Summary: The terrible disappointment of our sin and helplessness is met with the tremendous relief of God’s grace in Christ.

The relief of God’s grace

Terrible Disappointment!

Without Me you can do nothing John 15:5

By the deeds of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight Romans 3:20

We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags Isaiah 64:6

Every one of them has turned aside; they have together become corrupt;

There is none who does good, no, not one Psalm 14:3; 53:3

Tremendous Relief!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Philippians 4:13

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

For it is God who works in you both to will and to work on behalf of His good pleasure Philippians 2:12, 13

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Proposition: Righteousness is not a work, but a GIFT

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him 2 Corinthians 5:21

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 6:23

2nd Proposition: No-one likes this helplessness very much!

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love Galatians 5:4-6

Ephesians 2- The graceful passage (Some home truths…)


Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus sin spread to all men, because all sinned Romans 5:12

And God said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know” Ezekiel 37:3





But now Christ has risen form the dead, and has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep 1 Corinthians 15:20


(The Lamb) has made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth Revelation 5:10


To demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus Romans 3:26

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted Hebrews 2:17-18

Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Romans 5:20-21


By grace…

God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

you have been saved…

(God will) give to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life Matthew 25:46

through faith…

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen Hebrews 11:1

and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me 1 Corinthians 15:10

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us abundantly through Christ Jesus our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life Titus 3:5-7


God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began 2 Timothy 1:9

“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to Him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness Romans 4:3-5

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