"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." - Matthew 7:22-23
The context of the Christian faith includes both the outward confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the practice of a life-quality of inward and outward holiness. So, only the outward verbal profession of faith in Christ can never be enough to secure salvation. Therefore it is not acceptable to God.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved" - Ephesians 2:4-5
We shall be considering GRACE in the Context of Our salvation in Christ and our daily living a Christians.
DEFINITION: Grace means "Unmerited Favor" Favor means the expression of goodwill. Grace implies not only a giver but also a receiver. It is helpfulness towards someone in need not in return for anything but for the sake of the person who is in need.
"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." - Romans 2: 28-29
Definition: To circumcise means to remove the foreskin (prepuce) of a man and, in rare cases, of a woman. It is sometimes carried out for hygiene or health reasons.
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHT: Circumcision among ancient people was a sign of covenant - making, that is the cutting of the skin and the shedding of blood. Circumcision was first given its first religious significance in the Old Testament when it was prescribed as the required external sign or seal that a person belonged to the covenant people of God.
"And God formed out man out of the dust of the ground and man breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and become a living soul" - Genesis 2:7
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day" - 2 Corinthians 4:16.
A Created Being. MAN is the word used to describe the generality of human beings-male or female whether adults, children or infants. A human being is one that's not totally a spirit like God or such that lives only by instincts like animals. He has the ability to feel, communicate his thoughts and invent (create) things.
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." - James 4:17
SIN in Hebrew is "HATA-AH". In Greek it is "HAMARTA" both meaning "A falling away" or "missing the right path" Sin means a departure from the original state of being and existence. (Jude 6.)
The idea of sin cannot be conceived without a LAW and a LAWGIVER. If there is any one who has the power to decide what should be and what should not be, what should be done and what should not be done, it is God, the Creator of all things. This is because unto Him shall all men give accounts of the stewardship of their lives.
"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." - 2 Corinthians 9:6
Self-consecration has always been explained as the dedication of our person -body, soul and spirit, to the worship and service of God: Abstaining from sin and maintaining purity of the heart.
As we live and work day by day, we find that we eventually acquire material wealth and have some people under our influence and control. Because they are related to us, and we have control over their existence and functions, they become part and parcel of us, and should also be "dedicated" unto God. This could even be our wife and children; house helpers and other dependants.
"Deliverance from bondage of the game: World of Warcraft. I came in church where Pastor Wales had a ministration. After sermon, he is starts to pray for everybody, and I asked for prayer too, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I was filled; I realized what is true freedom and life without guilt and shame. - Danijel Ponjican Ponke (Serbia)."