WBVN began broadcasting the Gospel of Grace the afternoon of January 8th, 1990. That’s considered the “start” of this ministry; however, the real beginning of this ministry is more closely associated with a message rather than a date. Our message starts with the simple truth that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” He is, and was intended to be by the Father, greater than Adam, standing alone as the central figure in the Gospel message, sharing that stage with no other. He is the chief, center, and the cornerstone of all our Faith. We should have more confidence in what He did than in what Adam did. He alone has been made to us Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30) For that to be true, it’s our contention that while the Law had a limited purpose, Christ’s ministry is “limitless” and now stands as the only object of our Faith. Paul taught that prior generations were spoken to by Moses and the Prophets “in many portions and many ways”, but in these days He has spoken to us in “His Son,” and I might add uniquely and powerfully.
Simply, behavior modification based on the Law will not produce the Power of God we all hope for, the Power we all need! Romans 1:16-17 instructs that a revelation, a knowing and recognizing, of the Righteousness of God is what will empower us. The Law had two revelations in it, one: you don’t measure up, and two: no one else does either! John 5:45 shows Jesus accusing the hearers of trusting the Law of Moses, setting their hope on ordinances rather than a “Faith” (such as Abraham’s). That kind of thinking was a mistake for believers then and it’s a mistake for us today! For “He has called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace.” (2Tim. 1:9)
The Law teaches if we do well enough, we’ll succeed. Grace says receive Mercy and Peace and you will do well enough! Paul said teaching the Law was “the ministry of death and condemnation” (2Cor. 3:7, 9), contrasting it with the ministry of reconciliation: teaching that in Christ, God reconciled the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. (2Cor 5:18-19) We trust in the Scripture: “…the Gentiles which followed not after Righteousness have obtained Righteousness, even the Righteousness which is by Faith (free the same as Abraham’s). But Israel, which followed after the Law of Righteousness, has not attained the Law of Righteousness…because they sought it not by Faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. They stumbled at the stumbling stone (Jesus).” (Romans 9:30-32) “For not knowing about God’s Righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the Righteousness of God…For Christ is the end of the Law for Righteousness to everyone that believes.” (Rom. 10:3, 4) “…For with the heart man believeth unto Righteousness.” (Rom. 10:10)
There’s only one God solution, and that remedy is offered to us through Faith: “… the just shall live by Faith and the Law is not of Faith…Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us…that the blessing of Abraham (Righteousness by Faith) might come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through Faith…. For if the inheritance be of the Law, it is no more a promise: but God gave it to Abraham (and us) by a promise…for if there had been a Law given which could have given life, verily Righteousness should have been by the Law… (actually) the Law was a schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by Faith, but after that Faith is come we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” (Gal. 3:11-25)
Our sufficiency must come from Christ and Christ alone, Christ in you is the hope of glory! We can add nothing to the Cross and the Resurrection; doing so diminishes their Glory! Paul wrote in 2Cor. 3:5, “not that we are sufficient of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who has made us ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter (Law) killeth, but the Spirit giveth Life… for even unto this day, when Moses is read (Law) the veil is upon our hearts, nevertheless, when it (our hearts) shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.” “Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.” That’s what we are yearning for!
As believers, we’re continually being confronted with whom we will put our trust in. Paul warns: beware the concision (law teachers) for we are the circumcision which Worship God in the Spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh. (Law)…though I might also have confidence in the flesh. …And be found in Him, not having a Righteousness which is of the Law, but that which is through Faith in Christ, the Righteousness which is of God by Faith”. (Phil 3:2-9) “… by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight. For by the Law is knowledge of sin, but now that Righteousness that is without the Law is manifest…the Righteousness of God which is by Faith in Jesus Christ …being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… therefore we conclude that a man is justified by Faith without the deeds of the Law.” (Rom. 3:20-28)
Paul taught there was a Rest that resulted from knowing these things. He compares it to the Israelites coming out of Egypt, “but the Word of God preached to them did not profit them, not being mixed with Faith in them that heard it: they did not enter into His Rest because of their unbelief.” We don’t enter into His Rest for the same reason. We’ll know when we’ve entered into it because, “he that is entered into His Rest, he also has ceased from his works…let us labor therefore to enter into that Rest.” (Heb. 4:9-11) Jesus taught that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The disciples asked Jesus, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God: that you believe on whom he has sent!” (John 6:27-29) It’s a full time job to fight your way through unbelief and unbelief’s allies, but in the end, it’s the only thing we’re demanded to do as work. (That’s the Gospel.) We’re not of those that believe we can perfect the flesh so that we might become “spiritual”. Ours is a belief that the Spiritual will manifest dominion over the flesh, not the other way round. Paul called those that thought the Law manifested the Spiritual “foolish” and “bewitched”. (Gal. 3:1)
Our work is to labor at being “in His Rest”. Our role is to stay strong, be rooted and grounded in His Love and not moved away from hope of the “full Gospel of Christ”. This is our Creed. It’s who we are. It’s what we depend on to hold us up and establish us. Hopefully our purpose can be found in His: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Isa. 61, Luke4)
Finally, we’re not to study the Word so that we will fulfill the Law and therefore be approved by God. Christ granted you that approval for free. We should study to show ourselves approved of God, convince ourselves, and actually discover for ourselves, that we’re approved only because of one thing: Jesus Christ, death and resurrection! (2Tim. 2:15) That’s the Mystery and the Revelation.
‘Now is come salvation, and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down; which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony… (Rev. 12:9-11)
That happened with the death and resurrection and what we say and believe about Christ.