Grace and the Elect–Chapter 5 of “The Unveiling of the Sons of God”

       We have learned that God showers great grace upon His elect, the ones whom He foreknew and pre-destinated.  To learn more about this grace—what it is and what it will do in our lives—we turn to Paul’s writings.  He is enduring a severe trial which has caused him great suffering.

     False prophets at the church in Corinth are slandering  him.  They have said that he is a false teacher, that he is taking for himself the offerings that have been collected for the poor believers in Jerusalem.  They are challenging his apostolic authority.

     And so he feels that one more letter is necessary to help those there.  This second letter to them will be, among other things, a vindication of his apostleship, for he knows that if they do not believe him about the Savior, then they will be the losers.

     But Paul will not be caught in the trap of appearing to be bragging in a carnal manner.  He will tell them about the visions and revelations that he has had of Christ without boasting according to the flesh.  Speaking of himself he says, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.  Whether it was in the body or out of the body, I do not know—God knows.  And I know this man…was caught up to paradise.  He heard inexpressible things, things that a man is not permitted to tell.  I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses” (2 Corinthians 12: 2-5).

     Paul also relates to them that he realizes that God sent to  him  a  messenger  of  Satan  to  torment  or buffet him “lest he become exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations” that God had given him.  God first blesses him with wonderful visions of Him and then out of love uses Satan to keep Paul humble (v. 7).

     Paul says that he asked God three times to take the evil agent out of his life, but was only told by Him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” NIV.  The spiritual strength that I want to demonstrate through you cannot be perfected unless you are weak, according to your flesh, God was telling him.  So Paul resigned himself and really rather relished being in a difficult bind here on this earth so that his power would rest on God.  “Hence I am well content, for Christ’s sake, with weakness, contempt, persecution, hardship, and frustration,” he writes.  For all these things afflict the physical body, reminding a human being of the weakness of the fleshly body.  “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

What Is “Grace”?

     But Yahshua had said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you.”  What is this “grace” that is our sufficiency?  “Grace” is translated from the Greek word charis, #5485 in Strong’s.  Definition: “Of manner or act, especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life, including gratitude: Ie—acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace(-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank.

     In 2 Cor 1: 15 charis is translated “benefit”—“I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit.”  Charis is also translated “favor” six times.  To Mary the angel said, “…Thou art highly favored,” or graciously accepted, or much graced.  “Thou hast found favor with God” (Luke 1:28, 30).  Luke later says that the Christ “increased  in …favor with  God  and man,” still using  the word “charis.

     The word for “gift” or “gifts” is directly from this same word and is used more than twenty times.  It is #5486, charisma.  It is used to speak of God’s gifts unto men and the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12: 1-31.

“My grace is sufficient…”

      So we see that God’s grace to us is his favor to us, his goodness to us in giving us the truth, in leading us when we don’t even know that He is doing it.  We must begin to realize what Paul realized, that it is only by His favor shining upon us, that we can amount to anything, as we walk humbly with our eyes upon the majestic Invisible One.  We realize that no amount of striving, struggling, and endeavoring to do something in our own fleshly strength will please Him or ever do the job to get His approval.  He is pleased by only one thing—faith.  And this is how it works.

How faith works—how pleasing Him works

     The Eternal Spirit Yahweh chooses out certain individuals to reveal Himself to, and they, in turn, become a witness for Him.  He chooses them out through no merit of their own.  There is nothing they can do before the fact to warrant His election of them.  They have already been selected before they ever came out of their mother’s womb.  It is not to the strong or swift in this world.  He elects or chooses, in fact, those who are weak in this world’s eyes.  In other words, when He was choosing out His disciples, He did not choose the emperor Caesar, the Roman governor, or the Jewish High Priest.  He chose out lowly, “uneducated” fishermen from Galilee.

     He does the choosing; we don’t.  “You have not chosen me,  but  I  have  chosen  you  and  ordained  you  that you should go and bring forth fruit.”

