SEVENTH SEAL LIBRARY

God's Truth Not Smooth Words

Grace: Times Seven

Washington,  ‘Seven Steps of Grace’ ©copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C. — 21 pgs in response to TSaS query: “What is the Biblical meaning of Grace and how does it work for sinners?” (Ephesians 2:8-9) posed by TSaS member Bruce of New Zealand

(Ephesians 2:8-9 AKJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

Amidst the world of Christendom, there is gross misunderstanding as well as critically erroneous teachings regarding God’s grace: especially concerning works mentioned in the above referenced Ephesians passage, as well as other Bible books. Such lies easily were achieved when Bibles were not available to laymen for thousands of years, leaving us entirely at the mercy of global pulpits: a manmade pedestal from which only select scriptures were and even today are given to support whatever lies were and still spew from such a meager height on any given day. Therefore, it behooves us to discover ALL relevant verses. First, review the definition of this much-misused word, GRACE, supplying only those spiritually applicable— which will be validated scripturally:

GRACE: n. [L. gratia, pleasing quality, favor, good will, thanks, etc. < gratus, pleasing], 2. an attractive quality, feature, manner, etc. 3. a sense of what is right and proper; decency. 4.a) disposition to grant something freely; favor; good will. b) pl. the condition or fact of being favored. c) a favor or privilege. 5. mercy; clemency. 6. a period of time granted beyond the date set for the performance of an act or the payment of an obligation; temporary exemption. 7. favor shown by granting such a delay. 11. in theology, 1) the unmerited love and favor of God toward man. B) divine influence acting in man to make him pure and morally strong. C) the condition of a person thus influenced. EXP: fall from grace: to do wrong; sin — have the grace: to be so aware of what is proper as (to do something) —with good grace: graciously or willingly. —Webster’s New World Dictionary, Collegiate Edition

According to definition as well as the Bible, God is both love and mercy therefore extends grace to those whom He chooses to call: though clearly undeserving. We exemplify a state of temporary grace if we respond to His call; but, by coming into full obedience, our grace is both exemplified permanently and deems us chosen: thus, it is determined that Biblical Grace is three-fold, according to definition, which is separate from the seven steps of Grace revealed in conclusion:

1. Yeshua is grace, for He has an absolute and pure sense of what is right and proper;

2. El mercifully offers grace to whom He chooses to follow His Son Jesus; thus,

3. Those, whom Eloi favors, then exemplify grace by being compelled to do what is right and proper according to Elohim’s definition of right and proper— as opposed to mankind’s flawed discernments— in accordance with Ishi’s Twelve Commandments and defining judgments.

The other remarkably apropos definition is: “6. a period of time granted beyond the date set for the performance of an act or the payment of an obligation; temporary exemption.” The payment we owe for our sins is death, absolute permanent death. Grace temporarily is granted to a sinful individual called to salvation, which is to be forgiven of our sins committed prior to having been called and after answering El’s summons.

Albeit, being called is to be not yet chosen. Therefore, should we not truly love the Lord with all our heart and all our mind and soul, thus definitively not be determined to obey ALL His Law— as one having been favored and despite the ridicule of others— then we lose grace: fall from grace, as it were. We no longer, then, are exempt from the penalty of death we owed for our past sins inasmuch as we continued in sin.

On the other hand, if we love Yeshua with all our heart and mind and soul and become wholly obedient, it is then and only then we actually are chosen: the sign of which is the receiving of the Holy Spirit as our guide and teacher who, later, will bestow upon us one or more gifts at the Lord’s discretion: this latter being the actual anointing. These gifts are discussed in depth in the TSaS Files section.

In a chosen condition, we will not, definitely cannot, fall from grace: in other words, we no long have a heart for sin and disobedience. Rather, our heart is devoted to pleasing Ishi, our spiritual husband. Hence, our temporary state of grace becomes permanent. Like Job, a chosen does ALL God’s commands exactly as He cited them— no more and no less—avoids evil, or even the hint of it, at all costs, and does good works.

Anyone can do good works, such as obeying God’s Law as well as feeding-housing-clothing those in need; yet, doing so is not a sign of having been chosen. Jesus made this clear in numerous ways, such as: “Many are called, few are chosen.” And, “Even the wicked love and give— but with expectations of receiving same or more in return.” 

And, “Even the Jews, who are righteous above all, obey the law but not by faith.” This latter means they obey because the Word says to obey and experience has taught them to be fearful of not obeying, yet they lack faith that in doing so truly is in their best interest and they demonstrate conditional, selective love: thus, those things are not done from a heart full of love for God and their fellow man. So, while works definitely are required of all who follow Jesus, such works are of no merit unless preceded and concluded with unconditional love.

A chosen heart cannot do otherwise, for it is abhorrent to him or her to do so. Still, don’t misunderstand: while marginally less destructive with those called, Satan absolutely gives his worst of temptation, torment, and persecution to Adonai’s chosen. About now, many might be crying out, “Then why do I sometimes get these wicked thoughts, even though I know I’ve been chosen?”

They refer to this Biblical teaching: “If you think it, you are as guilty as if you had done it.” God had a very good reason for instructing us to “bring our thoughts captive:” a feat achieved only when we understand what this means and how to do it effectively. Bringing thoughts captive was discussed in depth in an early TSaS post, currently in the Files section.

