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CHRIST’S JUSTIFYING GRACE,
GOD’S JUST LAW and
By Venerable Dr. Ifechukwu U. Ibeme.
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Comment on The Chapel of Grace Blog: http://thechapelofgrace.wordpress.com
The Jews in their arrogance mistook the LAW for institutional legalism and externality instead of
guidance to divine truth;
The Church in her ignorance has also mistaken GRACE for individual libertinism and spontaneity
instead of enablement for purity.
LAW DOES NOT GIVE POWER AND HEAVENLY ACCESS, BUT GIVES SPIRITUAL TRUTH.
GRACE DOES NOT GIVE MORAL LICENSE, BUT GIVES POWER AND HEAVENLY ACCESS.
We need GRACE for divine power and heavenly access but still need moral (not ritual) LAW for
The GRACE of our Lord Christ is given as His blood-covenant generosity which grants undeserved
pardon, privileges and power to every penitent believer, which grace also demands great spiritual
and moral responsibility from those saved and sanctified as a result of such manifold grant (Luk
12:47-48; Heb 10:26-31). The gentile Church, under the syncretising influence of the TRADITIONS of
ancient heathen cultures and the TRENDS of modern heathen cultures, seems to have borrowed the
word “grace” from the Scripture only to give it unscriptural and cultural meaning that implies
licentiousness and dissipation rather than righteousness and regeneration (Gal 5:3; Tit 2:11-12; 1Pet
2:16; Jude 4). Cultural rationalisation and arbitrary speculation must give way to contextual
interpretation of biblical revelation in matters of saving TRUTH and faith of Christ. When received
TRADITIONS, ideological THOUGHTS, popular TRENDS and personal TENDENCIES about divinities do
not derive from the Scriptures, they don't really serve any useful purpose in eternity.
It is true that the SACERDOTAL SANCTIFYING WORKS OF THE LAW cannot give eternal life but the
SAVING SANCTIFYING WORK OF CHRIST does (Heb 10:4), yet the moral standards and righteous
judgments of God’s law are unchanging and binding on all nations and peoples till the final judgment
(Mat 16:27; Rev 20:12). The Apostles insisted that whereas our good works do not save us (Eph 2:8-
9; Tit 3:5), yet good works are expected of us after we are saved (Eph 2:10; Tit 3:8). Scripture also
teaches that the temporal SACERDOTAL WORKS OF THE LAW through animal blood by Aaronic
Priests in the shadow earthly Tabernacle/Temple cannot save eternally nor purify consciences but
the SAVING WORK OF GRACE through Christ blood by Himself Who is the High Priest in the
substantive heavenly Sanctuary cleanses the conscience and saves to the uttermost eternally (Heb
8:1-6; 9:11-15). This distinct TRUTH confuses modern heathen minds; consequently today’s Church
has veered off biblical TRUTH and is sliding down the path of error with unprecedented alacrity in
their personal TENDENCIES, denominational TRADITIONS, revisionist TEACHINGS and postmodernist
THOUGHTS and TRENDS.
Gentile heathenish misconceptions especially in recent times, give careless interpretation of
scriptural words (e.g. works, law and grace) thereby breeding confusion in distinguishing:
between our personal good “WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” which we do, and priestly ritual
“WORKS OF THE LAW” which is done for us (Eph 2:8-10; Tit 3:5-8);
between CODES for ritual WORKS of the Law to cleanse the body ceremonially, and CODES
for spiritual WORD of the Law to illuminate and guide the heart morally.
between personal MORAL PRECEPTS in the commandments, concessions and counsels of
the law (i.e. spirit of the law), and priestly MEDIATORIAL POWERS in the cleansing
ceremonies of the law (i.e. works of the law);
between shadowy, temporal and external cleansing of RITUAL LAW of SACRIFICES performed
repeatedly by sinful Levites with ANIMAL BLOOD provided by sinners, and substantive,
eternal and internal cleansing of REDEMPTIVE GRACE of SALVATION perfected once-for-all
by the sinless Christ with His PRECIOUS BLOOD provided by God (Heb 9:23-25; 10:8-14).
Christ’s SAVING GRACE grants undeserved LIBERATION from sin, self and Satan granting
undeserved PRIVILEGE of being indwelled and led by the Holy Spirit for our purity; however, Grace
forbids unreserved LICENSE and carnality (Rom 6:15 and 8:1-9; Gal 2:17 and 5:13,16-18; 1Pet 2:16).
Apparently, the Church in her euphoria is unaware that Christ’s GRACE when spurned, brings
GREATER JUDGMENT than the LAW could bring (John 15:22-24; Heb 10:28-31; 2Pet 2:17-20).
Christ’s GRACE does not only save believers from the penalty, power and presence of their sins but
also translates them from Abraham’s Promised Land and netherworld bosom of “paradise below”
(Luk 16:22-26) unto Christ’s heavenly presence of “paradise above” for eternal glory of the
resurrected (2Cor 5:6-8; Rev 6:10-11). On the other hand Christ’s JUSTICE has further condemned
the NETHERWORLD HELL with its chains of darkness and death in hades unto the greater damnation
of the ETERNAL HELL with its second death and everlasting torment of gehennah furnace or “lake of
fire” (Mat 5:22; 13:42; 2Pet 2:4; Jude 1:6; Rev 21:13-15).
