Summary: We are called to show God’s grace because of one simple fact: Even in our own sin and rebellious acts, God STILL loves you and me. The death, burial, AND RESURRECTION of Jesus gives us hope to live and show others who we serve!

God's Grace in His Promises

Grace Sermon Series, Part 5

2 Corinthians 1:18-22


- The word translated "grace" in the New Testament comes from the Greek:

-- It is the word “charis”, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness”

- When grace is used in connection with God, it takes on powerful meaning

-- Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves

-- When we realize what we’ve been given, we can all extend grace to others

-- IMP: We do NOT want what we deserve … the penalty for sin is DEATH!

--- Rom 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

- Bottom line: Grace is His benevolence to the undeserving (you and me)

- Read 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

- Pray

∆ Point 1 – Dignity in the Promises

- There were each made by him according to His purpose and His will

-- What’s very important is our understanding the clarity in which God speaks

-- IMP: He does not deal in ambiguity, but in complete and solid facts

- The promises are links between His decrees and His acts; says it --> does it

-- He is the voice of the decree and the herald of the action

-- EX: When He sent an angel to proclaim the birth of Christ; it happened!

- The promises display the qualities of Him who uttered them

-- They are true, immutable, powerful, eternal, everlasting, provable, and reliable

-- When God decrees that we shall have His grace, we can stand on it as fact

- The promises maintain their union with God; they are not separated

-- Even after all this time they are still His promises – from then to now

-- We’ve been promised to see Him one day, and we shall see Him as He is

-- IMP: Others who’ve gone on have seen Him; He is real and forever

- TRANS: Knowing there is dignity allows us to explore the range of them

∆ Point 2 – The Range of the Promises

- The promises of God are found in both the OT and the NT

-- From Genesis to Revelation, running throughout time without end

- These promises run both conditional and unconditional

-- God’s promises run from certain works and promises of absolute order

-- His promises are eternal (forever lasting) and secular (worldly)

-- Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

- God’s promises give us encouragement when we live only for Him

-- For example, God’s promises contain blessings to those who are:


- Penitent:

-- Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him,

And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

-- To those who repent His promises are certain


- Believing:

-- John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

-- To those who believe shall receive from Him


- Serving:

-- Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”

-- Serving God means pleasing God; living rightly for Him


- Praying:

-- Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”

-- To those who pray God sees and rewards


- Obeying:

-- Exodus 19:5, “Now then, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine.”

-- To those who obey will belong to God forever


- Suffering:

-- Romans 8:17, “And if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

-- If we suffer (live faithfully) we receive His glory in the end

- TRANS: Because the promises are certain, they are stable!

∆ Point 3 – The Promises are Stable

- The Greek word for “yes” or “yea” and “amen” are used to show certainty (v20)

-- They clarify that there is a definitive position taken; they testify to truth spoken

-- What we must see in this is our need to use them as foundations for faith

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