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S1E10: What is the grace of God?

Sunday, September 20, 2020

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This is the last episode of season 1 of Martha's Talk! We will return with season 2 of Martha's Talk on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:00am ET/ 8:00am PT. Mean while, Martha, Martha! A Christian Cartoon for Adults will be premiering every Friday at 9:00pm ET/ 6:00pm PT from October 9, 2020 to November 13, 2020
In today's episode, we are going to speak about God's grace. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:
  • What is God's grace?
  • Examples of God's grace in scripture!
  • Let's talk about righteousness, grace, faith, and what they have in common?
  • What is the purpose of God's grace?
  • How do we grow in God's grace?
  • How do we fall from God's grace?
  • Repentance, what is it? 
Q&A What is God's grace?
The grace (carij) of God is God's free favor (good-will) for and towards mankind. Meaning, that God the Father (Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit) loves us so much that through the grace of God, when we believe in Jesus Christ, the sins that separate us from having a relationship of peace with God, are removed and we are reconciled to God the Father, peacefully and without being afraid of eternal condemnation (hell) or immediate death due to the sin that we committed, that we repented from, and was removed from God's memory (2 Corinthians 5:17-19).
  • John 1:14-18 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
    • The Life of Jesus Christ according the Gospel of John
    • Example of God's grace:  John 8:1-11 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
    • Parable of God's grace: Luke 15:11-32 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Let's talk about Righteousness, Grace, Faith, and what they have in common? Since we already know what grace is, let's define righteousness and faith.

