|About the Book|
I delight to do Your will, O my God- Your Law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8—NASB)I was not raised in a Christian home and knew little or nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ or His plan of salvation. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at theMoreI delight to do Your will, O my God- Your Law is within my heart. (Psalms 40:8—NASB)I was not raised in a Christian home and knew little or nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ or His plan of salvation. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen. I became a Christian and was called to preach while in the Corps.It was a custom for us Marines to hold a Bible study each night in a Quonset hut, and later, after the end of the war, in an abandoned Japanese barracks.There I was taught, by dedicated Christian Marines, the basics of Evangelical doctrine, including grace and the rapture.The idea was, no one can really do Gods will, and that is why we have grace. I imagine when the Apostle Paul saw from Heaven that we were using his doctrine to get people to Heaven apart from doing Gods will, he must have been ready to come back to earth and explain himself.The purpose of Divine grace is not that of bringing people to Heaven because man cannot do Gods will, although I guess that this incorrect idea is still taught in some Christian churches.Rather it is true that grace is a means of releasing us from the Law of Moses so we can gain righteousness of behavior by following the Spirit of God instead of by the works of the Law of Moses.The Apostle Paul always taught the Gospel from the standpoint of a Jew who was brought up to believe that people can gain righteousness only through obeying the works of the Law of Moses.Paul, in a complete departure from his upbringing as a devout Jew, revealed to us that the grace of the new covenant is a way of gaining righteousness apart from the works of the Law of Moses, by believing in the atonement made by Jesus and obeying the Holy Spirit as He leads us to victory over sin.By grace we are saved through faith, not by works of righteousness we have done- that is, not by performing the works of the Law of Moses.Since we now have come to the place in the plan of redemption where God is ready to create us in His image and likeness, which always has been His goal, we can understand that a grace that does not result in actual righteousness of behavior is not fulfilling Gods purpose of creating us in His moral image.