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   UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF GRACE

GRACE GRACE--WONDERFUL GRACE

Talking points:

  It would seem that whenever we attempt to bring ourselves into conformity to the Word of God, we begin immediately to sense the absolute need for Godís grace.  It should become evident at that time, that the total depravity of our nature is one basic reasoning behind this necessity for Godís unlimited and unmerited grace.  We cannot begin to understand Godís grace, until we come to understand the total depravity of our own corrupt human nature.  Only then will we understand that Godís grace extends far beyond our widest expectations. 

So for grace to be grace, it must stand by itself: unaided and unimpeded.

 

  Our common salvation comes through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:11 But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in like manner as they.  

Throughout all dispensation, God's free and unmerited grace flows out through the propitiatory work of Christ upon the cross.  All salvation is according to God's grace, grace, wonderful grace.

 

  The evident grace of God is the gospel, and/

  The evangelized gospel is the manifestation of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24 But I hold not my life of any account as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

 

  Grace brings Godís justification through the redemption that is in Christís death and resurrection.

Romans 3:24 (Nevertheless, we are) justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

 

  Grace is complete within itself, 

  Grace is a free gift from God, and

  Godís grace covers all of our sins.

Romans 4:4-8 and 16 Now to him that works, the reward is not counted as of grace, but as of debt. But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Even as David also pronounced blessing upon the man, unto whom God counted righteousness apart from works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not reckon sin.

 

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Rom.4:16 For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace; to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,  

 

  Jesusí propitiatory work is the only way for anyone to get to Godís grace, then faith is our only instrument of access into Godís grace, and

grace is the only place where we can stand and rejoice in Godís glory.

Romans 5:2 through whom (Christ) also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 

Gal 5:4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you are fallen away from grace.

This simply means that the individual, because of their legalistic approach to God, has forfeited the liberty that comes with God's free and unmerited grace. They are choosing rather to yoke themselves with the impossible burden of the Law/ or legalism. Because of its obvious visibility, legalism will always have its adherents.

 

  grace brings us the gift of righteousness and eternal life: Because

  Godís grace always exceeds the measure of our sin.

Romans 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.  

Romans 5:20-21 And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly: that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

  We are completely clothed in Godís grace: in that

  Godís grace gives us complete absolution from our sin.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under law, but under grace.

 

  Faith is given as a free gift from God: and then the gift of

  Faith is given to every person by measure.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God has dealt to each man a measure of faith.

Remember Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our believing faith is the first evidence of the presence of the invisible Creator God within us. 

 

  Godís grace motivates our various individual gifts: Where the measure of our faith determines the functional proportion of our various gifts.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;

 

  Our individual labor for the Kingdom that can be visibly seen, is the evident manifestation of Godís grace that is working within us.  Then recognizing the futility of our own efforts in this labor, we must be constantly constrained from taking any of the credit.  Only then will we be able to give God the whole glory for all of the successes that we ourselves might experience.

1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

  Godís grace, in every circumstance, is all-sufficient for each of us.

2 Cor 12:9 And he has said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

   

  Grace is that secure abode for us to reside in.

Gal 1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Considering this with respect to the entire book of Galatians, this is speaking to those who were moving back towards the Jew's religion and the Law. Giving way to judging things by sight and not by faith is a huge mistake!

 

  Godís grace is the instrument by which we are first called.

Gal 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

 

  Grace is in fact a Spiritual encounter.

Gal 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

  Redemption, forgiveness, and salvation are all intimate attributes of Godís grace.

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead through our trespasses, He made us alive together with Christ, (by grace have you been saved;)

 

  Godís grace is the instrument by which we are saved, and

Godís gift of faith is the conduit through which grace is delivered.

Eph 2:8 For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 

  God's expanded grace is a specific dispensation in Godís table of time.

Eph 3:2 If you have heard of that dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

 

  Grace is a gift that comes directly from the throne of God.

Eph 3:7-8 whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.

 

  Godís grace is exactly the same for all.

  The gospel of Godís grace is confirmed by our defense of it.

Phil 1:7 even as it is right for me to be thus minded on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.

  Godís grace was predestined before the worlds began.

2 Tim 1:9 Who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

 

  Godís grace brings salvation to us all.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

 

  Godís grace is the instrument of justification/ or salvation.

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

  Grace is the essence of God.

  Grace extends Godís mercy.

  Grace is our only real help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need.

 

  The Holy Spirit of God brings Godís grace to each of us:

  The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of Godís grace.

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, think you, shall he be judged worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

 

  Grace was prophetic.

1 Peter 1:10 Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

 

  The full manifestation of grace is predicted with Christís return.

1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

  All saints are stewards of Godís abundant grace.

1 Peter 4:10 According as each has received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

 

  Our sanctification is openly manifested, when we grow in Godís grace.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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