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.
What grace gives
“Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.” (Hebrews 13:9)
Knowledge of God
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,” (2 Peter 1:2)
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
The Lord Jesus Christ
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Grace gives. We see that there are benefits that God gives when He gives us His grace.
God gives us strength, knowledge of God, gifts, and the Lord Jesus Christ. God cares for us. He equips us to be profitable servants.
He does this because He loves and cares for us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001