Grace Tairawhiti is the ministry of Ken and Tracey Maurirere who reside in Tolaga Bay, New Zealand. Click the link below to read my eBook called "Return of the sons of God"
The greatest man in history named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
Operating as usual
We teachers and preachers of grace often get accused of encouraging sin since we say that believers have no relationship to the law. They say that Jesus said that He didn't come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.
Well, it is true that Jesus said that He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. And He did do that. If He had abolished the law Himself, He couldn't have fulfilled it! But what happened after He fulfilled the changes everything. I will share what happened after the death and resurrection of Jesus, but first the purpose of the law, as stated in the scriptures.
The ministry and fruit of the of the law, for those who were under it (the people of Israel) included:
It shut mouths and made people guilty (Rom 3:19)
It's the ministry of death and condemnation (2 Cor 3:7-9)
It imputed sin to them (Rom 5:13)
Through it, sin abounded (Rom 5:20)
It brought death (Rom 7:9-11)
It is bo***ge (Gal 4:24-25)
It was against them and contrary to them (Col 2:14)
It was enmity with them (Eph 2:15)
It revived sin. (Rom 7:8-9)
It is the strength of sin (it gives sin power). (1 Cor 15:56)
It brings a curse (Gal 3:10)
Paul acknowledged this truth: "But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died." (Rom 7:8-9)
All of the above (and much more) was the ministry and fruit of the law. The law is good, just and holy, and we do not deny that for a second. But we realize that through the good, just and holy law, sin revives, sin is strengthened, sin abounds, death abounds. All that's left is guilt, death, bo***ge and condemnation.
So Jesus came, not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. All of those things above - the guilt, the death, the condemnation, the bo***ge, the enmity, the sin, the curse, etc, etc - fulfilled and taken on by Jesus Christ Himself, on our behalf.
And then... after He did this... here's what Paul (not my words or any grace preacher's words) says happened to the Law:
It was "wiped out," "taken out of the way" and "nailed to the cross" (Col 2:14)
It was abolished (Eph 2:15)
It was put to death (Eph 2:16)
It was annulled (Heb 7:18)
It was made obsolete (Heb 8:13)
The law's job had been completed. The law "was added because of transgressions, until the Seed [Jesus] should come to whom the promise was made…" (Gal 3:19).
Paul said the law was a shadow of what was to come, but Christ Himself is the substance. (Col 2:17) In Christ, we don't look to the shadow. We look to Him, the substance.
What's interesting is that Paul himself (again, not me or any modern grace preacher) said this:
Sinful passions were "aroused by the law"... to "bear fruit to death." (Rom 7:5)
This is contrasted with what Paul says regarding those who have died to the law through Christ: They "bear fruit to God."
Is it not Paul who said this? Paul, who himself had once been under the law and put much confidence in his ability to keep it? Those under the law bear fruit unto death. But those dead to the law bear fruit unto God.
This is why we grace preachers talk so much about the law having no place in the lives of believers. By saying so, we're not encouraging sin. Quite the contrary! Sinful passions are aroused by the law!... bearing fruit unto death! In order to get away from sin and death, one must be dead to the law!... and alive to Christ. The law has no place in the life of a person who wants to be free from sin. Freedom from sin comes by rejecting the idea that you need the law to help you (it does exactly the opposite), and saying Hello to Christ alone, by faith alone.
Post by Joel Brueseke
What is this New Covenant message of grace?
Is it a wishy-washy, gone-to-far error? Search the scriptures for yourself and you will find...
