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Summary: Understanding the connection between God's grace and His glory

GRACE YOUR ACCESS TO GLORY

Bishop David Ibeleme

Jn. 1:1, 14-17; 17:1ff

Glory is equivalent to;

 All that God is – Jn. 1:1; 4:24.

 All that God has – Jn. 16:12ff; Ps. 24:1ff.

 All that God can do – Mk. 10:27; Lk. 1:37; Jn. 14:1ff.

All these were evident in the life and ministry of Jesus – Jn. 17:1ff.

The Holy Spirit and Glory

 He is often referred to as the glory of God – Rom. 6:4; 8:11.

 The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus – Jn. 16:12-15.

 All the father hath are mine – Jn. 13:3; 16:15.

 Hence, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to bring, give or show them to us – 1 Cor. 2:9ff.

Grace and the Glory

 The concept of Glory is equivalent to the concept of grace – Jn. 1:14-16.

 Hence the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of grace – Heb. 10:29.

 The glory of God is evident or made manifest via the grace of God.

 If you have or connect with God’s grace you will connect with his glory.

Eternal Life and the Glory

 God started man off with His glory – Ps. 8:3.

 Man lost the glory via sin – Rom. 3:21.

 God’s Glory is connected to His Life.

 Man’s greatest need following the fall is eternal life – Eph. 4:17-18.

 Eternal Life => Righteousness => Redemption => Mediator => Incarnation.

 The Incarnate one Jesus came to redeem us from the curse and to provide for us, access to the life of God.

 God’s life is equivalent to God’s glory.

 The grace of God made this (God’s life) available to us – Rom. 5:1-2, 17.

 No man could access the Glory of God without grace hence Jesus came full of grace and truth – Jn. 1:14-17.

 Every man that ever got anything from God was favoured – Gen. 9:1ff (Noah); 17:1ff (Abraham).

Accessing the Grace (Accessing the Glory)

 Only those who appreciate God’s grace can experience the glory of God.

 The Word of His grace will connect you with the glory (life) of God – Jn. 20:29-31.

1. Be Conscious of the Grace of God – 2 Pet. 1:1-4.

 This will keep us in the place of glory; above sin – Rom. 6:14.

 Remember that we are saved by God’s grace – Eph. 2:8.

2. Grace Teaches us to Live a Crucified life – Gal. 2:20; Tit. 2:11-15; 3:5-8.

 No one can live holy on earth without God’s grace – 2 Cor. 7:1-2; Eph. 4:22ff.

 This is because it keeps us focused on what God did for us.

3. Grace Exposes God’s Love to us – 2 Cor. 13:14.

 This invariably helps our fellowship with God and others – Phil. 2:1-3.

 Remember it is the goodness of God that leads man to repentance – Rom. 2:4.

4. Grace Destroys our Pride – 1 Pet. 5:5-6; 1 Cor. 15:10.

 It helps us depend on God – Prov. 3:5ff; Zech. 4:6-7.

 If you cannot depend on God you will end up in the deep end.

5. Our Gifts are Gifts of Grace – Eph. 4:7; Rom. 12:3-9.

 We did not qualify for them by our works; Jeremiah was known and appointed as a prophet by God before he was formed in his mother’s womb – Jer. 1:4-12.

 God simply set us in the body as it pleased Him – 1 Cor. 12:28.

 Our gifts and calling are God’s decision and He doesn’t change His mind about them – Rom. 11:29.

6. Grace Puts us Over – 2 Cor. 11:18; 12:10.

 The attacks, persecutions and afflictions we face today can only be overcome by the grace of God.

 We cannot stop storms from “ever” coming but we can overcome them by grace – Matt. 7:24-27; Zech. 4:6-7.

7. Grace Gives us Abundance – 2 Cor. 8:9; Jn. 1:14-17.

 Everything grace does is what the glory does for us – Phil. 4:19; 2 Cor. 8:9.

 Remember that by the law of first mention glory simply means abundance – Gen. 31:1-3; 45:13.

The Role of Faith –

 Jesus said that Faith helps you see the glory of God – Jn. 11:39-41.

 Apostle Paul said Faith helps you access the grace of God – Rom. 5:1-2.

 Faith can only believe for or receive that which grace has already provided – Eph. 2:8.

 If grace hasn’t provided it then faith cannot receive it – Jn. 1:1, 14-17.

This simply means that God’s grace actually causes us to access His glory.

Copyright © 2012 Bishop David Ibeleme

Victorious Faith Ministries,

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