irritating the crystallized tissues. The crowd responds as though awakened as His body jerks and twists out of control. He wants to stop but has no control.

I look in vain to find one small sign of mercy!

Now the end is near. All attempts to switch the body weight cease. The victim only seeks to die. He hangs motionless with head fallen to the chest. He manages to let the words escape, I thirst. His parched lips are hardly able to move. One of the Roman soldiers runs to the vessel of vinegar again with a hyssop branch in hand. Dipping the hyssop in the vinegar he returns to the thirsting Jesus swatting Him back and forth across the face, back and forth again and again. The crowd roars with approval. Jesus attempts to reach the vinegar with His tongue but pain prevents it, and now He realizes He does not have the strength to open His mouth or extend His tongue. The crowd is pointing and remarking as the final hour nears.

The Agony Of The Spirit

Suddenly the priest’s voice can be heard over the crowd, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. The hours have been filled with mental, physical and spiritual anguish. But the spiritual agony of the cross was the deepest horror Jesus suffered. It is reflected in His loud surprising cry which He cried out at the very last, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? He felt abandoned as He lost the last sense of the Father’s presence…something He had not known through the eternities!

The Sign Of Death

The last stage of crucifixion begins as cramps begin developing in the legs then up into the thighs and stomach cavity, the arms and neck. They increase until every muscle in the body is in the state of cramp while the victim is still conscious. It is the perfect ending of the perfected Roman crucifixion. All of its victims remain conscious in the final stages while the body grows stiff with rigor mortis—every muscle in the body in a state of cramp! Now the last stage of crucifixion leaves Him with only death ahead. He has suffered the last symptom of torture the crucifixion afflicts just before death.

As you have watched Him die—have you had one glimpse of mercy?

The last words they heard Him utter were, It is finished. Soon after that they heard Him garble the words, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46) In the end we watch to see His final breath, but He just hangs there so still, so pitiful, a man who did only good. When His spirit left Him, the body showed no sign.

The crowd gets restless. The Jewish Sabbath is approaching. The Romans know their victims must die before the Sabbath day begins according to Jewish law. One of the Romans stands to his feet holding a thick club in his hand and walks toward one of the three crosses. He approaches the thief, poking him with the club to see how much life is in him. There is a groan from the thief. The Roman stands back, raises the club and then suddenly brings it crashing across the man’s legs. There is a pitiful shriek. Now the victim can no longer use His legs to shift the weight from the hands and peg in the crotch. This will hasten his death—the hour is getting late. He walks over to the other thief and deals two more blows leaving the legs visibly fractured. But when he comes to Jesus to break His legs, he notices then that He is already dead. Jesus’ legs were not broken as was prophesied.

The Roman officer in charge of the crucifixion shouts an order to one of his men. The one spoken to, rises from off the ground with spear in hand approaching the body of Jesus. With the point of his spear hovering under the rib cage, he lowers the spear for a second and then suddenly thrusts it upward into the stomach. A burst of blood and water spurts from the belly, running down the legs. The crowd responds with another din of voices. (John 19:33-37)

We have just witnessed the spectacle of  God’s Amazing Grace
Something God did for man that man could never do for himself
Is it any wonder we call Grace At The Cross “The Supreme Grace”

All through the long hours of the crucifixion Jesus endured that Friday afternoon, God the Father sat in the heavens watching with myriads of angels and let it happen!

God sat in the heavens holding back His love for the Son because perfect justice was being executed upon the sin He bore for man. There could be no mercy—this was perfect justice.

There was not one move made to stop the outrage! The unjust carnage of the innocent man on the middle cross was senseless! Yet God allowed the agony to go on hour after hour without intervention from the heavens! In fact, God withdrew His presence from His Son and left Him to suffer the terror of separation from the Father—the Godhead torn asunder.

Look at the cross and tell me if you see mercy! No! You see the dark wrath of God, the fury of His judgment against sin! On that tree He paid the sinner’s penalty to the last agonizing breath!

In the spectacle of the cross the perfect justice of God has been displayed for the whole universe to behold. Nothing, No, nothing so reveals all the many facets of God’s love and Grace as does the cross! It is at the cross that man can see with his eyes what it means to be under Grace. For Him to bear the humility and injustice and suffering of the Garden and then the Roman cross, these could have only been suffered under Grace.

The cross is a revelation of God’s perfect hatred of sin and at the same time a revelation of His perfect love for the sinner.

We have seen nothing but wrath and the merciless judgment of God on sin. But now let us look again and see the great love of God as we remember that God did this for the sinner! The paradox is now clearly seen. While the cross reveals God’s perfect hatred of sin, it is also a revelation of His deepest love for the sinner! All of the pain and anguish of the cross was to buy back the souls of lost men. So while the cross is a revelation of God’s perfect hatred of sin (relentlessly pouring out His wrath upon His own Son in order to secure man’s redemption), it is also a revelation of His perfect love for the sinner. He did this for me!


Atonement by death was required by the laws of the Kingdom. Love provided a redeemer from heaven. God’s love had to find a way to redeem us and yet not violate a single law of perfect justice of the Kingdom. (Ezekiel 18:4, 20) Both God’s law and God’s love issue from His benevolent nature, both seeking the good of man.

These (law and love) are the same as the cross proves.

