September 9, 2018
Text: Ephesians 2:8
What is grace?
Ephesians 2: 8-9
– Grace is gift without any merit on our part but on His. We come with nothing to offer and going to God with nothing and receiving unmerited grace. Grace is about His love and power. It’s not about us. It’s all about God.
There are also many misunderstandings about grace.
2 Corinthians 6:1
– we are not to receive grace in vain. We have experienced and been enriched by grace yet we can take it in vain. Grace is not a cover up to lead a life of sin.
– Looking at Matthew 5: 21-22, 27-28 we can say that we are no longer the law because of grace. Under grace if we even have a thought outside the will of God, it’s still sin. It seems to be better to live under the law. Grace, however, is at a higher standard.
Jesus in 2 Corinthians 12:9 speaks of grace in strength in weakness. Under grace, Jesus tells to Paul that we have the power to not to have the thoughts to commit sin. Grace is that power of God to overcome sin, not indulge it in. Grace is God’s power.
Every act of sin starts with a thought. Grace is that power to even nip things at the level of our thoughts.
What are the components of grace?
1. One part of it is faith to receive it and accept it. To believe what He has said, He will do. (Ephesians 2:8)
2. Another part is truth (John 8: 3-11). The religious teachers attempted to trap Jesus with this situation of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus looks at the intent, not the content. Jesus did not condemn the woman and with the truth to sin no more. To walk and think in His truth.
What is the purpose of grace?
What did He bless us with grace?
Jeremiah 12: 1-4
Jeremiah complains about the prosperity of the wicked and the unfairness of it all
God answers and asks why Jeremiah is focusing on the footman (small problems) and how he expects to face horses (big problems). God allows us to face these things as preparation for the bigger things to come.
God has given us grace to overcome these obstacles with a purpose for our lives, to reach where we need to go and be. (Isaiah 40: 30-31)