It was the original gospel of Jesus Christ that has been lost for the past 1900 years. That the God of heaven is right now restoring. Let’s briefly review the gospel history…
God gave Abraham a covenant promise, that through Jesus all the nations of the earth will be offered salvation (Gal 3:8) thus Abraham a gentile, believed God could raise his dead body and the dead womb of Sarah back to life and give birth to a son… and based upon this “raising from the dead faith” God imputed/credited to him as a free gift, the righteousness of God. Likewise, when we have the same faith in Christ being raised from the dead, God also imputes/credits to us the free gift of the righteousness of God (Rom 4:18-24)
Abraham was a beneficiary of the same covenant that we are… and it was God’s intention to give the same covenant promise that He gave Abraham, Issaac and Jacob, to the children of Israel, but he didn’t (Deut 5:3). When Israel arrived at Mt Sinai, everything went pear-shaped and because of their gross-wickedness, God gave them a different covenant. A covenant for the unrighteous, ungodly, rebellious and profane (1 Tim 1:9)
The covenant God gave to Abraham was designed to make you an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ whereas, the covenant God gave to Israel was designed to make them slaves, slaves to the law. This was the curse that Jesus would become in order to set Israel free from their covenantal obligation to keep the whole law Gal 3:10-25)
Keep in mind, the law cannot make you righteous nor make you an heir of God. It was given to preserving a stiff-necked generation (Acts 7:51) that always rejected God, until Christ was born (Gal 3:19-25) Thus the law was not given to make them holy but to imprison their lust for sin until the righteousness that comes by faith in Christ Jesus had arrived
Fast forward from the cross, 2000 years to 2021 and the law that Christ removed (2 Cor 3:7) and made obsolete (Heb 8:13) by nailing it to the cross (Col 2:14)… the church has resurrected and in all shapes and forms has taken the children of God back into bo***ge whereby they have fallen from grace and cut off from Christ (Gal 5:4)… this does not mean they lose their salvation it just means they are cut off from the empowerment of grace to overcome sin (Tit 2:12) which flows from resting in the finished work of Christ
Guard your liberty in Christ and be not entangled again by the yoke of slavery to the law was the cry of Pauls letters all the way to his martyrdom. Yet here we stand today!
There is no spiritual sight because of law
There is no love for one another because of law
There is no love for the lost because of law
There is no liberty because of law
There is no joy because of the abuse of law
There is no victory because of law
There is no empowerment because of the control of law
To the new testament Christians the bible says if you keep one law you are obligated to keep the whole (613) law (Gal 5:3)
To the new testament Christian the bible says if you break one law by default you break the whole (613) law
To the new testament Christian the bible says if you keep any laws you are under the curse that Christ died to free Israel (Gal 3:1-13)
Its true… the old covenant requirements to keep the ten commandments has been replaced by the new covenant commandment to love one another as Christ loved us (Heb 10:9)
What gospel do you follow? The gospel of Moses (Do, do, do) or the gospel of Jesus (Done, done, done) or both (Jesus died for some things but I have to add my efforts to what Jesus did)?
Let me first state my intention is to show the New Testament writings reveal New Covenant theology not seen by the prophets of old for these mysteries were hidden from times past until the Holy Spirit came to reveal said mysteries (1 Cor 2:9,10). However, since the bible days, these mysteries have been lost until now (now refers to this season) when God is restoring accurate doctrine to mature the sons of God... So if you love the Lord, be prepared to hear things that are foreign to your knowledge of the bible. We are not afraid of new things as we all acknowledge we don't know everything, but we trust in the recommendation of Paul to search the scriptures daily to see whether these things are so (Acts 17:11), knowing full well that Gods word is true and every opposing word is a lie (Rom 3:4). Having made that bold statement, allow me to set in concrete another crucial principle for rightly diving the truth (2 Tim 2:15) ie- Restrain yourself from adding to, or taking away from the scriptures (Deut 4:2, Rev 22:18) To prove New Covenant theology is foreign to many Christians, I submit two well-known verses that have been taught with opposite meanings to what is actually written (this confusion is common within the body of Christ). My first example is “Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Joh 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Joh 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged”.