If, however, grace is as the world teaches it, based solely on the Ephesians passage previous quoted— guaranteed salvation without works of the law or any other types of work on Christ’s behalf— then, not only is everything else in the entire Bible a lie but also Jesus was a liar. If this is a fact, then we all may as well hang it up and do whatever darn well strikes our fancy, enjoy it to the hilt, then die when our body no long can hold up to the rigors of such excessive and decadent thought as well as lifestyle. After all, this is all there is or ever will be: IF the Bible and Jesus are founded upon lies.

Throughout the Old Testament, Yeshua consistently complains of His Law and His Sabbath being defiled, utterly disobeyed: this is to say, Elohim’s Will is His Doctrine is His Law and Judgments. Jesus came along saying, “Do my Father’s Will. You teach man’s doctrine and traditions for God, bringing damnation unto yourselves and all who follow after you. You hypocrites, vipers, dead men, twice dead… Obey God’s commandments, as given in the beginning.”

Oh. When was that? With Adam and Eve, given orally. With Moses, by God’s own hand written in stone to denote the Law’s permanence. With Jesus, who not only reiterated the Law but lived it as well: as our perfect example to follow. With the Apostles, who cited the Law and lived it. So, what was it that exempted the rest of us from the Law after the last Apostle died? After all, even their proselytes cited the Law and lived it.

Still in all, when did God extend grace? Did it come only by way of Christ? If that were the case, then everyone before Him and all the way back to Adam and Eve already are twice dead. Hmm? God doesn’t sound all that merciful and forgiving, after all, does He?

Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat of the trees of Life and Knowledge or they would die. Contrarily, they ate of the tree of knowledge. Instead of destroying Adam and Eve, God fashioned clothes to cover their nakedness, cast them from the perfection and ease of Eden to live lifelong hardship as punishment for their defiance. Sounds a lot better than dying twice!

Grace had been extended for the first time. And, while it appears Adam and Eve remained obedient during the remainder of their lifetime, their son Cain was wicked. After Cain killed his own brother, grace was granted yet again: Cain was sent into exile a marked man, who suffered greatly for his crime. Having received grace, Cain did go on to live rather successfully: whether or not it was in a manner acceptable to God, only God knows. Yet, the world of humanity continued to do more evil, living for the moment and for the world’s riches.

Finally, God had enough and debated on destroying all He had created: except, there was Noah and grace was extended yet again. This time, however, anyone who did not accept Noah’s word— an example of believing God— would lose the grace extended. As we all know, Noah and his family were the only humans to enter the ark when the great flood finally came and all outside the ark were destroyed. Except for Noah— rather we should say, except for God— no one would exist today.

Following that great flood, the entire earth was given a second chance to get it right through Noah. During this period of opportunity, God extended grace in the form of examples of the things He hates with a perfect hate, illustrations of the things pleasing to Him, as well as provided His hitherto oral law and judgments in writing: that we might easily refer to it often.

Grace was extended to Moses, the babe, by saving his infant life: which grace was extended through Moses to lead the Hebrews out of Egyptian captivity. And through Moses, provided to His people His Will and Doctrine in writing: that they might never forget again what Jehovah requires of those whom He claims for His own.

Nonetheless, the world began to wax as evil as it had before the flood and even worse: mainly because evil hadn’t been destroyed in the great flood. Of course not. Satan remained and still remains very much alive and more active than ever in time. The next event of extending grace was to take away inferior sacrificial ordinances and offerings— which God never wanted in the first place— by replacing them with a permanent-one-time-only sacrifice.

Additionally, this perfect sacrifice temporarily would provide a living, breathing example of God’s Will and Doctrine in action and whom we were intended to emulate: Jesus Christ, the Messiah who would die for our past sins. However, there would be a catch, a snag if you will, following Christ’s ascension to heaven. Lucifer would be allowed to establish apostate churches simultaneous to the Apostles establishing true churches. Satan then would be allowed 1810 years in which to convince the people that his church taught God’s truth and Christ’s churches were cults denying God’s grace.

Beelzebub, however, was not given this opportunity without yet another offer of grace to be extended for one final time: this to be done at the end of Beelzebub’s wicked destruction of God’s Holy Word. However, during his evil god-like reign there still would remain small, obscure churches teaching God’s Truth: despite the Destroyer’s synagogues’ immense and rapid growth, seemingly validating it as the truth. Due to this, a small grace was extended until his reign ended: those who had not heard the truth would not be held accountable for that which they did not know— as long as they absolutely were devoted to Yeshua and obeyed all that they did know of His Word.

During the years of Satan’s religious supremacy, many of God’s Truths were obliterated, hidden, and/or changed: easily done since Bibles were not yet readily available to the common man. Interestingly, near the close of Lucifer’s reign of lies, an event occurred that resulted in the Bible going global in a massive effort to put one in every person’s hand. His reign closed and the Philadelphia age began in 1844 A.D.: the era in which God’s Truths were taught one last time, everyone having opportunity to accept the call and be chosen or reject it and suffer a second death.

Philadelphia also is the period of time in which earth’s people were being judged, based on their acceptance of El’s truth when they heard it or their rejection: simultaneously being marked, or sealed as it were. At the close of Philadelphia’s time, calls to salvation also ended and the last church age began: Laodicea, time of sentencing, which is rendered by Christ Himself when He comes in the clouds.

