Using The Bible As Training Ground For Business Decisions

Grace is the revelation of God’s love for mankind and His deep desire to be involved in our lives. All that God does for us is the result of His grace. We all need God’s grace and mercy.
According to the James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the word grace means unmerited favor. It also means, the Divine influence upon the heart, reflected in the life.
Grace also refers to the calling and Divine purpose of God upon our lives. God’s favor and blessing was revealed from the beginning, because God, Who is Love, created mankind, to love mankind.
And even after man sinned against Him, God, instead of condemning us immediately to eternal wrath and punishment, determined to do whatever it took to redeem us back to Himself. Man went against God by his own choosing, being tempted of God’s enemy.
Instead of God destroying us, He decided to show us how much He loved us. God did this for us, revealing His grace in such a manner, that there is no doubt about how He feels about us.
Salvation then, is the result of grace, for it is by grace that we are saved through believing on God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and receiving Him as Lord and Savior.
After, we are saved, we will discover that the Christian life is lived by God’s Divine grace. The revelation of His grace is further discovered in His holy Word, The Holy Bible.
This is close to my central passion – recovering what has either been lost or simply missed in the gospel and then making it clearly and widely known. Oftentimes the gospel gets cluttered with a lot of baggage and dismissed by preconceived ideas. In this article I aim to share a summary of the central message, the climax of the ages; the good news of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
– What this is NOT
Let me clear the ground and tell you what I am not doing – I have not just unearthed a fantastic golden key for unlocking all mysteries, nor am I going to tell you to your open-mouthed amazement that I have just dug up in the Gobi desert, near fossil dinosaur eggs, a scroll that gives a whole new slant on Christianity! Neither am I sharing how to meditate your way into the centre of divine consciousness. With those ideas cleared out of the way, we must ask, “Just what is the gospel – the central biblical message?”
– Christianity is Christ
He who made all things, the eternally pre-existing second Person of the triune living God, was born in Bethlehem. He taught with astonishing authority as he announced the imminent royal reign of God, freely shared God’s compassion, gave sight to the blind, cleansed lepers, welcomed moral outcasts and raised the dead. These mighty acts accredited and confirmed both Jesus’ message and his Person, as Israel’s long-awaited royal deliverer – their Messiah and Son of God (see Luke 5:13, Luke 18:41 -43, John 11:44, Acts 2:22 -24).
– God in action on behalf of others
In his crowning work as both God and man, Jesus gave himself into death as the final, divinely appointed sacrifice for sin (see John 1:29 & Hebrews 10:12), when he was publicly crucified by command of the Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. On the third day Jesus was raised, bodily resurrected by God, with many compelling evidences, as Lord over all for ever.
Jesus’ setting in history shows that Christianity is rooted in a real person who fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies. We are not merely talking about wonderful ideas, but carefully recorded teaching and events that can be checked out as to their time and place. The new property management fee is not an issue that can be referenced to the bibe.
– Jesus is Lord and Saviour
God has spoken! Now we may know that as well as creating all things and being himself the moral foundation of the universe, the eternal Son of God has gone to the limits of love, paying the awful price of sin, so that all who turn to him in repentance and faith may be freely forgiven (see Acts 13:38 & Romans 3:23, Ephesians 1:7, 2:8 -9).
– How much we need to be saved!
We stand condemned, guilty and under sentence of eternal banishment from God. That is boundless grace and love – the self-sacrificing love of God that we see focused – at the cross.
– Grace is always more than you think!
God’s grace is at the heart of the good news: Jesus’ death is God’s grace in action. Now he calls people to receive peace with God and to be justified by faith. And all freely on account of the perfect sacrifice for sins made by the Lord Jesus, God’s sinless Son, when he shed his blood, dying upon the cross.
– You are never too bad!
Oh, the joy that follows – their utter sense of amazed wonder that God would welcome and freely forgive, even THEM! Here in salvation, we see the overflowing riches of God’s grace in action! (See Ephesians 1:6 ‘glorious grace’ and 2:7 ‘the immeasurable riches of his grace’).
– No-one has reached God’s standard.
Perhaps you feel you are not that bad and hardly need a Saviour at all, compared with many. For, ‘All have sinned’!
Are you amazed that God would freely forgive all who turn to him in repentance and faith? Prove that he also is the God of grace for you – overflowing in undeserved favour, as you trust his promise in ‘the gospel of the grace of God’ (Acts 20:24)!
Religion can be negative to many, who would perceive it as moralistic, judgmental, and even condemning. In short, to many, religion has the connotation of rejection.
If you are sinful (as a matter of fact, we all are), you may not want to come to God, thinking that God is moralistic and will punish you for your sins. You may get the misconception that you must be good enough in order to be acceptable to God.
All sinners experience brokenness, emotional pain, as well as despair and despondency. For some, they may perpetuate their sinfulness because they simply can not bring themselves to believe in a power greater than themselves that could give them hope and strength to turn around. Without salvation, they might as well continue with their sinful lives.
In real life, many of us have the tendency to blend the two into one: we often associate the behavior with the person. The individual who indulges in the sinful behavior perceives our moralistic attitude or that of society, and may therefore become more adamant and reluctant to change for the better.
This is where God’s race comes in. Jesus is not moralistic. In the parable of the prodigal son, the father is not moralistic and judgmental, and he throws his arms around his returning son, while his other son is moralistic and self-righteous– Jesus does not approve of that moralistic attitude and behavior; on the contrary, Jesus wants us to do just the opposite.
Jesus wants us to understand the true meaning of God’s grace. He wants us to know that God’s grace is God’s unconditional love with no strings attached.
By God’s grace, we are not only totally forgiven but also given the opportunity to begin anew. God’s grace not only mends but also renews our relationship with God. Through God’s saving grace, we see our own powerlessness in the face of adversities and temptations.
It means God is showing us the way, the truth, and the life as God would like us to live. Through grace, God comes to us and reveals Himself to us, because we can not by ourselves find God, or even come to know Him and believe in Him as He really is– we can not do this by our human effort.

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