In the cross we see God’s law being complied with by God Himself.

Scripture often uses the words law (or commandments) and love together as meaning the same thing.

For example: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3.)

For example: Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)

God’s love never conflicts with His moral law, nor does one hold supremacy over the other. They are the same because they both represent the power of moral excellence. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10.

Calvary is a spectacle of conditional salvation! Christ suffered the untold agonies of the cross meeting the conditions required by His own Kingdom! And another thing, Sir, perfect justice is still an attribute of the God who does not change! If we distort the gospel and create a facsimile based on the whiny whims of sloppy agape, we will find ourselves on the same short end of the stick Israel had hold of. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31.

Grace teaches godliness—Grace that is of God teaches the Christian the kingdom morals. Scripture calls the heavenly value system, godliness. (1 Timothy 6:3) It is also referred to as being transformed in Romans 12:2. If moral perfection After The Cross is not the meaning of Grace to any Christian or any church, it means they are not under Grace. You are certainly not under Grace if you do not believe in it. They may believe in Christ and even praise Him—but those manifestations are not

the manifestations of Grace. The proof of Grace operating in a Christian’s life is his pursuit of holiness and moral perfection. Many Scriptures nail that fact down tight.

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, {even} the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; (1 Timothy 6:4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings.

1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that {pertain} unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2 Peter 1:4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Grace teaches both the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.

The gifts of the Spirit are given to the church.

The fruit of the Spirit is given to the Christian personally.

One is for the edification of the church, while the fruit of the Spirit is for the personal spiritual life. Note that the Word of God is for the perfecting of the saints. Grace ministers to sinners, Grace ministers to the sick and the blind, Grace ministers to the church, Grace ministers to the destitute and those who cry out to God. There are many recipients of Grace but the most important, the supreme objective of God’s many moves toward man is to lift him out of his depravity and restore him to the original character mode he had before his depravity. This operation of Grace is the highest priority of God in His dealing with man all through Scripture! To make Grace anything else is a serious departure from truth and will ultimately reap the whirlwind. (Matthew 7:26-27; Romans 1:18)

Christians should not entertain the thought for a single moment that the gifts of the Spirit, loud praise and emotionalism, composing beautiful music, great works of evangelism, creating humane or spiritual ministries, or having thousands flock to hear you preach is any proof of Grace. It is more often a sign Grace is not operating where these things are occurring. (Matthew 7:22-23; Revelation 3:17.) The Power of Grace is godliness, a personal heart purity.

Frustrating The Grace Of God

When the ambitions and preferences of selfish men have preeminence and we prefer our will over the will of Teaching Grace, the power of Grace is overruled and our spiritual life becomes thwarted. The tendency is to revert, and effects of the cross are frustrated. Any honest, rational person should be able to see and understand that any behavior on our part as Christians which tends to cancel the power of Teaching Grace, to transform us morally, is of the flesh and is the rationale of the depraved nature. If the passions of the flesh and the powers of this world’s environment are allowed to overrule the influences of Grace, we have returned to the sinner’s state. This is precisely what the writer to the Hebrews zeros in on when referring to the Jews who frustrated God by disregarding the law He gave them. The writer then applies the same conditions (applied to Israel) to Christians under grace. As the Jews disregarded the moral law of God and were cut off, so Christians who disregard the Grace that teaches godliness AFTER THE CROSS will be cut off (and there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery) indignation, which shall devour the adversaries). Hebrews 10:26-31. This penalty was spoken to the church of the New Testament and not the Jews of the Old Testament. But who in the church receives this penalty? No one wants to claim it but it’s going to happen to many people who have done despite unto Grace.

Moses Encounters God’s Grace

Moses Finds Grace (Exodus 33:13-34:8)—Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace (chen, graciousness, favor) in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. (Exodus 33:13)

Perfect love cannot exist without a moral law to define it. (Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 5:1-3) As we have said before, God’s love and God’s law are synonymous. Love is the Spirit of God’s law, and God’s law is God’s love in writing. There are many instances in Scripture that prove the link between perfect love and perfect justice. In the Old Testament it is revealed in Moses’ encounter with God when he asked to see God’s glory. God set Moses on a rock and in a cleft of a rock, passing by Moses, declaring in thundering tones what He wanted Moses to know about Him. You see, God’s glory is not just a spectacle for the eyes to behold, some kind of sensational aura to electrify the soul of man, God’s glory is established by His Word, by what we know about Him through His very own self revelation. In this declaration of God we have God’s very own Words declaring the union between His mercy and His moral law. When God passed by Moses it was not in silence but with an alarming crash of thunder echoing through the rocky canyons that threw Moses down on his face worshiping God. And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. Exodus 34:5-8 We see here the goodness and severity of God which Paul speaks of.


What did Moses ask of God? Did he ask to see His glory only? No. He asked for something greater than glory. He asked that I may know thee. (Exodus 33:13) Moses asked three things; 1. To see God’s glory, 2. to know His way (derek, a course of action, intentions), and 3. to know Him. The Lord answered all three of Moses’ requests. His glory: The glory Moses beheld was indeed a revelation of God’s glory. Secondly he asked to know God’s ways, and in verse 14 God told Moses, My presence will go with you. Thirdly he asked to know Him: The declaration that thundered through the rocky caverns of Sinai was God declaring who He was, revealing His awesome powers to Moses.

