What the Grace of God is and what it isn’t… 0813

What the Grace of God is and what it isn’t…

The Grace of God is God’s unmerited favor.

Many people who claim to be Christian use the term “Grace of God” in unbiblical ways.

It isn’t freedom or license to ignore God’s will or standard in us or others. It is our God given ability to accept and do it.

It isn’t our gracefulness, either. Letting the lost to call/view sin as virtue, unrighteousness as righteousness, lawlessness as lawfulness, depravity as godliness, or unholiness as holiness, is unbiblical and unGodly!

If you search the New Testament for the term “Grace of God”, you find 23 occasions when the term is used.

In every case, it is used in humility to acknowledge God’s supernatural presence, help or power that alone enables us to obey God or serve others in obedience to God’s word and will. We are a new creature in Christ by the Grace of God!

It is never used to water down God’s standard or justify any disobedience to God.

We witness to the Gospel by loving others, pointing to God’s standard and showing God’s grace toward them despite their lawlessness. All 3 parts are necessary. They can’t understand their need for a savior, if they don’t see how they fail to meet God’s righteous standard. God’s Love working through us, our witness to God’s standard, the Holy Spirit’s conviction of their sin, their actual Repentance, and God’s forgiveness is what has to happen for salvation to occur. God’s Election, Grace and Power at work through His word, and His body, Blessing everyone involved!

Here are the references to “the Grace of God”. I led each with a summary:

Life , Strength, Wisdom

“So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:39, 40 NKJV)

Christian Fellowship, Spiritual Guidance, Power, and Salvation

“And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord. Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.” (Acts 11:21-23 NKJV)

Spiritual Appointments

“So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:42-44 NKJV)

Spiritual Direction and Encouraging Testimony

“From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed. Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:26, 27 NKJV)

Spiritual Commending and Purpose

“but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.” (Acts 15:40, 41 NKJV)

Spiritual Endurance and Perseverance

“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.” (Acts 20:24 NKJV)

All May Come to Salvation, But Not All Can. Many Are Saved in Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation!

“But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.” (Romans 5:15 NKJV)

Enriched in Speech and Knowledge, Willing and Able to Testify and Blamelessly Reveal God’s Will and Purpose to Others

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 1:4-8 NKJV)

Spiritual Teamwork and Cooperation

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.” (I Corinthians 3:10 NKJV)

Humility, and Spiritual Enabling

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I Corinthians 15:10 NKJV)

Honesty, Simplicity, Sincerity, and Godliness

“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” (II Corinthians 1:12 NKJV)

Not Taking God Blessings in Vain or for Granted

“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (II Corinthians 6:1 NKJV)

Perseverance, Generosity, and Joy

“Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.” (II Corinthians 8:1, 2 NKJV)

Prayerfulness and Compassion

“and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.” (II Corinthians 9:14 NKJV)

Our Righteous Desire Comes From God’s Sacrifice Not From the Law.

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2:21 NKJV)

Love and Compassion For Others

“if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,” (Ephesians 3:2 NKJV)

Fruit, Conviction of Truth

“which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;” (Colossians 1:6 NKJV)

Salvation, Sanctification, Holiness. Righteousness

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14 NKJV)

Jesus’ Sacrificial Death

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 NKJV)

Peace, Holiness, and Godly Attitude

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.” (Hebrews 12:14-16 NKJV)

Godly Gratitude and Servitude

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (I Peter 4:10 NKJV)

Eternal Devotion

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (I Peter 4:10 NKJV)

Prior to our death and Glorification, none of us can fully meet God’s perfect standard. God tell us this. It’s by God’s Grace that we remember this and by His Grace that we seek it anyway! It is truly a miracle that redeemed sinners like us can glorify God. The lost will more urgently seek our redeemer, when we appear more redeemed. Only God can make this happen.

So the next time you hear or use the term “Grace of God”, ask yourself if it Glorifies God! If you are undermining the will of God, it isn’t Glorifying God. It may just be justifying lawlessness!

Love does not require or allow our normalizing ungodly worldliness.

By the Grace of God, for His Glory,

AZ4Christ.wordpress.com

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~ by az4christ on August 10, 2013.

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