Summary: This sermon presents 5 characteristics of grace to help you identify genuine, Biblical, saving grace.
By: JB Hall
Introduction: Today I’d like to speak to you about something that is certainly an inexhaustible subject: the grace of God. The title of our message is Grace.
Grace is a topic that is often spoken of in Christian circles; and one that is given extensive treatment in the Scriptures. But, though it is such a familiar topic, it is one that so few seem to be able to wrap their understanding around. So few seem to grasp just what exactly it is, and how it relates to them personally.
While, like I said earlier, we could never exhaust the wealth of knowledge and benefits to us that the grace of God provides, I hope that our treatment of this subject today will help to clarify for you what grace is and what its relevance is to you personally.
I hope that it will cease to be just a lofty spiritual concept that has no practical application to your every day life; and that your understanding of God’s great work of grace as it relates to you personally will emerge with crystal clarity.
I’d like to approach this using the word G-R-A-C-E as an acrostic, with each letter representing a characteristic of God’s grace. So now you know this is a 5-point message.
1. Characteristic #1 is G – Gift
A. Grace, simply stated, is the unmerited favor of God.
B. Two of our text verses that we read earlier, Ephesians 2:8 & 9, say, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” “Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
C. So we see here that we are saved by grace; and that that grace is the gift of God.
D. It is not of works.
E. In other words, it cannot be obtained by works.
F. As many of you have heard me say many times, a gift cannot be achieved; it can only be received.
G. A gift cannot be earned; a gift cannot be qualified for; it can only be received as it is given; as a FREE gift given by the hand of the Giver.
H. Romans 4:4 & 5 say, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
I. In other words, if we could do something to earn, or qualify for, or achieve grace, it would not be grace. It would be God’s payment, or reward, or wage for what we had earned. It would not be a gift.
J. Our other text verse, Titus 2:11, says that the grace of God has appeared unto all men.
K. Sadly, all men have not benefited from the grace of God that has appeared unto them, though.
L. Since forgiveness of sin (salvation) cannot be accessed or obtained by working for it or qualifying for it because it is a gift; and since salvation is not a tangible item that one can reach out with their hand to accept, how does one access this favor of God that yields cleansing from sin in his/her life?
M. Well, Ephesians 2:8 says that God’s grace (favor) that saves us is transferred to us through faith.