In The New Testament—When Paul explained to the world in the book of Romans the universal need of man for a Savior, he was careful to establish first of all the just nature of God (Nahum 1:3) that would not at all acquit the wicked. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing [good works] seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; (Romans 2:5-9) Paul is making it clear to the Jews that they have no advantages with God over the Gentiles. (Romans 3:1) “Every soul,” regardless, will be judged by the perfect justice of God and rewarded according to their affection for and their continuing in well doing. It must be seen as this letter of Paul to the Romans unfolds that it is not the canceling of justice that Grace accomplishes but the power to continue in well doing! That is the purpose of Grace and the power of the cross! That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:4; Hebrews 10:29)

Chapter Six
The Grace That Keeps Us Saved
An Exposition of Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, [THE EFFICACY OF THE CROSS!] and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation (Titus 2:11a)—Paul begins the subject of Grace by carefully describing to us just what kind of Grace he is talking about. He says he is speaking of Grace that brings salvation. The healing gifts were given to the church (1 Corinthians 12-14) as part of our dominion over the Prince of this world. (Mark 16:17-19) There are many such documented miracles. It is the Grace of God! but it is not the Grace that saves. It is God doing something for man that man cannot do for Himself. Healing is one of many manifestations of God’s Grace. You may have been physically healed by the power of God, but this is not salvation. Paul is making it clear that he is speaking specifically of the Grace that promises salvation of our soul. We must emphasize that all Paul speaks of here regarding Grace After The Cross is what it’s going to take to be saved! How does Grace operate and function in the life of the disciple After The Cross?

Hath appeared to all men (Titus 2:1 lb)—It is the same Grace to all men. The same kind of salvation applies to all universally. There are no special groups exempt from Grace within the church. What saves one, saves all.

This first sentence introducing the subject of Grace has some very interesting features. If you replace the word Grace with the word Christ the sentence really reads the same. For the “Christ” of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Jesus and Grace are synonymous! Note the comma after “all men.” It goes on to say that Grace has appeared to all men, teaching us. He was full of Grace and truth. John 1:14. We have a Teacher that teaches only truth—absolute truth!

Teaching us (Titus 2:12a)—How can I become a real disciple of Jesus? By being morally transformed by His Grace! (Titus 2:14) But how does Grace transform? By teaching me to live a holy life. (Titus 2:12) What was Jesus when He was with us on Earth? What did men call Him? They called Him Rabbi, Master, and Lord—all meaning Teacher! Jesus has always been a teacher of righteousness. He is still teaching and transforming lives to live holy. (John 1:12) Transformation is the work of Grace. How is a new Christian transformed? (a) By new birth (2 Corinthians 5:17), (b) by a Holy Ghost baptism of fire, (Acts 2:4) and (c) by a renewed mind. (Romans 12:2) A renewed (anakainosis) mind is a renovated mind. Jesus restores and repairs the dilapidated brains of sinners! This restoration takes place as the desire to be pure and holy has been placed in the heart. If you do not have that desire then get to the altars until you have it. If you did not have a total surrender experience at the altar when you repented, then you are a threat to the order and purity of the church. Call it a warmed heart, a crisis of total surrender, a second definite work of Grace … or whatever you want to call it, but we will not be teachable until we make a total surrender to Jesus as Master, Lord, and Teacher!

The Word of God contains the eternal mysteries of the kingdom and power to form godly character in man. In a very real sense it is the complete revelation of the Christ, the Logos. Then we have the Holy Spirit as the illuminator and teacher of the Word with the power to transmit the Words of the book to our hearts empowering us to live Christ! But, unless I am teachable all of these wonderful powers of truth and revelation do me no good whatsoever.

The operation of Grace After The Cross depends on my attitude toward the authority of God over me and the authority of His Word to govern me. If that submission is not there, Grace cannot operate in that life!

The apostate movement within the church today is not teachable. They do not want to hear the Lord’s teachings on holiness, they do not want to learn about godliness and the separation from the world—the sign of the falling away. (2 Timothy 3:5) Oh, they are learning, but Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7 The Bible teaches that the true disciple of Jesus pursues godliness—holiness of the personal life. Listen to what the disciples taught:

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:11

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that {pertain} unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 1 Timothy 6:3

Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; Titus 1:1

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner {of persons} ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 2 Peter 3:11

Does your church emphasize this teaching or does your church teach against good works and that you are saved only by the righteousness of Christ? If your church teaches against good works in the Christian life and that the only righteousness you have is the righteousness of Christ (half true), you are attending an apostate church. These are only a few Scriptures that make the moral transformation of the disciple the chief work of Grace.

But did we not establish the fact that Grace At The Cross was the supreme Grace? Yes. Grace At The Cross is the supreme Grace because the other Graces God bestows depend on the work of Christ to bring us into the kingdom. Grace After The Cross is what the cross was achieving. If we linger At The Cross and refuse to go on from there we have failed to follow through with God’s plan!

Our teacher heads the great University of the Holy Ghost. One of the first things that makes a university prestigious such as Harvard or Cambridge is the noted and achieved professors on their faculties. At these universities they have renowned physicists and astronomers, but we sit at the feet of the Cosmic Creator and the Bright and Morning Star who Himself flung the planets into space and spangled the night with stars!

