THREE STAGES OF GRACE

The condition of grace seems to have an veil of unexplainable mystery about it.  I Googled to find out what people are saying grace is.  Merriam-Webster  Dictionary defines it as:

unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification

Unmerited divine assistance sounds like there are no prequalification’s for YaHavah’s assistance, yet the Bible says otherwise.  What about the first and foremost  commandment Jesus answered the Pharisee’s question with; you shall love the Lord your Elohim with all your heart, mind, and soul.  We all bear the sin of Adam, but it does not mean we cannot genuinely love YaHavah and Jesus.  Remember, there are two sides to the forbidden fruit–good and evil.  We can be good by loving YaHavah and Jesus, but grace makes us better than good and helps us to overcome evil.

  1. HEAR AND REPENT—The grace of YaHavah is his favor or acceptance of a believer. Mary was favored by YaHavah to bear His son because of her faith in and love of YaHavah. Like every other human, Mary was born with the stigma of Adam’s sin but she made a choice between good and evil.  She was under the Law of YaHavah.  She gave birth to a child that was not under the stigma of Adam’s sin.  The Father of that child was YaHavah in whom is no sin.  Jesus was born sinless to fulfill his purpose.
    When a sinner hears and accepts the truth of Jesus Christ, which includes knowledge of the anointing in the Spirit of YaHavah, that repentant heart offers hospitality to the presence of YaHavah. Father and Son are our precious dear friends. Mi casa su casa—my house is your house. (One does not offer complete access hospitality to a stranger.) When YaHavah sees true repentance he accepts the believer’s hospitality and will grace (find favor, anoint) the repentant heart and spirit with his presence — rightly defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses. He will not enter where there are personal agendas for power and recognition. That house is already fully occupied.
  2. BORN AGAIN—The true believer becomes the temple of YaHavah and Jesus, who make their abode within the human spirit giving it new life to make it better than good. (John 14:23)  The Kingdom of YaHavah is in the circumcised heart with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in our stead under grace. The Kingdom of Israel was in the temple of stone with the animal sacrifice offering of peace with YaHavah under the law.
  3. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT—YaHavah, by his omnipresence, comforts, teaches, and protects the faithful believer by his seven spirits listed in Isaiah 11:1.

ISAIAH 11:1-3–1—And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2—and the spirit of YHVH shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHVH; 3—and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of YHVH:

HOW THE PROMISED COMFORTER WORKS
YaHavah created man to have fellowship with himself. Fellowship implies likeness; the Bible teaches that YaHavah created man in his likeness, in reference to spirit. Adam started his life having access to YaHavah’s wisdom and knowledge, which he used in naming all the plants and animals. Fellowship with YaHavah also implies his counsel and understanding. Man must have YaHavah’s counsel and understanding to learn how to live by his standards. Adam lived a good life under YaHavah’s standards, until another influence tempted him and he failed to fear YaHavah. The strength to overcome Satan’s temptations is in the Spirit of YaHavah through Jesus. This paragraph demonstrates the grace of YaHavah in bestowing true believers with his seven spirits so they can live in his righteousness and overcome the sin imposed upon mankind by Adam.

The Comforter is YaHavah who comforts his own in this wayward human existence with his presence, wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding; all of which produce respect and deference to YaHavah known as the fear of YaHavah. We receive this tremendous blessing through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made of his own life to save ours.

YaHavah comforted Job when his human companions viciously accused him. YaHavah comforted Noah when the corrupted human race was turning against YaHavah and ridiculing him for building a boat where there was no water to float it. YaHavah comforted Moses through a forty-year ordeal with the constant grumbling of the Israelites in a camp the size of the city of Los Angeles, California or larger. YaHavah comforted Jesus throughout his ministry and the ordeal of the cross even though it looked like he was forsaken at his death. These faithful followers of YaHavah knew deep in their heart that he is present. They knew YaHavah fills the heavens and the earth. They knew trust, agape love, and faith.

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About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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