Our topic this week is God’s grace.
“What is grace? In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to descend into hell on the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven. ‘(God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.”
We will look at four areas of God’s grace. Salvation, people who received God’s grace, what grace gives, and law vs grace.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:11)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”
Had God not extended His grace to sinful and wicked mankind, all would be lost. No one has righteousness within themselves. No one can earn their righteousness. No works or keeping of the Law could secure salvation.
Only the grace of God. God sent Jesus to earth to pay the death penalty we owe for our sin. He died that we might live. He was buried and then the third day arose. Jesus Christ defeated Satan and death!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Have you trusted Christ to be your Lord and Savior? Jesus extends His grace to you today.
Please do it now!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001