The dictionary defines Phenomenon as “a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question”.
Many of us have been involved in certain experiences at one time or another that could be described as phenomenon. We may use different synonyms to describe them. We could call it fad, trend, movement or even a mania.
When I was growing up as a teenager, I wanted to do things that other teenagers were doing at the time. It did not matter whether I understood what I was doing or not. As long as it felt right and it was popular among my friends, it was okay by me. I even became the creative leader that was inventing those curious things that will make any young person join our group.
In the same way, there is a massive paradigm shift that is sweeping through the entire world today. It’s a huge revelation of a theological construct. It is like an aggressive, gushing flood that cannot be stopped. It is called GRACE.
Many people, especially Christian leaders are seriously concerned about this re-awakening. I call it re-awakening because it is not a fad, it is not a trend. It is not even a movement (a movement has a terminal end). In fact, it is beyond a phenomenon. Why the concern? This will be addressed in future post.
"There is a massive paradigm shift that is
sweeping through the entire world today."
First and foremost, it must be made clear that grace is not just a doctrine, but a person. His name is Jesus Christ. To preach grace without focusing on Jesus is to go into tepid, theological debate that is only capable of causing division amongst the brethren. However, when Jesus Christ is in the center of it all, every argument is laid to rest at least for true followers of Jesus Christ. There is no grace without Him. Jesus and grace cannot be separated. John 1:4 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
I used to think like many well-meaning Christians, that Jesus was 50% grace and 50% truth. As if a part of Him is 50% grace while the other half is 50% truth. So you hear things like “let’s balance Grace with Truth”.
The truth of this scripture in context is this. Jesus is 100% Grace and He’s also 100% Truth. He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth…” He did not say “I am 50% truth”. True love can only come from a person who knows everything about your past, your present and your future and he’s still in love with you. Now that’s 100% truth and 100% love all rolled into one.
Think for a moment, Jesus had an encounter with the woman at the well in John 4. He knew everything about the woman’s past (truth) – she divorced five times and was presently living with her boyfriend. But He also knew her potential for the present and the future. He did not start showing compassion on her because she was good but because He was good and He is still good. Romans 2:4 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” It is God’s grace that initiates repentance which simply means a change of mind.
"Jesus is 100% Grace and He’s also 100% Truth."
Even though Jesus never used the word grace once, His whole life is an encapsulation of practical grace on steroids. Many of us today will do due diligence, conduct exhaustive investigations and pray hard just to make sure that we don’t marry the wrong person or from the wrong family. Which simply means our love is conditional. Jesus did not do that for the woman by the well. Her jerked up life and baggage couldn’t stop Jesus heart of compassion. In the same way, Jesus thinks highly of you now as you read this in spite of your inadequacies. I think the problem with religion is that we fixate on ourselves and what we can do for God instead on focusing on what He has done for us in Christ. And what we have always wanted to do for Him will now be done effortlessly. Now that’s real life. God doesn’t investigate our backgrounds before loving us. Praise God. I bet that if some people knew half of what they knew about their spouse today, they would not have married them.
Debby once told me humorously that she was pranked into marrying me because I was a different person to who she saw during courtship because the romantic Sam she dated was looking like an illusion (Lol). I responded with sarcasm, “welcome to the real world”. Of course, I didn’t set out to deceive my wife but we live in an imperfect world. Today, by the special grace of God, I am becoming gradually the husband she has always desired.
Grace is not a phenomenon. It is the original way of life that God has always wanted us to experience on a daily basis. My advice to Christian leaders is that they prayerfully study this re-awakening and get in the flow. Preaching against it, castigating those preaching it may be counterproductive. It will not work. It will be tantamount to swimming against the tide. Why? It is because the Almighty God, our Heavenly Father seems to be in a hurry to let the whole world know that Jesus has fully paid the price. Ours is to believe it, receive it and enjoy it.
Watch out for the next post.
It’s grace for life. Receive grace and peace for today in Jesus Mighty Name.
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