What is righteousness?
  • Righteousness is given as a gift, when we have faith in Jesus Christ!
    • In Romans 5:17 the Apostle Paul tells us "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!" Apostle Paul also wrote in Romans 3:20-26 "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."
  • Righteousness is a practice.
    • According to the Apostle John in 1 John 3:7; 1 John 2:29, righteousness is a practice (poiew), and when we practice righteousness we are righteous, as Jesus Christ is righteous.
From these two books (Romans and 1 John), we know that:
  • #1. Righteousness is a gift, if we believe in Jesus Christ. The only condition to the gift of righteousness, is our belief in Jesus Christ and God's grace; Romans 5:17 . BTW, the Holy Spirit is not a gift, he is a promise Acts 1:1-11 NKJV. However, the Holy Spirit gives gifts, like speaking in tongues Acts 2:38.
  • #2. The gift of righteousness is a practice (poiew). So it is not a gift that is given to be put on the shelf and never to be used. The reason why it is a gift that requires use is because through God's gift of righteousness, we are in right standing with God. The Law of Moses never made anyone righteous (Romans 3:19-20) but rather it made them conscious of sin. We are expected to use the gift of righteousness every day of our life. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 6:13-18 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
    • Obedience to the truth (the word of God and the Holy Spirit) leads to righteousness, which is why it is a gift and also a practice. We are righteous, as long as we have God's grace and we believe in Jesus Christ. 
    • When we believe in Jesus Christ, we will obey him according to the Apostle Paul and the Apostle James in:
      • Romans 2:5-10 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
      • James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
    • Righteousness leads to holiness according to the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:19 & Hebrews 12:14.
What are we to believe (pisteuw) in?
    • The word believe in Hebrew as used in John 14:10-18 is pisteuw and it means:
      • to have faith in = complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
      • to be persuaded
        cause (someone) to believe something, especially after a sustained effort; convince.
      • to commit = the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
    • So what are we to have faith in, be persuaded about, and committed to? 
      • #1. Believe in God the Father 
        • John 5:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
      • #2. Believe in Jesus Christ
        • 1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
        • Acts 4:10-12  let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.  This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
      • #3. Believe in the testimony of the 12 Apostles (the NT)
        • John 17:20-25 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
          • Mark 1:15 "and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
      • #4. Believe that God the Father raised Jesus Christ from the dead
        • Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
        • 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
    Q&A: How do we know that we believe (pisteuw) in Jesus Christ?
    • Obedience to God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit even when it is difficult. We are to obedient to the written and spoken word of God (the Holy Spirit)(Matthew 26:36-46, 2 Corinthians 12:6-10Revelation 2:8-11)
    • For example: Do we overcome evil with good, even when it is difficult? - Romans 12:21
    • James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
    Good to know:
      • The gifts and callings of God,  cannot be revoked according to the Apostle Paul, in Romans 11:29. However, it does have a condition and it's belief in Jesus Christ.
      • Grace is not a gift [Let's chat about Ephesians 2:8-9, which is also written by the Apostle Paul]
    Q&A What is the purpose of God's grace?
    • #1. God's grace teaches us to live Godly, even in this present age!
      • Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
    • #2. God's grace helps us in our times of trouble & God's grace allows us to do what God called us to do, as, there will be trials & tribulations. Note: It does not get us out of the trials & tribulations that God allows us to be in. Rather, it helps overcome the evil in them, with God's goodness.
      • Hebrews 4:12-16  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
      • 2 Corinthians 12:5-9 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
      • Ephesians 4:1-11  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
    • #3. God's free grace replaced working to be justified. What this means is that we do not have to sacrifice animals in order to have our sins forgiven. We have to believe in Jesus Christ.
      • Romans 3:20-26 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
    • #4. God's free grace allows us to be freed from the domination (control) of sin. The Law of Moses made mankind realize how sinful they were. Grace, is a covenant (agreement) given to mankind by God because of Jesus Christ in which we are freed from the domination of sin, and now are able to choose God's will, over self-will because we have truth (the Holy Spirit and the written word of God). To be clear, we still have free will to either be dominated by sin or to submit to God's will, and remain free from sin.
        • Romans 6:13-18 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
        • Jude 1:4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
      Q&A How do we grow in God's grace?
      Before I answer this question, I want to note that there is nothing that we can do to work for or earn God's free grace. However, we can grow in grace. The fact that we can grow in the grace of God is solely because of God's grace, and Jesus's Christ sacrifice. 
      • 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
      • 2 Peter 3:14-19  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
      • 2 Peter 1:2-3
      • 1 Peter 4:8-10
      • Ephesians 4:9-11
      • Hebrews 13:8-9
      • Acts 4:32-33
      • Acts 6:8-10
      We grow in the grace of God, as we continue to believe in God. Our belief in God, and the written word of God will keep us steadfast and away from the error of evil, as the Apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:17.
        Q&A How do we fall from God's grace?
        • Hebrews 12:14-17 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
          • In order to understand how one can fall from God's grace as stated in Hebrews 12, we have to read Hebrews 11,12, and 13. By reading Hebrews 11,12, and 13 we see that one can fall from grace due to unbelief, and unbelief will eventually lead to one living in sin (not repenting from their sins). This is why knowing what faith is and where our hope should be in is important. True faith, is standing firm despite circumstances, and keeping our confession regarding Jesus Christ despite what is going on in our life. Recommended episode: What is faith?
        Q&A: Repentance, what is it? 
        The word repent in Hebrew is (metanoew) and it means to change one's mind (to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins). When the bible speaks about repentance, it is referencing:
          • Repentance before being born-again - When sinners repent, they are repenting from all of their sins, including unbelief regarding Jesus's Christ Lordship. The word convict in Hebrew is (elegcw), according to John 16:7-15 it means to admonish (to warn or reprimand someone firmly). As I discussed in S1E7 How does God communicate, when the Holy Spirit is convicting the world of sin (meaning those who do not believe in Jesus Christ), they will have unrest in their soul.
            • John 16:7-15 The Holy Spirit convicts (elegcw) the world (not saints) under three circumstances: 
              • Sin - because the world does not believe in Jesus Christ
              • Righteousness - because Jesus Christ is with the Father, and will no longer be seen by the world
              • Judgement - because the ruler of the world is judged
            • Example: Acts 2:31-41
          • Repentance after being born-again -When born again believers repent from the sin that the Holy Spirit through the written word of God warned (admonish) them about. The Holy Spirit does not convict believers of sins the same way that he convicts unbelievers (e.g. unrest), unless they become an unbeliever. The Holy Spirit warns (adomish) born-again believers not to sin, and if they do sin, to repent. As I discussed in S1E7 How does God communicate, when the Holy Spirit is convicting believers of sin (meaning those who do believe in Jesus Christ), they will not have peace in their heart or mind.
            • Admonish (nouqetew) = 
              warn or reprimand someone firmly (advise and urge someone earnestly).
              •  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
              • Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
            • Warn
              inform someone in advance of an impending or possible danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation.
              • Galatians 6:1-2 = Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
          • IMPORTANT NOTE: Once we repent from our sins, the Holy Spirit will never bring that sin to your memory, or keep convicting you of that sin. Want to know how I know? Once we repent, God does not remember our sins anymore according to Hebrews 8:12. How can God bring up a repented sin, that he does not remember anymore?
          What must I do to have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
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              Major correction: We need faith for the gift of righteousness, but not for grace. We receive the gift of righteousness by God's free grace, through our faith in Jesus. In another video (S2E7) I made a mistake and said, we access God's grace through our faith. I want to make sure that in this episode, I did not say the wrong thing . Again, we receive the gift of righteousness by God's grace (which is free) and our faith in Jesus Christ. Read Romans 5.

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