Amazing Christ or Grace?

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:12-13

Christianity is a religion of grace. They magnify their doctrine of grace more than ever and sing the hymn “Amazing Grace” passionately. Sermons about grace were delivered constantly and methodically. To many Christians grace is becoming more acceptable than Christ, it is easier to live under grace than to follow Jesus Christ. There is the danger of worshipping the doctrine of grace and misleading people away from the teaching of Christ.

We don’t argue that grace is a beautiful word. We all need the grace of God, the unmerited favor of God. However, never we can read or hear Jesus spoke about grace. Why? Because His message to the world is different and more deeper than grace. The message was repentance, spiritual renewal, new birth and suffering. Repentance means inner change of life. He joined the non-sectarian, wilderness-mountain-river group of John the Baptist to proclaim the gospel of repentance for He alone can take away the sins of the world. He asked John to baptize Him to become the leader of the radical change movement. He could have joined the religious hierarchy in the temple to maintain the old teachings of the Pharisee but He did not because He wanted to die as a rebel like John the Baptist.

As you read the words of Christ meticulously, you would discover that Jesus Christ was full of grace and yet His gospel was without grace. You cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you were born again, a spiritually changed man. What profit a man if he gains the whole world and losses his own soul? You have to obey Christ or He  will say, I never knew you. If your hand is uncontrollable in committing sin, cut it off for it is better to go heaven without it than to go to eternal damnation with it. Again, grace is beautiful like a lady but in herself cannot save us. Only Christ and His redeeming sacrifice can.

We got this amazing doctrine of grace from Paul. He started it with good intention but grace should not take the place of Christ in our heart. Amazing Christ, how sweet that sounds and saves like me.

Renewed Vision of God.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

The fundamental truth according to Jesus Christ about God, our Father is when He said, God is a Spirit. No man have seen God because He is invisible from the beginning. Don’t even look for God, just accept God as He is. In other words, you see God when you don’t see any. We cannot change the nature of God who is everywhere. God has no form or image to represent its boundary lines. God is so big, occupies all spaces in the universe that no human imagination can fathom.

Can we know God our Father? Yes, through Jesus Christ, His son. He said, no one comes (to understanding) but by Him. Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Once again, let us always bear in mind that Our God is a Spirit. Everything started from the intangible and non-visible mind of the highest Being.

The great Spirit has infinite wisdom which may call it the Word where divine knowledge emanates. In the beginning was the Word and the Word is with God and the Word is God. Jesus said, my words are spirit and life. Heaven and earth shall pass away but Christ’s  words shall not pass away. The Spirit says forever while material things rot and are subject to changes.

The humanity of Jesus is only a small portion of God’s revelation. The Word became flesh which occurred thirty years or more on earth but that historical event does not fully represent the totality of God, our Father who is eternal. This world tries to make their gods smaller and reachable to masses.

Faith is an end result of the right visualization of God. A wrong mental image of God would lead to doubt and despair. So, let us go back to the foundation of life thar is God, our Father is a Spirit. Worshipping God in truth is worshipping the Spirit. Worshipping the invisible God, not made by men is the only worship acceptable to God, our Father. Be blessed and happy when you don’t see God with your naked eyes for you are accepting Him for what He is.