The time involved in Laodicea is akin to a jury being sequestered to determine sentencing for an already established verdict of innocence or guilt; and, upon return to the court room, sentencing is rendered accordingly. Laodicea began in 1991: thus, the handing down of sentence is any day, any hour now. Execution of the second death is scheduled to follow sentencing a thousand years later: again, typical of criminal court procedures.

GOD’S GRACE BEGAN with and EXTENDED through:

1. Adam and Eve – Genesis 3:22-24

2. Cain – Genesis 4:11-16

3. Noah – Genesis 6:17-22

4. Moses and through him to… – Exodus 1:22; 2:2-3,8-10

5. Lead the Jews out of captivity and who birthed the Messiah – Exodus 3:15-17

6. Jesus on behalf of all humanity henceforth – Matthew 26:55-56; 27:50; 28:19-20

7. The church age of Philadelphia through God’s messengers – Revelation 3:7-10; 10:11

Once again, we see Elohim’s perfect number seven. Another remarkable feature about God is His patience. He not only gave earth two chances to get it right, before it’s purged by fire to utterly destroy the filthy and wicked; but, He also has given humanity 6000 years in which to do it: over which time El has extended grace seven different times by seven different methods. He has done everything, and even more than humanity ever deserved, to assure that as many as possible can and might accept His consistent offer of eternal life. Once called, we’ve merely to accept and obey His Truths and only His.

There must be an ending point: otherwise, we live perpetually amidst evil and its resulting, ever-escalating chaos— to say the least of which is that everyone is crying out for relief; more so than at any time in history. The fact Yeshua removed Adam and Eve from proximity to the Tree of Life validates an end to this current chaotic state of mankind. Additionally, this planet no longer is capable of supporting life; only one of many clear signs that Jesus is about to return to take up His own while leaving behind the wicked and filthy very dead: littering the earth from one end to the other end, not even granted burial— to which feast the eagles are called to dine upon.

TIME IS UP! Yes, the Lord calling many to salvation has ceased; but, grace still abounds to the end for those already called and who might not have yet answered with total obedience from a heart of love. If called at anytime up to 1991, then grace remains extended to those called: accept only El’s truth— or reject it, if living dangerously is a preferred cup of deadly poison.

Now, let us examine scriptures relative to God’s grace. Please, do not discount Adonai’s grace extended to Adam and Eve simply on the basis that the term grace was not used in those passages of Genesis. It is clear by His actions that He bestowed grace upon them. Words relevant to Webster’s definition of grace will appear in ALL CAPS due to Yahoo’s lack of either Italics or bold print to highlight such words.

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(Genesis 6:8) But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord. {grace to the world}

(Genesis 19:18,~19) And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: behold now, thy servant hath found GRACE in thy sight, and thou has magnified thy MERCY, which thou hast shewed unto me IN SAVING my LIFE. {grace to an individual}

(Exodus 33:12-13) Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people [out of Egypt]: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found GRACE in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, SHEW ME NOW THY WAY, THAT I MAY KNOW THEE, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

(Exodus 34:9)And he [Moses] said, If now I have found GRACE in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and PARDON OUR INIQUITY AND OUR SIN, and take us for thine inheritance.

(Judges 6:17,22-23) And he [Gideon] said unto him [the angel of the Lord, Gabriel], If now I have found GRACE in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas O Lord God! For because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face. And the Lord said unto him, PEACE be unto thee; FEAR NOT: THOU SHALT NOT DIE.

(Ruth 2:10-12) Then she [Ruth] fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him [Boaz] Why have I found GRACE in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. THE LORD recompense [REPAYS] THY WORK, AND FULL REWARD BE GIVEN THEE OF THE LORD GOD of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

(Ezra  c.9 & c.10, paraphrased) The people of Israel, their priests, and the Levites, mingled with heathens: taking their women for wives, which was to mingle the holy seed with the impure to defile the holy. They also had forsaken God’s Commandments; yet, He offered them GRACE if they would atone for their sins within 3 days: thus releasing them from captivity as a reward. They returned their heathen wives to from where they had come and agreed with a loud voice to OBEY God’s Law. This done, then their PUNISHMENT ENDED.

(Psalm 45:2) Thou [Jesus] art fairer than the children of men: GRACE is poured into thy lips: THEREFORE GOD HATH BLESSED thee FOR EVER.

(Psalm 84:11-12) For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the LORD will GIVE GRACE and glory: no good thing will he withhold from THEM THAT WALK uprightly [RIGHTEOUSLY]. O Lord of hosts, BLESSED is the man that trusteth in thee.

(Proverbs 3:1-4,13,21-23,34~) My son, FORGET NOT MY LAW; but let thine heart keep [OBEY] MY COMMANDMENTS; for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: SO SHALT THOU FIND FAVOUR and good understanding IN THE SIGHT OF GOD and man. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: so shall THEY BE LIFE UNTO THY SOUL, AND GRACE to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. He giveth GRACE UNTO THE LOWLY.

(Proverbs 4:2,4~,5-6,9) For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Let thine heart retain my words: KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, AND LIVE. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. She shall give to thine head an ORNAMENT OF GRACE: a CROWN OF GLORY shall she deliver to thee.

