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A Lot Of Preaching And Teaching Is Being Done These Days On The Grace Of God “Grace” Has To Do With “Favor” To Be In God’s Grace Is To Be In His Favor

“Loving Kindness” Is Another Expression That Describes God’s Grace God’s Grace Toward Man Is… Unmerited, Unearned, Undeserved An Expression Of God’s Love

Consider This Acronym:

• God’s • Riches • At • Christ’s • Expense

It May Be Easier To Describe God’s Grace Than To Define It
• Justice- we get what we deserve • Mercy- we don’t get what we deserve • Grace- we receive goodness we don’t
deserve

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Created In God’s Image, Sinless, Man Chose To Sin
Man Stood Condemned In His Sin Could Not Forgive Himself Did Not Deserve Forgiveness In Love, God Made A Way For Man To Be Forgiven Anyway That Is God’s Grace!

Usually, Studies On Grace Seem To Primarily Emphasize A Rather Narrow Focus… • On Our Total Dependence Upon God’s Grace For Salvation

Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It’s Usually Stressed That Salvation Is Totally By Grace And Cannot Be Earned
• Romans 4:4 “Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

But Paul Instructed…
“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” (Philippians 2:12).

Some Even Seem To Stress That We Cannot Do Anything To Bring About Our Own Salvation • But, On Pentecost Peter Admonished…
• “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40 KJV).

Such Generalized Statements On Grace Go Too Far • God Obviously Expects Specific Responses To His Grace

~FAITH~
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” John 8:24 “…for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Jesus Called Believing A Work!
 John

6:29 “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He sent.”

~REPENTANCE~
 Acts

3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing my come from the presence of the Lord.”

Repentance Is An Active Change Of Mind That Requires An Active Change Of Life
 Matthew

3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.”

~OBEDIENCE~
 1 Peter 1:22 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”

Paul Warns Against Not Obeying
• 2 Thessalonians 1:8 “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Example Of Christ Himself Demonstrates The Absolute Necessity Of Our Obedience
Hebrews 5:8-9 “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”

John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

But, Grace Did Not Do Away With Law From God And, Because God Extends His Grace To Us Does Eliminate Our Need To Respond Responsibly To His Grace

All That Pertains And Relates To Our Salvation Is A Product Of God’s Grace
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

The Wonders Of Creation That God Has Set In Place For Our Well Being Are Products Of His Grace All Blessings Are Bestowed Upon us By God’s Grace!

Scripture- Doctrine –Was Given To Guide Us By God’s Grace
Acts 20:32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Following Correct Doctrine Is Important Throughout Life, Not Just In Becoming A Christian
2 John 9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”

The Church, A Vital Part Of God’s Eternal Plan For Man’s Salvation
Certainly A Product Of God’s Grace!
Ephesians 3:8-11

These Blessings Are Not Separate From The Gospel…

• They’re Central Features Of The Gospel!

They’re Not Separate From, Or In Addition To, God’s Plan For Our Salvation… •They’re Vital To Our Salvation! •And Products Of God’s Grace!

We Must Never, In Any Way, Cheapen God’s Grace

Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!”