2019 Grace Life Conference (Session 8)

by Creflo Dollar | 9 Jul 2019

Summary

As born-again believers, we are free to live holy lives apart from the governance of Mosaic Law. This is entirely possible when we rely on the Holy Spirit to administer the new covenant of grace to us. Under old-covenant law, no one had the opportunity to get born again and receive a new spirit; Jesus changed all that. God showed overwhelming grace to Paul, a former Pharisee who had strictly observed every detail of Jewish law and put great effort into persecuting and killing Christians. As a result, Paul was able to give powerful testimony about how Jesus changed him from the inside out. We, too, will be able to preach grace to others when we get a revelation from Jesus; it will spring not from our self-effort, but directly from Him. We cannot help but be transformed when we see Jesus as He is.

  1. When Paul met Jesus, Paul was changed into a new man because of the power of grace.
    1. I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them (Romans 11:13, 14, NLT).
      1. Paul underwent a dramatic change. He went from someone who thought he was doing the right thing by imprisoning and killing believers to someone who preached the grace of Christ.
    2. Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles…All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” And they praised God because of me (Galatians 1:11-16, 23, 24, NLT).
      1. Paul had an encounter with Jesus. In order to truly understand grace, we, too, need that same kind of encounter.
      2. After meeting Jesus, Paul was a changed man; we cannot have an encounter with Jesus and remain the same.
      3. It takes a revelation from Christ, Himself, for us to undergo the same radical transformation as Paul. Like Paul, we need patience when we bring the Gospel of Grace to others.
    3. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death (Romans 7:5).
      1. The Law of Moses was flawless, and moral law was embedded in it. However, in his fallen state, man was unable to keep something so perfect.
      2. Sin had punishment under the law; now that we are under grace, however, it is still not okay to sin.
      3. The definition of “in the flesh” is being under the law, trying to do good by relying on our own efforts instead of on the Holy Spirit.
  1. The Holy Spirit administers the covenant of grace. He teaches us about the law of love.
    1. When we are led by the Spirit, He enables us to do things that are impossible to do through self-effort under Mosaic Law.
      1. The Holy Spirit empowers us to maintain godly horizontal relationships with others.
      2. After we get born again, the first thing He does is pour supernatural love into our hearts.
      3. …Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5).
      4. Moral law existed even before Mosaic Law was established; it is the very heart of God.
      5. God replaced the Ten Commandments with just one commandment; the perfect law of liberty. The Holy Spirit administers the law of love.
      6. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment (1 John 3:23).
      7. The Holy Spirit changes our desires; under His influence, we will not want to do the things we did before we were born again. Rule-keeping becomes unimportant; we will develop a relationship with Jesus because we want to, not because we have to.
      8. The more we see Jesus, the more we are changed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).
    2. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another (Romans 2:14, 15).
      1. Although the Gentiles did not have the Mosaic Law, moral law still guided them.
    3. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings (1 Corinthians 9:20-23, NLT).
      1. When Paul mentioned the Ten Commandments, he was not preaching Mosaic Law; he was referring to moral law in the commandments.
      2. The Holy Spirit guides us to spread the good news.