How is "Grace" frustrated, not allowing the Holy Spirit both to will and to do of His good pleasure?

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Sep 3, 2016
Philippians 2:13 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. (This refers to the Holy Spirit, Who energizes the Saint, making him not only willing, but also actively desirous of doing God's sweet Will.) JSM

The scripture says it is possible for a Christian (if not most) to run in vain and labor in vain - Philippians 2:16
Sep 3, 2016
Sep 3, 2016
"I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if Righteousness come by the Law, then Christ is dead in vain (Gal. 2:21).

Many Believers think that because we are now living in the Dispensation of Grace, then Grace is an automatic thing. It isn’t! As the Holy Spirit through the Apostle here boldly proclaims, it is most definitely possible to “frustrate (throw away) the Grace of God,” which means to stop its action in our life.

The Grace of God is simply the Goodness of God extended to undeserving Believers. Christ is its Source, and the Cross is its means. It is superintended, totally and completely, by the Holy Spirit.

The word “frustrate” is from the Greek word “athetio,” which means “to do away with something laid down, presented, or established; to act towards anything as though it were annulled, to thwart the efficacy of anything, to nullify, to make void.”

The idea is this:

When a Believer attempts to live for the Lord by means of works, of adhering to law, indeed of any form, which means he is not living by Faith, Faith in Christ and the Cross, then such a Believer is “frustrating the Grace of God.” In other words, he stops its flow, without which no Believer can successfully live for the Lord.

The Holy Spirit bluntly says through the Apostle that “Righteousness” cannot come by the Law. In other words, it is impossible.

What did the Apostle mean by that?

Most modern Christians dismiss this Passage, thinking that because we are now living in the Dispensation of Grace, then Law is no longer a problem. But I would remind the Reader that Paul was living in the Day of Grace, and yet the Holy Spirit knew it was necessary to give this admonition.


When Paul spoke of “Law,” he was either speaking of the Law of Moses or else any type of law devised by anyone, which purports to help one live for God. And that is the problem of the modern Church! It is not so much the Law of Moses that is presently the problem, but rather laws made up by Churches or individuals. If it’s not Faith in Christ and the Cross, and that alone, then, in some way, it’s Law. That being the case, all Righteousness is stopped, because no Righteousness can come by law, whether God-devised or man-devised. If it can, then Jesus didn’t need to come down here and die on a Cross.

So, we are told in this one Verse of Scripture that it is “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified,” or it is nothing!"

— Donnie Swaggart (taken from the “Word for Every Day”)
Donnie Swaggart


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Jun 30, 2015
I figured you'd answer your own question sooner or later. It's what you do... ask a question as a pretext to preach the gospel according to Jimmy Swaggart. It's tiresome.

In real life, do you do the same thing, or do you converse with people like a normal human being?