Friday, 28 October 2016

GRACE


GRACE
 

 

Grace is the unmerited favour of God. It gives responsibility (the ability to respond) to those who are dead in sin.

 

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:5 (KJV)

 

It is directed by God’s sovereign purpose and accomplishes salvation for those who receive it by faith alone.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,

Romans 4:16 (KJV)

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV)


Grace reflects the all- sufficient work of the Saviour and therefore, is the only means by which sinners can be saved. Grace must be exclusive of all works, merit, self-righteousness or efforts to save oneself.


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.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Romans 11:6 (KJV)

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

James 4:6 (KJV)


Grace sustains the Christian’s life and teaches them how to live.


But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.


1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV)


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Titus 2:11-14 (KJV)


 


With Blessing in Christ,

 

David & Gay


Sunday, 2 October 2016

SALVATION


SALVATION



 

Salvation is the work of God in delivering man from sin. It is provided by Jesus Christ alone. Guaranteed by the sealing of the Holy Spirit, and secured by God the Father.

 

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)

 

 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:12 (KJV)

 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)

 

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

John 10:29 (KJV)

 

Salvation begins with justification at the moment of faith when God saves us from the “punishment of sin” and declares us righteous. Those justified will never be condemned or suffer God’s wrath.

 

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 3:28 (KJV)

 

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 4:5 (KJV)

 

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Romans 5:9 (KJV)

 

 

Sanctification follows justification and saves us from the “power of sin” through the indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:12-13 (KJV)

 

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Romans 8:13 (KJV)


Glorification is when God ultimately saves us from the “presence of sin” as we enter heaven.


For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Philippians 3:20-21 (KJV)

 

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Colossians 1:22 (KJV)

 

With Blessing in Christ,

 

David & Gay