Summary: Mike Ridge the 7 great truths about Grace.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD I AM 1 Corinthians 15:10-14 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 laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. I’m going to make eight profound statements. May be too much for us to grasp. So let’s do the best we can. Grace: Grace is a beautiful word. Truly a great Bible truth is resident in this word. It is a word & concept without which man’s salvation would be impossible. Grace is derived from the Greek charis. In the New Testament writers used charis pre-eminently. Of that kindness by which God bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving He grants to sinners the pardon of their offences. God bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ…" This is one of those special words that belongs to the child of God. God has given us some words that the world just doesn’t know how to properly appreciate. For instance, there are words like glory, amen, hallelujah, faith, etc. The dictionary defines grace as, "Unmerited help given to people by God." However, grace is much more than that! Listen to this definition! "The merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls. He turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith. Knowledge, affection, & kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues." That, my friends, is grace! In these verses, the great apostle was defending the resurrection of the Lord Jesus against the doubts of unbelievers. He mentions the fact that the resurrected Christ was seen by Peter, the 12, & 500 brethren. His earthly brother James & then last of all Paul. 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Paul proceeds to tell his readers that because of his sins & attacks against the church. That he was the least of the apostles. He is not even worthy to be named among them. However, Paul goes on to say that he knows God has used him. That anything he has, is, or ever will be. Is because of the precious grace of God. I would like to remind each of you that the same is true for you & me. Because of our sinfulness we deserve nothing less than an eternity in Hell. Apart from the presence of the Almighty. Because His grace was revealed unto us in the Person of His Son the Lord Jesus. We can be saved & used by the Lord in a wonderful fashion. Today by the help of the Lord. I would like to show you some of the possessions that belong to the child of God. Because of grace. Join me for a few moments as we consider, together, the thought, "By The Grace Of God I Am!"