Isaac Assimov was a great intellectual who has written many books from a knowledge of many of the sciences, taught and lectured in the universities of the world. But our teacher was there in the beginning, standing at the edge of eternity speaking the worlds into space with a voice of space thunder causing the universe to quake. Hebrews 11:1-3.

These universities boast of the world’s greatest surgeons and specialists in medicine, but our Christ designed the anatomy of every living creature including man, beasts, flying fowl, the fish of the waters and swarming insects!

The learned men of the world are still wondering at the miracle of how a child is conceived and brought to birth. Our Christ is the author of the DNA and designed the chromosomes that bring forth after their kind whether it be leviathan or the tiniest sprig of grass.

Historians study the world’s history, but our great Teacher, Jesus, created time and laid out the plan of ages.

Great philosophers have agreed that the highest kind of life is the altruistic life, to live one’s life completely for others. This Great Master teaching us lived for others, died for others and lives again for others!

We have for our Teacher the Ancient of Days, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Holy One, Lamb of God, the Lord God Almighty, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Word of Life, the Author and Finisher of our faith, the Lord of all,

the Son of God, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, the Way the Truth the Life, the Chief Cornerstone, the King of Kings, the Righteous Judge, the Light of the World, the Head of the church, Morning Star, the Sun of Righteousness, the Resurrection and the Life, Governor, and the Alpha and Omega.

Who would dare question His credentials?

The word Teacher indicates immediately that we are His disciples. A disciple is a learner, or one under the discipline of a master. Jesus said, He that cometh to me, and heareth my sayings and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like. He is like a wise man that built his house upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24) Remember, we are speaking of Grace as the Bible teaches it! Today the church is cursed with multitudes of people who dress well, live in nice homes and enjoy the air-conditioned comforts of the modern work place, and who believe in the person of Jesus but have no stomach for His teaching that transforms us morally. Throughout scripture it is proven that to be teachable is a basic prerequisite to discipleship (Matthew 18:1-4). Grace cannot teach the unteachable. Grace can only teach those who become as children.

Grace AT THE CROSS is Jesus redeeming me.

Grace AFTER THE CROSS is Jesus teaching me.

Grace At The Cross has no element of teaching in it whatsoever. At The Cross Grace brings me to contrition for my sins and then forgives the past when I surrender to the Lordship of Christ by confessing sin. Grace AT THE CROSS is Christ resolving the dilemmas of my past life of sin. Once the past is wiped out, then I face a whole life ahead of me having to deal with the matter of relationship to sin in my future and how to cope with it. What is it? How does it function and what can I do to conquer it? That is precisely the work of God’s grace after the cross.

At the cross we see Grace forgiving
After the cross we see Grace for living

Grace not only provides a legal release from the life of sin we lived in the past but provides His divine presence and power that we might have dominion over sin AFTER THE CROSS.

What does Grace teach us and what is the power of Grace? I need it and want it! The first thing Grace teaches us, is how to use the most positive, the most glorious and sublime word in the Christian vocabulary—No! You may have never thought of “no” being a positive and sublime word but you are soon to have it proven to you. It is the most beautiful and glorious word that can drop from the lips of any saint when spoken in the power of Grace. In fact, it is in this word, no, that the power of Grace is locked up. According to the Scriptures we will now study it will be discovered that No! is the destiny word throughout Scripture. This is the most spiritual and powerful word the Christian can use against Satan, temptation and the enticements of the world!

That denying (Titus 2:12b)—This is a very strong negative word (arneomai). It means to reject, deny, refuse. Or literally, “To say NO”! The very first thing God’s Grace teaches us after the cross, is to say NO! This is the first thing we must learn if we are going to have the power of Grace operating in our life.

Many great men and women of the Bible started their spiritual careers in the ministry with a No! including Jesus.

Eve cursed the human race and brought the Prince of Heaven down to Earth to make a bloody redemption for fallen man because she failed to be negative with the Devil. If only she had said, NO! Grace teaches us to deny! Grace teaches us to say NO! Adam and Eve threw God’s creation into the oblivion of a burning hell all because this man and wife failed to say that one little word, No! They disregarded what Grace had taught them. Oh, the eternal consequences that have been suffered because we keep saying yes when we should have said, No!

Daniel was told he could not pray to His God for thirty days by the decree of the Medes and the Persians. (Daniel 6:7-10) But he went to his chamber, opened the shutters and prayed toward Jerusalem. He said NO! to the decree that was contrary to God. Daniel had been taught by God’s Grace. Out of that ordeal Daniel was delivered from the lions and the King became a believer in the God of Daniel. This whole event that shook an empire revolved around that glorious and divine word, “No!”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were ordered to bow down to the image of their king in a pagan land. They refused!

Three men stood before a king in the royal courts and shouted, No! No! No! We will not bow.

The King of the Medes and the Persians ordered the furnace to be heated seven times greater and then ordered two soldiers standing by to push them into the roaring inferno. So intense was the heat it overcame the men pushing them into the fire. The cords that bound their hands burst into flame and dropped off setting them free.

Their clothing remained untouched by the flames.

They stood amazed on the white hot bed of coals.

Suddenly a fourth man clothed in streaming white appeared!

Jesus came and stood on the coals of fire with them.