(Jeremiah 31:2) Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword FOUND GRACE in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

{refers to Moses’ people, who denied entry to the promised land: those who were not destroyed for refusing to obey. Therefore, the remnant remained in the wilderness until they died a natural death; only their children inheriting the promise land.}

(Zechariah 12:10) And I [Jesus] will POUR UPON THE HOUSE OF DAVID, AND the INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM, the spirit of GRACE and of supplications [prayer]: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [weeping] for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

(Luke 2:40) And the child [Jesus] grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the GRACE of God WAS UPON HIM.

(John 1:14,16-17) And the Word was made flesh [Jesus], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus.

{Recall that Psalms defines Truth as God’s Law. For the Law to have come by Jesus, means He taught it and lived it and expected it to be obeyed by His followers.}

(Acts 4:33) And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

{GREAT GRACE upon the Apostles means not only were they forgiven their past sins but they also fully obeyed God’s Law, did their duty as witnesses, and were ENDOWED WITH ALL THE GIFTS of the Spirit. After all, it was their specific duty to spread the news all over the world as the only living witnesses to Christ. However, since the Apostles, no one is endowed with ALL the gifts: they taught that the gifts are distributed among the body according to the Spirit’s discretion, in a manner making the body a whole.}

(Acts 15:8-11) And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them [the Gentiles] witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke [of circumcision] upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

{Back in the Old Testament, God had declared that He had rather the people circumcise their heart, to have a heart to obey His Law, instead of circumcision of the flesh: which proved nothing and certainly did not cause them to be obedient. With a Messiah in their future, God declared that by Jesus people’s hearts would be made flesh— instead of stone— and it would be circumcised by their obedience to His Law.}

(Acts 18:27-28) And when he [Paul] was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had BELIEVED THROUGH GRACE: for he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

(Acts 20:24,32) But none of these things move me, neither count I [Paul] my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

(Romans 1:3-6) Concerning his [God’s] Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: by whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.

(Romans 3:23-31) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood to declare his righteousness for the REMISSION OF SINS THAT ARE PAST, through the forbearance [patience] of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Is he the God of the Jews only? Is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, WE establish [LIVE] THE LAW.

(Romans 4:3-8) For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

{Please do not let this passage lead to believing that once called, even if sinning again thereafter, sin is not counted against the person. Paul merely is confirming that, as long as we believe God and believe in His Son Jesus, our PAST sins are forgiven when we accept God’s call to follow His Son: regardless of how bad those sins might have been, and regardless of whether we were Jews living within His Law or Gentiles who knew nothing of God’s Law prior to His call to salvation. Once called, we are expected to become obedient to Yeshua’s Law: if we don’t, we fall from grace. However, we are given time to accept the validity of El’s Doctrine and the necessity to adhere to it. So, falling from grace is not something that happens immediately. We have much to learn— thus, accept or reject— before God makes this decision. The following verses prove this axiom.}

(Romans 5:19) For as by one man’s disobedience [Adam] many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus] shall many BE MADE RIGHTEOUS.

(Romans 6:1-2,14-18) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS? Being then made free from sin, ye became the SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

{The Bible clearly states that sin is the transgression of Elohim’s Law— I John 3:4— and, those who do transgress are described as having a heart of stone. Those who are dead to sin are incapable of violating God’s Ten Precepts: they haven’t a conscience or heart for sin, revealing a fulfilling of the first two Royal Laws of Love. Rather, they have a heart of flesh and love for obedience; and, as such, they sacrifice— this is to say, they refuse to give in to— wiles of the flesh and are dead to the penalty for violating El’s Law. See Romans 12:1-3 below.}

(Romans 11:5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

{This speaks of the remnant of Israel, the approximate 10% of those who did, and still today, obey; by the same token, Revelation 12:17— by virtue of its reference to Christ— speaks of the remnant of all mankind who “obey the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” According to Webster’s Dictionary, a remnant is a small remaining part of a whole; applied to the church, it means: of all humanity who have heard God’s Truth, only a small number in any given generation obey thus become chosen; according to God’s discretion/choice— or election of grace, if you will— not according to man’s discernment.}

(Romans 12:1-3,~6) I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT your BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may PROVE WHAT IS that GOOD, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Having THEN GIFTS differing ACCORDING TO THE GRACE that is given to us.

{The sixth of the Seven Steps of Grace: the receiving of gifts, or anointing as it were, signifying having attained a chosen state assuring eternal life. Critical Note: Receiving the Holy Ghost for guidance and instruction is NOT an anointing. Anointing refers only to gifts being bestowed upon the recipient who has reached a Chosen condition. And, please, do not be lured by the so-called gift of tongues: purportedly only a language known to God and the angels but not Satan. Lucifer IS an angel and, scripturally, there is no such unknown language.}

(I Corinthians 1:4-7) I thank my God always on your behalf, for the GRACE OF GOD which is given you BY JESUS CHRIST; that in everything YE ARE ENRICHED BY HIM, IN ALL UTTERANCE and IN ALL KNOWLEDGE; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: SO THAT YE COME BEHIND IN NO GIFT; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

{Here revealed is the fact that we first must attain a level of faith where even our speech is full of Him and we must obtain all His knowledge: before a gift or gifts. Additionally, our growth into patience is noted by “waiting” for Jesus to return to take us up. Once we have a foundation of absolute Truth, then our loyalty to God’s Truth is severely tested.}

(I Corinthians 3:9,11-13) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. For other [another] foundation can no man lay than that [already] is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble [which is worldly wealth as opposed to spiritual wealth]; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire [adversity]; and the fire shall try [test] every man’s work of what sort it is.

