WHAT IS GRACE?
BY: MAX ENDE
YOU ARE AND YET YOU AREN’T
LOOK AT WHAT SATAN ASKS JESUS
WATCH WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WOMEN IN THE GARDEN
EPH 1:3-10 3] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4] For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5] he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will 6] to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8] that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9] And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10] to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
Grace is a state of being. It is a fact of life for the Sons of God. Without Grace, we would be doomed. How does this Grace work and how is it applied?
·God knows we sinned.
·God loved us anyway.
·He sent His anointed (sinless Christ) Son to die the acceptable death and kill the sinful man (in the body of sin).
·Christ emptied His blood (the death) and God’s Law was satisfied.
·God then raised His sinless Christ from the dead and took Him to Himself and seated Him at His right hand. The accepted place of honor and authority.
·Now the Spirit of God calls all men to believe in what He did for all of them. It is the only acceptable way.
·It is that simple.
When we believe that this is true we are immediately killed by faith in His death. According to Paul we are now presently crucified with Christ. That’s right, killed dead. We are then just as quickly raised from the dead by the Holy spirit that immediately indwells us and takes up residency in our being. This is a Mystery, a great Mystery. We are in a state of being. This state of being is called Grace. In Grace there is no penalty for sin. There is no penalty because we are dead and a dead man cannot be held accountable for anything.
“But I am alive.” You say.
YOU ARE AND YET YOU AREN’T.
Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Paul says that the only reason you are alive is because Christ is alive in you and His resurrection life gives life to your mortal body. Grace says you are living His life so to speak. Also, the law does not recognize a resurrected man. The law only recognizes one death. You can only die once legally. And since God deems you crucified with Christ, He cannot hold you accountable for sin…ever. He has cast your sin as far from you as the east is from the west. Christ paid the penalty for sin (the one and only penalty) and so there is no more penalty if you enter into His death.
So even if you sin God’s Grace is there and the provision of the cross takes care of it. What the traditional church is forgetting is that the power of sin is BROKEN. You see? If the penalty is satisfied, there is NO MORE PENALTY. Sin has no more power because the power of PENALTY is gone. The only reason that believers think that sin is still a power in them is because they give it power.
Let me explain it with Adam. After all, that is where we all must start. You were born in Adam. You have his body and you have his mind. Adam believes a lie. He believes that God and he are two different beings. Why?
GE 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
GE 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Now throw away everything you have been told concerning the creation and understand the truth. Adam was the very image of the invisible God. God formed the man (Adam) from the dust of the earth and put His (God) Life in it. This is how God works. Seed and earth. Gods Life (Seed) into the earth (Adam). The purpose was to grow God in the Earth. This was and is God’s intention. Adam was in fact the Son of God. The scripture confirms this in Luke…
LK 3:37-38 37] the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Kenan, 38] the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
Understand that you cannot separate seed from the fruit. In other words, the seed of an apple is an apple. It is an apple in seed form. If you put the seed in the ground and you water it, it will grow into an apple tree and produce apples. This is how God works. He planted His seed in the Earth man (Adam).
Adam and God were the same person. You need to get this into your Spirit and know the truth. You have to believe this or you cannot believe that Jesus and God were the same person. You see, Jesus is the Son of Adam. That is what he continually called Himself. He never called Himself the Son of Joseph and He never called Himself the Son of God. He called Himself the son of Man (Adam).
But you say that you are the son of Adam too. Well said, you are the son of Adam. There is no difference between you and Jesus according to the flesh body. Then you say, yes but He had no sin. Well said, He knew no sin because of one thing and only one thing. Jesus knew exactly who He was. He knew exactly who His father was and that is how he knew no sin.
Understand this… your father is Adam the man. Jesus Father was Adam the Woman. Very important point. Jesus was born the seed of the Woman, not the seed of Adam the man. Mary was a virgin. She carried the seed that was generated by the Word of God delivered by an Angel. Jesus was born by the will of God. We were all born by the will of man. We have the identity of the man Adam gave us. Jesus had the identity God gave Him. God named Jesus. Our parents named us according to the flesh.
