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Describe God's Grace

We could describe God’s grace as “sovereign, unmerited favor, given to those who deserve his wrath.” God’s grace, like his love, is covenantal. It is implicit in the covenant name of God. Yahweh initiates the covenant, by choosing undeserving people to bear his name: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Israel as a nation. That is grace.

Grace is The Father who sent His son Jesus to die for sinners that did not deserve it and could never repay it. Grace is resistible until it is not. Grace gives freely and it takes away freely. Grace is not fair. Grace pays all the workers the same wage, whether they worked nine hrs, six hrs, three hrs, or one (Matt. 20:1-16). Grace is the dying thief on the cross hearing from Jesus, today I will see you in paradise.

Someone once said that trying to control the grace of God is like trying to catch a tiger by the tail or as was said in the famous little world of Narnia; "Safe, who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. and He's the King, I tell you.”

Gods grace is pure and it wild and it is free. Because God is God, He is sovereign, and He is good. He has no needs outside of Himself, nor is He lacking or of any want. He is completely satisfied in Himself. Therefore there are no strings attached, no conditions to be met.

Because he is the only one who is like this, we have no prior experience on which to figure this out by, thus we have a really hard time understanding, unless he allows us to get a glimpse. Which if he does, is completely by his grace. We sometimes ask the question: if God’s grace is not based on human merit, what is the reason for it? Is it arbitrary? No. But it is completely based on something only found on God himself. I heard a saying the other day to the affect that, “grace bats last”. I like that. We are down but we are not out. It’s kind of like the clean up batter in baseball. When all had seemed like without hope, after 400 yrs. of silence from God, in the fullness of time, Jesus appeared (Galatians 4:4-7) Often we even feel like we have failed God so many times that we are no longer worthy of his grace. Wait a minute! We were never worthy of His grace to begin with.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If we ever think we are worthy enough for any other reason than the finished work of Jesus, that in fact the moment we are outside the bounds of grace and are at least in part working to be our own savior.

The very definition of grace is favor to the undeserving. If we could earn it, there would have been no reason for Jesus to come. We can’t earn it, so he did come. Therefore trusting in him is more glorify to God than anything you will ever be able to do for him or not do for him. God’s grace often meets us when we are in our deepest depths of despair or in the deepest blindness by the great works of our self achievement and God opens up your eyes through the preaching of the gospel and you turn away from yourself and to him as your only hope. I like what Jesus said as he unrolled the scroll in Luke 4 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” (vs. 18-19) Grace is here, penetrating all corners of the earth, as long as Jesus is on the throne and his disciples are at large (Matt. 28:19-20). God’s grace is saving, God’s grace is empowering, God’s grace is Gods Riches At Christ Expense. God’s grace is amazing. "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:11-14) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

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