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THE GRACE OF GOD........Means no Sinner is beyond the reach of God!



The Grace of God Appearing to all Men!


Introduction:

Grace of God is awesome to behold.  This unmerited favour of God that came through Jesus Christ  is is actually the new covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ. 

Before grace came, you were under the law and struggling without hope in this world.  We were as it were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy. 

He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

Holiness and Righteousness imputed:

To imagine that you are not holy the day you stopped a particular sin in your life...but the day, you received Christ as your Lord and Saviour is amazing.

To know that you are righteous, not by your works is a wonder to behold.  So that while people are struggling to be righteous by doing this or that, you are just resting and bolstering on the righteousness of Christ imputed into you the day you received Him as Lord of your life. 

What a relief this fact should provide for many who are still wallowing in ignorance...people judging others by their outward appearance, some acts and so on and concluding they are not righteous! 

Righteousness is a gift of God that allow us to appear before God bold and not beggerly.  God not looking at our works or righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ imputed unto us.  The gift of righteousness is manifested in a life after the Spirit of God living in that person has begun to work-out those things that are pleasing to God.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure Phil 2:13.

The subject of THE GRACE OF GOD and how it works in our lives, is arguably the most important concept for you to understand and live by in today's world. Grace is so important, the enemy of our souls has created much confusion and controversy on this topic. But if you can figure out the truth of the gospel called GRACE and understand it, you will experience a close relationship with God and consistent victory over sin.

God's grace is defined as His unmerited favor. Grace means that God showered favor and blessing on those who did not in any way deserve or earn it. They deserved His judgment and wrath. But He showed them favor.

God’s grace runs counter to the system of this world, and so it takes an average person years to come to terms with grace, let alone apprehending that God could forgive sins and completely erase them that way grace talks about.

The world works on the merit system. If you do well in school, you get good grades and win awards. If you do well in sports, you make the team and get a lot of applause. If you get into college, the merit system continues to reward excellence. This carries over into the business world after college. Exceptional performance earns promotions and raises. Sloppy performance will get you fired.

God’s grace first saves and then trains His people for godliness and good deeds.

1. God’s grace brings salvation to all people 
When Paul writes, “For the grace of God has appeared,” he is referring to the embodiment of grace in the person of Jesus Christ, who was “full of grace and truth” John 1:14. 

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Christ.” God rightly could have sent His Son to condemn us and judge us. But instead (John 3:17), “For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

Rather, Paul means that God’s grace that appeared in the person of Christ offers salvation to all that hear of it. In the context, Paul has just spoken of various groups: older men, older women, younger women, younger men, and slaves. So when he goes on to say that God’s grace brings salvation to all men, he means, “to all types of people, including those whom the world despises, even to slaves.” No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.

This does not mean that all people are saved or will be saved. It does mean that people who by God’s grace believe in Jesus Christ as Savior will go to heaven. Those who do not believe in Christ will pay the penalty of eternal separation from God in hell.

But the good news of God’s grace is that no sinner is beyond the reach of God’s grace. The apostle Paul was a persecutor of the church. He called himself the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:13, 15). But he experienced God’s grace through the cross. If the chief of sinners found mercy, so can you!

2. God’s grace trains us who are saved in godliness - Titus 2:12-14a.
The word “instructing” means, “child-training.” It includes teaching, but also, correcting and disciplining. It is a process that begins at salvation and continues until we stand before the Lord. But, note that grace does not mean, “hang loose and live as sloppily as you please.” Rather, grace trains, disciplines, and instructs us in godly living. Paul mentions three ways that grace trains us:

a) Grace trains us to deny ungodliness
When you experience God’s unmerited favor in Jesus Christ, it motivates you to want to please Him in everything that you do. As you read God’s Word, you begin to realize that there is much in your life that displeases the Lord, who gave Himself on the cross to save you from God’s judgment. So, you begin walking on the path that Jesus described as denying yourself daily, taking up your cross, and following Him (Luke 9:23).

This includes saying no to ungodliness. This refers to a person who does not reverence God and thus lives by ignoring God. It obviously refers to the person who is openly immoral or evil, but it also includes the outwardly nice person who simply has no place for God in his life. His everyday life is organized, motivated, and run by self, with no place for God. The person who has tasted God’s grace will say no to such godless living.

Also, you must say no to worldly desires. This refers to desires that are characteristic of this world system that is opposed to God. John describes them as “the lust of the flesh,” “the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life” (1 John 2:16). They include selfishness, pride, seeking after status and power, greed, lust, and living for sinful pleasure rather than finding pleasure in God above all else. Grace trains you to say no to these things, because God and His grace are far sweeter than anything the world can offer.

b). Grace trains us to live righteously in life.
It is not enough to say no to ungodliness and worldly desires. You must also say yes to sensible, righteous, godly living. In the present age emphasizes that we do not need to isolate ourselves from this evil world in monasteries or Christian communes. Rather, in the midst of this present evil age, we are to live sensible, righteous, godly lives, so that those in the world will be drawn to our Savior. Many commentators have pointed out that sensibly refers to how you are to control yourself; righteously has reference to your relationships with others; and, godly refers to your relationship toward God.


But, there is a major hindrance that will keep you from experiencing God’s grace in salvation, namely, your propensity to self-righteousness. Paul says that God’s grace brings salvation to all people. You don’t need salvation unless you are lost and you know that you’re lost. If you think that you’re doing just fine on your own or that you’re going to be able to make it on your own with a little more effort, you won’t cry out for a Savior to deliver you. 

As Jesus said (Luke 5:32), “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” By “the righteous,” Jesus meant, “the self-righteous.” The self-righteous Pharisees did not see their need for a Savior. Those who knew that they were sinners did.


Friends, do you know your sins were forgiven when Jesus died on the cross? No matter the sins you have committed, once you believe in JESUS and what He did at the cross, you are okay with God. 

The moment you receive Him into your heart as Lord and saviour, He will begin to change your life for better. 

Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 

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