Tell the whole world that God loves them unconditionally and you are labeled a hyper grace preacher. Tell believers that their heavenly Father’s love for them is irrevocable – you are also branded heretic. But, imagine a terminally sick person saying “I don’t want too much health”. Or a broke person saying “too much wealth is not good for me”. Also, I have never heard any normal, human being saying “I am walking away from this marriage because the peace is over the top”.
Well, as absurd as these statements may sound, that’s exactly what those who are opposed to the preaching of the hyper grace message are saying. I honestly believe that a lot of the criticisms and the bashings of the message is coming from people’s sincere hearts. Unfortunately, people can be sincerely wrong.
One thing that is encouraging though is the fact that the grace preachers and the mixed grace preachers have one common goal – they want people to live right for God. The only challenge is the methodology. When we open up our closed up theology for the Holy Spirit to show us what Jesus did, we will realize that grace is actually an understatement to describe the finished work. The most appropriate word is actually “hyper grace”.
The word “hyper” has its etymology in the Greek word “huper” which in context means “over and above and beyond”. The most suitable English word to describe “huper” is “super abounded”.
Interestingly, that’s the exact word Paul used to describe grace in Romans 5:20. No wonder he was misunderstood. People were asking “shall we continue in sin…?” (Romans 6: 1). He must have expounded what Jesus did for the human race through His life, death and resurrection so much that the listeners were like “okay, since God loves us this much, can we continue to live in sin since more grace will be poured out? But that was not what Paul was saying. In fact, he said “God forbid”. What he was saying is this: when you come to an understanding of the finished work of Christ and His love for you, there will not be another way to describe it other than super abounded because it is too much. It is over the top. It is above and beyond. Grace that can be measured or contained is greasy grace. If we do anything to deserve it, either by praying, fasting, giving and other spiritual exercises, it is no longer grace. Apostle Paul puts it better in Romans 4: 1-8, when he was describing the righteousness of Abraham and David.
These two old covenant Patriarchs knew within themselves that they were far from being righteous going by God’s standard of true holiness. They were messed up and jerked up but they were justified by faith foreshadowing what God will do for the human race in Christ in the future. Study these verses slowly and carefully. (Romans 4: 1-5) ‘What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.’ Did you get that? Anyone who could be justified by works will have something to boast of before God. Those who have embraced the way of grace are the true humble people according to these scriptures.
But why do people, especially Christians have problem with the gospel of grace? Well, there are four reasons:
- The hyper grace gospel is too good to be true. It is still beyond human comprehension that a holy God that many people are afraid of because of false theology can be that loving. Jeremiah 31:3 says ‘The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”’
- People fear that too much of grace will make people lazy or complacent with life. Really? That’s not true. Will anybody describe Apostle Paul as a lazy man? He testifies to God’s grace of how hardworking he was. 1 Cor 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” He was a tough as nail itinerary preacher and a world class church planter and writer. He did it all by the grace of God.
- Because of the fear that people will not live holy. Seriously? First of all, the standard of holiness required to make heaven is not reachable or attainable by any mortal man. If we can, heaven will be too cheap. Only Jesus can and He did it on our behalf. More on this in my book: GOD IS NOT ANGRY AT YOU. The point is, a new believer in Christ is already Holy (Ephesians 4:24 “and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”) We are only waiting for the manifestation of his true identity and nature as he begins to focus on Jesus. In fact, it is grace that teaches the believer to abstain from ungodliness. Titus 2: 10 -12 “not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” The word “teach” is the same word as “empower, help enable”. That’s what grace does. It empowers. It helps and it enables.
- Perhaps the most ridiculous reason why people are weary of hyper grace is because of the other “grace preachers” with questionable characters: It is ludicrous to dismiss a liberating message that is setting millions of people free all over the world as heretic because of a few people’s fault.
By the way, if any Christian falls, it is not in our prerogative to judge them Romans 14:4 “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” May be they will stop falling as they hear more about the hyper grace of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:14 says “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” This simply means that people don’t sin when they are under grace. Sin loses its dominion on those who are under grace. The word “under” here is to submerge or immerse. When you are submerged or immersed into something, you are under the influence of that particular thing. Can you imagine what life will look like when every Christian is under the influence of Jesus or Trinity (Grace)?
A true understanding of God’s hyper grace message creates an effortless desire to live a holy life. We are enamored and get wrapped up in constant union with our Heavenly Father, to the extent that sin becomes unattractive and repulsive. You can never truly understand God’s hyper grace and enjoy living in sin. It’s not in your nature anymore.
It’s grace for life. Receive grace and peace for today in Jesus Name.
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