5.0 out of 5 stars “The way through Christ to effortless success, wholeness, and victorious living”, as taught by Joseph Prince, February 20, 2008
I cannot think of enough complimentary words to express our joy in discovering Joseph Prince’s ministry. My husband found him preaching at 4:00 a.m., December 31st ’07, on the ABC Family Channel, and we’ve anxiously anticipated his daily programs ever since. After watching him for a couple of weeks, we just had to have two copies of Destined to Reign as quickly as possible. Happily, Amazon came through for us immediately. Within a few days, we had the books in hand. We shut everything down possible for a couple of days, and read with delight and hunger. For years, we had sought out the grace message – what it means to be justified by grace through faith – and couldn’t get over the wonder of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. And now we found a young minister fully expounding these wonders in fresh and awesome ways to our delight. Once you’ve tasted, you’re always hungry for more; it always seems like a new wonder.
Joseph was already the pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore in 1997, and he was already a grace preacher, he thought, when he was confronted by the Lord about his preaching a mixture of law and grace. The Lord confronted him with this statement: “If you don’t preach grace radically, people’s lives will never be radically blessed and radically transformed.” Since that strong mandate, Joseph’s church has grown from 2,000 to 16,000. Now he says, “My only endeavor is to preach the same gospel that Paul preached and no other gospel.”
This reminds me of what I heard that Martin Luther said about reading the Bible. He said that if we don’t really lay hold of what Paul is teaching in Romans 1-8, we will misread the rest of the Bible. Destined to Reign is written so that believers may lay hold of the truth as Paul preached it in Romans 1-8, and throughout his writings. Joseph summarized the core of Paul’s teaching by choosing Romans 5:17 to launch his book on radical grace. “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Wow! what depth, what riches the reader finds in the meanings of “receiving abundance of grace” and “receiving the gift of righteousness” as Joseph unfolds for us in this book.
I love the way he so deeply honors God’s Word. He’s a thorough student of the Word, taking time to seek out the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words, and being taught by the Holy Spirit, he has many precious riches to share in his sermons and writings, clearing up many difficult passages and misinterpretations most Christians have found troubling at times. In the back of the book, he has references to scriptures and other study helps and books to which he has referred. Another very important emphasis of his is that everything must always be read in its context. Now we are anxious to read his book Spiritual Warfare and Live the Let Go Life, plus anything else he’s written.
Joseph says, “The more you appreciate the finished work of Jesus and all that he has done for you to reign in life, the more you will worship and glorify Him!”
We recommend Destined to Reign if you want to have a clearer knowledge of what it means to receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. If you struggle with condemnation, this is a must read. If you want to more fully understand just what did happen at the cross for you, read this book. We hold it as the number one book to share.