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Dark/Light - For Narrow Is The Way On The Cross With Jesus (4)

Dark/Light - For Narrow Is The Way On The Cross With Jesus (4)

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Stewart Best's Dark/Light. Chapter 10, Part 4. Find more here: http://www.poorlostchristian.com/darklight.htm
Stewart Best's Dark/Light. Chapter 10, Part 4. Find more here: http://www.poorlostchristian.com/darklight.htm

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Who in the New Testament receives the CROWN OF LIFE, THE CROWN OF AGAPELOVE? Only those who OBEY THE LORD. AND DO AS HE COMMANDS THEYDO. THOSE THAT KEEP HIS SAYINGS AND DO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. Donot all REGENERATED BELIEVERS OBTAIN A CROWN OF ROYALTY? Do theynot cast those crowns at the feet of Jesus? IT WAS THE QUEEN THAT OBTAINEDGRACE, FAVOR AND A CROWN.Surely we can see a remarkable parallel here that is worth looking into in depth. The point being that wherever we look, we FIND GRACE ALWAYS INTERTWINED WITHSALVATION, WITH SEEING THE LORD, WITH BEING IN THE PRESENCE OFTHE LORD, AND GRACE IS ALWAYS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD. We remindyou once again that the vast majority of so called "Christians" did not AVAILTHEMSELVES OF THE GRACE OF GOD. They encountered HIS WRATH INSTEAD.We will find the same sequence in the New Testament. GRACE ONLY APPLIES TOTHOSE WHO ARE OBEDIENT. It is as NARROW as the WAY IS NARROW. If youfall off the WAY, you are OUTSIDE OF GOD'S GRACE.In the New Testament, the word for "grace" is "charis" which means
GRACIOUSNESS,FAVOR, GIFT, LIBERALITY.
An example of grace is when Christ asked us to give adinner for those who could never repay you in any way. It demonstrates AGAPE LOVE,and it demonstrates TRUE GRACE.
"And said he also to them that bade Him,WHEN THOU MAKEST A DINNER OR A SUPPER,CALL NOT THY FRIENDS,NOR THY BRETHREN, NEITHER THY KINSMAN,NOR THY RICH NEIGHBORS:LEST THEY ALSO BID THEE AGAIN, AND A RECOMPENSEBE MADE THEE.BUT WHEN THOU MAKEST A FEAST,CALL THE POOR, THE MAIMED, THE LAME, THE BLIND:AND THOU SHALT BE BLESSED:FOR THEY CANNOT RECOMPENSE THEE:FOR THOU SHALT BE RECOMPENSED AT THE RESSURECTIONOF THE JUST."Luke 14: 12-14
There is no better 
illustration of grace
than this command of the Lord Jesus. Itdemonstrates for us the
WORKING AND MEANING OF GRACE.
Grace isUNMERITED FAVOR. It is granted out of the AGAPE LOVE of the HEART. It is bestowed upon those
WHO CANNOT REPAY, WHO ARE BLIND, POOR,MAIMED AND LAME.
How strange we find these words often applied to the real
 
 believer in disparate search of the Lord and His righteousness. How strange that we becalled BLIND AND POOR. What a beautiful parable to illustrate the meaning of GRACEAND AGAPE LOVE. Behind the grace of God is AGAPE LOVE. It is the agape loveessence that bestows the favor upon those unworthy.
The problem with modern man isthat he is so arrogant he thinks he is worthy of salvation.
He claims his worth is somuch that Christ came and died just for him. That is in reality the perversion of grace. It places the value on the object of grace rather than on the GRACE GIVER,the act of grace, or grace itself. GRACE IS ALWAYS UNMERITED FAVOR.MANKIND HAS NO MERIT. HIS PRIDE AND ARROGANCE ONLY BETRAY HIMINTO ETERNAL RUIN. Man attempts to claim a value, and modern Christian theologyattempts to place a high value upon man. God does not. Most of what He does, He doesto protect HIS NAME, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is for the sake of mercy, of agapelove, for THE GOOD NAME OF THE LORD, that HE ACTS. Do a word study on theword SAKE, and you will find it is true. A few examples of this would be I Samuel23:10; Psalm 23:3; 25:11; 31:3; 79:9; 106:8; Isaiah 43:2; 48:11; and Ezekiel 20:14.In all of these God acts for 
HIS NAMES SAKE ALONE.
It has nothing to do with thevalue of man. It is only when the
SOVEREIGNTY AND THE MAJESTY OF THELORD IS UNDERSTOOD CAN GRACE HAVE THE IMPACT IT IS SUPPOSEDTO HAVE.
We have no value before the Lord. NONE, ZERO. Man attempts to bringGod down to his level, to deal with Him as an equal, or if higher, only by a small degree.This blindness as to the true nature and position of the Lord negates all fear of the Lord.When fear of the Lord departs, all sorts of perversions enter in to the gospel of salvation.Modern theology has been written in an era of 
NO FEAR OF GOD, IT ISPRESUMPTUOUS, ARROGANT, IGNORANT, DANGEROUS AND THEHEIGHT OF STUPIDITY.
It comers from a blindness of ones true POSITIONBEFORE GOD. It ends up in eternal ruin.The entire planet of earth lives because of the grace of God. Every breath you take is because of the grace of God. If God turned His face away, the universe would instantlydissolve. It is sustained and nourished only by the agape love of God, and from thatessence flows GRACE. If man has no value, then who does?
CHRIST ALONE, GODALONE, THE HOLY SPIRIT ALONE.
The act of bringing Christ into the world toredeem man was the supreme act of GRACE. It was done simply and only because GodAGAPE LOVED US. Grace and agape love cannot be separated, they are essentiallydifferent faces of the same essence. Agape love calls for action, for deed, for works thatDEMONSTRATE IT.
GRACE THEN BECOMES GRACIOUS.
Christ coming hereand dying is a demonstration of an unfathomable LOVE AND GRACE. IT WAS THESUPREME ACT OF GRACIOUSNESS. Christ was God. CHRIST LEFT HISPOSITION ON THE THRONE FOR US, NOT FOR OUR VALUE, BUT TODEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF HIS LOVEIt is then easy for us to say, SEE THE VALUE WE HAVE IN THE EYES OF THELORD. WE MUST BE OF EXTREME VALUE FOR CHRIST TO HAVE DONE THAT.That is the rational of man,
it is not the rational of God.
It is not man that has the value,it is the
AGAPE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE GRACE OF GOD THAT HAS THE
 
