Test For Counterfeits

By Princess Arira

Even as God restores the glorious truth of the gospel of grace to the body of Christ, be aware that the enemy also produces a counterfeit grace to try to confuse people and make them wary of the true ministry of God’s grace. The bible says that we should watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what they have been taught and stay away from them. But don’t be discouraged or afraid that you might be misled by counterfeit grace. Just be skilful in God’s Word and learn how to discern what is scriptural by reading God’s Word for yourself. Build a strong foundation on the true gospel of grace.

The simplest way to know if someone is preaching the gospel of grace is to evaluate whether the teaching glorifies our Lord Jesus. Does the teaching cause you to want to live a life that glorifies Him? Does it emphasize your works or the work of our Lord Jesus? Does it cause you to be occupied with yourself or occupied with our Lord Jesus? You may have come across a teaching that claims everyone will ultimately be saved. This is called “universal reconciliation,” which is heresy. Such teachings do not exalt or glorify our Lord Jesus.

You CANNOT talk about eternal salvation without the person of Jesus and His finished work at the cross. Jesus is the only way! The truth and the life. There are also those who teach that being holy and receiving correction is not important since we are under grace. Let me just say this: such “teachers” are propagating error! True grace produces true holiness. The more you are under grace and established in your righteousness in Christ, the more you will want to live a holy life and be open to God’s correction. So is there correction under grace? Absolutely. But I want you to be established in the fact that under the new covenant of grace, God does not correct His children by using accidents, sicknesses, and diseases.

Correction in the new covenant takes place through His Word. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” A lot of corrections were made by the Apostle Paul in the book of Corinthians, Galatians, Timothy and Thessalonians. And those corrections were made to keep believers in check. Notice how correction through God’s Word includes “training in righteousness,” which is believing right that you have been justified or made righteous by faith in our Lord Jesus.

We are called to reign in life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. We have been purchased with a price, a heavy price at the cross, and are now called to live for the glory of our Lord Jesus!

Bible references.,Rom 16:17,  Jhn 14:6, 2Tim 3:16, Gal 6:1 1Cor 6:15-20.

Source: Above Whispers

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