God’s Amazing Grace

 

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” – (Titus 2:11).

 

There is nothing so beautiful and glorious as the grace of God. Grace is God’s unmerited favor and mercy to fallen, sinful man. For Christians, the word ‘grace’ is virtually synonymous with the gospel of salvation in his beloved son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace shows clearly God’s love for sinners. It’s a free gift that cannot be earned by good works. “But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many” – (Rom.5:15). God’s amazing grace rescues a wretched soul from the pits of hell. The gospel of grace in his son is the most powerful word in the universe.

 

But the doctrine of God’s grace has suffered abuse at the hands of unfaithful and false shepherds. It is being merchandized by preachers today greedy of filth lucre – it has been cheapened. We must again fervently preach the truth of God’s grace and the spiritual riches it brings, lest we sever the very lifeline of the church. We absolutely need to preach sound doctrine on the grace of God.

 

The first thing we must understand about grace is that it is not simply a New Testament doctrine – or “The dispensation of grace.” The word grace or gracious is in the Old Testament 80 times and in the New Testament 130 times. Grace is one of the key attributes of God throughout the bible. In the Old Testament, the supreme example of grace was the redemption and freedom of the Jewish slaves form Egypt. (Grace is not freedom ‘to’ sin but freedom ‘from’ sin – amen). “The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people … the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage” – (Du.7:7,8).

 

When Moses was receiving the law on Mt. Sin-I, God proclaimed his grace and mercy to him. “The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth” – (Ex.33:16,17,19 and 34:6). Breaking God’s laws makes men sinners and he shows here his mercy and grace to sinners. Mercy and grace go together like twins in the bible. It is most clearly shown to us with the ‘mercy seat’ on top of the ark in the most holy place. On the great day of atonement the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the mercy seat to give atonement for sins. We could call it the ‘seat of grace’ because it pointed directly to Christ’s atoning blood on the cross. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood. He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” – (Heb.9:12). The mercy seat was a type of Christ on the cross and God’s grace.

 

Noah and his family were saved by grace from the flood – “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” – (Gen.6:8). It was the grace of God that provided Noah the means to build the Ark of salvation for his household. And Nineveh was spared from the wrath of God by the preaching of Jonah because of God’s amazing grace as God was showing that the Gentiles also would be saved by grace in the New Testament.

 

In the New Testament of course, the message of God’s amazing grace rings much louder after Christ died on the cross. Truly God’s amazing grace died on the cross. Over and over the New Testament tells us of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. God gave his only begotten Son as the supreme one-time sacrifice on Calvary’s tree for sinners. Sin began on a tree in Eden and sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ on the tree-cross. Jesus Christ is God’s unmerited favor, mercy and love to fallen, sinful man. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S AMAZING GRACE.

 

The number one Christian hymn is “Amazing Grace” and its been often sung without conviction or understanding by thousands of unsaved people the world over who have never experienced it. It’s been sung in churches where nobody has been saved for 50 years. It takes a preacher to preach on grace after the song is sung to give understanding to minds darkened by sin. It’s the number one song because it’s the most important New Testament doctrine.

 

Thank you John Newton for your song “Amazing Grace.” He was born the son of a British merchant sea captain. He joined the royal navy and was arrested for attempting to escape from ship. In Africa, he was held as a slave by his employer’s black wife. He later became a slave trader himself and then he was saved by God’s amazing grace. His epitaph reads “John Newton, once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa, was, by the rich mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ – preserved, restored and pardoned.” He never lost his sense of wonder at the grace of God that was extended to him. Hear the wonderful words of his song.

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved,

How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come:

Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first began.

 

The answer for whites and blacks in our nation today is not by the law in Washington D.C. – it’s by God’s amazing grace. The place is Calvary not Washington D.C. For the sons of white slave owners and for the sons of black slaves – let John Newton’s life and song be your example. He was both a slave trader and a servant of slaves and then he got saved by God’s amazing grace. We’re redeemed by the blood of Christ by God’s grace and set free from the bondage of sin – all are slaves of sin.

