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Theology of Grace

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Introduction

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Acts 15:11

A significant portion of the Christian brotherhood regard salvation by grace through faith as not only a new testament doctrine but a doctrine that was first instituted with the calling out of Paul and his ministry to the Gentiles. Grace Theology, the subject of this study contends that there are two gospel one for Gentiles and a different one for Jews, at least before and after the Church age. Within the purview of Grace Theology, there is a verity of teachings, variations on the same theme, some even as far as stating that Paul was the first person saved by grace without works. In fact trying to correlate the variety of different variations can be quite difficult.

This study will only be concern with two ideas that are corner stones of this theology. Those ideas are whether salvation by grace is just a Pauline doctrine and before and after his time, the times of the Gentiles, or dispensation of grace, an element of works was and will be involved. The main tenet of this Theology is that Paul preached a different gospel to the Gentiles than Christ Jesus, Peter, John, James, and others to the Jews. It is contended by some that they preached a gospel of works, or partially by works unto the Jews, that Peter was sent to the Jews with a different gospel than Paul’s being sent to the gentiles.

Depending on how far you take this division of the gospels determines how great an error it is. Most of the information obtained indicates that Grace Theology holds to salvation being open to all, both Jew and Gentile, today by grace through faith without works. It is not the contention that these preach another gospel today but that the gospel preached through the Old Testament and by Christ and the Apostles with him and in the tribulation was and will be another gospel, one of works for salvation.

However, if it is taught that there is a still a Jewish gospel different than Paul’s, one of works that must be preach to Israel, then it would indeed be deceitful and pernicious. It is difficult to filter as not all that is taught concerned with Grace Theology by its different advocates is in agreement with each other. This theology is certainly not being singled out on this point as it is the same with most theologies and this can make it difficult to discuss the common ground within any of them.

It is believed that this doctrine is incorrect and therefore must be examined with all diligence. It is a little leaven which is attempting to leaven all. Regardless of whether we see any immediate corruption of the gospel today it certainly will corrupt the way of salvation in the future, in the Tribulation.

The way this study understands Grace Theology is that it believes that salvation by grace through faith without works was a mystery given to Paul for the times of the Gentiles and that our Lord, Peter, John, James, Matthew, Luke and the Jewish believers preached to the Jews a different gospel. It seems, whether or not it is admitted, that the Jewish gospel required an element of works for salvation. This difference is such that they teach that John 3:16 is a Jewish gospel that will not lead to gentile salvation today.

This study will attempt to show, hopefully to the satisfaction of all, from the Scriptures:

  1. that our Lord, Peter, James, John, Matthew, and all the others, preached the same gospel that Paul preached

  2. that works play no part in salvation at any time under any dispensation

These are not minor biblical topics not to be worried about. Not understanding them will prevent and cloud the understanding of the whole of God’s word.

If the first teaching of Grace Theology fails biblical examination the whole system fails. The second closes a door to the first. As stated in other studies, men have a tendency to learn something the wrong way and stick to it no matter what for many reasons, all bad, rather than learn to diligently study, rightly divide God’s word, and prove all things for themselves.

This contention is spiritual as all the battles over God’s word. The same claims of defending the word, rightly dividing, and holding to the King James Version, will be made on all sides, however, keep in mind that the confusion of having two gospels is certainly not of God as he is not the author of confusion but of our one faith.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Hebrews 12:2 KJV Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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