Scripture does not tell us the conversation that went on between them, but it must have been something like this…

“I come with good news from the King of Kings!”

This king said, “You will burn if you do not bow!”

“Then you said, “We will burn but we will not bow!”

“But the King of Kings says, “You did not bow and you will not burn!”

This classic record known and preached through the centuries comes to once again demonstrate the power of Grace that teaches us to say No! Heaven was stirred and one of the greatest miracles of deliverance recorded in the history of man takes place when three young men stand with hearts united shouting, No! No! No! There are times in life when it is more positive to say No! than to say Yes.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; (Hebrews 11:24) This word, refused (arneomai) is the same Greek word translated deny in Titus 2:12. Literally it says, Moses said No! When he was offered the chance to become the legal son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was saying, No! to the possibility of becoming the Pharaoh (king) of the Egyptian world empire to become God’s deliverer of a nation of slaves. To this day Moses is a household name around the world. Why? Because he said, No!

Had he not said, No! the power and pomp of Egypt’s luxury, he would have been just another mummy dug from the tombs of ancient Egypt. But because he uttered that little word of Grace, No! he became one of the greatest names in the history of the nations!

Three times Satan came to Jesus in the wilderness as He was ending a 40 day fast. Three times he tempted the Lord! Three times Jesus answered with the Word of God! Three times He said, No! No! No! Jesus conquered Satan with the Word weapon of Grace which many Christians have not learned to use. After three negative responses the tempter had to flee in defeat and the angels came and ministered to Him. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 There is always a glorious outcome to any trial we encounter when we refuse to listen to the Devil.


Grace teaches us to wield this verbal weapon.

Nancy Reagan taught the youth of America a very simple but powerful thing. She told the young people, “Say No! to drugs.” Many commentators made light of Mrs. Reagan’s slogan, but she was right. Was she teaching young people to be negative? Of course she was! But teaching them to be negative toward the evil is positive. Recently a group of journalists were brought together to make a study of the usage of the English language. In one of the panel studies many questions were asked relative to the use and abuse of language. They were asked among other questions to write down the word we use most carelessly, and then to write down the most important word we use. The panel handed in their written answers which revealed unanimously that “yes” is the most carelessly used word, and “no” was the most important word we use in language. This helps us see how correct Scripture is by revealing to the Christian that even the authorities in language agree with the great principle of knowing when to say, No! This is extremely important to every Christian! We who are walking in a wicked and vile world environment must learn the importance of denying the enticements that come like darts from all around us. The first thing God’s Grace teaches us is to appreciate the importance of this sublime, positive and powerful word, No!

The Two Words of Destiny are, yes, and no. Salvation is not determined by how gifted you are, how intelligent you are, or how wealthy you are. Salvation is determined by how the simplest man uses yes and no, the words of destiny. All the untold glories of God’s Kingdom await those saints who have learned the simple secret of Grace, to just know when to say yes to God and when to say no to sin.

Heaven is filled with saints saved because they said, No!

Hell is full of souls who said yes when they should have said no.

Grace teaches the inner man secret and then the Holy Ghost gives us the power to speak it! As you read the Scriptures you will discover that destiny is in the way men used these two little words. Cain, Balaam, Korah and Saul failed God and brought blood, shame and calamity upon themselves because they could not say “No.”

To be an overcomer and stay saved in an evil world, learn the word of destiny—the weapon word of Grace—No!

Joseph is the classic example of saving himself by this using the Word Weapon. With his back against the wall of Potiphar’s hall staring into the lustful eyes of a wicked woman, Joseph teaches us how powerful Teaching Grace is.

Her voice is in his ears as she clings to his robe.

The hall is dark and he sees not even a servant as his eyes look about in desperation.

If only there was someone here to hear what she is saying to me, to see what she is doing—but there was no one but the woman who was now pulling him through the door of her chamber. She cooed, and pleaded and coaxed as she drew him toward her.

At first Joseph graciously resisted. But when she persisted against his refusal he suddenly blurted out, NO! She pulled on his coat the harder. Joseph gave a cry, “NO!” and with that he turned and twisted using force until he pulled his arms from the coat fleeing down the hall of Potiphar’s house out onto the colonnaded porch

disappearing in the sunlit garden outside.

She screamed! Her passion had turned to crimson hatred and revenge. Servants ran from every direction gathering around her. “See what this Hebrew has tried to do to me,” she cried! as she held up the very familiar coat of Joseph.

But let us step over into the spirit world and see as angels see in their sphere. The Bible supports what we record here. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Psalm 34:7

Standing in the halls of Potiphar’s mansion that day there stood another figure unseen by human eyes in streaming white standing above the heads of all the others. He was Joseph’s guardian angel that had been Joseph’s since his birth. As Joseph ran from the hall, and from sin, saying, “No! No! I will not do this thing,” the tall angel opened his arms and embraced the sound of Joseph’s voice, pressing it safely into his bosom “No”! The angel looked down upon the excited gathering of mortals around him. Then he looked down the hall into the garden as Joseph disappeared out of sight. He looked once more with a frown on his face, still holding the voice of Joseph firmly to his bosom. He closed his eyes and with the flick of speeding light the angel was standing on the sea of glass in the great central court of heaven!

