GOD’S GRACE by Ron Clark
“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am’” (Exodus 3:14). The topic tonight is Grace and Grace is such a fundamental part of God’s nature that if you don’t understand Grace you can’t fully understand God.
Grace is why God sacrificed His son on the cross to give us the gift of salvation. Grace is a gift that God wants to give us any time or any place.
The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10,
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you’. So I am happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.”
- G- God’s gift.
- R- Received by our faith
- A- Accepted by God’s love.
- C- Christ paid the price.
- E- Everlasting gift.
Grace is God’s gift. We cannot purchase God’s grace. It is freely given by God to you and me.
Do you feel that you are not in a place that you can accept forgiveness as a free gift?
Listen to Romans 3:24, “All need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ”. So everybody needs to be made right through Christ Jesus.
“Prepare your minds for service and have selfcontrol. All your hope should be for the gift of grace that
will be yours when Jesus Christ is shown to you.” – 1 Peter 1:13
Keep working, reading and praying. It will happen for you. The Holy Spirit wants to live within you.
Grace is RECEIVED by our faith in Jesus. I talk about doing the work, but please know that none of this work is done to earn God’s grace. The work is reading and learning and praying.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
If anyone tells you that all it takes to be saved is to live a good life, just remember Philippians 3:9, “No longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s law, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith—counting on Christ alone.”
God wants to know if we have accepted Jesus as our savior. Accept Jesus as your savior, and then be sure that your walk matches your talk.
The letter A tells us that we are ACCEPTED by God’s love. God loved you and me while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, he gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace.”- Ephesians 2:5
We also receive a pass which allows us to enter God’s throne room any time we desire. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us, then, feel very sure that we can come before God’s throne where there is grace. There we can receive mercy and grace to help us when we need it.”
This is an everlasting gift according to Romans 8:38-39. It says, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
CHRIST paid the price that we could never pay. He took on the sins of the entire world, for all of history. On the cross, Jesus said, “It is done.” So it is. Amen!