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Gospel Reveals Always Christ's Evangelism! (G.R.A.C.E)

Ramesh C. Reddy

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's GRACE with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:7-8, NIV)

Approach Question:
What have you shared with others most recently when you have been in trouble?

I asked myself what does 'right for me to feel this way about all of you' refer to?
I am reminded from the previous verse that it refers to Paul being confident that He who began a good work in the Philippians will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

I asked myself, what is the cause-effect relationship here?
Since I have you in my heart, it is right for me to feel this way about all of you.

I asked myself, according to these verses, what is God's GRACE not dependent on?
Whether I am in chains.
Whether I am defending the gospel
Whether I am confirming the gospel

I asked myself why is it significant that Paul shares these different scenarios and then says, "All of you share in God's GRACE with me?"
It is so significant because Paul is making a point to the Philippians that sharing in God's GRACE is not dependent at all on WHERE WE ARE (in prison, chains) and is not dependent on WHAT WE DO (defend or confirm the gospel) which can be seen as good works too if God is taken out of the picture.  GRACE has nothing to do with us but everything to do with God. Sharing in God's GRACE is God's initiative in Paul's life and the Philippians lives, so they do not have to think 'they have to do this and that to receive God's GRACE'  If they felt they have to try to defend the Gospel, confirm the Gospel, try to be persecuted for Christ's sake so they can experience God's GRACE, they have missed the whole point of understanding the sharing in God's GRACE. The amazing thing about GRACE is that it has nothing to do with us but everything to do with God. He showers His GRACE upon others to share in as His gift of GRACE. Resting in that GRACE is what we gives us joy and incentive to live our lives for Him. Paul is living His life for Christ especially being in chains. So his living for Christ is based on His experience in sharing in God's GRACE and not on WHAT HE WILL GET or WHAT GOOD THINGS HAPPENED TO HIM.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
'Sharing in God's GRACE' is something I can be part of too even after losing a job of 22 years. It is in this time of trial God's grace is so abundantly seen in our lives through the people he has placed in our lives to bless us with their prayers and financial support as we embark on a new journey. God's grace is  not dependent on anything I have done or will do but because of God who is rich in mercy chose to come as God-incarnate and save a wretched sinner like me showering me with His wonderful GRACE. If I had to work for it then it would not be GRACE at all. GRACE is unmerited favor from God because of His love for me. What will give me incentive to live for Christ is not because of fear of losing my Salvation because once saved by Christ, I am always saved for eternity. God will not take away the GRACE I share in Him because He chose me before the beginning of time to become part of His family forever! Amen! Wow! Praise the Lord! He chose me by using His instruments such as others confirming the Gospel for me to know it is true. That confirmation to was by His GRACE.

GRACE is what saved me from my wretched condition and GRACE is what will take me home. Understanding God's GRACE is vital to my life and anyone's life so it is not surprising that Paul talks about GRACE right away with the Philippians and making them know that they share in God's GRACE with Him because they are followers of Christ based on 'He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus'. Good work and carry it on is all based on GRACE.

GRACE is also unexpected favor when it is not merited!

When I think 'What did I do to deserve this good gift?, I should not have received it, look at how I am, where I have been, what I have done, etc', I have missed the point of GRACE. The whole  point of GRACE is God's unconditional favor for conditionals beings like us who think we have to always do something good to receive good in return. God does not work that way.

I remember sharing with a Nepalese student who did not think he needed God's GRACE to save Him because he thought 'doing good works is the reason why God will let Him into heaven'. I told him that's what most of humanity thinks. I told him in Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc people are trying to do good works so they can reach God BUT in Christianity, God is the One that reached out to humanity by sending Jesus Christ by His GRACE to save and we don't have to try to reach God because God took initiative to reach out to us.

I told him I was a Hindu just like him and no amount of good works would have saved me. I made him understand as I prayed that many think they can reach God by the good works they think they do but God says, "All of us have become like one who is unclean,  and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins." (Isaiah 64:6-7, NIV)

"No one is good not one, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!" (Romans 3:23, NIV)

Of course, the natural response would be, 'How can anyone be saved then?'

