Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Manifold Grace Of God (SD45)

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Grace is freely given to man so that we will know truth, which will set us free from the snares of Satan. Grace is the unmerited favour (empowering, mercy, etc.) of God at the expense of His Son Jesus, on condition that we believe and receive Him (New Covenant) .

John 1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

A. Saving Grace - unmerited favour

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

To obtain God's saving grace, we must walk out our faith by doing the following:-

believe that Jesus the Son of God was the Word made flesh, He died on the cross as the propitation for our sins and on the third day He arose having victory over death, acknowledge that we are sinners by confessing our sins, accept and confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, believe that we are now the temple of God with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as His seal.

Only after walking out this faith in Him, can we receive His grace of salvation.

Rom 10:9  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

B. Manifold Grace of God

1Pet 4:10-11  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Similarly, God will grant to those who fulfills the conditions for receiving each of His manifold grace.

1. Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

Acts 19:2,5-6  he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”.. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

The Holy Spirit and His gifts are given to those who are saved and also believe and desire them.

1Cor 14:1  Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

2. Empowering for good Works

1Cor 15:10  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.

3. Empowering for Holy living

Heb 12:14-15  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;

4. Building the Temple of God

1Cor 3:9-11  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 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. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Brethren, these are only a few examples of the manifold grace of God given to His sheep.