First, allow me to insert a backstory to these verses. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure and giving them instruction about when the Holy Spirit comes (John 14, 15, 16). In John 16:8, I submit to you that when Jesus uses the word “world" he is referring to people who do not believe in Him, because in verse 9, Jesus refers to the world as “they” and in verse 10, Jesus uses the word “ye” referring to his disciples... These verses 8, 9,10,11 must be read in tandem for vs 8 identifies a threefold ministry of the Holy Spirit and vs 9, 10,11 detail this threefold ministry. Therefore, please note contrary to popular opinion, according to Jesus, the Holy Spirit does not come to convince us of all our sins but he comes to convince the unbeliever of the single sin of unbelief in Jesus (vs 9) and he comes to convince the believer of his righteousness in Christ Jesus (vs 10). The third player in these verses is the prince of this world (vs 11) and he comes to convince the prince of this world of his eternal judgement. Judgement of the believer took place on the cross thus it is written who is there to condemn us for Christ died for us? (Rom 8:1,34). The judgement of the unsaved is deferred to the end of this age (Rev 20:11-15). The prince of this world has already been judged (Col 2:15, Heb 2:14) awaiting the final death (Rev 20:10). John 16:8 is my first example of misconstrued scriptures, I submit my second example which is “1 Cor 15:31, I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily”…. This verse is quoted as saying Paul crucified his flesh on a daily basis. However, we must always read scripture in context for the verse in question reads, (vs 31) I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. (vs 32) If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me… thus dying daily has nothing to do with crucifying the flesh at all but the danger of Paul facing wild animals during his missionary trips… to conclude the theory of believers crucifying their flesh daily, let me leave you with what the scripture actually says concerning this matter… Gal_5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin…. Beloved if you belong to Christ, you have already been crucified or are you, ignorant brethren, don’t you know that our old man is already crucified with Christ. Now we are aware after salvation we still sin (Rom 14:23) but addressing sinful behaviour for the believer has nothing to do with crucifying the flesh because God performed that miracle at salvation (Did the pattern-Son crucify himself? No! Neither can you!) Addressing sinful behaviour has everything to do with renewing your mind (Rom 12:2) for as a man thinks in his heart, so does he behave (Prov 23:7). If you have been raised under the ten commandments (Ex 34:28) to be sin focused (Heb 10:2) and the solution is for you to do, do, do then I invite you to come over to the New Covenant where based upon the finished work of Christ, He has already done, done, done (Heb 10:12). Jesus said, It is finished!
We are the sons of Grace
If you have been following this page you may be wondering why all the talk about law vs grace?
You maybe saying I dont follow the law..
- I dont sacrifice animals
- I dont wash my hands after touching a dead body, etc, etc
But the definition of keep the law is obligation and duty to do all God commanded in the old testament (Ex 24:3)
So... do you have a sense of obligation and duty to do certain things in order to please God?
Have to do this and have to do that to please God and have to do more and give more to show my love and... sin less to prove I'm sincere and genuine...
If that's you then you are under the law... most Christian's I meet believe we are supposed to keep the ten commandments or at least try to... even though nobody has ever kept the ten commandments except for Jesus
Keep the ten commandments means keep all 613 laws of the old covenant not just ten... this is why if you keep one law ie- sabbath tithe, etc... then you have to keep all 613 (Gal 5:3) and if you break one law then by default you break all 613 laws (Jam 2:10, 11) that is why Gal 3:10 said cursed is anybody who does not keep the whole (613) law. Note Paul is talking to the new testament church who mistakenly believe we are supposed to keep the law. The law and the ten commandments are the same thing (Rom 7:7, Deut 34:28)
We are not under the law but under the covenant of grace (Rom 6:14, John 1:17)
Who was the book of Hebrews written to?
A. The Hebrews (Jewish converts)
What is the backstory to chapter 10?
A. Throughout the early church the Jewish converts kept returning back to keeping the law and telling Gentile believers that you have to keep the law in order to be saved (Acts 15:1)
What is the theme of Heb 10?
