Grace Bible Church
Let it be the year Grace wins.
This word is used by the apostle Paul as a hapax legomena, which as most of you know is a word used exclusively by the apostle Paul only in the New Testament — where it appears ten times.
This word is used by the apostle Paul as a hapax legomena which as most of you know is a word used exclusively by the apostle Paul. “chrestotes” refers to being gracious and operating in grace orientation.
Grace Orientation is the believer’s recognition of all that God has freely given to us and is the basis of our gratitude to God Who has given His Unique Son for us and now freely gives us all things, ROM 8:32. ROM 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Grace Orientation is the believer’s awareness from metabolized doctrine that “a man can receive nothing except it be given to him from heaven”, JOH 3:27. Being gracious and operating in grace orientation means that the believer never forgets where they came from and is always grateful and thankful to God for where they are also going.
Grace Orientated believers profoundly appreciate that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, Rom 8:1; 1Jo 3:20-21. Therefore, grace oriented believers do not condemn others, they do not judge, criticize or malign others. Grace oriented believers do not condemn others, they do not judge, criticize or malign others.
And this is because “chrestotes or graciousness” develops the characteristic of tolerance and a liveandletlive attitude as taught in Rom 14. And that is our Lord Jesus Christ. So, let me point out the fact that the scribes and the Pharisees were officers of the Jewish Supreme court called the Sanhedrin. And note that the witnesses in this case were the judges of the Supreme Court of Israel. This woman is indicative of all the believers, both male and female, in the world who are victims of being judged and condemned by the self-righteous arrogant do-gooders! On the other hand, we have the scribes and Pharisees who symbolize those who judge and make accusations against others. Always remember REV 12:10 speaking of Satan it says, “for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.”
The Hebrew word Rabbi means “teacher.” And they say this in sarcasm, ridicule, and rejection of Christ. It’s also interesting that they are quoting to the humanity of Christ what the deity of Christ had dictated to Moses on Mt. Sinai, when He gave them the Law. They are evil and their intentions are to trap, discredit, and destroy the ministry of our Lord. 1. If a man commits adultery with a married woman, both shall die, verse 22. 2.
If a man fornicates with a woman or commits adultery with a married woman, both the man and the woman shall die, verses 23-24. 3. And then if a man rapes a woman, then only the man shall die, verse 25. Now, notice that the man is always emphasized and there is male involvement. The judges of the Sanhedrin have themselves violated the Law by indicting the woman and not the man and are guilty of the sins of arrogance, which are far worse than anything the woman has done.
They are saying that this woman was caught in the very act of adultery and the Mosaic Law commanded that such a woman should be stoned to death. And always remember that the law is greater than those who administer it. We have a sinner who knows she is sinful and knows she has failed and is guilty. Then there is the another group of individuals who consider themselves to be righteous and beyond reproach.
They suppressed their guilt and they keep their guilt in and covered it up with overt righteousness and morality. In Mat 23:27 our Lord described these individuals when He said, For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all kinds of filth.
However, our Lord with his infinite wisdom was about to awaken the guilt in them as He blotted out the guilt of the woman. The one who recognized her guilt had her guilt blotted out by TLJC. The ones who tried to cover up their guilt had their guilt revealed when they met the Master. Our Lord operated in 1PE 4:8, Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. If you have a problem with someone, its better for you to give it over to the Lord than to deal with it yourself. The scribes and the Pharisees were trying to cause strife and therefore PRO 10:12 describes these type of individuals when it says, “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.”
Believers who are gracious and operate in grace orientation live by such principles as PRO 17:9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.