(I Corinthians 15:10-11) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

{It is by God’s Grace we are called; by Jehovah’s Grace we believe; by Yeshua’s Grace we obey; by Ishi’s Grace we are chosen; by Adonai’s Grace we labour on His behalf— by the Father’s Grace we do all that we do: nothing done by our own election. By El Elyon’s grace, we are compelled to righteousness. And, it all is to Elohim’s glory, not to ours. Our glory comes in the eternal, not while in this temporary world and wearing a temporary flesh garment.}

(II Corinthians 4:15-18) For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound [overflow] to the glory of God. For which cause we faint [tire] not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal [temporary]; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

(II Corinthians 6:1,3-10) We then, as workers together with him [Christ], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Give no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes [beatings], in [false] imprisonments, in tumults [attacks], in labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned [not pretended], by the word of truth [God’s Law], by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

{Jesus stood strong, never wavering from His Father’s ways: despite having been dishonoured, evil reports— lies— made against Him, accused of being a deceiver— doing the devil’s work— though He spoke the truth, and He was not recognized as the Son of God. But, God recognized Christ as His Son. We must do as Messiah did in all things, or the grace extended to us is in vain and God will not claim us.}

(II Corinthians 8:1-2) Moreover, brethren, we do [want] you to wit [to know] of the grace of GOD BESTOWED [given] on the churches of Macedonia; how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality [SPIRITUAL FREEDOM].

(II Corinthians 9:8-10) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency [everything you need] in all things, [so you] may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness).

(II Corinthians 12:5~,6-10) Of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory [for Paul was given more gifts than even the Apostles], I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.

And lest I should be exalted [praised] above measure through the abundance of the revelations [I teach], there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet [bruise] me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities [illnesses], that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in [lack of necessities], in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

(Galatians 1:6-8) I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another [different] gospel: which is not another [not true]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert [change] the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

(Galatians 2:15-19) We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of [idolaters like] the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through [obeying] the law am dead to the [penalty or curse of the] law, that I might live unto God.

{Numerous Old Testament passages state: “Obey my law and live.” This is exactly what Paul is saying. Christ is not the minister of sin. He lived and taught obedience. Paul clarifies that, because he obeys the law, he therefore is exempt of the penalty for violating God’s Law: thus, he lives for God and will attain eternal life. This is exactly what was meant by the Old Testament passages as well as Galatians 3:12— The man that doeth them shall live in them.  

Additionally, v.13 states “Christ hath redeemed us from the CURSE of the law…” The curse of any law, corporeal or spiritual, is the penalty is carries for breaking the law.}

(Galatians 5:4-7) Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

{Clearly Paul is referring to old ceremonial laws of sacrifice and offerings, which were done away with by Christ’s sacrificial act. One must carefully study in order to discern the difference between deleted ordinances and the Ten Commandments. Those who obey the Ten Commandments, simply because they believe it will save them, are in error: for here, Paul clearly states that righteous behavior— which is demonstrated by obedience to the Ten— is gained only by faith and love: the prerequisites to obedience.}

(Ephesians 2:4-10) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto [to do] good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(Ephesians 4:7,11-16,23-24) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.

For whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

{Note that while there are different gifts, each differing in administration, the truth is the same no matter what. There is nowhere in the Bible that the existence of different denominations is acceptable to God. In fact, these are mentioned as being “every wind of doctrine, cunning craftiness:” especially considering that each present different, from slight to extreme, doctrines and each claim to be the “true church.” Impossible. The true church is not a denomination: it is a group of people following only God’s way: of one mind, one belief, one behavior, one doctrine, one Lord Jesus Christ.}

(Ephesians 6:24) GRACE be WITH ALL THEM, THAT LOVE our Lord Jesus CHRIST IN SINCERITY. Amen.

(Colossians 1:5-6,8-9) for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the GRACE OF GOD IN TRUTH; who also declared unto us your LOVE IN THE SPIRIT. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

{Truth is part of God’s Armor, revealed in Psalms as His Twelve Commandments. This is the only truth God Himself ever presented and insisted upon adherence to: all other laws and ordinances were at the demand of His people: who had been too long under the influence of idolatrous Egypt. As Elohim said, “They want to be like the heathen.” They same applies to everyone today who insist upon following man’s doctrine instead of God’s.}

(Colossians 3:16-17) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing [give warning to] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

(Colossians 4:5-6) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without [outside the church], redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt [wisdom, knowledge and love], that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

(II Thessalonians 2:15-17) Therefore, brethren, stand fast [firm in God’s Truth], and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation [comfort] and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish [strengthen] you in every good word and work.

(Timothy 1:14-16) And the GRACE of our Lord was EXCEEDING ABUNDANT WITH FAITH AND LOVE which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world TO SAVE SINNERS; of whom I [Paul] am chief.

Howbeit for this cause I obtained MERCY, THAT IN ME first Jesus Christ MIGHT SHEW forth all LONGSUFFERING, FOR A pattern [AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW] to them which should hereafter believe on him TO LIFE EVERLASTING.