However watch this…
MT 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2] After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3] The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
MT 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “
MT 4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
MT 4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
MT 4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
MT 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”
MT 4:11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Now know and understand that the traditional Church has misunderstood this entire confrontation because the church has been blinded into believing lies born out of ignorance. This confrontation is the exact same confrontation that The Woman we know as Eve found herself in.
LOOK AT WHAT SATAN ASKS JESUS…
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”…
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
In other words…If you are the Son of God…Then prove it. Jesus overcame what the Woman did not. He overcame Satan through His identity with God. Satan presents a weak argument…’If you are the Son of God’…Jesus IS the Son of God and He has no obligation to prove it. If you are a thing, what makes you think you have to prove it? Are you a man? What do you need to do to prove it? Nothing.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WOMAN IN THE GARDEN…
GE 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
GE 3:4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
GE 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Satan questioned her identity, you see… the Woman came out of the Adam (the Son of God) and she had the same spirit in her as He did. She was and is an exact representation of the image of the invisible God. Why? Because she is flesh of Adam’s flesh and bone of Adam’s bone. Also she lived the same life Adam lived. This meant that she must have had the Spirit of God in Her just as Adam did. Adam and the Woman were the same person (one flesh).
She did not need to gain wisdom from an outside source (the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). The Woman already had the wisdom of God through identity with God. The Serpent deceived her into believing something that WAS NOT TRUE. The lie is that Wisdom comes by way of knowledge. This is an absolute lie. Wisdom does not come by way of knowledge. It comes by way of identity with God. Wisdom is not a perfect set of proverbs set in order. Wisdom is a person.
What happened next is very revealing. After Adam (the Son of God) ate the fruit, BOTH their eyes were opened. What? Were they blind? No. They did not use their eyes before they ate the fruit. They had no need for their eyes prior to eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. You see, before they ate the fruit they walked by faith and not by sight. Now, the Man had another seed in Him. Another life that was no life at all. He received a mind devoid of God (identity).
This mind is enmity with God. It cannot please God nor can it understand God at all. He immediately became dependent upon his mind and senses for information concerning knowledge and wisdom. Adam lost his God Life (identity) and received Blood life instead.
Now Adam (the man) heard the Spirit of God walking in the Garden but He could not ‘see’ Him with his eyes. His eyes could see his self and He found himself naked and ashamed. The man hid from God. Adam’s perceived separation from God had begun.
It is important to understand that this separation was only in Adams mind. God did not hide Himself from Adam (His Son); the man hid himself from God. God did not cease from seeking Adam (His Son). Adam (the man) ceased from seeking God. God’s desire is to reconcile Adam (His Son) to Himself. Adam (the man) does not seek reconciliation. Adam has eyes but is blind. Without faith Adam cannot see God. All of this is only in the mind of Adam. Adam’s mind is only separated from God. God never abandoned His Son. To abandon Adam (his Son) would be to abandon Himself.
God’s provision for Adam (the Cross) was made BEFORE Adam was formed in the dust. Let me say this again…The provision of the Lamb of God was made BEFORE Adam (the man) ever sinned, before Adam was formed, BEFORE the fall. Adam (the Son) is NOW safely at the right hand of the Father.
Therefore the power of sin is a lie. The power of God is the only true power in all of creation. The truth is that Adam the man died on the cross of Calvary. Now the Son of God is raised from the bondage to decay. The power of sin is death. There is no more death. Christ Jesus died the death ONCE for ALL. If Adam the man sinned and all sinned then when Christ died, ALL DIED. There is NO MORE SIN because there is NO MORE DEATH. This is the true Gospel. This is the truth.
Listen carefully. Your mind is screaming that you sin. Your mind is screaming that this cannot be true. Remember, your mind is enmity with God. Your mind cannot receive this. Flesh and Blood cannot reveal the truth to you. Only the Father can. If you do believe this because the Word of God is speaking to you, you are the Son of God. He is revealing Himself IN YOU. He is not ‘out there’ looking for you. He is in you revealing Himself in you. You are Him and He is you. You are the same person. God cannot sin. Sin is only in the mind of Adam and he is dead. You are alive. Wake up and remember who you are.
Now that is good news to you and me. That is Grace.
It is not a license to sin. This is the end of sin.
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