     So He chooses out certain people in the earth to reveal His plan and Himself to.  He “favors” these people by revealing Himself to them.  He gives grace unto them—spiritual gifts.  He deals with them and shows them of Himself.  Without this favor, they are nothing.  Without His favor (grace) they remain the walking dead.  Without Him favoring them by showing them His plan, they would remain lost in the daze and maze of this world system.  Without His grace, gifts, and favor man remains in the guilt and depravity and bondage of his sinful carnal nature—remaining there in that prison until the light of day deliver him—by His grace, or favor.

     How do we find this favor, this grace?  It is to be found in the Savior, who was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  “Grace and truth” came by Him.  Knowing who the Savior really is and what He accomplished for His people is the key in understanding His favor.  But the kicker is that one can’t comprehend His favor unless He has given that person favor.  One has to have His favor in order to eventually comprehend it.

     Some human beings are “pre-destinated to be conformed to the image of His Son.”  These are the “greatly favored” ones.  They have a singularly marvelous calling, a magnificent fate in Him.  And yet, all of us who are called and chosen share in God’s favor.  For the “manifestation of the sons of God” is the final harvest of the Tree of Righteousness that Yahweh the Husbandman has planted some 6,000 years ago.  When the 144,000 sons of the living God stride forth in their resplendent immortal glory, they will be the final harvest that all of the prophets, patriarchs, apostles, and us have sowed toward for all these millennia.  We all have shared in and have been blessed by Yahweh’s incomprehensible favor or grace.

     For  He  is  the Potter, and He makes the human vessel the way He wants to.  And to be created a vessel unto honor—for Him to mold us, a mere piece of clay, into something that could hold the living spiritual water that is His essence—is humbling, yet thrilling.

     The Savior was “full of grace (favor, gifts) and truth.”  Our favor is found in and emanates from the Savior.  For “grace and truth” came by Him.  It is a favor, a gift, a benefit, a grace from Him that our sins could be blotted out, that we could have “no more remembrance” of past sins.  “Your sins and your iniquities I will remember no more,” He said.  “And I will write my laws upon your heart.” That is a promise and a favor unto us.  Deliverance from darkness is a gift, a grace, a favor from Him to us.

 The “Hitch”

      So what is the hitch?  Why is it all so difficult?  What is the problem with all of this?  The difficulty lies in man’s unbelieving heart and mind.  For all of the above—His favoring us with the truth about His saving us from sin, darkness and decay—all of this hinges on us believing it.  It depends on faith—believing in all this that we have not seen with our eyes.  “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Master Yahshua the Anointed, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5: 1-2, NIV).  “For by grace {by His favor to us} are you 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).

     And it was already done in His mind that we should do this before the foundation of the world (v. 10).  But then, it is only by Him helping us to believe that we can receive His favor.  For He said, “Without me you can do nothing.”

His favor, His gifts to us, His grace is sufficient

     Paul wrote in another place, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”  If He is indeed favoring us by His truth, presence, a new life in Him, why would not that be sufficient for us to become what He wants us to become?   His favor on us is enough to balance the buffetings by Satan to keep us humble during our maturing process as His sons and daughters.  Paul knew this and tried to share these things with those in Corinth in defense of his apostleship.     Kenneth Wayne Hancock      [I invite you to visit my blog Immortality Road for more articles and books on this and other topics. ]

About wayneman

After high school, Kenneth Wayne Hancock enlisted in the Army, serving in a MASH hospital in Quang Tri, Vietnam during the Tet Offensive of January 1968. When he got out of the Army, he settled in Concord, Calif. and married Linda. He was an everyday drug user for three years, playing in rock bands, and yet still searching for the truth and the meaning to life. It was there that it was shown to him that the old self had to die. This led to an amazing conversion to Christ that would lead them to a 14 year stint as full time missionaries to Mexico and Ecuador. He also went on an expedition to Mt. Ararat, Turkey, in search for Noah's Ark. He has appeared on television many times speaking of his experiences. He is the author of two books, "The Unveiling of the Sons of God" and "Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality." He has also published short fiction and poetry. He currently is an Adjunct Instructor at two universities.
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2 Responses to Grace and the Elect–Chapter 5 of “The Unveiling of the Sons of God”

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Praise God! For sustaining grace.

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