(II Timothy 1:7-10) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me [Paul] his prisoner: but BE THOU PARTAKER OF THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE GOSPEL according to the power of God; who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

(II Timothy 2:1-9) Thou therefore, my son, BE STRONG IN the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit [GIVE, ENTRUST] thou TO FAITHFUL MEN, who shall be able TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO. Thou therefore ENDURE HARDNESS, AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS Christ.

No man that warreth entangleth [DO NOT BECOME INVOLVED] WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also STRIVE FOR MASTERIES, yet is he not crowned, EXCEPT he STRIVE LAWFULLY. The husbandman that laboureth must be FIRST PARTAKEr of the fruits [OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE]. Consider what I say; AND THE LORD GIVE THEE UNDERSTANDING IN ALL THINGS. 

Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: wherein I SUFFER TROUBLE, [BE KNOWN] AS AN EVILDOER, EVEN UNTO bonds [IMPRISONMENT]; BUT THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT BOUND.

(Titus 2:1,7-15) SPEAK thou the things which become [are appropriate] SOUND DOCTRINE: in all things shewing THYSELF A pattern [EXAMPLE] OF GOOD WORKS: IN DOCTRINE SHEWING UNCORRUPTNESS, gravity [SERIOUSNESS], SINCERITY, SOUND SPEECH, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort [urge] servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again [back-talking]; not purloining [stealing] but shewing all good fidelity [honesty and faithfulness]; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

For the GRACE OF GOD that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, TEACHING us that, [TO] DENYing UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY LUSTS, we should LIVE SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, AND GODLY in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE, ZEALOUS OF GOOD WORKS. These things speak, and exhort [urge], and REBUKE WITH ALL AUTHORITY. LET NO MAN DESPISE THEE.

{“Let no man despise thee” might seem contradictory when considering the saints will be and today are falsely accused, deemed the Devil’s worker, and so forth. This statement is referring to brethren amidst the church, not the wicked outside God’s doctrine. Thus and because there is hypocrisy within the church, there will be those who either will despise or be jealous of God’s Truth speakers: the rebellious who do not wish to hear the truth, preferring instead smooth words. These, then, are “those among us who trouble us” and are feigned believers. 

Otherwise, a fellow believer might feel resentful or even dislike another chosen because of how a situation had been handled. We are told to rebuke brethren in error and to do so with all authority. This means three things: 1) we’d best know of what we speak, aware of every last crossed T, dotted i and punctuation mark; 2) do so by use of and in accordance with Gods Word, all of it concerning the issue; and, 2) do it in a spirit of love rather than a spirit of condemnation. This latter has a tendency to make us appear as a judge, which we are not. Finesse is the key: what works best is to use our own self as an example of what a like or similar error had cost us and the rewards we reaped after finally complying with God’s Word on any given point. Paul confirms this advice, as follows:}

(Titus 3:1-8) Put them in mind to be subject to [spiritual] principalities and powers, to obey magistrates [local governments], to be ready to [do] every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm [emphasize] constantly, that they which have believed in God might BE CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS. These things are good and profitable unto men.

(Hebrews 2:9-12) But we see JESUS, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he BY THE GRACE OF GOD SHOULD TASTE DEATH FOR EVERY MAN. For it became [was befitting] him [God], for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation [Jesus] perfect through sufferings.

For both he [God] that sanctifieth and they [men] who are sanctified are all of one [God]: for which cause he [Jesus] is not ashamed to call them [men] brethren, saying, I will declare thy name [God] unto my brethren [men], in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee [the Lord].

{Revealed here is the fact that suffering brings about perfection: Christ’s as well as our own, through Him and His works. Without suffering, we never would turn to the Lord. What reason would we have? And, each time we turn to Him, we learn more of Yeshua and our devotion increases as well as our wisdom and knowledge: until one day we reach Christ-like perfection.  Anyone who says we cannot become perfect is a liar. Jesus said, rather, commanded that we become perfect as He is perfect and holy as the Father is holy. If self-perfection cannot be achieved in this lifetime, then Jesus was unreasonable and could not have been the Son of God. 

Why would anyone deny what Christ said? Simple: they don’t want to expend the energy, the effort, and the work necessary to become perfect; yet, it is a requirement for redemption. The absence of striving for perfection, reaps flattering lips whose hearts are far from Jesus and His Father. Woe unto anyone teaching that perfection is not possible, for they lead people down a path of utter destruction.}

(Hebrews 4:9-11,16) There remaineth therefore a [seventh-day Sabbath] rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour [desire] therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief [as did the Jews]. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

(Hebrews 12:11,13-15) Now no CHASTENING for the present seemeth to be joyous, but [rather] grievous: nevertheless afterward it YIELDETH the peaceable FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS unto them which are exercised [trained] thereby. Make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN, AND HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently LEST any man FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, AND THEREBY MANY BE DEFILED.

(Hebrews 13:9) Be not carried about with divers [different] and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats [food], which have not profited [helped] them that have been occupied therein.

{Hebrews c.12 clearly reveals that it is possible to fall from Grace, which fall will cause others close to the fallen to also fall: to become defiled. There is no doubt, by the Word, that up until achieving the final step of Grace, we are at risk of falling from Grace. 

C.13 directly refers to the many differing denominations claiming Christianity as well as all easily identified as not claiming Jesus together with all idolatrous practices. If a denominational doctrine is not based on “every word of God” and/or it teaches a doctrine not sanctioned by God, then it is a strange doctrine according to God: i.e. a Sunday sabbath, for which there is no scriptural validation; or, sprinkling instead of immersion baptism— to name a few blasphemies.

