In modern Christianity there are two gospels competing for the hearts and minds of hearers:
1. Mixed-grace gospel: You are saved by grace but sanctified by works
2. Hyper-grace gospel: You are saved by grace and sanctified by grace
What is a mixed-grace gospel?
It’s the message that you are saved by grace but kept through works. It’s the belief that says one of God’s blessings (salvation) comes by grace but all the others (holiness, forgiveness, fellowship, etc.) are earned through your labor.
This mixed-gospel is a partial gospel because it’s partly good news. Jesus saved you (that’s the good part), but the rest is up to you (that’s the not so good part).
What is the hyper-grace gospel?
It’s Jesus plus nothing. It’s Christ alone. It’s the announcement that Jesus is the author and perfecter of your faith and that He will keep you and present you as faultless to Himself (Heb. 12:2, Jude 1:24).
To quote Watchman Nee, it’s the declaration that “from start to finish, He is the One who does it all.” In the words of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, it’s the message that causes you to trust in
… grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace.
The hyper-grace gospel says all the blessings of God come to us freely as gifts. Forgiveness is a gift. Salvation is a gift. Acceptance is a gift. Righteousness is a gift. Holiness is a gift.
All the gifts of God are found in Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus is the Gift (John 3:16). This is why the hyper-grace gospel will always point you to Jesus. Whatever your need, He is your rich supply. In the words of an ancient saint, “He who has the Lord has everything.”
I have explained elsewhere how to recognize a mixed-grace gospel and how to recognize the hyper-grace gospel. But for a fuller comparison between the two, check out the table below. (Clicking on the image will take you to a larger file that you can reproduce and share.)
As you can see, the two gospels are very different. A mixed-grace gospel puts the focus on you and your works, while the hyper-grace gospel puts the focus on Jesus and his grace. A mixed-grace gospel leaves you breathless with anxiety; the hyper-grace gospel leaves you rested and grateful.
Adapted from The Hyper-Grace Gospel.
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