Summary: God paid a great price that we might enjoy the eternal blessings of His Kingdom!
God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense
September 28, 2014 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God paid a great price that we might enjoy the eternal blessings of His Kingdom!
Focus Passage: Ephesians 2:4-10
Supplemental Passage: He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. (Psalms 103:10 NASB)
Introduction: When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day's pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award--yet receives such a gift anyway--that is a good picture of God's unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God. G.W. Knight, Clip-Art Features for Church Newsletters, p. 53.
I. God is Rich in Mercy
a. Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 NASB)
b. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NASB)
c. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)
II. We are made Alive in Christ
a. even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (Ephesians 2:5 NASB)
b. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11 NASB)
c. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22 NASB)
III. We are Seated with Christ
a. "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NASB)
b. Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4 NASB)
c. and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:29-30 NASB)