God’s Grace

Saved by grace! There is no greater majestic theme for the Christian. It eliminates all grounds of boasting.

Salvation by God’s sovereign grace gives a wonderful assurance. We have security in salvation because our sovereign God elected us in eternity, adopted us into His family, regenerated us, and sealed us with His Spirit.

To appreciate so great salvation we must understand our great need.

The bottom line of sin is selfishness and the way it affects every area of our lives, but more importantly because it makes it impossible for us to influence our salvation is any way.

Any discussion of sin and salvation always leads to the question of our depravity. How badly depraved are we? How far did man fall when he fell in the Garden of Eden? Did man fall upward, or did he fall down?

The sad fact is “all the kings men, and all the kings horses and all the kings soldiers cannot put him back together again.” Only God can. All of Adam’s offspring are corrupted and we cannot merit, earn, win or gain a right relationship with God. Because of spiritual depravity we are dead spiritually.

Because of the effects of the Fall, man is no longer capable to making the right choices to get himself right with God. If you have any doubts read Romans 1:18-20.

We are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). There is no one who seeks after God (Rom. 3:11). We are all sinners who fail to bring glory to God (v. 23), and as a result we deserve death (6:23).

Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). The reason is simply because we are personally and spiritually incapable in our own strength or merit.

There is no sufficient reason to believe God should have saved anyone. Everyone of us without exception, deserves eternal punishment in hell. We are inclined only toward evil (Gen. 6:5).

Our salvation is the result of God’s own sovereign act. It is His work from beginning to end. It is to the praise of God’s glorious grace.

Because of our depravity God reaches down and through the miracle of the new birth enables us to respond to His saving grace.

The only way depraved sinners can ever be saved is by the sovereign election of God who freely of Himself, and His own free will, chooses to save us. Our election was not arbitrary. It was according to God’s purpose, good pleasure and His free will.

Apart from God’s sovereign work of grace, no one follows Jesus Christ. It ever flows from God’s sovereign purpose decreed before the foundation of the world.

We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone! It can be no other way (Ephesians 1:4-6).

  • We are hopelessly lost in sin, and we cannot turn to God on our own.
  • God the Father in His electing grace chose us in eternity.
  • Jesus Christ died for our sins and completed the work of salvation on the cross and rose form the dead as poof!
  • The Holy Spirit at a time and place in our lives made us capable of responding to salvation through the new birth by opening our spiritually blind eyes, and breaking our hardened heats to confess our need of salvation and causing us to believe on Christ.

Have you paused and thanked God the Father for electing you to salvation? Our election is a fact, not human speculation. It is a divine revelation, not something to argue over. It humbles us to the core of our personal being that God did not have to save us, but did so by His own sovereign will and grace. That awesome fact should cause us to fall down on our faces before God, and praise Him for His glorious grace which He has freely given to those whom He loves. Our salvation is to the praise of His glory alone.

There is no sufficient reason why God should have chosen to save me. It is all to the praise of His glorious grace. In our salvation He alone is glorified. Will you spend everyday of your life giving praise to Him alone?

Far from encouraging sins the doctrine of election forbids it and lays upon us instead the necessity to grow in holiness. If we are not growing in Christ-likeness, we are not saved and are still in our sins.

Am I in the elect of God? The only way to know is by our personal response to God’s message of salvation through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ died as our substitute on the cross and rose form the dead. Everyone whom God has elected in Christ before the foundation of the world will believe on Him. I have believed, and it is my sincere prayer today that you have, too. If you haven’t, you can right now.

Will you take time today to share God’s saving grace to a friend, colleague or family member knowing that all whom God has chosen will come to faith in Him? Perhaps you are the person God wants to lead that individual to Christ today.

The Bible teaches that we are saved by the free sovereign grace of God in Jesus Christ. Neither will the grace of God ever be withheld, nor will it be lessened because of anything we have done, or will do.

There is no more majestic word than “grace.” It means unmerited favor or kindness shown to a person who is utterly undeserving. In fact, it is a free gift given to us who deserve the exact opposite. It is given to us sinners who are without hope and without God in the world.

Grace is never set in the context of any supposed merit of our own, but always on the basis of Romans 1:18-3:20 which describes our utter ruin in sin. Grace must always be approached with that reality of personal sin in mind. Without the deep conviction of the Holy Spirit we do not understand our need for God’s saving grace.

The Amplified Bible on Romans 3:20 reads, “For no person will be justified—made righteous, acquitted and judged acceptable—in His sight by observing the words prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is to make men recognize and be conscious of sin [not mere perception, but an acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith and holy character].”

We are saved by unmerited grace (Eph. 2:8-9). Saving grace of God is a gift that is received only through faith in Jesus, apart from any human merit. We do not deserve grace, for if we did it would not be grace. The only thing we deserve is the full outpouring of God’s just wrath upon us for eternity. If it is not apart from good works and human merit, it is not saving grace because God does not owe us anything.

Grace has a marvelous way of humbling us, and as sinners we hate being humbled.

God cannot offer to do less in grace for one who is sinful than He would have done had that one been less sinful. Because we are all sinners that puts us all on the same level morally. Grace is never an exercise by God used to make up what may be lacking in the life and character of a sinner. There is nothing that can be made up. If salvation was based on legalism, much sinfulness would call for much grace, and little sinfulness would call for little grace. However, because of the atoning death of Christ the sin question has been set aside forever and an equal exercise of grace is extended to all sinners who believe. It never falls short of being the matchless measureless marvelous saving grace of God. The grace of God could never be increased because it is the expression of His infinite love. He is infinitely holy in character. All His attributes are perfect. Therefore, it could not be diminished because every limitation that human sin might impose on the action of a righteous God has, through the propitiation of the cross, been turned away forever.

Grace is found in God through the saving work of Christ on the cross. That is why John Newton could express it so beautifully, “Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—that saved a wretch like me!” Anything else is not grace.

Saving grace teaches us that salvation is apart from any human merit of any kind.

Have you opened your heart and responded to God’s free grace? There is no sin you have ever committed too great to cause God to turn away from you, or too lessen the abundance of the grace He freely gives to sinners who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The apostle Paul was a great sinner who experienced the grace of God and declared, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20).


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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