The grace that we now find ourselves Aires to comes to us apart form any works of our own. God performed this according to His own pleasure and design. "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." (1Cor 1:4; 2Tim 1:9) Wow, grace is full of purpose. This should give us great reason to rejoice.
As I stated earlier, grace touches just about every aspect of our Christian walk. It was by God's grace that Christ tasted death on our behalf. The same grace that diverted God's wrath from us destined our Lord to Calvary's cross. (Hebrews 2:9) "But we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death was made a little less than the angels, so that by the grace of God He might taste of death for all." This grace which was long ago fore-told by the prophets, has now been put on display by the Father through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:7) "That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus". As a result of all of this God can now deal with those who call upon the Name of His Son in kindness and mercy, showing and revealing to us what are His true riches of His grace.
Can it be any wonder why the Gospel is referred to as, Good News. The gospel is God's declaration of grace for we read in (Act 20:24) "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." Were it not for grace we would forever remain in an infantile stage. You might say that one of the affects that God's grace has on the life of the believer is that GRACE BUILDS UP! Paul states in (Act 20:32) "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." Barns in his Commentary describes this process of being built up to "A house being raised and completed by slow degrees, and by toil. It here means to establish, make firm, or permanent, and hence, to instruct, to establish in doctrine and in hope. The idea is, that the Word of God was able to confirm and establish them, amidst the dangers to which they would be exposed."
Well, not only does grace build us up in the Most Holy Faith, but it also instructs and teaches us how to preserver in this godless world. (Titus 2:11-13) states, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world......Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
There is so much more that can be said about grace and it's affect on the believers life. Let us take a look at some of the areas that grace has made its impact. The Scriptures teach us that grace is the source of our election and calling and is the surety of our hope and justification. "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called [me] by his grace. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Rom 11:5) (Gal 1:15) (Rom 3:24) Jesus:(Tit 3:7)
BELIEVE IT OR NOT - GRACE DOES NOT END HERE!
GRACE PART THREE
BUT WITH SUCH PRIVILEGE COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.Now there's a paradox.
How can Responsibility and Grace co-exist? I've heard it time and again,
those who say they are Believers, yet they use grace as a................................. READ MORE
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