Summary: A Sermon on Providence and Grace to encourage the Believer
The Character of Comforting Grace
Acts 9:3-6, 26:13-15
1.) The Description of Grace
*Grace is God’s divine intervention into the affairs of mankind.
*Grace is unmerited favor.
*Grace is God’s free action for the benefit of His people.
*Grace is different than Justice and Mercy. Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve.
*In grace we get eternal life, something that, quite obviously, we do not deserve. But because of God’s love and kindness manifested in Jesus on the Cross, we receive the great blessing of redemption.
2.) The Deception about Grace
In theology, the favor of God to humanity, or the compassion of God despite God’s anger over iniquity. The Hebrew Bible contains many instances when God gives grace to people, and the sacrificial institution is a symbol of God’s grace and forgiveness. In the New Testament, grace has been contrasted with works. It is important to emphasize, that in the New Testament, the apostle Paul did not consider Judaism to be a religion without God’s grace, in contrast to the new era of grace through Christ. In addition to meaning the simple gift of acceptance by God apart from any merit, grace can also mean the continuous divine assistance and love given to sustain the world and, specifically, believers. It can be stated no simpler than: the unmerited goodness and love of God for those who have forfeited it. (Rom. 3:24-31; 5:15, 17)
The Grace of God is the meat of the message for the New Testament Preacher. If he preaches any other message, he perverts the office to which the Father has called Preachers. I desire to magnify that message in the ears of the hearers as I preach any sermon. We can talk of the grand themes of the modern pulpit if
you like; but there is none that is as grand as Grace. I am willing to allow all other subjects to falter in order to raise Grace to the top of the list of my focused visions. There can be no better phrase to describe God’s care for the race than “Grand Grace.”
Grace that goes to the root of the need of fallen man and provides the need there. (Ex. 36:26). Grace that is only by Faith. (Eph. 2:8-9). Grace that requires nothing from the sinner.
3.) The Deliverance of Grace.
*The Grace of God is the prime element of Bible Salvation. There is no other salvation taught in the Bible. Men, women, boys and girls are all saved by Grace through Faith and not of works.
*If works were effective to save, men could boast of redemption. Redemption is only for the Glory and Honor of God and if He can not have the Glory, I say, He is not involved in that experience. The temporal religions of our day are depots of profane, perishable, temporal “salvation” (The counterfeit is so close).
*Grace offers a salvation that is Eternal. Hebrews. 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
*Grace says, the sweetest truth of Hebrews. 13:5 “...for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Our SAVIOR is the KEEPER of the Sheep Fold. He will keep those saved by the Grace of God. “As Eve fell while her Adam was not by her side, our `LAST ADAM’ will never leave HIS BRIDE’S side.” Matthew Henry has said, “Had she kept close to the side out of which she was lately taken she had not been so exposed.” So the saint will be kept by the perpetual presents of the LORD -our “LAST ADAM,”
out of whose side flowed the blood that bought our redemption. There can be no sweeter truth than the Doctrines of the Grace of God. These Doctrines will free the believer to serve the MASTER in the life that Grace has provided.
[I.] Grace is the limitless love of God expressed in measureless and inexhaustible kindness.
Grace is the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man “...not by works of righteousness which we have done...” Titus 3:4-5.
(A.) In Grace is found the “Goodness of God.”
(B.) Without Grace we are hopeless. No preaching can offer mankind any solace in the miry clay of darkness.
(C.) Within Grace we find God’s loving-kindness.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah. 31:3
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” Romans 2:4
[II.] Grace is the immutable purpose of God to save His people for His name’s sake.