Exactly and that's the point that I made him realize and see as a Hindu or any religious person who is trying to reach God, that I, he nor they cannot do anything on our own to reach God, save themselves and be with God in Heaven because God sees all our good works as 'filthy rags'.

I am reminded that 'filthy rags' refers to a women's menstruation cycle cloth filled with blood that is unclean and polluted. The Bible refers to that as unclean and anything associated with that is unclean. That means God sees us as unclean because of how God views our good works.

I let him see the cause-effect relationship: 'Because of us being unclean, the effect is that a Holy God cannot allow anyone unclean into His presence'

I made him see that a clean place like Heaven will become unclean if the unclean get entrance into it.

So, naturally he wanted to know 'why I think I will be accepted into Heaven?'

I told him it is not anything I do to strive to get to Heaven.

I am reminded of Isaiah 64:8: "Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand."

I shared with Him about God and Man being together and sin  separated  us from God creating a huge chasm between God and Man. I told him man still tried to reach God and even today tries to by the good works they think they do but everything falls in the chasm without reaching God because to God it is all unclean including man. But God in His love for humanity decided to send Jesus Christ into the world to save humanity from their sin. God intervened by His GRACE!

I told him that I am a wretched sinner who cannot save myself or reach God on my own at all but God intervened in my life by providing me a bridge to reach God. It was not any kind of bridge but the CROSS became the bridge. I told him how Jesus who had no sin became sin for me and how He took all the yuckiness, sinfulness, and uncleanness of my life upon Himself when He shed His precious blood on the cross. I shared with Him that it is the BLOOD OF CHRIST that cleansed me from unrighteousness and I accepted the FREE GIFT OF GRACE THAT GOD PROVIDED FOR ME. So, now when God looks at me, He does not see my sin but He sees Christ's righteousness covering me by His precious cleansing blood. Now since I am seen as clean in God's sight, I can have entrance into Heaven. It is all because God took the initiative to save me by His GRACE!

Wow! That is so wonderful to know that there is nothing I have to do to receive His love and GRACE except accept the GIFT OF GRACE. I told Him how God's GRACE will also transform our lives as it did my own life and continues to do it. I made Him realize as I was praying in my mind that it is Jesus that is reaching out to him right now by His GRACE. I wanted him to see that it is Jesus that is drawing him near to him to give him Eternal Life and a new beginning.

So he gave His life to Jesus Christ praying a similar prayer that is below even knowing that his dad taught in the computer science department at Pitt at the time. He shared about his dad with me because of his fear of what his dad would think. But knowing the truth of the Gospel and grace, He asked Jesus to be His Lord and Personal Savior.

"For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV)

He realized it is God's GRACE that saves Him and it is His GRACE that will sanctify him too because he told me 'even though I don't have all the answers, Jesus will reveal them to me after I become a Christian so He became a Christian'. Praise the Lord!

He understood God's GRACE is what saves and not what he thinks he does for God. When we realize we cannot do anything for God to save us except accept the Way, He has shown us through Christ by His GRACE who says, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through me!" (John 14:6), we are on the path to Salvation because we understand Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life to reach God by GRACE.

'Through me' refers to the GRACE offered in Christ alone the hope of glory! When we remember that and act on it,  we are freed to live our lives in joy knowing God in His love loves us so much that He who began a good work in us will carry it to completion in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

Now, we will not be trying to do good works to achieve God's favor but will allow God to work in us and through us so the good works that are seen by others are seen as a fruit of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. These good works are seen as the true good works empowered by the Lord Almighty so there will not be any uncleanness in them! Praise the Lord!

When we understand the magnitude of God's GRACE then our love for God will become the incentive to live for Him and do things with Him and for Him! Praise the Lord!

