Summary: A look at God’s Amazing Grace
God’s Amazing Grace!
Titus 2:11-14, 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 that glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word grace?
Is it the wonderful old Hymn Amazing Grace "?
Or maybe you think of the old hymn, " Wonderful Grace of Jesus."
How about, " Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin.
Our Scripture this morning, points straight to the fact that we are all recipients of God’s Grace, it is fitting that we take a fresh look at this amazing word.
Lets look at the definition of grace, Titus 2:11, tells us, For the Grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.
This Scripture tells us three facts about grace...
1. It comes from God
2. It is designed to bring salvation
3. Everyone can receive it
This very fact refutes the ideal that salvation is only for some. If a person cooperates with God’s grace, THEY WILL BE SAVED
Lets look at Ephesians 2:4-5, But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, ( by Grace ye are saved ).
After describing the plight of the unsaved as being dead in trespasses and sin
Paul tells us that God who is rich in mercy for his great love wherewith he loved us,.....EVEN...when we were dead in sins
He hath quickened us together with Christ
by grace ye are saved...
Grace is God’s reaching out to you and to me in mercy and love.
The ultimate demonstration of His mercy and love, His grace....
In Jesus’ life and work, His sacrifice for our sins, and His resurrection, we see God’s mercy and love being extended to all people.
This is part of what John meant when he said, in John 1:17, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Grace, however, includes more than God reaching out to us in mercy and love.
Paul tells us that God’s grace seeks to work within each person to change them.
Describing the working of God’s grace in his own life, he says in
1Cor. 15:10, By the Grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
What motivated Paul to stop persecuting the Christian Church and become a Christian?
What motivated him to become such an active hard working Apostle?
It was God’s Grace at work in him creating the desire and the ability to change.
Grace is what enables a person to change for the better.
We have read both Ephesians 2:4-5, and 1 Cor. 15:10, and by putting both together we can define grace...
Grace is the outreaching of God’s love and mercy to undeserving people, producing within them the desire and power to do God’s will.
This means that any desire to know God
Any desire to seek spiritual truth comes from God.
Is God’s grace only for salvation?
His grace operates in our lives to produce other changes as well?
God has grace for every need.
God has grace to help us in every area of life.
Romans 3:24, Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Tells us of a Justifying Grace!
Justification involves God’s forgiveness of our sins, the removal of our penalty, and His acceptance of us as righteous.
It is God’s grace that creates spiritual hunger within a person, that enables a person to repent of his or her sins and exercise saving faith in Christ.
Romans 5:2, By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
As part of your justification, God grants you access to His very throne. You have a new Standing with God because you responded in obedience to His grace.
2 Cor. 12:9, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
We hear of a vital Grace...A Strengthing Grace!
Do you feel weak in some area of your life?