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Sunday, October 25, 2009

THE WONDROUS GRACE OF GOD

TEXT TITUS 2:11-14

(1) WHAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD? The grace of God is define as The favor God shown to the undeserving, what is grace in God,what is grace in Christ, and what is grace in the believer.

GRACE IN GOD IS GODLY MERCY, PITYING, GOD WISDOM PLANNING, GOD POWER PREPARING, AND GODS LOVE PROVIDING. GODS GRACE STRETCHING FROM EDEN TO CALVARY. GRACE IN CHRIST IS SAVING GRACE SUGGESTED BY JESUS, SANCTIFYING GRACE SUGGESTED BY CHRIST, SOVEREIGN GRACE IMPLIED BY THE LORD, AND SATISFYING GRACE BY THE LITTLE WORD OUR. PAUL WAS ABLE TO SAY THAT HE WAS WHAT HE WAS BY THE GRACE OF GOD ( 1COR. 15:10). ANOTHER DEFINATION OF GODS GRACE IS HIS ACTIVE FAVOR BESTOWING THE GREATEST GIFT UPON THOSE WHO HAVE DESERVED THE GREATEST PUNISHMENT.

(2) WHAT GRACE BROUGHT.
(A) SALVATION- ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD NOT BY THE LAW, NOT BY SCIENCE, NOT BY PSYCHOLOGY, NOT BY HUMANISM, NONE OF THESE CAN SAVE YOU BUT ONLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD, (EPH. 2:8-10).

(THREE THINGS SALVATION HAS BROUGHT)
(A) SALVATION IS OF JESUS -- WHOSE NAME MEANS SAVIOR HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.

(B) IT IS FULL AND FREE---IF GRACE PROVIDES IT THEN IT MUST BE SO SALVATION IS TOTALLY FREE, ENTIRELY FREE , FREE FOR THE TAKING, IT IS A GIFT, (EPH 2:8-10)

(C) IT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL PEOPLE.-- JESUS CAME TO MAKE SALVATION AVAILABLE TO EVERY ONE (ROMAN 10:12-13) FOR THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JEWS AND GREEK: FOR THE SAME LORD OVER ALL IS RICH UNTO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM(V-13) FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD, SHALL BE SAVED

(3) WHAT GRACE TAUGHT,---MANY PEOPLE THINK THAT SALVATION IS JUST A MATTER OF HAVING THEIR SINS FORGIVEN AND RECEIVING A NEW LIFE, BUT IT IS MUCH MORE THAN THIS, THE GRACE THAT SAVES US GOES ON TO SANCTIFY US TWO WAYS

(A) NEGATIVELY- TO SAY NO, TO UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY PLEASURES. - TO SAY NO MEANS TO RENOUNCING, THE WORD UNGODLINESS REFERS TO THAT WHICH IS UN LIKE GOD, (ROMAN 1;18-32) THE WORD WORLDLY PLEASURES REFER TO TO ANY UNSPIRITUAL DESIRE AS SEXUAL DESIRE, LIQUOR MANIA, EXCESSIVE YEARNING FOR MATERIAL POSSESSION, POWER, SELF-PLEASING. READ (1JOHN 2:16; TITUS 3:3)

(B) POSITIVELY-- TO LIVE SELF CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT, AND GODLY IN THE PRESENT AGE, TO BE SAVED IS NOT TO JUST TO RECEIVE A INSURANCE TICKET TO HEAVEN: IT IS TO LIVE WITH PRUDENCE, JUSTICE, AND REVERENCE. THAT IS SELF- CONTROLLED--(OUR SELF-WARD ATTITUDE) UPRIGHT, (OUR MAN-WARD ATTITUDE) AND GODLY (OUR GOD-WARD ATTITUDE) HOW DO YOU FIT INTO THIS PICTURE?

(4) WHAT GRACE WROUGHT---- THE FACT THAT THE GRACE OF GOD BROUGHT SALVATION, MEANS THAT WE HAVE A BLESSED HOPE WHAT IS THE CHRISTIANS BLESSED HOPE? IT IS THE PERSONAL RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST THE WORD HOPE DOES NOT IMPLY UNCERTAINTY, BUT MEANS A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION THE HOPE OF CHRIST COMING IS BLESSED INDEED. THINK OF THE ONE WHO IS COMING, THINK HOW HE IS COMING, THINK WHY HE IS COMING.

(A) TO RAPTURE THE CHURCH, INTO HIS PRESENCE (JOHN 14:5; ICOR. 15:51-52; 1THESS. 4:16-17)

(B) TO REIGN IN GREAT GLORY, (REV. 1:7) WE AS CHRISTIAN ARE TO LIVE LOOKING FOR THE RETURN OG JESUS CHRIST, DO WE LIVE LIKE THIS OR WE LOOKING AT THE WORLD AND ITS UPSET AND UNREST, AND SINS, OR ARE WE LOOKING FOR JESUS GLORIOUS RETURN.

(5) WHAT GRACE SOUGHT.---- WHAT DID GODS GRACE SEEK? THE ANSWER IS IN (TITUS 2:14) IN THESE WORDS PECULIAR PEOPLE MEANS A SET APART PEOPLE, A DIFFERENT PEOPLE, A PEOPLE OF HIS VERY OWN ,THIS IS WHY JESUS DIED FIRST THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM US FROM ALL WICKEDNESS , AND THEN HE MIGHT PURIFY FOR HIMSELF A PEOPLE THAT ARE HIS VERY OWN EAGER TO DO THAT WHICH IS GOOD.

THE KIND OF PEOPLE THAT GRACE SEEKS.
(A) A REDEEM PEOPLE----- A SAVED PEOPLE.
(B) A CLEANSED PEOPLE---- A SANCTIFIED PEOPLE.
(C) A ZEALOUS PEOPLE----- A SERVING PEOPLE

WE DO NOT WORK IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, BUT WHEN, BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE ARE SAVED, THEN WE WORK WITH GREAT ZEAL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD...

I WILL NOT WORK, MY SOUL TO SAVE
FOR THAT MY LORD HAS DONE
BUT I WILL WORK LIKE ANY SLAVE
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD'S DEAR SON


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