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Welcome to Mysterious Grace, a site that recognizes and teaches the uniqueness and importance of the ministry and doctrine given by Jesus Christ to the Apostle Paul for this period of human history.

I hope and pray that your thinking about God, the Bible, and your relationship to Jesus Christ will be challenged and deepened by what you read here. If you have never begun a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I’d love to introduce you to Him — please contact me. The articles presented here, however, are intended for those who already know Christ and have a desire to study the Bible for themselves and gain confidence in their ability to know what it says. As Luke described in Acts 17:11, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Whatever you find here, you must do the same.

I suggest beginning with a quick look at the About page, and then proceed to the posts in the First Things First category. Other articles and categories will follow naturally in logical sequence from there. May God bless you and bring you peace as you learn more about Him and His Word, the Bible.

Jim Ingram

IMPORTANT!

October 27, 2020

Any of you who have followed this blog in the past have no doubt by now decided it has been abandoned.  Not so!  But God has in recent days impressed me once again with the importance of pursuing this work rapidly.  The state of the world in politics, technology and communication, morals, and the increasing predominance of evil in the hearts of men should convince any thinking person that the days identified in many passages in the Bible as the Tribulation Period are becoming more and more possible.  Of course, those days are immediately preceded by a singular event in human history, the removal of all true believers in Jesus Christ from the world, a miraculous disappearance of millions and millions known to theologians as the RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.  The Tribulation will follow.  IT IS NOT HERE YET.

The RAPTURE is the final event of what we have described as the “Church Age” or the “Age of Grace,” the present dispensation of God’s dealings with the human race.  When it happens, it will mark the end of this time when God’s gift of salvation with no strings attached is available.  The dispensation that will follow it, beginning with the Tribulation, has different requirements.  And especially for anyone who decides that Jesus really was God’s Christ after the Rapture, those seven years will be a time of increasing trouble and torture at the hands of one known as the Antichrist and his minions.

NOW is the day to receive God’s free gift of salvation, not after the Rapture during the terrible days of the Tribulation!  The only things on the table today are God’s love, grace and mercy for you.  In those days they will be mingled with his judgement and wrath, and your only recourse will be to associate with God’s chosen people Israel.  In addition, to make it through those years and enter into His presence, you must persist unto death in your faith.  (viz. see Revelation 2:10)  And should you be so unfortunate as to live in that time and accept the “mark of Antichrist”, there will no longer be any opportunity to change your mind.  As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 6:2), “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.”

The process of receiving salvation freely from God is simple, but it involves agreeing with God on several points that your pride may balk at:

  1. Agree with God that you have a history of actions and thoughts that displease Him, making you a sinner, and the just penalty for these sins is death.
  2. Agree with God that you can do nothing to clean up or balance out your sins yourself, that you are helpless and hopeless under a sentence of death.
  3. Agree with God that you need a Savior who can pay that death penalty in your stead.
  4. Agree with God that only His Son, Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and rose again from the dead is able to do that, has already done so, and offers you His righteousness in exchange for your sinfulness.
  5. Earnestly from your heart ask God to do for that for you personally, forgiving you and giving you a fresh start with new life in Christ.
  6. Thank Him for His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness, and for adopting you into His family!

God does not measure your qualification for His eternal presence on a balance scale, with your good deeds on one side and your sins on the other.  Instead, He places His own perfection on one side and you on the other.  Even one sin is enough to tip the scales against you.  As a result, He says, “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  But He also says of those who accept His free gift of salvation, “Much more, then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” (Romans 5:9)

The numbered steps above are what the Bible calls “repentance.”  The meaning of the original Greek word is to do an about face in thinking, agreeing with God that He has been right and you have been wrong about these things.  If that has just now been your experience, welcome to the family!  If not, and you are still undecided, I beg you – do not delay.  Time to do so is short, and grows shorter with each passing minute.  God loves you in the same way parents love a runaway child, only more so — no matter what you’ve done.  And so do I.

 

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