Other angels were there striding in different directions. In the distance at one end of the sea of glass God’s mighty throne of jasper appeared flashing and thundering. At the bottom of a brilliant white hill upon which God’s throne was set, were four beast-like creatures standing at the bottom of a long stair that reached up into the heights where God’s throne glistened through a shimmering cloud filled with flashes and thundering. The worshiping creatures at the bottom of the mount of God were wheeling round and around mingling their trumpet like voices with the symphonic sounds of an unseen heavenly orchestra. Vast clouds of angels mingled their voices in angelic song.

The creatures began to sing a song of praise as if leading in the angelic choir.

“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God almighty, which was and is and is to come, Holy, Holy, Holy.” The angel of Joseph started walking toward the throne in the distance still holding something pressed to his bosom. In the kingdom city, distance means nothing. As he strode across the sea of glass toward the throne high and lifted up above the sea of glass there was a sudden rumble of what seemed to be thunder to a mortal’s ears. But the soft rumble began to get louder and louder until every angelic voice was silent and the creatures stopped their movements—all of heaven waited to hear the voice of thunder as it spoke.

Angel of my servant Joseph, you have come from Potiphar’s house and that wicked woman has tempted my son Joseph again. And now you bring to the kingdom the answer Joseph gave for all of heaven to hear. Let the hosts of heaven hear his answer!

Joseph’s angel halted and bowed toward the throne still a great distance away. As he raised his head again, he addressed the throne and said, Oh living, eternal God who rules among men and angels from the heavens, I have just come from the dark halls of Potiphar’s house where your servant Joseph was once again tempted to sin against you. And with that said, the angel stepped back as all of heaven watched and listened, and opened his arms releasing the voice of Joseph. Out from the bosom came the word of Grace amplified so greatly that it echoed down the golden avenues until every inhabitant of the celestial city heard his voice, YES! YES! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! yes! yes! yes! ye. . .

As the echoing voice of Joseph finally faded into silence the angels once again burst out in praise and took up a triumphant song, singing in loud crescendos of praise and Thanksgiving, the beasts whirled filling heaven with their Holy, Holy, Holy. All of heaven broke out with jubilee—Joseph had said Yes!

Joseph said no! to Potiphar’s wife. But then the angel took up that no! into his bosom and carried it off to the heavens. Every no! to evil in this world is a yes! When it reaches God in heaven!

When we say NO! to temptation,
we are saying YES! to Grace!

When we say NO! to the darkness,
we are saying YES! to the light!

When we say NO! to sin,
we are saying YES! to righteousness!

When we say NO! to the Devil,
we are saying YES! to Jesus!

When we say NO! to demons,
we are saying YES! to the angels!

When we say NO! to hell,
we are saying YES! to heaven!

When we say NO! to lust,
we are saying YES! to godliness.

When we say NO! to lying spirits,
we are saying YES! to the truth!

When we say NO! to worldliness,
we are saying YES! to holiness!

When we say NO! in this world,
it becomes a YES! on the sea of glass!

“No!” means “I love you, Jesus”

The first thing Grace teaches Christians is to say No! to ungodliness. We are to be holy even as God is holy. The word godliness implies we become like God in excellence of character as His Word inspires us and we frequent His presence.

To avoid ungodliness you must know God! We must be godly to discern what is ungodly. Ungodliness is not what we may think personally to be wrong behavior. Ungodliness is all behavior that is unlike God whether it be in the church or in the world. Wherever it appears we are to condemn it and reject it as unacceptable for us as adults and as parents for our children. We are to deny it! To be like God, there must be a an intimacy with Him personally. To discern and reject ungodly people and behavior is the first evidence of Grace operating in the heart!

Grace works first to put out of my life anything that hinders me from receiving those godly qualities the Holy Spirit wants to instill into my life. I must first be emptied of the filth and impurities and then take in those virtues of holy character He wants me to possess. Before godliness can be instilled, ungodliness must be discerned, dealt with, and repented of and put out of my life by the power of Grace. To enable us to do this God has given us a new nature that abhors unclean things by discerning and judging what is good. This power of moral excellence is the most important work of Grace which God provides After The Cross. It is this Grace that brings salvation. It is this Teaching Grace After The Cross that is our salvation.

Without this Teaching Grace that teaches divine character and puts us in pursuit of holiness, salvation is impossible to achieve. Anyone afflicted with the faith teaching and conditionless salvation philosophies based on only a faith in Christ apart from moral perfection, is in great danger of being disqualified for heaven. Anyone with this problem but who wants to be sure, I recommend that they find a place of solitude with their Bible and read this text on Teaching Grace one hundred times thoughtfully. People who are in the church and professing Christ and do not believe in holiness and separation from the world as essential to being accepted of God at the wedding feast, is in the worst kind of bondage! Christianity is a movement of moral excellence and the perfecting of the saints. This is not a party, folks! This is death to self and taking on the God-like character of heaven! And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Philippians 1:9-10. When you read this in your Bible, that is what Grace is teaching the Christian.

The purging of ungodliness from the Christian life is the first work of the power of Grace. Do we hear the Faith teachers telling us the truth about Grace? Why do they not tell their people what God’s Word teaches about Grace? Because they are preaching another gospel.