VALUE.
It acted where
THERE WAS NO VALUE, NO ABILITY TO REPAY, NOABILITY TO DO ANYTHING IN RETURN.
Only when you begin to grasp thisessential fact of grace and agape love can you begin to discern what transpired at thecross of Christ. The so called "Grace explosion" is in accordance to the final apostasyaway from the real truth. IT PROVES THAT THE MODERN CHRISTIAN TEACHERSAND PREACHERS DO NOT AT ALL UNDERSTAND GOD, HIS GRACE, OR AGAPE LOVE. They have lost all fear of the Lord, even though they proclaim Him withtheir lips.It is utter arrogance to "play" with the Word of God as the false prophets play with it.They parade around and pose as the ONLY EXPERTS ON THE WORD, AND HOWTHE WORD IS INTERPRETED. Their claim to fame is that they have "degrees" andthat they attended divinity schools. THAT MAKES THEM THE EXPERTS. They havestudied Greek and they have studied Hebrew. They KNOW and no one else does. Theatmosphere within the Protestant denominations is no different than that held by theRoman Catholic hierarchy. It is an ARROGANCE THAT CHRIST HATED ANDCONDEMNED. There is ONLY ONE SCHOOL FOR THE TRUE BELIEVER INCHRIST. It is not seminary. It is not in high church office.
It is called THE NARROWWAY.
It is called
DYING ON THE CROSS WITH CHRIST.
It is called the school of death and finding that out of that death, COMES LIFE. We are commanded by Christ towalk the gauntlet of the narrow way.The arrogance of denominational Christianity displays itself because of A REFUSAL TOWALK THE NARROW WAY.. THEY ARROGANTLY PUFF UP AND SAY GODDOES NOT MEAN WHAT HE SAYS. CHRIST DOES NOT MEAN WHAT HE SAYS.THEY THEN DEVELOP A NEW THEOLOGY TO NEGATE WHAT HE SAID,CLAIMING CHRIST MEANT TO SAY THIS OR THAT. No, they will not do it, butthey WILL CLAIM THEIR RIGHTS AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND DEMANDTO BE TREATED AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD.I have personally spoken to pastors who have told me that they came to Christ in 10minutes, and that they never did EVER walk the NARROW WAY AS DESCRIBED.Rather than
FACE THE REALITY OF WHAT THAT MEANS, THEY REFUSE IT,AND GO ON THEIR WAY PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES THAT WHICHTHEY ARE NOT.
Their behavior gives them away. Their utter lack of understanding of what AGAPE LOVE IS BETRAYS THEM.It is the PERVERSION OF GRACE that lays the groundwork for what Jude speaks of. Itis the concept that GRACE GRANTS FREEDOM OR LICENSE. Grace does no suchthing. Grace FLOWS FROM AGAPE LOVE, and is limited as we have amply proven,TO THE NARROW WAY. Grace only provided the strait gate and narrow way, asevidenced by the "many" who had a very maligned definition of what true Biblical graceis. They thought that grace was grace, and it was ABSOLUTE. In other words, graceallowed them a freedom.
" For by GRACE ARE YE SAVED

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