I ask you now dear friend, why can you only be saved by G.R.A.C.E alone?
Dear friend, there is no add-on or plug-in's for GRACE such as 'I will do these good works to be accepted by God so I will have these brownie points', 'I will scourge myself by punishing myself for the bad things I have done', 'I will do these amount of good works to replace the bad things I have done', etc. Once we add on anything to GRACE, it is not 'SAVED BY GRACE ALONE'. Let us remember we are SAVED BY GRACE ALONE through faith without any additions to GRACE!!! Praise the Lord! Years ago, this is a truth
Pastor Ed, Pastor Hugo, and Edwinwould always emphasize to me :)

Friend, you and I need to be very careful not to think we can please God and be accepted by God by promoting GRACE + SELF EFFORT, GRACE + BROWNIE POINTS, etc.

When we do that it is a SLAP TO THE FACE OF GOD because we have cheapened His loving GRACE for us.  We are trying to be accepted by what we do, who we are, where we came from, etc. That is the not the way of the Master.

The apostle Paul understood that too so he counted everything a loss compared to Christ!

The Way of the Master is GRACE ALONE. Jesus paid the ultimate price at the Cross of Calvary to save you and me by His GRACE alone. He does not want us to add things because HIS BLOOD IS SUFFICIENT TO SAVE THE FOULEST HEART. All our hearts are wicked that can only be cleansed by His GRACE which He offers us.

As Chris Tomlin sings, "I will rise because He calls my name....", as Casting Crowns sings 'Who Am I', as Steve Camp sings 'He covers me', the emphasis is on God's GRACE and not anything we do.

It is God who works in us and through us as we accept His FREE GIFT OF GRACE to save us.  If we feel, we have to give anything in return or feel obligated to give something back to God, then again it is not GRACE ALONE and we have not understood the magnitude of His GRACE and basked in it. When we bask in His GRACE, it will not be obligation but love that prompts us to live for Christ!

Thank you Jesus for your GRACE and help! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Religions will be the destruction of humanity because religions put emphasis on man's work to reach God but a relationship with Christ is what will restore humanity because that relationship is based on GRACE ALONE because of GOD'S AGAPE LOVE FOR US. His love for us is what will draw us to Him to abide in Him restoring a fallen world to the creator.

Martin Luther suffered for many years because he was trying to attain God's favor by how he lived his life instead of realizing that God already knew 2000 years ago how he was going to live his life and still died for His sins and came back to life to save! God wanted Martin Luther and others to receive that free gift of GRACE and bask in His love. That's how the Reformation came to be and the 95 Thesis was posted on the door.

Today there are still bondaged Martin Luther's walking around, who depend on themselves to please God instead of the freed Martin's Luther's. Now there is still division in the churches and among believers because people are adding things to GRACE when that cannot be done. When that is done, it is not GRACE alone.

An unmerited favor is unmerited favor so nothing should be added to it. When we do that, we can become prideful too thinking, 'I did this and that to be saved and be accepted by God'.

Hogwash, you nor I didn't to anything to be saved if it were not for the finished work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary who did the work to save us. The work was very, very, very painful to Christ's body but that's how He showered His GRACE upon us! Praise the Lord! Watch the PASSION OF THE CHRIST!

"How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His dear children!" (1 John 3:1, NIV)

God asks us to receive that GRACE and we cannot do that until we understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ is also the GRACE of Jesus Christ not only to save but to sanctify. That is freeing to know that no matter where you have been, what you have done, etc, you are never out of His love and never out of His reach because it is HIS GRACE that saves through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

No wonder the song, 'Amazing GRACE' is so popular because it shows how AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME.

It is that same GRACE that will take us home to the Father when we leave this earth as we depend on Him and Him alone. It is the same GRACE that will help us live our life here on earth! Praise the Lord!

You may wonder if you are saved by GRACE and it has nothing to do with you, then why not live your life anyway you want to?

Friend, when you receive God's GRACE and understand that you are saved by His GRACE, your love for God and the amazing favor He has shown you when you do not deserve it and yet He decided to save you by GRACE ALONE, that alone is the incentive to live for Jesus remembering the cost He paid for us by His Blood when He went through excruciating pain on the cross to take our sins upon Himself because 'while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us'

So, if our living for Christ is based on the good or bad that happens in our lives, we have still missed the point of GRACE and the magnitude of it. GRACE in our lives is what compels Evangelism too because when we experience God's free gift of GRACE that we choose to receive, seeing our lives transformed, we cannot but help share in God's GRACE with others. This is what Paul did when he shared with the Philippians. Paul knew it is GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ that began the good work in them and it is Christ who will carry it to completion.

