Doug Dodd “Saved By Grace”
I Like to Know How Things Work
After “getting saved” in 1971 it wasn’t long before I noticed that it was hard to get answers to fundamental questions involving the believers walk.
One of the benefits of learning how to study the Word Of God from a dispensational point of view was getting answers to questions.
For years I longed to know how to have real victory over sin. I was given all kinds of advice but no one ever told me about the mechanics of the nature of the believer and what has been done on his behalf through the provision of God.
I think the sin issue is a real concern for most believers. They want to know how to stop it and its influence. The good news is that it is explained in detail in the Pauline epistles. Never once in denominational circles was I ever directly directed to verses that detailed my position “in Christ”.
I was told to “confess your sins”. Ok, now what? I was told “don’t do that”. Ok, so how do I stop it? I was told “pray about it”. Ok, now what?
Never once was I told that I am “complete in Christ”. Paul was instructed to say it like this. “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:10.
Knowing, not wishing, thinking or hoping, but KNOWING who you are “in Christ” makes all the difference. Religion does not have the answers to the questions that set the believer free to serve the Lord. If they do have the answers they are not forthcoming with them. Ditto for Tradition and Denominationalism.
Believers are being robbed by pastors, popes, preachers and pretenders of the knowledge contained within the pages of the Word of God concerning their position “in Christ”. Some are even paying for the obfuscation that has become the modern church.
Your Christian life will not operate on the basis of ignorance. There are some things you need to know. You need to know how the doctrines of grace work.
If you are saved you have been made part of what God is doing today and He has fully equipped you to do His will. He has not left you here unprepared, unprotected or unprovisioned.
It is the application of this knowledge, revealed in the Pauline epistles that allows the believer to fully appreciate the role of the Creator in our daily lives.
God wants us to serve him but he wants us to serve him from a heart of gratitude and thanks for what he has done for us in his death, burial and resurrection.
Now listen. If you have never been exposed to the doctrines of the “grace life” you may get upset a time or two as you read this. That’s OK, just keep reading. You will probably click off several times. Just make sure you bookmark it now because you will want to open it up again, soon.
Right division bible study is going to take some things away from you. Things your flesh loves and wants to keep and some things that you have been taught to accept, but I promise you the things you give up will be replaced by something far more valuable.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad or the truth will set you free. Usually both happen when dealing with the truth. First we get mad, then we understand and then the liberty comes!
Doug Dodd s.b.g.