Our heart being established with grace, which is to receive El’s Truth— as opposed to man’s— is far better than to give up His Truth for literal food for this flesh body: a temporary garment that began dying the day we were born. It is temporary, but God’s Truth is everlasting and reaps eternal life.}

(James 1:2-6) My brethren, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE fall into divers temptations [ARE TRIED BY VARIOUS TRIALS AND PERSECUTIONS AND AFFLICTIONS]; knowing this, that THE trying [TESTING] OF YOUR FAITH WORKESTH PATIENCE. But let patience have her perfect work, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND entire [COMPLETE], wanting for nothing [spiritually]. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But, let him ask in faith, nothing wavering [doubting nothing]. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed [about].

(James 4:6-7) He [GOD] GIVETH MORE GRACE. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but GIVETH GRACE UNTO THE HUMBLE. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

(I Peter 13-16) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [and living]; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

{Peter reveals a final act of God’s Grace. The first act of God’s Grace was to allow life to continue on this earth, despite being undeserving; then He offered Grace to individuals to be gained in six steps by acts of the individuals. Then, God performs a final act of Grace: redeeming those who obeyed by striving to reach and complete each step to gain infallible grace before the Lord. 

One of the things God noted about Noah and Job, that caused Him to look upon them with Grace, was the fact they did good works and avoided any and all semblance of evil. Peter instructs us to this same behaviour.}

(I Peter 3:8-12) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren [and sisters], be pitiful [humble and kind-hearted], be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing [argument, unbecoming behavior]: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile [deviousness]: let him eschew [avoid] evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue [pursue] it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

(I Peter 4:10-11) As every man hath received the [a] gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles [prophet, messenger] of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

{We have nothing of our own: neither wisdom nor knowledge or even the monetary things we have. ALL we have, even our thoughts, were in the beginning and remain Yeshua’s. Therefore it is only right that all we do be done giving credit only to Adonai. If we’ve been blessed with El Elyon’s wisdom, knowledge, secrets, mysteries, and His thoughts; then, we must acknowledge aloud that they are His and not that of our own.}

(I Peter 5:6-11) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant [observant and cautious]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom [ye should] resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

(II Peter 3:18) Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

{“Grow in grace.” How revealing, for the steps of grace we must achieve are exactly that: to grow from infancy in the Word to a mature adult in the Word. As previous scriptures enlightened, we must learn before we possibly can share God’s Truths with others.  This is not to say we don’t share all along the way: we share only what we’ve learned as we learn it. In our immaturity, we must be very careful: for we could impart a lie unaware. But, what if we are asked a question we’ve yet to learn the answer? It is then we defer to someone we know as being more mature in the Word of God.  It is easy to identify the mature: the description of whom is cited in a TSaS file: “How, Why and Whom” revealing God’s directions on how to study the Bible, why we should study it, and it identifies whom we can trust to serve as our human guide prior to receiving guidance and teaching from Holy Spirit. This particular TSaS file is received automatically when a person joins us; but, if displaced, it is easy to retrieve from our Files Section.}   

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SUMMARY: It should be obvious now that Grace doesn’t occur just once— other than the first incident of Grace to allow the world to continue for an extended, specified period of time: though certainly not deserved— nor does it occur for only one purpose. Rather, Grace is granted at each of a step-by-step series of requirements leading to a final condition of becoming chosen thus unable to fall from grace: or, in not being chosen for having fallen from grace.  

The SEVEN STEPS OF GRACE:  

GRACE was extended to the world one more time, after the great flood, by ALLOWING LIFE TO CONTINUE for a specified number of years remaining of the whole of predetermined time, instead of utterly destroying all that God had created;

1) GRACE then is granted to each INDIVIDUAL, by way of a CALL to the Lord’s offer of salvation; if the call is answered, then

2) GRACE is extended again to those answering, ENCOURAGING him or her TO BELIEVE; if God determines that he or she truly believes, then

3) GRACE is extended once more ENCOURAGING the believer TO BECOME wholly OBEDIENT to God’s Law; if the person chooses to be obedient as shown, then

4) GRACE is extended yet again: SENDING the HOLY SPIRIT to this called believer TO GUIDE and TEACH, indicating he or she has been nominated for chosen status— a preferable condition in that it assures redemption;

5) GRACE then is extended in the form of tests determining the nominee’s level of love and devotion for God and His Son; once LOVE and DEVOTION PROVEN; then finally,

6) GRACE is extended when the DEVOUT CALLED BELIEVER is ANOINTED with a gift or gifts, at the Spirit’s discretion, to use in his or her mission on Christ’s behalf: EVIDENCE OF having achieved CHOSEN status, GRACE NOW PERMANENT.

7) GOD’S FINAL ACT OF GRACE, at an appointed time known only to Him, is to REDEEM HIS CHOSEN people: His saints, the small flocks.

Having completed the sixth step begins a chosen’s ministry to share and teach others God’s Truth, Wisdom, Knowledge, secrets and mysteries by way of the gift or gifts given him or her: as noted in II Timothy 2:1-9. Paul also cites that we first must learn all those things. Jesus said, and Paul confirmed, that as a chosen we shall endure hard times, be accused of doing the Devil’s work, possibly imprisoned on false charges and, perhaps, even killed. Fortunately for the chosen, we do not possess a spirit of fear nor concern ourselves with this life or even our flesh being; rather, focusing on the permanent life. As for those things we must endure during this life, they are counted as joy because each confirms to whom we belong.