The same Christ that Paul talked about is the same Christ that we can follow too. It is the same Christ that offers GRACE ALONE to be saved. You and I can receive that free gift of GRACE. It is something that has to be received. A gift that is not received is a gift that has no impact so just because Christ died for the sins of humanity by shedding His blood does not mean you and I will be saved if we do not accept Christ into our hearts, acknowledging the gift by GRACE ALONE through faith. God can offer this gift of grace through Christ because He is the Living God. When Christ died for our sins, He did not remain dead but 3 days later rose again to give transforming life to all those who would believe in Him and come to Him because of His grace! Praise the Lord!

So please let us not think we can be saved by GRACE  + something else. No, friend GRACE ALONE means God's GRACE alone! Praise the Lord for Gospel reveals always Christ's evangelism! It is by GRACE we are saved!

You may have a lot of questions than answers right now but please don't wait till you have all the answers to come to Christ because then again you are depending on yourself to save you. No friend, come as you are right now just as you are. Receive His free gift of GRACE. Yes, friend this GRACE is for you. Yeah, friend don't think some other time. Now is the time of Salvation!

It is appointed to man to die once and then the judgment. There is no second chance if you don't receive God's free gift of GRACE here on earth. God is calling you to be His very own. God says, "I have called you by Name. You are precious and special in my sight. You are mine"

Wow! No matter where we have been or what we have done, God wants us to be His. I am speechless.........! Wow! You and I are never out of His love and never out of His reach! Thank you Jesus.

"Gospel Reveals Always Christ's Evangelism! (G.R.A.C.E)/"Why can you only be saved by GRACE alone?

Make this your prayer to receive Christ the Lord into your life who offers His gift of grace to you and if you have your own words to pray, pray them too openly to the Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus, I heard that there is nothing I can do on my own to receive your favor. Your favor is not dependent on what I do. Thanks Jesus because I know now just as the Hindu person I read about, there is nothing I do that can save me because my good works are seen as filthy rags to you making me unclean. If I am unclean, you cannot receive me into Heaven and I cannot have a relationship with you that is fruitful. But, you already know that and you intervened for me. You have offered me the FREE GIFT OF GRACE that I did not even know about because I was so busy trying to do my own things to reach you God. I am sorry. Now, I know I cannot reach you by anything I do but I can reach you because you reached me first. Thanks so much by providing Christ to become the bridge for me to save me. Now I can come to you and have that personal relationship with you because Jesus died on the cross shedding His precious Blood washing away all my uncleanness of sin and making me pure in your sight. OH  thank you for amazing GRACE, how sweet the sound that can save a wretch like me. So, Lord I once was lost without receiving your GRACE but now I want it in my life and open the gift of GRACE you have given me through faith and ask you to be part of my life. Thank you for loving me so much. Everything you did for me and do for me is because of your love for me. I now confess all my sins to you and repent of them and want to follow you Jesus receiving your GRACE. Please help me by coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Live in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you for coming into my heart right now and making my heart your home. You live in me Jesus by your GRACE. I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior. Thanks for being my Lord and Personal Savior. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me. I belong to you now Jesus. Thanks for saving me and you will work in me and through me by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Lord Jesus, You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)

If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray the prayer below, meaning it in your heart.

God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own way and done my own things. I  struggle with sin. I need you Jesus in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with you on my side. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me! In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help!

No matter who you are, it is not ever too late to join a Bible-believing church or a college fellowship. I highly encourage each of you to come to Small Group on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Oakland International Fellowship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for prayer, 10:00 a.m. for Community Bible Time in Gospel of John, worship at 11:30 a.m, and fellowship lunch at 12:30 pm.

May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and forever! Amen!

Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory@gmail.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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