 

The New Testament starts in (Jn.1) with the grace of Jesus Christ and ends with the last verse in the bible – (Rev.22:21). “The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Paul wrote extensively about the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. In salutations and benedictions in his letters to the churches he writes – “Grace and peace be multiplied” and “The grace of God be with you.” Paul knew the grace of God is the sinner’s only hope because it provided his only hope. He said – “By the grace of God I am what I am” – (I Cor.15:10). Paul was a persecutor of the early church – delivering them to prison and death but then he was born again by God’s grace in Jesus Christ and he never forgot it. He was our example of God’s grace, like John Newton. How Paul would have enjoyed singing “Amazing Grace.” God’s grace changed him into another man – from Saul to Paul – a new name for a new born creature. And so he could write – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17).

 

It is written in (Eph.2:7-10) about God’s grace and kindness toward us through his son. “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works…” The law is the way of self help, of earning one’s salvation. Grace is God’s way of salvation totally unearned. If you could be saved by keeping the law, God would not have given the bloody sacrifices in the Old Testament and would make the cross of Christ of none effect. Our good works are the result of being saved – it determines our rewards. Grace allows us to have good works to the glory of God, but works are only a result of grace in our lives. Here we have the origin and outcome of salvation – grace through Christ – “By grace through faith – the gift of God.” We have the certainty of Salvation – “Ye are saved” – not maybe.

 

One of the hardest things for true preachers to get across to people is the bible fact that man cannot save himself, nor can he help God save him. Salvation is totally and entirely of God through Jesus Christ on the cross. (Rom.5:3) says – “By whom also we have access by faith into his grace…” The grace of God is accessed by faith when the Holy Spirit of grace works on our heart by the preaching of the gospel. The gift is given by God and the gift is received by people through repentance and faith. “Repentance toward God, and faith toward or Lord Jesus Christ” – (Acts 20:21). (Let no man tell you that repentance is good works and not required in salvation). By faith you repent of your sins and believe on Christ and partake of God’s grace.

 

Grace that saves turns your life toward righteousness. Grace never gives freedom to sin. “What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” – (Rom.6:15). It’s a perversion of God’s word to deceitfully preach in such a way that grace gives license to sin. Our Father in heaven will not let his children get away with it. Correction and chastisement will come from our Father if we live this way. We do not continue in sin to let grace abound but we continue in grace to let holiness abound. (Titus 2:12) says – “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world.” God’s grace not only saves us; it makes us holy. We have holiness by grace – not sinfulness.

 

Many have cheapened the grace of God. They are “Ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 4). These heretics preach a false doctrine of grace. They distort the grace of God. They preach a perverted message of grace that promises freedom from the law and thus freedom to sin without judgment. “O – I’m not under the law – I’m under grace” is the cry of one who has perverted the grace of God. They deceitfully give freedom and license to sin. Churches today are actually condoning and espousing gross sin and permitting church members to live any way they please with no church discipline. Lascivious means – (Loose, wanton, lewd, lustful – especially sex sins). (Eph.4:9) says “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

 

Every form of sin is tolerated in many churches today with no church discipline at all – worldly churches. (And they don’t believe or preach that God will chastise them either). Church members are committing fornication including sodomy and allowed to continue on in good standing and so it spreads like leaven throughout the church – (I Cor.5). If we preached straight on these sins and had church discipline we wouldn’t have so many ‘unsaved’ church members. If a born again saint of God joined most churches today, he would be “Unequally yoked together with unbelievers” – (I Cor.6:14) and he would be having fellowship with unrighteousness and darkness which vexes his soul.

 

Don’t spurn the grace of God and trample under foot the blood of Christ (Heb.10:29-31) by refusing to repent of your sins and by faith receive Christ. Don’t trample under foot God’s amazing grace in the New Testament 130 times. You have either the blood of Christ on your heart or you have it under your feet. Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me – but if you’re not saved – it’s the lake of fire forever. Go to the throne of grace in heaven and be saved by grace.

 

Don’t reject God’s amazing grace.

 

Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla #76

Website: BibleWatchman.com

Email: biblewatchman@aol.com

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