Christ, the Bringer of Grace declared the balance between God's loving goodness in salvation and
God's wrathful severity in damnation.
(16) "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his unique Son so that everyone
who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.
(17) For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the
world might be saved through him.
(18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has
already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God's unique
St Paul, the Apostle of Grace also gave a warning or teaching against the erroneous presumption
that God’s Grace excludes God’s Righteousness or that God’s Love excludes God’s Wrath. Some even
mistake Grace for Predestination and irresistible Election. This is Gentile lopsided error and not
wholesome Scriptural truth.
(21) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also not spare
(22) Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them who fell, severity;
but toward you, goodness, if you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also shall
be cut off.
(1) For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the fact that all of our
ancestors were under the cloud, and they all went through the sea,
(2) and they all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,
(3) and they all ate the same spiritual food,
(4) and they all drank the same spiritual drink, for they continually drank from the
spiritual Rock that went with them, and that Rock was Christ.
(5) But God wasn't pleased with most of them, and so they were struck down in the
(6) Now these things became examples for us so that we won't set our hearts on evil
as they did.
As the Scriptures warn, Grace is NOT LICENSE (Jude 1:4) to remain as we were and do the
possibilities we could, but unmerited ACCESS into God’s presence and supernatural ENABLEMENT to
do the impossibilities we couldn’t. It is by Grace that all believers in Christ are redeemed from their
depraved nature and brought into His Divine Nature (2Pet 2:3-4) so they begin to live in the
supernatural. “New Testament (Saving) GRACE is God’s full and free answer to Human Depravity....
So Grace as the WORK OF SALVATION finished in Christ, FULFILS the rituals of the Law (Mat 5:17-
20) and ESTABLISHES the promises of the Law and EMPOWERS us to live the precepts of the Law
(Rom 3:31) for us to inherit the PROMISES of the Law and even better promises of heaven.” God’s
Law through Moses gave us the divine revelation/CONFIGURATION of righteousness for inheritance
of the Promised Land expecting Christ, but God’s grace through Christ gave us the divine
regeneration/UPGRADE to righteousness for the inheritance of the Heavenly Paradise experiencing
Today’s world of postmodern paganism is angrily rebellious against God and abhors (THEOSTUGEIA
Rom 1:30) the worship of the Holy and Only God because they learn that according to God’s Law,
righteous wrath is incurred by their sinful lawlessness. This new heathenish vogue that detests any
responsibility for their wrong-doing has produces rebellious hatred against parental discipline
which has become trendy vogue amongst “boomer” youths since the hippie countercultural
movement in the 1960s as a fulfilment of 2Tim 3:1-5.
In Postmodern hippie culture someone is hailed to be “cool” if one does not frown at anything as
immoral or sinful; the only detestable “wrong” is when one says that someone else is wrong or
especially that something is sinful. Postmodernists are not angry at their sins but angry at God’s Law
and every absolute standards of morality and truth or any “father figure” that would point their sins
out or frown at it; yet it is NOT God’s good Law BUT our evil sins that messed us up before God (Isa
59:1-3; Rom 7:7-13). Postmodern heathenish existentialism and agnosticism have become a press-
gang driving the Church so hard to deny the divine revelations of Scripture, confuse the truth about
Law and Grace to end up derailing into lopsided fallacies of antinomianism and libertinism – “license
to get whatever I want and do whatever I want” – that has progressively worsened both Church and
the world by day.
The SAVING GRACE of Christ’s Cross is primarily the DIVINE POWER THAT DESTROYS SIN AND
ENDOWS HOLINESS (Rom 6:11-15) which God grants favourably through Christ. Postmodern
“Christianity” would promote the preaching of power to overcome diseases, failure and poverty but
not power to overcome sin; rather silence should be kept about sin and holiness because it makes
the proud, rebellious and sin-loving Gentiles feel angry, depressed and humiliated.
The “post-evangelical Church” of postmodern culture teaches the heathen error and lie that SOBER
WATCHFULNESS against falling into sin and CONTRITE PENITENCE when we sin are what constitute
SIN CONSCIOUSNESS in Heb 10:2-4. Strangely, they think and teach that SEARED CONSCIENCE –
wilful refusal to examine one’s life with Scriptural law (1Tim 4:1-2; Jude 1:4) is a virtue instead!
The truth that agrees with Scripture is that:
SIN CONSCIOUSNESS is not WATCHFULNESS TO AVOID WILFUL SIN;
SIN CONSCIOUSNESS is not the terror of falling into the hands of the living God (Heb 10:26-
SIN CONSCIOUSNESS is not the contrition FOR SECRET AND UN-CONFESSED SIN
Rather, SIN CONSCIOUSNESS is the failure to realise God’s pardon for sin or the feeling
that such pardon for sin is lost.
Post-evangelicals would teach Christians to confess positively about being healed, being able to do
all things, and about getting all they want (and in Africa they would teach Christians to confess
positively that their enemies would fall down or die and that ill will be returned to the sender) but
would not teach about positively confessing to sin no more or to be holy.
Thank God, we have the true precepts of COMPREHENSIVE divine revelation CONTEXTUALLY
documented in the Scriptures that we need no modern heathenish presumptions or unfruitful
humanist ideas to misinform us on what is true. God help us all.
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Updated February 22, 2014
by Ven. Dr. I. U. Ibeme
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