Most Christian dispensational teachers emphasize more on “grace” with little or no teaching about the truth. However, an important scripture that serves as a cornerstone for the “grace dispensational” belief reads:
For the law was given through Moses; GRACE and TRUTH came through Jesus Christ. (John1:17)
This scripture teaches that “Grace” came through the Son of God and “Truth” accompanied grace. When we accepted “grace” as a gift of God, we should also accept the “truth” that followed grace, because “grace and truth” are inseparable. There is a need for us to understand what “grace and truth” means to avoid falling victim to deception. There are many ignorant and arrogant false teachers and prophets who are going around deceiving Christians to believe that “grace” is a license to sin, which fulfilled the prophesy of Jude:
Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men have secretly slipped in among you – men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe – ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for sin and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude1:3-4 NET)
The word “contend” means that we should strive to maintain the pure doctrines that were entrusted to the prophets and apostles of old, and to stand against false teachers. To stand firm in faith requires personal studies and prayers. You don’t have to swallow hook line and sinker everything a preacher says or what your Christian brothers and sisters have accepted and concluded as the final revelation of God. You must seek and continue to seek in this Messianic Age.
What is Grace: ~ Many enemies of truth, [the hyper-grace teachers] have defined grace as an unmerited and undeserved favor of God bestowed towards us simply because of Jesus’ finished work at the cross. The summary of the preaching of grace today is that Jesus had paid the full price for our sins on the cross of Calvary and that all of our sins have been nailed on the cross, even the sins that we will commit tomorrow have already been forgiven. Therefore, our efforts to live a holy and a righteous lifestyle is not needed. Some have declared that confession of sins is no longer necessary. However, following the scripture carefully, you will learn that the grace of God is not a warrant to excuse one’s wrong doings, but God’s grace enables us to obey God perfectly, it is a divine ability to live a holy life. It was through the grace (God’s favor, love, mercy, and compassion) that Noah walked with God and did everything according to all that God commanded him (Genesis 6:8-9,22). It was by the grace also that Abraham become the friend of God, Moses testifies that Abraham obeyed God’s voice, and kept His charge, commandments, statutes, and my laws (Genesis 26:4-5, 18:19). A Person who is living under God’s grace can’t continue to sin:
- For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)
- For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:11-12)
- Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (1 John 3:5-10)
What is truth: As mentioned earlier, most preachers only focus on Grace without teaching anything about reaching the truth, however, Grace came to lead us unto the truth, which is the final dispensation. In summary, the truth is the physical manifestation of the revelation of God. As we should know, the “Law and the Prophets” (Old Testament) contains the revelation, Yeshua says we should think not that He came to destroy the law, or the prophets: He did not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Mathew 5:17). This means that Yeshua came to brings what is written in the scriptures into physical manifestation. For instance, if the bible (Law and the Prophets) speaks about holiness but no one wants to live the true life of holiness, Yeshua demonstrated it to show that holiness is real and possible to achieve. That is what John means as it is written:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
During Christs time on earth was the Physical Living Word of God, and one of His names is the “Word of God” because He was a physical manifestation of God’s word (Revelation 19:13). Christ is the role model for all of us, we are expected to conform fully to the word of God, and not just to preach it; our life must be a written epistle or a physical manifestation of the written word of God. Instead of dreaming to become the most eloquent preacher of the written word of God, we must aim to live in such a way that the unbelievers can see the reality of the word of God through our lifestyle, that’s how Yeshua lived. In the scripture; at a certain time, Prophet Jeremiah was proclaiming “hear ye the word of the Lord” then afterwards he began to say…. O generation, see ye the word of the LORD (Jeremiah 2:31 kjv). This reveals that Jeremiah gradually transitioned form being an ordinary preacher of the word and became a demonstrated word of God. In Jeremiah’s time, people could see the word of God through his lifestyle. Paul the apostle says God wants all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). In his second letter to Timothy, Paul says some people are ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7).
The “Truth” as mentioned earlier, is the visible manifestation of a divine revelation of God. We are not called to be born again and then fly to heaven, but to live on earth and fully demonstrate the accurate word of the Lord before going to heaven to be with Christ. That’s why the writer of Romans wrote, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:19) The GRACE has been given to us to attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Teachings by Author Mordecai Uka Dike