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God's Unmerited Favour by Raymond McGough ebook

God's Unmerited Favour by Raymond McGough ebook

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Published by Irene McGough
We stand amazed at the wonder of God's Amazing Grace - This is a study on the wonderful subject of grace. the theology of the subject is looked at here, but this is something that should never be dull . In the words of the hymn.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
We stand amazed at the wonder of God's Amazing Grace - This is a study on the wonderful subject of grace. the theology of the subject is looked at here, but this is something that should never be dull . In the words of the hymn.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

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GOD’S UNMERITED FAVOUR BY  RAYMOND MCGOUGH 
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God’s unmerited favour 
ByR. McGough IntroductionTo simplify the gospel of the Kingdom of God or as it is more commonly known the goodnews of the Lord Jesus Christ; the New Testament uses one word, and that word is the termgrace, we will recognize how important our understanding of this will be as we explore further this important attribute of God, one of his many attributes. We will also look at the OldTestament’s definition of grace.Thomas Olden‘s definition: “Grace is the favor shown by God to sinners. It is the divinegoodwill offered to those who neither inherently deserve nor ever hope to earn it. It is the divinedisposition to work in our hearts, wills, and actions, so as actively to communicate God’s self giving love to humanity.”(1)Before you and I can understand the meaning of grace, we must first of all experience it, for that to happen we need to acknowledge our own sinful nature, and our need of grace. When wecome to that point of recognizing our need of God’s grace and we do something about it, byaccepting his grace. Jesus then honours us: “(Matt.5:3.) “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirsis the Kingdom of heaven.”The grace of God as seen in the New Testament’s understanding of it is that the word bringstogether all of the benefits of God to mankind, one of them being the most important doctrine of all salvation, all freely given to us by God. But more importantly, the grace of God is in theinvisible power he provides to those who are fettered by their own self will, and which also brings his healing to their bruised spirit. If there is an expression to sum up the doctrine of Salvation it can only be grace. We must also understand that it is God who makes the initiative to bend down to his fallen race to provide salvation towards them.I have previously said that the grace of God can also be found in the Old Testament, but thefullest fulfillment of it is in the New Testament which was made visible in God’s Son JesusChrist. However, we will look at the Old Testament’s understanding of it. The attribute of gracefound in the Hebrew of the Bible is the word chen, which is a noun, translated as either grace or favor.The two most prominent words for grace which are to be found in the Old Testament arethe adjective, gracious, and the verb, to be gracious. Our adjective, “channun” and then the verb,“chanan”. Nehemiah the prophet writes in his book of the adjective, “gracious,” Hebrew:“channun.” (Neh.9:17.) “…But you are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow toanger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.” He has had first hand experience of God’s gracious acts towards him, and his people. We can also find that this word gracious is moreoften than not extended to include the term compassion. (Ps. 111:4.) “He has made his wonderfulworks to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” God is very different inhis nature compared to fallen humanity. (Jonah.4:2.) So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah,
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Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously toTarshish; for I know that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant inlovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.” We need to look at Jonah’s reaction to Godwhen he was given his directive of what he was to do. It was one of immense displeasure andanger. (Jonah.4:1.) But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.” Quite a contrastto God’s attitude who wanted to show compassion to the people of Nineveh. (Jonah, 4:11.) “Andshould I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twentythousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left- and muchlivestock?” (Isa.30:18.) Therefore the Lord will wait that he may be gracious (chanan) to you. Hecontinues to wait to show his unmerited favor to the fallen in today’s world made visible to usthrough Jesus Christ his Son the next part of the study from the New Testament perspective.We find the New Testament’s definition of grace from the fourth gospel according to John, but we turn to Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth for its technical definition: (2.Cor.12:9.) Andhe said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest uponme. Grace in this context comes from the New Testament Greek word, charis, (khar-ece);Strong’s # 5485; The term comes from the root expression, chara. Meaning to rejoice, and chariscauses rejoicing. The chief word to describe God’s grace which he provides to sinful mankind isdescribed as unmerited favor, a free gift, a blessing that is certainly not deserved.Turning to the fourth gospel according to John, he more than any other New Testamentauthor brings the activity of God’s grace towards mankind to the final pinnacle in his narrative of it, describing the birth of his Son Jesus Christ to the world, God becoming man. He becoming theflesh of a man is the significance of becoming the Incarnate one. (Jn.1:14.) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as the only begotten of theFather full of grace and truth.” It can be said that the grace of God the Father reaches its height inthe visibility of it appearing in the birth of human flesh in his only begotten Son Jesus Christ, theultimate pinnacle of his grace, the unmerited favor manifested to us in his Son the Lord JesusChrist, he is the visibility of the Father’s grace towards us.John.1:16. “For of his fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” John instructs usthat the grace of God comes from his fullness. He does not give from the impersonal nature of hisseparateness from this world; on the contrary he is very personal, he, and the Son are one thatmakes him very personal. (Jn.14:11.) “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me, or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.” We can go as far as to say, God meets our needs in the person of the man Jesus Christ, God, and man, his Son, our Lord, providing to us his power, and provision. To know the grace of God towards us is to know the love of his Son JesusChrist as fully as our spirit and intellect can receive or intelligence. (Ephes.3:19.) “…to know thelove of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (i) God’s unmerited favour  The Apostle Paul’s interpretation of GracePaul really knew from his encounters with the living God the experimental life of grace, because he experienced it in his life, as can be seen in his letters of the New Testament. He wasthe first apologetic of the faith. His interpretation of grace was through experience, and the
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