BASIC BIBLE TEACHINGS #40

BY THE GRACE OF GOD
Introduction: I. There’s a lot of emphasis these days on the need to preach and teach on the grace of God… A. First, we need to understand what the term means; yet, that’s easier said than done… 1. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. 2. The favor of God- unmerited, undeserved favor… 3. Perhaps it’s easier to describe God’s grace than it is to define God’s grace. a. Justice- We get what we deserve. b. Mercy- We do not get what we deserve. c. Grace- We get goodness that we do not deserve. d. Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8 God created man in God’s image, loved him and gave him the chance to live forever in what could probably be called paradise on earth, without sin; man sinned anyway in an effort to become gods! Man deserved judgment, punishment, condemnation. But, God loved man anyway and made a way for him to be reconciled to God through Christ. That is God’s grace! Body: I. Rom. 3:24; Rom. 6:23 Usually, studies on grace seem to primarily emphasize a very narrow focus on our total dependence upon God’s grace for salvation (God’s gift)… A. Rom. 4:4; Eph. 2:8-9 It’s usually stressed that salvation is totally by grace and cannot be earned by works. 1. Phlp. 2:12 But Paul instructs to “work out your own salvation…” B. Some might even stress that we cannot do anything to bring about our salvation. 1. Acts 2:40 What did Peter mean, then, by “Save yourselves…”? C. Such generalized, blanket statements go too far… 1. Heb. 11:6; Jn. 8:24 They do away with such fundamentals as faith. a. Jn. 6:29 Jesus called believing a work! 2. Acts 3:19 Such statements do away with such fundamentals as repentance. a. Matt. 3:8 A conscious change of mind that requires action! 3. 2 Thess. 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:22 Such statements do away with the necessity of obedience. a. Heb. 5:8-9 Central to our salvation, by Christ’s example! D. Jn. 1:17 What God does for us by grace is not exclusive to our response to His grace… Conclusion: I. The truth is, all that pertains and relates to our salvation is a product of God’s grace… A. Jas. 1:17 The magnificent wonders of creation, for our use, are a product of His grace. B. Acts 20:32 Scripture- doctrine -was given to guide us in God’s grace… 1. 2 Jn. 9 Not just in initially coming to salvation, either! C. Eph. 3:8-11 The church, part of God’s eternal plan for man’s salvation, is by grace. D. These things cannot be separated from the gospel- they’re vital parts of the gospel! 1. They cannot be separated from our salvation- they’re vital to our salvation! E. Rom. 6:1 Let’s never cheapen or disrespect God’s grace shown to us in so many ways…