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.
Law vs grace
Sin shall not have dominion over you
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)
Not of works
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6)
When we believed on Christ, we left the law behind, and live by the grace of God. The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in righteousness.
Satan has been defeated but still has the ability to tempt the believer. God’s grace will help us to resist Satan and his attacks.
Never underestimate the power of God’s grace.
It is powerful and is for us!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001