In response to the recent editorial that addressed the “In the Bible” feature about Grace, you are absolutely correct when you say that “grace” is very misunderstood. Your references from scripture and comments reveal your lack of understanding.
It seems that almost no one understands God’s Grace. A big problem is that everyone seems to “try” to mix the Gospel of the Kingdom with what Christ is doing today in His Gospel of Grace. Reading Galatians 5:4, we learn what happens to those who try to be saved by anything in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, which was all part of the Law of Moses, and was never for us Gentiles.
Galatians 5:4 clearly states that during the age of Grace, anyone who claims to be saved by anything (from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John and the Law) like say water baptism is under all the Law of Moses, they lose the benefit of Christ (the Cross) and they fall from Grace. Also, don’t forget, the Old Testament prophets, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Peter, John, James, and Jude were all inspired by the Holy Spirit. St. Paul was also inspired by the same Holy Spirit.
So when comments like yours are made, you are not making any friends in heaven. One more thought, on your comments ridiculing God’s Grace, you failed to explain what grace is–in your opinion. The Bible says that God’s Grace and forgiveness is a gift. We cannot work for a gift. If we do, it is no longer a gift.
You mentioned Peter on Pentecost. The first word Peter said was “Brethren”. We Gentiles are not Peter’s brethren. He was talking to his Jewish brethren, not us. The Jews said, “What must we do?” The Law of Moses was a works religion. Grace raises us far above that. Much more studying and effort and responsibility is required under grace.
You mentioned long suffering not counting for much. Consider what Peter wrote as inspired by the Holy Spirit in II Peter 3:15-17. And account that the long suffering of the Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul, also according to the wisdom given unto him written unto you. II Peter 3:16 As also in all his (Paul’s) epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist), as they do also the other scripture, unto their own destruction.
II Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, Beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also being led away with the error the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. The Bible clearly states by what gospel we will be judged. Most people do not know how they will be judged. Not knowing this will cause them to miss heaven on Judgment Day. Romans 2:16 the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to MY Gospel Paul’s Gospel of Grace.
For approximately 300 years Christianity lived by Paul’s Gospel of Grace. Then the Catholic Church decided to go back to the Gospel of the Kingdom according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Of course they had no authority to do this and it is of course not from God. This lie is called replacement theology. They use a verse from St. Paul once in a while so that it is not easy to see what they have done. Don’t be willingly ignorant, wresting (twisting) this scripture. Catholic means universal. Does this mean the universal church? Does this mean one world church?
Brothers should not debate what they believe. Brothers should, as II Timothy 2:15 instructs us: study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the work of truth. That means to separate the Gospel of the Kingdom (law) from the Gospel of Grace. Once a person learns to study the Bible God’s way, everything becomes clear-even His Grace-How sweet the sound! Everyone needs to read the Bible for themselves.