Summary: It will be a happy day for some folks when they understand what the grace of God is. It's not the grace of man, it's the grace of God, Grace is all of God, it covers all that God has done to bring fallen and sinful man into a just, perfect, and eternal
#14~ GRACE~ BIBLE DOCTRINE 10-13-12
Today we'll continue with our study of Bible Doctrine, and the subject today will be "The Grace of God."
It will be a happy day for some folks when they understand what the grace of God is. It's not the grace of man, it's the grace of God, Grace is all of God, it covers all that God has done to bring fallen and sinful man into a just, perfect, and eternal relationship with Himself, without compromising His divine attributes and it's totally apart from what man does, man is completely left out of his or her salvation, it's all God's doing, we've all heard the old saying, that "grace is the unmerited favor of God."
>> 2 Timothy 1:9 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,--
The idea of falling from grace has no biblical bases any where in the scriptures. Falling from grace is a man made doctrine, not bible doctrine.
"Falling from Grace" is an indirect denial of the whole Christian Faith, and implies a false doctrine of salvation by works; it's not only the denial of one faith, but the statement of another.
For a person to believe that their conduct, their works, is what keeps them saved is an insult too Jesus Christ and His finished works on the cross, if we could have been saved and kept saved any other way then Jesus died in vain.
>> 1 Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
* Gods keeping power is certainly because of His grace, we're not kept by doing good works.
>> Titus 3:4-8 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
* We are not saved because we have stop drinking and gambling and hanging out in the hog pens of the world, but are saved according to his mercy and grace brought about by our faith in Jesus Christ.
Salvation comes not by trusting our works of righteousness, but His work of redemption on the cross, Jesus Christ died for us and paid the penalty for our sins. --- God wants all that are saved to maintain good works, not to keep us saved, but because it will be a witness and testimony to others-- These things are good and profitable unto men.
And it will certainly be profitable to all that are saved if they maintain good works when it comes time to receive rewards at the judgment seat of Christ for the redeemed. -- Romans 14:10
* Grace completely excludes human merit and works as the basis of access to divine blessing.
>>Rom.11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
* If we could be saved by what we do, God's gift of grace would not really be a gift, then it would be something we've done.
>> Rom.4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
* All the benefits of being a Christian come because of our faith in Him. Rom.5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, --
>> Gal. 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
>>Eph. 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.