Godliness is found 14 times in the writing of the apostles. Godliness (eusebeia) simply refers to God-like character in the Christian life. Apostates teach that we are not able to achieve or possess actual goodness, but that the only righteousness we have is the righteousness of Christ. The words holiness (hagiasmos) and godliness (eusebeia) speak of the Christian possessing moral excellence issuing from God in the likeness of God. It is apparent by a simple inquiry into God’s Word that this conditionless teaching on the righteousness of Christ After The Cross is due to ignorance. It is a partial truth carried to an extreme that produces worldly amoral Churches. While this teaching attempts to flatter Jesus, it contradicts what He and the apostles teach. This study of Grace in its entirety reproves such teaching as do the following Scriptures.

1. Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men becauseof the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

2. 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

3. 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak {this} to your shame.

4. Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

5. Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

6. Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

His Presence Given To Overcome Sin

After the fall man’s life was at the mercy of lust. He sought his pleasure through indulgence in sex, food, possessions and popularity. Man’s life was being driven by the power of lust under sin. He needed an inner power which he did not have to conquer his lust. When Jesus was departing the world He told His disciples in the upper room, It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away the Holy Ghost will not come. In that last session with His disciples before He was taken and crucified, Jesus was introducing them (and us) to the coming of a power whom He called, the Spirit of truth. This Holy Spirit is the only power that comes from God and that is a greater power within than the power of lust which is in our members. Jesus came not only to forgive us our past, as we have mentioned, but He also gave us power over the lusts of the flesh, i.e., pride, arrogance, sophistication, sensualism, envy, adultery, fornication, gluttony, ambition, and myriads of other manifestations (often respectable) that violate and are contrary to what Grace teaches us. Right here in Titus 2:11-14 we are told exactly what Grace After The Cross is teaching us.

There is only one power greater than lust: the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ in us! That inner presence of Jesus is a Power Presence! John 1:12.

When Jesus Christ takes over my life At The Cross
He gives me a desire to be holy After The Cross!

It is this desire to be holy that comes with new birth that is our only defense against the control and domination of the carnal appetites. Lust is the desire (s) of the flesh nature prompted by pride and ego. Personal holiness is a desire to be holy. If that desire to be holy is present and properly motivating us then the lusts of the flesh will be dominated and easily governed. The only answer to controlling the desires of the flesh is the presence of a stronger desire to be holy. If you do not have that desire to be holy actually controlling your very heart and thought-life, then return to the altars of salvation until God’s Spirit gives it to you! It is here in God’s presence we receive from Him all that Christ has purchased for us through the cross. Only God can impart it, and spiritual birth is not going to be what Christ intended it to be until that God given desire to be holy is present. Once the desire to be holy becomes my possession, then and then only will I be able to receive and appreciate the pure truth and doctrines of God’s Word; only then will I be teachable and open to what God’s Word really teaches me.

Grace teaches the Christian to say No! to worldly lusts. The Prince of this world has filled the environment with carnal distractions to entice us (the flesh nature) away from the holy things of God. But those who have the desire to be holy will be the only ones able to overcome these enticements. Those who do not have a desire to be holy attempt to mix the Word with the world. The result is a carnal life.

When we put ungodliness and worldly lusts together we have the two forces working against Grace.

Ungodliness is a description of the fallen nature.

Worldly lusts is a description of the fallen environment.

The fallen nature and the fallen environment attract each other. James alludes to these two powers of sin as lust and enticement. When these two powers join there is a conception of sin. A man sins when he is drawn away by his lust and enticed by the fallen environment! That is how sin functions and what it depends on to happen. To break the power of sin we must break either the power of lust (the inner fallen nature), or the influence of enticement (the fallen depraved environment).

These same two elements (lust and enticement) are found here in our text again. We can see now why Grace teaches the Christian to say no! to, and deny ungodliness (the depraved impulses of the flesh) and worldly lusts (the sinful and immoral enticements in the world around me).

Grace teaches us to reject and constrain the urges of the carnal nature within, and to deny the influence of enticement in the environment that come from without. If we do not heed this teaching of Grace we will digress morally until we become lost and fallen from Grace. Galatians 5:4. This is the condition of the church today!


The Threefold Life of Grace After The Cross
Life according to Grace

Grace teaches God’s children to live a positive holy life beginning with purity of one’s heart and thoughts. Purity in my thought life as I go before God must precede any achievements of holiness in other areas. Remember what we said, To live right, a Christian must think right. We need no further proof that a holy life style is the only life taught by authentic Biblical Grace. This is the Grace text of the Bible for Christians who want real Grace operating in their lives! Here in this text is the real thing. This is God’s revelation of Teaching Grace After The Cross.


Grace teaches a right relationship with self. Sobriety simply means that our minds and thoughts are always under the influence of God and being under control. Grace teaches us self control by control of the thought life. This is the first thing Grace teaches us, how to think and control our thoughts. Sobriety simply implies having control of one’s mental faculties to have self control. The Grace of God that bringeth salvation teaches us to be sober.


Grace teaches a right relationship with others. Grace teaches us to live righteously. The word righteousness (dikaios) means to live uprightly, honest in all your dealings with others. This is the right relationship with others around us, the horizontal relationship with others. Righteousness is what we show toward all men. It is vicarious, living for others and seeking the well-being of others around us. It is important that others see Christians as caring, considerate and kind. At the heart of every commandment of God is this principle, consideration of others. This is what Grace teaches.


