when did Grace return to the people? And by whom? Zec 4:7 Who art thou, O
great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring
forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Surely you know that the above is prophecy of John and Jesus? No Grace was
obtained other than the few mentioned, until Jesus came.
Zec 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon
me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his
only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for
Many people wish to place the above at the second coming of Jesus. But that
is not the case. Jesus gave us the spirit of grace and supplications after he
died and brought in salvation, on the Day of Pentecost. That is when God
restored the years those worms had eaten away. That is when the grace, which
Adam lost, was restored to the human race.
So now that grace has been restored, how must we live? According to the
spirit of Holiness, which Jesus taught. If Jesus did not teach it, it is in
error and of that dead old covenant. So if you are teaching and practicing
things which Jesus did not teach, you have fallen from grace, back to law, and
will be held accountable for all your sins.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sins. Who is this blessed
man? It is only those who obey Jesus’ teachings and come into grace.
Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto
whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Ro 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Ro 4:8 Blessed
is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Ro 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to
Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of
faith. Ro 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void,
and the promise made of none effect: Ro 4:15 Because the law worketh
wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Ro 4:16
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end
the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law,
but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us
No one was cleansed of sin under the law. No one can be justified by law. Gal
3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the
curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not
in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Ga 3:11 But
that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:
for, The just shall live by faith. Ga 3:12 And the law is not of faith:
but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Ga 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us
from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed
is every one that hangeth on a tree
So Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. The only way you can live by
grace is to live by the things which Jesus and his Apostles taught, for they
taught the ways of grace and the new covenant. But even in those Scriptures, the
things of law are still written.
So now, go back and read our opening verses in Joel two. God promised to
restore all the years the worms ate away, and to give us abundance of corn, wine
and oil. This is the truth of the new covenant, grace. So when did this occur?
Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit
upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: Joe 2:29 And
also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I
pour out my spirit. Joe 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the
earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned
into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of
the LORD come. Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on
the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem
shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD
Ac 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one
accord in one place. Ac 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a
rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Ac 2:3
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon
each of them. Ac 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Ac 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch
David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this
day. Ac 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an
oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would
raise up Christ to sit on his throne; Ac 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the
resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh
did see corruption. Ac 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are
witnesses. Ac 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this,
which ye now see and hear.
Ac 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; Ac 2:17 And it
shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit
upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your
young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Ac 2:18 And on
my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my
Spirit; and they shall prophesy: Ac 2:19 And I will show wonders in heaven
above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: Ac
2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that
great and notable day of the Lord come:
Ac 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of
the Lord shall be saved. (See that the women, daughters of God, prophecy
under this new Grace Covenant. God has exalted the women under the Grace
Covenant. They are now back in the rightful place which God made Eve to be, the
helpmeet, or the one who surrounds, leads, protects, succors. )
Now the above Scripture solidly proves that the restoration Joel spoke of was
fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. Peter quoted that same Scripture from Joel
two, and said, “This is that”.
You would have to call the Scriptures and Peter a lie to deny that the
outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost fulfilled that prophecy in
Joel two. So this is when God returned grace to the human race, so that everyone
who is willing, might have this grace and thereby, salvation. There is no other
means of salvation. If you refuse this that came at Pentecost, you will never
have salvation. It is the only way. Now, if you think you can have this grace,
and still live as under that law, you are sadly mistaken. Paul clearly laid this
out in Galatians, which I have already quoted here, that if you go back to that
law, you fall from grace. And that is exactly what Adam did. He left Grace and
went into law, for he loved the worship and to rule over others. He did not wish
to be on equal grounds with Eve, his wife, as God had created them to be. So
this was total rebellion against God’s way on earth.
God’s chosen and only way, is EQUALITY. You are ALL ONE, which
means being equal or totally united, with no one ruling over another. Now we
know that Jesus taught his disciples that they were not to rule over each other.
He said, with you, (his people), it shall not be so. Then if you return to that
OT way, of the man ruling over the woman, you are again in total rebellion
against God and his way. If you think you can take more than one wife, you are
in total rebellion to grace, God’s way.
Only if Jesus and his Apostles taught it, would it be permissible under the
new covenant. They most certainly DID NOT TEACH IT. It has no example in the New
Testament. Those who claim they can do this, MUST go back to those rebelling
under the old covenant to find examples. But all of those men were under that
cast-away old covenant, of the blood of animals, which can never take away sins.
So you are not under the right covering. But you today, cannot go back and live
under that old covenant and find salvation.
Here is proof that the men of past times were walking in their own ways, and
not in God’s ways. Notice how these men wanted to do sacrifice to Paul and
Barnabas. This is exactly the sin of Adam as he caused Eve to do sacrifice to
him, as a god. Ac 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are
men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from
these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
and all things that are therein: Ac 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations
to walk in their own ways. Ac 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without
witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful
seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Ac 14:18 And with these
sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto
See, it shows that this thing of sacrificing to man, was some of the ways of
man, which those of the past practiced. It came from their father, Adam, or
Satan. But see that God does not wink at ignorance now, after Jesus came and
taught us the right ways of God. Ac 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God
winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Here is proof that all who practiced the OT methods were choosing their own
ways: Isa 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth
a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he
offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea,
they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their
Now that takes in the OT ways of worship. But notice that God called it an
abomination to himself and said they had chosen their own ways. So this
proves that all of that law system was the ways of man, and not the ways of
So the men under this covenant are not an example of salvation, or those
living in the New Testament. Those under grace must go by the teachings of
Jesus. So, what did Jesus teach about marriage? Mt 19:3 The Pharisees also came
unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away
his wife for every cause? Mt 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, Mt
19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall
cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Mt
19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God
hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Mt 19:7 They say unto him, Why
did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? Mt
19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered
you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
See, he took it back to how God set it in the beginning. And how was that?
God made Adam only one wife. Jesus said the TWAIN, (means two) shall be
ONE flesh. He never at any time said a man could take two wives, as did those
old covenant people. We, under grace, must go back to the beginning, to God’s
pattern of marriage. Jesus said so right here. A man must have just one wife, as
God chose to set it.
I will finish this message with Malachi. This last Book of the OT, is God’s
calling Israel to judgment and showing them how their own ways have been an
abomination to God. Read this book and you will see God contending with them
over many things, by which they had profaned his Holy Name.
Mal 2:11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in
Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which
he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. Mal 2:12 The LORD will
cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the
tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears,
with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering
any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Mal 2:14 Yet ye say,
Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy
youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and
the wife of thy covenant. Mal 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the
residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the
wife of his youth. Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he
hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD
of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not
Now this is solid proof that God took them back to the Garden of Eden to the
beginning. Here he shows them that he had made man only one wife. Then he
shows how they had dealt treacherously against this wife of his youth. God
stated here that he will cut off the man who does this. He said He will not
regard their tears or offerings, who do this thing, of dealing treacherously
against the wife (singular) of his youth. Will you not fear? Will you not amend
your ways and choose God’s ways? Why will you die? Come into the Grace covenant,
if you want eternal life. It is not possible to live under that dead old
covenant now, since Jesus, since Pentecost, and have life. It is death. It is
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. To practice having more than one
wife is to bring your family into death. To still hold your wife under the
bondage, of having the man rule over her, is also rebellion and holding to that
dead, old covenant. That is solidly proven in this message. To serve any idol is
to take you back under that old dead covenant. To think you must still keep a
weekly Sabbath, is also of this dead covenant.
Gal 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
By: Jo Smith … Sept. 13, 2007