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The Sufficiency of His Grace
1/28/2014

Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. Romans 11:5-6 (NKJV)

It’s hard to fathom the extent of God’s love for us as His children.  We think we know, but I don’t really think we fully understand the magnitude of it. God loves us enough to have allowed His son Jesus to be spit upon, mocked, ridiculed, beaten, cursed, and to be nailed to a cross, all so we could be reconciled unto Him.  We, as humans, cannot possibly possess this kind of love by ourselves - It is only the agape love of God.

Knowing Jesus died for the sins of the world makes each of us equally responsible for His death and crucifixion.  And yet God chose to bestow His amazing grace upon us—once we have confessed our sin, repented and chosen to put our faith in Jesus, we are told every one of our sins will be removed, and it will be as if we have not sinned.  

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 (NKJV)

This is huge for us to consider, because we live in a world that rewards each according to “their” efforts and work.  But according to God’s Word we do not have to do extra work to make up for our shortcomings of sin, nor do we have to compare ourselves to others in their walk with God.  God loves us unconditionally, and there is nothing we can add to make Him love us more.  This is what grace is all about—It’s “unmerited favor”.  We never earned His grace in the first place so how can we now begin to do something in our flesh that will increase it?  This is exactly what Paul was asking of the Galatians.

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3 (NKJV)

Q:         So does this give us a blank check to sin all we want since God forgives us with His grace?

No!  We see this truth being stated clearly in Romans.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Romans 6:1-2 (NKJV)

We should never take God’s grace for granted.   We should always feel conviction from the Holy Spirit when we do sin, as this is a healthy indicator of His Spirit working within our life.  We just need to act upon this conviction by repenting and confessing any sin within our life immediately.  God loves us and is always there for us.  You don’t have to earn it – you just need to walk freely in it.

STUDY QUESTION:  What does Romans 11:5-6 tell us about grace and works?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself frustrated at times, and even tempted to quit in your Christian walk because of the condemnation you feel?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to keep our mind fixed upon the scriptural truths of God’s love for us, and of His forgiveness of our sin (John 3:16). 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your grace upon our lives.  We acknowledge we cannot earn Your love by any works or efforts on our part.  We acknowledge Your love for us is by grace and by what Jesus has done on the cross of Calvary.  We thank You and we praise You for loving us in this way.  Help us to love others in this same way with the help of Your Holy Spirit in our lives.  In Jesus name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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