Grace

Words are often taken for granted, and repeated so often, that they are hidden in plain sight. The word “Grace” has been so often repeated by many different religions, that most people overlook its true meaning, in exchange for the common accepted use of the day. The scripture I’d like to highlight today depends on getting the definition of “Grace” right.

Grace is is often used to describe a smooth motion (graceful), or a polite way of behavior (gracious). But when used in ancient scriptures, Grace is defined as:

Unmerited …’divine‘ …assistance, given to humans, for their sanctification.”

In a nutshell, Grace is the opening up of the heavens to pour out, upon those who humble themselves before Christ, light and truth. When filled with light and truth, the individual is sanctified, as if by fire. When sanctified, we can be brought into the presence of Christ. Such sanctification through light and truth is only attainable through the opening of the heavens, or the grace of God. There is no other way. For this reason, the scriptures teach, salvation is by the grace of God, after all we can do. What we can do (our actions), is nothing in comparison to what Christ can do with us (grace).

In a world so dependent upon self-discipline, secular knowledge, and the arm of flesh, …the things of divinity (the heavens) slips into the category of: aliens and unidentified flying objects (UFO’s). Many have mistaken the acts of men as acts of deity (angelic). Others evaluate drastic differences of before and after pictures, and justify labeling the visible change as miraculous. Although we regularly use the vocabulary of “Angels” and “Miracles,” no one seems to know much about the heavens, and the deity that reside there. We are ignorant to the workings of real divinity, who regularly interacted with angels of power, and miracles that would blow our minds if we could repeat them today. It was through the Grace of God that these things were given to man.

Ether 12:27

“27. And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

A people who depend upon self-discipline, secular knowledge, and the arm of flesh, find their salvation in a mindset of “worthiness.” But those who know the words of Christ will quickly recognize that all who enter into the presence of Christ are never worthy to be there! Thus, the first order of business that Christ does, for all those who enter into His presence, is to forgive them of their sins. No one deserves Christ’s presence. No one is worthy of Christ’s presence. Worthiness is a myth for those who trust in the arm of flesh for their salvation.

It is Christ’s Grace that is sufficient to make men’s weak things become strong unto them. For this reason, Moroni plead with Christ to give to the gentiles in the latter days Grace, so that they would be able to obtain the pure love of Christ (charity), and obtain salvation. But the Lord would not give Moroni what he requested. The Gentiles were left to their agency:

Ether 12:36-37

“36. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace,that they might have charity.

37. And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: if they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. “

The Gentiles would not be promised Grace. The Lord could not promise the Gentiles Grace because in the future latter days, the Lord knew that the Gentiles would humble themselves before Christ. But the Lord assured Moroni that he was faithful, so his garments were made clean, …because he saw his own weakness. For this reason Moroni was made strong, through Grace,  sufficient to sit down in a place prepared in the mansion of God the Father. Finally, Moroni admonishes all of us who are not literally connected to the heavens to:

Ether 12:41

“41. And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.”

If the Grace of Christ is an “unmerited” divine assistance for our sanctification, …and sanctification is necessary to entering into the presence of Christ (Moses tried to sanctify the children of Israel before entering into Christ’s presence), …Then the scriptures point to humbling ourselves before God (by recognizing our weakness) as the only qualifier for this Grace. When we are sufficiently humble, with a broken heart and contrite spirit, then can we receive the grace of God, …or the heavens literally opened up to us, to provide angelic ministers with angelic instructions (light and truth), and legitimate miracles.

Conclusion: The grace of God is mistaken for having your sins overlooked. The grace of Christ does not save men in their sins, but from their sins, by offering blessings from the windows of heaven. Light dispels the darkness, and anyone filled with light can have no darkness within them, thus they cannot sin. The Grace of God is the offering of light and truth to fill the void and darkness within us all.

All who enter Christ’s presence will come unworthily. Since no unclean thing can enter into His presence, the first order of business is to forgive all who enter there of all their sins. But, no one deserves to be in His presence. Only those who seek Christ, by humbling themselves, and having faith, will qualify for His Grace. It is Christ’s Grace that is sufficient to make weak things become strong. That is what produces the light that dispels all darkness. That is why Christ can forgive you of the sin, because the darkness doesn’t reside in you any longer, since you are filled with His light.

Faith in Christ requires deep and passionate study of the words of Christ, such that the words of Christ are written upon your heart, and accessible to the mind at all times. That is how virtue garnishes your thoughts unceasingly. Those who have this faith will know their weakness, and can become humble before Christ, and repent.

When the grace of God is upon you, you will know it because the heavens will open up, angels will minister to you and give you further light and truth, to give to your mind greater understanding of the heavens. Those who fail to obtain such faith (scriptural knowledge), cannot know their weakness, and will not be sufficiently humble. Thus, angels and miracles, for them, will cease. (Scriptural knowledge meaning obtaining the mind and will of God offered in the words of Christ.)

The words of Christ teach the mind and will of Christ. When we know His mind and will, then we can recognize our misalignment within our lives, correct it through repentance, and humble ourselves before Christ. That is what qualifies all for the Grace of Christ to make weak things become strong. So …Feast upon the words of Christ, it will tell you all things what you should do.

 

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2 thoughts on “Grace

  1. Tis I again! Thank you for this wonderful definition and testimony of Grace. I am going to copy this and give a copy to Aunty Maka (Grace). I think she will appreciate it. Also, want to give you a story of my prison experience. When dad and I did the prison program 20 years ago, we were teaching about 30-40 inmates each Sunday. In one of my first Sunday teachings, I presented my lesson on prayer. I opened up my lesson by explaining to these inmates how to pray. I started with telling them that we first address Heavenly Father and calling Him by name. I was immediately cut off by this huge Samoan man who attended for the first time. He was and still is serving a life sentence. He stood up and in a very deep and serious voice told me that I am wrong. I was at first frightened even with guards on each side of us. Even the guards stood ready. He pointed to me and then said, “You are wrong! ” And as he pointed to all the inmates present, he said, “None of us here has the right to have His name come out of our mouth! None of you, none of us!” Then he sat down. And so as I read this wonderful explanation about grace, I think of Mika, the inmate, and the love he had for Heavenly Father. The love, the respect, the humbleness, the fear of God in those two sentences that he spoke, the knowledge and recognition of what he and fellow inmates had done to earn him his spot in prison and his own self-judgement of using the name of God.

    It is by grace that we are saved. I wonder if we can so recognize our wrong doing. I wonder if we can recognize and confess our unworthiness and accept in humility our Savior’s grace for our salvation. I love the Savior. I love you, son.
    Mom

    • Thank you for that response. I remember teaching in the prison, but I didn’t remember that story. It is true that it is by the Grace of Christ that we are saved, after all that we can do. Ether 12:27 puts into perspective “all that we can do.” Humble ourselves before Him, and exercise faith. God gives men weakness so that they may be humble.

      I learned that “exercising faith” really means: what you “believe” internally is how you “act” externally. Drawing near with your lips while your heart is far from God is not exercising faith. But, neither is studying his word, without repenting and changing to align.

      If there are two things that Ether 12:27 suggests that we can do, they are: humble yourself by identifying your weakness, and exercising faith in Christ. Then Christ’s grace will kick in on our behalf.

      I love you mom,

      Son

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