For It Is by Free Grace That You are Saved,


By Jan Lilleby


 ​​​​ The known word​​ from Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians (2:8, 9) contains the most important exhorting suggestion we can imagine as Christians: We are saved by faith, and not by knowledge or our own efforts/performances.

If we think this through, we will discover that the Bible – the epistles in particular – are written to us​​ believers,​​ and not as if they were Tracts or Pamphlets aimed at the world.

It is written to God’s assembly and not to the world, it’s a fact.

The Bible is set up so that the unbeliever or non-Christian in the world can read what God says to us who believes. And not that the believer can read what God says to the world. But the Bible mentions the world out there, yes, but as lost people since they have no faith in Christ.

If we look at that part of Christianity which specialize on Apologetics, that of basing arguments for the faith upon knowledge and common sense combined with the Bible, it still is at risk to slip in that matter. One could easily end up giving the impression before non-believers that if we only know enough, and have stored up much knowledge in the Bible, -​​ then​​ we can think that we are saved.​​ 

Often we can hear sceptics say,​​ ‘..how can we know that the Bible is true and that this thing with God and Jesus is right?’ ​​ Is the Christian faith the only way to get saved? Why are there so many religions in the world, and yet – you are sure that only​​ the Christian faith is the​​ saving one?

Thus people saying this, shows us that they have missed the whole point: The Bible says clearly that we can only be saved​​ BY FAITH, and thus not by knowledge or human wisdom or science and research.

But they want to know​​ before​​ they will believe. That is not the way God wants it. First faith, then knowledge.​​ The point is not to know,​​ but to believe​​ – to trust God and lean confidently on Him.

Never in the Bible can we find any word from God telling us that if we only can gather a lot of knowledge, then we shall be saved.

Faith is on a higher level than knowledge (science) – that is for sure. Faith has to do with trusting God as I just wrote. You hold His word for entirely true and trustworthy, and you bet your life on it. You do not feel the need to get lots of knowledge before you can believe on Him. If you trust God, then knowledge and evidence is quite secondary.

God experienced the opposite of faith/trust as He saw Adam and Eve when they fell in that Arch Sin in Eden. They displayed that all of a sudden they no longer had that full trust and confidence in the Lord. They wanted to eat of the Tree of Knowledge (Gen. 2:9). They were tempted by the devil who said,​​ Has God really said…?.

They should have talked back and said,​​ Yes, God has said it, so we believe on Him and not on you!​​ We are not going to sin and eat of that tree.

Notice that the apostles did not go out and preached​​ the Word of Knowledge, - but the Word of Faith, and the Word of the Cross.

It is an entirely different matter​​ that we, as believers, can get knowledge in the Bible –​​ AFTER​​ we have come to faith in Jesus. Paul recommends it as a matter of fact, and​​ blaming those who do not go for Bible knowledge. But such knowledge​​ is​​ meant for us to be able to​​ grasp the glorious greatness of God’s salvation for us,​​ and absolutely not so we should become independent of God and fixing salvation all by ourselves. That was what Adam and Eve was tempted by – the devil wanted them to think that they could fix it on their own.

Eph. 1:17-19 cannot be misunderstood,

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the KNOWLEDGE OF HIM. ​​ 18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can KNOW AND UNDERSTAND the hope to which He has called you, and how rich in His glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.

Knowledge is here recommended for us who already are believers​​ -​​ and not knowledge so that we, as in​​ a ‘step-2’, can start believing.

If you are a seeker for Biblical truth – one who want to believe on Jesus – but you feel that you​​ ‘don’t quite manage to enter into it’​​ – what if you hereafter take the word of the Bible for true, and start believing first, and no longer try to get a lot of knowledge before you​​ dare​​ believe?

Think through this key-word of Paul, regarding our salvation by faith, Eph. 2:8, 9:

For it is by free grace that you are saved, through faith,. And this is not of yourselves, but it is the gift of God. – Not because of works, lest any man should boast.








Paul Had None of What

Christianity is Filled With!

By Jan Lilleby


Whoa…now hold on for a minute!​​ ​​ ‘You mean to tell me that Christianity has things or doctrines which Paul did not teach?’

Spot on!

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John​​ had not yet come out with their historical writings on Jesus’ life and ministry. These books were not available on the market before 18-20 years​​ after​​ Paul had written Ephesians and Colossians​​ around AD​​ 62-63.

Their writings were published in​​ anonymity,​​ and names were not​​ in their headings before AD 200!

In other words, his free Grace Gospel, which we find in Ephesians and Colossians​​ only (!)​​ was preached and taught by Paul, long before any of the gospels had been published; Gospels which almost the entire Christianity is basing its Doctrine of Faith upon.​​ The oldest one is possibly Luke in AD 73, but it is disputed.​​ Matthew came in AD 80 in Hebrew language.​​ Mark in AD 83.

You know, John was baptizing in water, so let us do the water baptism. The apostles baptized in water, so let’s do water baptism’. A vulgar​​ ‘Hill Billy’ way of reading the Bible, having no understanding that Paul had​​ already filled​​ his part of the world with his​​ free Grace Gospel​​ before anything of Matt. 28 and Mark 16 told of ‘go out into all the world and baptize – and lay hands on the sick and they shall be cured’. ​​ Col. 1:23.