A right relationship with God. To enter into the mysteries of godliness and become godly, we must know God and love Him in both His goodness and His severity. To become godly I must know what God is like. This is learned only from coming into God’s presence in brokenness and submission and waiting in His presence. It is a tryst with God, it is intimacy with Him personally. This is the place of learning God. As we continue in the pursuit of God’s presence we become convinced of His perfect love for us and His perfect hatred of sin, of the pleasures that await us in His presence, and we unconsciously take on His nature. Without effort we start hating the things God hates, and loving the things God loves. The man who has been in God’s presence will hate sin as God hates sin. Godliness then, is to be like God in the likeness of His moral excellence. Worldly preachers who sit and watch television sporting events and “family entertainment” by the hour have pleasure in sin. Their concept of holiness will not be born out of intimacy with God but their friendship with the world.

Thousands of modern “Bible believing” churches now endorse a life style that is taught in the world but certainly not taught by God’s Grace. God doesn’t teach Christians to practice outward adorning and sophistication. Churches who teach prosperity and ridiculous fad doctrines but then leave off teaching godliness only indicate to us that they are doctrinally corrupted and not under Grace. They avoid the doctrine of sanctification because it would blow their apostate empire to pieces. They believe their powerful churches are proof of God’s approval and blessing on what they preach. These apostate spokesman endorse the salvation and “ministry” of worldly and ungodly role models such as gospel (?) rock stars, Christian athletes and “born again” movie stars who deal in and exploit sensualism, immodesty, sex, luxury, greed and huge salaries. These pseudo Christians trample under foot the simple commands of Jesus and the apostles. (Matthew 5:28; Mark 4:19; Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16; 1 Timothy 2:9; 6:6-8; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1.)

And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Acts 20:32.

At the cross God did something for me that I could have never done for myself—He washed me in redeeming blood and made me a new creation with a whole new nature that is in perfect harmony with kingdom law, a new desire to live in holiness, and a new mind eager to receive the truth of God’s Word and the divine morality. That is amazing! After the cross, God does something else for me which is impossible for me to do for myself, He nurtures that new nature, which He gave me at the cross, by the power of His Spirit and the truth of His Word. That is amazing! The regenerate life matures as it feeds upon the knowledge of God growing into the stature of the fullness of Christ. This is all the operation of Grace. It is all the work of Christ, by Him, through Him and unto Him! I have become a disciple sitting at His feet to learn and grow as I learn. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18


Unconditional Natural Grace:

Natural Grace is seen in the myriads of things God has done for man apart from the atonement. The warm sun, balanced humidity and fragrant flowers are all natural forms of the Grace of God, things He has done for the good of man that man could not do for himself. We could say these are the graces of creation. The millions of laws holding beauty, color and light under their sway all reveal that God had the happiness of man in mind when He created the cosmic universe. Everything in the world from bacteria to the wonders of intergalactic space were created by God to benefit man daily. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. Psalm 9:1. (See Psalm 8:3-9)

Redemptive Qualities of Natural Grace: None. There is no blood in all of this cosmic beauty and therefore does not have any redemptive power. Natural Grace may lead the unsaved to reflect on the goodness of God and in this way help lead him to Christ and a salvation experience, but natural Grace has no redemptive or atoning power because it does not deal with spiritual laws—only natural laws. There is no redeeming blood in all of the splendor of the natural creation, but there is certainly a lot to provoke thought and reflection on the goodness of God! No matter how much you admire what God has done in nature, there is not one drop of redeeming blood in a blade of grass or a golden sunset.

Scripture: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45.

Conclusion: A Natural Grace To Be Enjoyed By All Men—The Universal and unconditional Grace of God from creation upon all men both righteous and wicked; providing all things necessary for mankind’s health and happiness; for his welfare and well-being. Natural Grace is God providing for natural man what man could not provide for himself.

Unconditional Redeeming Grace
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 This is the Grace that saves man from his past sin when he accepts Christ as his Savior. At The Cross we see God doing something for man that man could not do for himself

Redemptive Qualities: JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH. Upon confession of sin and believing in His substitutionary death and confessing Christ as Savior and the only means of redemption, the sinner is released from all past charges of guilt and sin (Romans 3:25) through faith alone in the atoning work of Christ’s shed blood upon the cross.

Scripture: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. Other Scriptures that apply to Grace AT THE CROSS: Romans 3:22, 24-25, 28, 30; 4:5-6, 16, 24-25; 5:1, 9, 16,18; 9:30; Galatians 2:16; 3:8, 11, 24, 26; Philippians 3:9; Colossians 2:13-14; Titus 3:7.

Conclusion: Grace From God That Justifies Man. God exerting His holy influence upon the souls of men, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of Christian virtues. (Lexicon)

Conditional Teaching Grace
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (12) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:11-12

Redemptive Qualities: JUSTIFICATION BY WORKS. Sanctification begins as the redeemed person seeks holiness in the presence of God. Through the power of the Spirit and by responding to the teaching of the Word of Grace, the redeemed man yields himself to the duties and disciplines of righteousness.

Scripture: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. James 2:20-24.

Conclusion: Grace From God That Transforms Saved Men—The spiritual condition of one being governed by God and serving God joyfully under Grace.



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