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Summary: Christian Life is from Grace to Grace. We have nothing to brag about on our ownselves. Everything we have and everything we are because of God’s grace.

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TOPIC: GRACE IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

TEXT: John 1:17

I. WHAT IS GRACE?

Grace – can be simply defined as – God’s unmerited favor to the undeserving.

Genesis 6:8 – is the very first reference in the Bible to great concept of God’s Grace. In the midst of the MOST WICKED SOCIETY that history has ever seen – the Bible says, there was one man who was – “a just man and perfect in his generations” – Genesis 6:9 – and the reason the Bible has given why he was different was that he – “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

In this first mention – a VITAL DOCTRINE – is stressed. God’s Grace is not something which is earned.

It is significant that the first mention of the word “grace” in the New Testament (in Luke 1:30 – from the words of angel Gabriel to the Mary) stresses the same great truth (thus, Mary, just like Noah – “found grace with God.”

II. HOW WAS THE WORD “GRACE” USED IN THE BIBLE?

The word “GRACE” is used in the Bible to refer to the following . . .

1. The Very nature Of God – God being “GRACIOUS” – Jonah 4:2; I Peter 2:3

2. The Personified Grace of God – The Lord Jesus Christ Himself – Titus 2:11; John 1:14-17

Someone defined GRACE as –

G – od’s

R – iches

A – t

C – hrist’s

E - xpense

3. Salvation Totally apart from any human merit and participation – Ephesians 2:8-9; Rom. 11:6

4. The Privilege to Pray or the God-given opportunity to Come to Him In Prayer – Hebrews 4:15-16

5. Stewardship – 1 Peter 4:10

6. The Gift of Liberality or Generosity – 2 Corinthians 8:1-9

7. The Lord’s Provision to All our Needs – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

III. IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S GRACE TO THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

1. Christian Life Starts With Grace –

a. The Grace of Election – Ephesians 1:3-6

b. The Grace of Salvation – Ephesians 2:4-10

2. Christian Life Ought To Continue In Grace – Acts 13:43

a. Grace can be Turned From – Galatians 5:3-4 – Not for genuine Christians

b. Grace, that is, True Grace – Humbles – 1 Peter 5:5, 6, 10

3. Christian Life Should Grow In Grace – 1 Peter 3:18

4. Christian Life Must Be Perfected (Maturity), Established, and Strengthened by Grace – 1 Peter 5:10 cf. 2 Timothy 2:1

5. Christian Life Must Be Taught by Grace – Titus 1:11-12

a. Grace can be – but – Must Not be – Abused – Jude 4

b. The Book Of James was written to denounce Antinomianism – The Abused of Grace – referred to by James as . . .

• Demonic Faith – James 2:19

• Dead Faith – James 2:17, 20, 26

As opposed to Christian’s . . .

• Dynamic Faith – James 2:18, 22

c. Salvation is by Grace alone – but – Saving Grace is not alone – it produces God-glorifying works.

6. Christian Life Will Rejoice and Glory in Grace – 2 Corinthians 1:12

7. Christian Life is From Grace To Grace – John 1:17

CONCLUSION:

We may not be able to completely understood God’s Grace presently – but is will be explained to us in eternity. It will take eternity for us to learn completely the Wonderful Grace of God – Ephesians 2:7.

Pastor Antonio O. Maramara

God’s Grace Baptist Church

Parañaque City, 1704

Philippines

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