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Question: What is Grace?
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Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
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The Apostle Paul was not moved by the reports of his tribulations that awaited him in Jerusalem, nor did he count his life dear to himself. By his trust in God’s providence, he could finish his race and ministry he received of testifying to the gospel of grace.

Have you received a ministry?
If you are a Christian, then you have received a ministry of testifying to the gospel of grace. You may not be an Apostle, missionary on the field, Pastor, or a even a Sunday school teacher, but you still should testify to the gospel of grace.

I knew a wonderful Christian who has now passed onto The Lord named Paul G. By the time I knew him, he was well advanced in years. When I heard him pray at church he always started his prayer by saying, Lord thank you for this ministry. I just figured he meant the ministry of the church. But later Paul G. was confined to his bed at his home. His son, Tom, and I went over to visit. At that time, I was just learning to play guitar, and Paul G could play harmonica. We played a few songs, me trying my best on the guitar, Paul on the harmonica, and Tom singing. Paul looked young and lively after playing that harmonica. Before we left for the day, Paul G. prayed for us.  He started his prayer again, Lord thank you for this ministry. On my way home, I was thinking, what ministry is he talking about. Then I realized, he meant the ministry of his life. Paul’s life and words testified of God’s grace, and so should our lives also testify of His grace.

What is Grace ?
Pastor Fred Allen taught grace in this way, and it seemed to stick with me: grace is getting what you don’t deserve.  He went on and also taught about mercy.  He said, mercy is not getting what you do deserve.

In the New Testament, grace is the opposite of works. So then, we have not received the gospel (good news) of a works based salvation, but we have received the gospel of a grace based salvation. Our salvation is unmerited, it is a gift. In Heaven, there will be no boasting of what a great person I thought I was to achieve Heaven. No, instead we will all testify that we can only be in Heaven due to God’s grace.

Ephesians 2:4-10 (NKJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Why do we need God’s Grace?
We need God’s grace because of our sin. You say, well I don’t sin too bad. In reality, we sin more than we think. Some estimate we sin over 100,000 times in word, thought, and deed in a lifetime. Think about it this way, if you took all your thoughts and recorded them with a video recorder, how would you feel to invite all your friends and family over to watch the movie of your thoughts. Yes, we would all be embarrassed to show what goes on in our minds.  Indeed, our only hope to be saved is in God’s grace.

What is the gospel of the grace of God?
The gospel means good news.
The good news is we are saved by God’s grace.
Grace means getting something we don’t deserve.
What don’t we deserve?
We don’t deserve to be justified before God because of our sin.
Then how can we be justified?
We can be justified because Jesus was judged in our place.

Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

What is the purpose of God giving us His grace?
God created everything to show His abundant goodness. In other words, everything is for God’s glory. By saving us by his grace, He is displaying to all, terrestrial and celestial, His rich character quality of grace. We are so privileged to be the benefactors of His rich grace through faith in The Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

Therefore, just as Paul G. started his prayers, Lord thank you for this ministry, let us also follow Paul G. and the Apostle Paul to proclaim the Gospel of the grace of God to others.

God bless, Bob
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Additional references below
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Is grace for the Jews only?
Romans 3
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”[fn]
13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;[fn] “The poison of asps is under their lips”;[fn]
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[fn]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”[fn]
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[fn]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[fn] who believe. For there is no difference;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also,
30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

Why did God allow sin, and allow sin to abound?
Romans 5:20,21 (NKJV)
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Do all receive God’s grace?
Romans 11:2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,
3 “LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?[fn]
4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[fn]
5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.[fn] But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.“[fn]
9 And David says: “Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.”[fn] has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.”

What is the benefits of God’s grace?

Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)

4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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