12 Elements of the Gospel of Christ
These form the pattern of God’s Covenant Knowledge for faith in Christ
These are God’s spiritual DNA which make up the pattern of life in Christ
Embedded Assembly Videos BelowFirst Element: Grace
Grace is the element that tells us about how God speaks to us.
This element is initiated by God
- We see Christ
- through the Spirit
- as God unfolds Him to our understanding.
13. When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14. And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16. And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
In this we can see a distinction between those who were reasoning in their own minds and those who were willing to receive the grace of God which was brining revelation as concerning His Christ to all those who were coming into contact with Him.
Peter perceived Christ as God was unfolding Him to his understanding through the element of grace while the others were trying to work out who He could be through the limited power of their own reasoning.
The grace of God carried the power of reason from above, which Peter reciprocated (faith).
- Grace carries the conviction of faith for righteousness.
- Grace draws faith from the heart.
The element of Grace plays the role of God initiating the revelation of Christ.
Second Element: Faith
Faith is the element that tells as how God expects man to reciprocate (respond) to grace.
This element is our responsibility
- action step
- you take
- in response to grace.
It means that you first recognize grace and then yield your mind and emotions to the revelation of the Spirit as Christ is made known to your understanding.
Faith is the measure of God.
- God gives us the tools, truth, and priesthood to express our faith; to reciprocate Christ, and in return God reciprocates to us the likeness of His holiness, charity, and fruit.
- Thus faith is how you use the building blocks of God's knowledge to reflect Christ and thus please God.
6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
The element of faith plays the role of our obedience to His grace.
Grace: God initiates ==><== Man responds: Faith
In the pattern of the relationship between these two elements we see the spiritual laws of “Reciprocation in Kind” and “Contact for Increase”.
(By the action of these two elements we reciprocate the likeness of Christ.)
In the pattern of this relationship we see the flow or direction of the path the Spirit follows.
• When Faith is drawn by Grace, Christ is reciprocated in kind.
• When Faith precedes Grace, Christ is not being reciprocated in kind.
• When Faith is drawn by Grace, our souls increase in His knowledge through this contact.
• When Faith precedes Grace, darkness increases and the soul suffers loss.
• When Faith is drawn by Grace, God is well pleased.
• When Faith precedes Grace, God takes offense.
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