When Christ died on the cross He took with Him the sins of the whole world. Does this mean His grace is extend to all or only to those who have faith in Him only? Isn't grace a free gift ? Isn't Grace now what the New Covenant is all about?
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IDONO- Great answer. Thank you
Jackie Lynnley- I believe grace has been offered to everyone, however I also blieve it is an individual responsability for each person to recognize His Grace for what it is as a gift and accept it through faith. Many thanks and blessings
JMcFarland- I am VERY happy to read your answer. Many thanks to you.
And read the whole chapter, please! Christ states clearly that Grace is from the Father, and will be given to all who ask the Father for it. And doing as we are told, not prophesying or casting out demons, is the sign of receiving grace.
celafoe- I like the example you gave. It fits perfectly. Many thanks for your answer
the person you refer to as "christ" did not give any sacraments at all. that was the addition of the early church.
Indeed Sacraments (read the Gospel of John) were given directly by Christ...
I've read the gospel of John. In fact, I've read the entire bible multiple times. Which "sacraments" are you claiming are from Christ - and not an invention of the early church?
the 7 sacraments are found in scripture
confession =john ,20;23
extreme unction or anointing of the sick=jame 5;14
holy orders or priesthood =hebrews 5:1ff and 8:3
I see. Throw out all the ones that were not mentioned by christ at all, and then consider the fact that he did not order these actions as "sacraments" at all, and you have my original statement which stands intact. Early Church.
Lor's - I would have to agree that grace comes by way of the Holy Spirit from God. It is one gift that can keep on giving. Many thanks for your answer.
Rayn123- Like I had mentioned earlier to JL, there is individual responsability of one's free will to accept it or not. Grace is there far everyone. In order to accept it as a gift one has to understand that grace exist. Many thanks for your answer.