Paul​​ did not​​ base any of his teachings on Matt. 28 or Mark 16. ​​ He based his teachings on the​​ ‘Revelation of the Mystery’​​ – Eph. 3:1-9; Col. 1:25, 26.

All teaching,​​ which Paul used to establish the early Christian Churches,​​ is found in his two mentioned epistles.​​ Here we find that​​ one Gospel​​ Paul had preached and dominated his ministry establishing Churches on that free Grace Gospel long before the four gospels.

Christianity is teaching of a ‘Future Rapture of the Church into heaven’ – based on what Paul preached and wrote to the Thessalonians, several years before he was sent to the Gentile world with the free Grace Gospel. 1.Thes. 4:14-18 was​​ the teaching to that Church of how it would be with the coming of the Lord to establish the promised Kingdom for Israel, and it was then a scenario which would take place​​ IF​​ Israel had repented and believed on Jesus as their Messiah.

The nation​​ never​​ received Christ, on the contrary they rejected their King and they persecuted the King’s servants, and the King got angry and sent His armies against them and burned their city, Jerusalem. Matt. 22:7.​​ AD 70 was the year.

This so-called ‘Rapture of the Church’ has been called off by the fall of Israel as a nation, and shall never occur. That is why we cannot find​​ anything​​ of​​ this promise​​ in Paul’s teachings​​ after​​ Israel had fell from God in Acts​​ 28:25-28.

Actually, the whole issue of ‘The Second Advent’ is not mentioned at all in Ephesians and Colossians.

But he wrote instead of​​ ‘Appearing with Christ in glory’​​ – Col. 3:1-4, and of a certain future day for the Church,​​ ‘…the day of redemption’ –​​ Eph. 4:30.

No Second Advent mentioned – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!

No Rapture up in clouds – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!

No Mark 16 of ‘Laying hands on the sick’​​ – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with!

No water baptisms in any form whatsoever – a doctrine which Christianity is filled with. ​​ 

Paul taught of ‘One baptism’ pointing to the​​ death of Christ​​ on the cross. By coming to faith in Christ, every believer​​ is thus baptized​​ into the death of Christ. It is also likened to circumcision​​ not by hands (of men), but by God. Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:11, 12.

No ‘Confession of sins’ – which Christianity is so ferociously practicing and filled with.

There is​​ no salvation​​ by the confession of sin. You can only be saved through faith, it is not by us, ourselves, - it is the​​ gift of God, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:8, 9.​​ 

Confessions won’t do it​​ (James 5:15, 16);​​ baptism in water (or the Pentecostal Holy Spirit baptism in Acts 2) won’t do it, - showing your faith by works as taught by James 2:24 won’t do it. Today in the Grace dispensation established by Paul, it is a heresy to teach that works can make you righteous!

‘Abstaining from pork and certain food’​​ and​​ keeping Sabbath won’t do it.​​ 

Any such thing must be considered in our time with the free Grace Gospel, as sheer heresy. Paul clearly taught in Col. 2:16, 17 ​​ - ​​ pointing to Christ’s victory on the cross,​​ “…let no one sit in judgement on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.”

This also falls nicely in with his teaching to the Ephesians in chapter 2, verses 14, 15,

“For He is our peace.​​ ​​ He has made us both Jew and Gentile, one body, and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing​​ wall between us, 15: By abolishing in His own flesh the enmity caused by the Law (of Moses) with its decrees and ordinances (which He annulled); that He from the two​​ might create in himself​​ one new man​​ , so making peace.”

This ‘One new man’ can only be a fact if God​​ first​​ abolished the entire Law of Moses, which was a dividing wall between Jew and Gentile! ​​​​ Paul here says that the Body of Christ, which is the very same as that ‘One new man’, cannot exist unless first that Law of Moses was abolished. Sabbath was abolished, feast days were abolished, food ordinances were abolished. Because in the Church, the Body of Christ, Jew and Gentile is equal before God, and so in​​ unity​​ in the faith.

In Paul’s Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians, written 18-20 years before the four gospels were issued, we find no more feast days, no food ordinances, no Sabbaths, no confessions of sin, no works demanded to show our faith, no water rite, no miracles and healings by the laying on of hands, no preaching on the Second Advent, no rapture of the saints up in clouds, no nothing!​​ Illustration:​​ Can you imagine Paul’s pointing finger?

And yet, over the centuries Christianity lost it and got mixed up with the teachings found in the four gospels,​​ and​​ Acts and epistles written in the Acts time period.

Salvation by grace alone, by faith as in Eph. 2:8, 9 still shines through the thick dark clouds of Christianity’s​​ misconceptions​​ of the Gospel teachings.​​ 

Their unfortunate confusion of the ‘Gospel’ in Acts – the Kingdom of God for Israel, and the free​​ International​​ Grace Gospel of Ephesians and Colossians, which have never had anything to do with the teachings of the Acts period.

This confusion is for all to observe, in that Christianity are made up of numerous denominations which failed to observe Paul’s free Grace Gospel and be true and faithful to that​​ one​​ Gospel.​​ 

Paul had none of what Christianity is filled with! ​​ Confusion.​​