“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth … From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (Jn 1:14, 16-17)
The gospel of grace is the gospel and there is no other. This gospel is built, not on a doctrine or a theology, but on Jesus Christ himself! Deuteronomy 27:26 makes it clear; “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Moses law could NOT be kept by anyone other than JESUS. Moses Law was a THREAT; You will, and you SHALL NOT- or else! It is a Religion dependent on Mans duty, man’s obedience, man’s work- it is grounded in the WORKS OF MAN!
Leader, whenever you read the word “grace” in the Bible, you can substitute the name “Jesus.” Jesus is grace personified. What does the grace of God look like? It looks like Jesus. What does the grace of God sound like? It sounds like Jesus. How do we know that God is gracious? He gave us Jesus who is full of grace and truth. So, when Paul refers to the ‘Gospel of Grace’ in Acts 20:24, he means exactly the same thing as when he and others refer to the gospel of Christ or the gospel of God or the gospel of His Son or the gospel of peace. All of these gospels reveal the One who is called Grace, who was given to us out of the fullness of the Father’s grace, and through whom we have received GRACE UPON GRACE.
Conduit, what are the four most important bits of the gospel message according to the MAN who was taught by CHRIST for 3 years in Arabia? They are: 1-Christ died for our sins as foretold in the Scriptures, 2- He was buried, 3- He was raised as the prophets foretold, 4-He appeared in bodily resurrection to many. On the cross Jesus became our sin offering, taking our punishment and securing our eternal forgiveness. He died so that we might live, he was wounded that we might be healed, and he was cursed so that we might be blessed. Jesus forged a new covenant in his blood, exchanging our sinfulness for his righteousness. His miraculous return from death confirmed that Jesus was God’s Son, just as he said he was. It also showed that the demands of justice had been fully satisfied and that no further payment was necessary. As Derek Prince famously preached in The Divine Exchange, Jesus’ death on the cross was “perfectly perfect and completely complete.” There is nothing more that needs to be done! Today- decide, BE HIS witness, telling people about JESUS, everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!