A. The author focuses upon the Jewish converts returning to animal sacrifices and therefore instructing them of the futility of continuous animal sacrifices in contrast to the one sacrifice of Jesus that makes us perfect forever (vs 14)
Now let's look at a verse (in the same chapter) some people use to teach that believers can lose their salvation...
Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
However, now that we have a more informed understanding of the chapter lets interpret these verses based upon the context of the book of Hebrews plus the context of Heb chapter 10...
In the context of Heb 10, wilful sinning referred to the Jewish converts after hearing the gospel of Christ then wilfully returning back to offering animal sacrifices for sins even though after the one sacrifice of Jesus, there remains no more sacrifice for sins...
(vs 27)the only alternative to Jesus being judged for our sins is you receiving the judgement/punishment/condemnation for your own sins
(vs 28) Despising the law of Moses you would die without mercy
(vs 29) In contrast despising the blood of Jesus, How much more punishment will be given to him who tramples underfoot the son of God and counts his blood as unholy, without any value and insult the Spirit of Gods grace (the Jews wilful sin was the rejection of the one blood sacrifice of Jesus)
Heb 10:26 has nothing to do with the Gentile believers neither the modern church today losing their salvation.
God is restoring accurate doctrine to mature the sons of God...
1 Cor 6:10 Explained...
Some people believe that if you sin too much or commit the dreaded sin (whatever that is) you will lose your salvation and go to hell... this could not be further from the truth as this belief is based upon a gross misinterpretation of the scriptures
One such misinterpretation is 1 Cor 6:9 which states that the following categories of sinful lifestyles shall not inherit the kingdom of God... which is literally a true statement however, when we read the verse in context it is not saying believers who sin shall not inherit the kingdom of God... isolated, yes, the verse is saying this... However, when we read the verse in the context of the surrounding verses it is not saying this at all... but that's how error is created, generally based upon an isolated verse read out of context
Ok let's begin...
1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
These verses alone are saying these categories of sinful lifestyles shall not inherit the kingdom of God... because...
"ALL SINNERS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD",
This is a fact (sinner is the biblical term for an unsaved person)
But keep in mind although sin destroys lives here on earth, the only sin that will keep you out of heaven is the sin of unbelief in Jesus.
In this specific church, some of the members returned to their previous sinful lifestyles yet they continued attending church without conviction nor any leadership correction. This is why Paul wrote this letter...
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
(Paraphrase mine) Some of you used to live this way... BUT... you are (present tense) washed, you are sanctified, you are justified (just-as-if-I-never-sinned),
1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
(Paraphrase mine) Jesus has set me free to live as I choose but not all things are good for me neither will I return to be enslaved by my past...
1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
(Paraphrase mine) God raised up Jesus from the dead and by that same power that raised Jesus from the dead God will also raise us up in overcoming power and victory to live completely for him... key word here is God will raise us up.... by that same power that lives on the inside of us...
vs 15 (Paraphrase mine) Do you not know or are you ignorant of what took place on the cross?
vs 16 Do you not know?
vs 17 (Paraphrase mine) But at salvation, you were joined to the Lord and became one spirit and you are still joined to the Lord...
vs 19 Do you not know?
vs 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Gods solution for sin is not the law neither terrorizing the church with sermons of hell... now I believe in hell but we are not called to preach hell... we are called to preach Christ!
Gods remedy for believers entangled in sinful lifestyles is;
to remind them that they are (present tense) still washed by the blood of Jesus
to remind them that they are sanctified (holy and set apart for God)
to remind them they are justified (set free from slavery to sin)
to remind them of their true identity
remind them who they are in Christ and to whom they belong
finally, educate them that we were bought with a price and we now belong to God therefore let the name of Jesus be glorified in everything we do and say... not as a payback obligation as the law keepers preach but as as a love gift from my own heart to my God.
God is restoring accurate doctrine to mature the sons of God