Peace Power and Purpose
When Saul was changed into Paul, it was a radical transformation, causing even a change in location of living for a season to deal with such a change. He not only changed Lifestyles but absolute way of living. From legal to grace, from trying to being, from never achieving to becoming, from living up to unachievable goals to being the goal……..
As he traveled and preached this was the expectation of a “conversion”, a person of GRACELATIO;. That they would be transformed, changed, holy, living with Peace Power and purpose.
Peace; they would know that Christ, the Finished work of the cross made them holy, included them, cause righteousness, Transformed their way of thinking and life, they now had a peace with God that passed understanding, instead of working for favor they are favored, instead of sacrifices there was an atonement. Peace meant they were good with God… now instead of guilt and shame there was peace and power.
Power: power over sin, power over sickness, power to live Holy, power to think right, to make choices, power to live with grace for others and themselves, power to overcome, power of faith that came with Gracelation, that before was requirement now faith in action…which produced purpose.
Purpose: no longer just the priest, the pastor the leader operated in faith signs and miracles, but each individual. They could share grace and faith, They participate and serve the way (the church) without manipulation or requirement, They found in living with God they finally found the destiny purpose individually of their reason for living…
Paul only saw this kind of conversion, expected it, to the point of when he found a church in Corinth that a man was not living holy, after God, in the church, he said remove him so He can hopefully find his was to righteousness. We are not doing this today, and I don’t really advocate it, but we need to point out that Paul had an expectation of transformation that came by leaving one form of religion with God and entering into a new Way, grace.
Following the way, Jesus, was not a new religion, but a new life! Today we have made becoming a christian a cerebral experience, knowledge. But Jesus and Paul preached and transformation, new creation, caused by the cross, the atonement, a gracelation experience.
How do we do this now… now that we have been preaching and teaching a mix of law and grace? SLOWLY! We do not want to harm believers….. we do not want to cause any to stumble.. but we must start leading them into the fullness. I had a pastor ask me, “How do I know who already has been transformed in my church by gracelation?” I said, “That is easy, you know who is committed to the church without asking. they ones who pray without fasting, the ones who have peace and rest in their relationship with God, the ones who give not out of any reason except they are givers. You know who have been transformed.” He said but that is so few! I replied then you know the reason you need to begin your work….. training….
God is good and given new life!!!!
In Love Pastor Frank