Let me teach you how to discern if the grace teaching that you are hearing is doctrinally sound. When you hear the new covenant of grace preached, it is always Christ-exalting.
It always reveals more and more of Jesus. It always unveils the beauty of Jesus and the perfection of His finished work on the cross. Jesus is always glorified when grace is taught.
There is no grace without Jesus! So don’t be too easily impressed just because somebody tells you that he preaches grace. The Word of God tells us to test everything. God wants us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (see Matthew 10:16).
Even as you read this post, I don’t want you to take my word for it. I want you to crack open your Bible and study the Word of God for yourself, and see the grace of our Lord Jesus in the new covenant coming alive. Grace is not a doctrine. Grace is a person and His name is Jesus.
Therefore, there is no grace teaching without Jesus Christ. You cannot separate Jesus and grace! If someone keeps dropping the word “grace” in his sermons, but there is no exaltation of Jesus and His finished work, it is not the gospel of grace.
Similarly, to further discern if what you are hearing is the gospel of grace, note that grace does not point to your efforts, your performance or your doing. It makes nothing of man’s self efforts and points completely to Jesus’ efforts and what He has done.
The law makes one self-conscious. It is always asking, “What must I do?” But grace makes one Christ-conscious. It is always asking, “What has Jesus done?” Your part is to only believe on Jesus Christ, and when you believe, you are blessed and made righteous! Under law, the burden is on you to perform. Under grace, the burden is on what Christ has performed on the cross.
That is why Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest, for My yoke is easy and light.” (see Matthew 11:28–30). Jesus was not speaking to people who were tired and weary from their secular jobs. He was talking to people who were weary and heavy laden by the requirements of the law of Moses.
The yoke of the law is hard and heavy. Jesus came to reveal grace, and the yoke of grace is easy and light because it involves none of you and all of Christ. He has bore the burden of sin on your behalf. Under grace, your part is to only believe on Jesus Christ, and when you believe, you are blessed and made righteous! Isn’t this amazing grace?
The new covenant of grace is so powerful that there have been attempts to pervert the teaching on God’s grace. There are so-called preachers who are preaching a “grace” that is not of God! They believe in “universal salvation” and claim that because of God’s grace, all will be saved, even without believing in Jesus.
This is a lie from the pit of hell! No man can be saved except through our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (see John 14:6). No man comes to the Father and receives eternal life except through Jesus!
There is no grace without the person of Jesus. The teaching of “universal salvation” is a LIE that dishonors Jesus and negates His work on the cross! True grace always makes Jesus the center of everything. It is all about Jesus! It is time for the church to tear down these fences of controversy around grace and start unveiling more and more of Jesus.
This is the heartbeat of our ministry — the unveiling of Jesus and seeing more of Jesus, His loveliness, His perfection and His grace. It is all about bringing the “amazing” back to grace!
When believers don’t understand that God’s grace is His undeserved, unearned and unmerited favor, they will depend on their own efforts to keep the law of Moses to deserve, earn and merit His favor.
Similarly, when believers don’t understand that righteousness is a gift, and that it is about “right standing” and not “right doing”, they will depend on their own efforts to earn this gift.
Love and Grace,
Pastors Dane and Tersia Mesane