Still, there is the seventh and final act of God’s Grace, as set out in I Peter 1:13-16— Jesus returns to take up, out of earth’s chaos, His chosen: those who are and remain obedient to the end, who became holy as He is holy, as commanded.

CONCLUSION: Wow! God’s magic number seven. I stand in awe every time this happens. Nevertheless, once the first six steps are achieved, the chosen are not capable of falling from grace; although, anytime before attaining the sixth step, he or she is at risk of falling from grace: the result of which is to be determined twice dead and marked for utter destruction. We can equate these steps to an infant learning first to sit, then crawl and finally walk and talk: or, as the Bible says, starting out by ingesting only milk, then finally maturing sufficiently to eat solid food.

The neat thing is that God performed the first act of Grace, then offers each of the next six: we’ve only to accept them with eagerness and abject humility, for we are undeserving of even the first act of Grace He initiated. Think about it. Six steps are not far to go. Ishi took the first giant act for us. Achieving our six steps results in His final act of Grace and our final and seventh step: our redemption to life eternal in an incorruptible body!

Once fully grown, then what is a chosen’s mission? We all have the same mission; to spread the good news of salvation on offer and to speak only God’s testimony and teach His Law. Each individual’s role within the mission, however, does differ: depending on the gift or gifts each person is given upon completion of the first six steps together with his or her life experiences; which will be used in a similar area with people of like or similar experiences who have yet to turn to God.

For instance, I was raised in a home fraught with every conceivable child abuse, violently raped at age 16, yet by God’s grace sent to church where I learned “Jesus loves” me. As soon as I left home, and again by God’s grace, I sought counseling: found a wonderful Christian psychiatrist who taught how to live a better life than the one I’d grown up knowing. I also always wrote as well as had an intense desire to understand the Bible, its secrets and mysteries.

Ultimately, God used my life experiences by leading me to become a free counselor for females of all ages: that’s one part of my ministry falling under 1a) the gift of teaching, which is to inform and guide. The other: Eloi also endowed me with 2) the gift of prophecy and 3) gift of discernment thereof— this is to interpret the Bible’s messages, the meanings and symbols and predictions of the future— and combined it with 1b) teaching of same, which is to share this gained knowledge and wisdom with others willing to hear, learn and utilize.

Having been born with a talent for writing, El then uses my pen for His mouth as one method of teaching; which has resulted in three Biblical works covering 1) Christ’s life, 2) a wholly Biblical interpretation of The Revelation, and 3) a unique exhaustive Topical Bible unlike anything available in the world. These latter two are critical to the days in which we now live. However, within the gift of prophecy, Yeshua also has given me prophecy regarding His end days’ church: the same in harmony with His Written Word and which is recited in the Introduction of TRUTH GATHERING.

All that is well and good; but, I had to go through each of steps 1 through 6 before it all came together. Again, by God’s grace, I went through those steps. The books alone represent over thirty years of study and research, as well as another 5 years in the writing. In the interim as well as in the midst of, I worked a variety of careers— including teaching— each of which inevitably enhanced the Spirit’s gifts to me, utilizing the education I had gained to add even more clarity to interpreting and teaching.

All the Spirits gifts together create the whole body of Christ: the church, if you will. Thus, we each learn from one another. For instance, one may have the gift of teaching, another healing, yet another prophecy and/or interpretation thereof, and another might have the gift of faith: which dramatically differs from the rest of us having been given “a measure of faith.”

Some might receive one gift; others could receive two or more. By God’s grace, I received three. Those who receive more than one usually find that each work to promoting the highest of the gifts given and are logical in their plurality. In Christ’s body, one learns from all and all from one.

For instance, a teacher with a measure of faith will learn the depth of faith from one who has a gift of faith: and vice versa. I use this example from experience. A precious friend of 38 years, Anita, has the gift of faith. I recall many years ago wailing to her that she had more faith than me: neither one of us, at the time, being aware that there is a difference between a measure and a gift.

So, naturally, she said, “That’s not true. You have as much faith as I do! I just use mine more than you.” In reality, she really did have more, because I had only a measure. We might compare a measure, to that of the gift of faith, like scanning through a book versus reading every word. In scanning, we pick up only the basic essentials: in reading every word, we gain exquisite detail.

From Anita, I learned the depth of faith and all the ways in which faith applies: thus, my measure of faith has continued to grow by leaps and bounds— as I have learned the weightier matters of faith by Anita’s example. On the other side of this sisterhood coin, Anita learns from me the weightier matters of God’s Word as well as the interpretation of its convoluted prophecies. At least, and Lord willing, I pray she does.

Someone with the gift of languages would be of great benefit to my gifts, in that what I’ve written in English could be spread in other languages through his or her gift. Please remember: there is no such thing as an unknown tongue, at least as such a gift is commonly taught throughout Christendom. The word ‘unknown’ was a supplied word by King James’ translators to indicate a language not that of the speaker yet spoken by the speaker for the benefit of a hearer of said language. This particular issue was covered in TSaS Wisdom File “Gifts of The Spirit.”

In closing, I echo Minister Paul’s words: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (II Corinthians 13:14)

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