Def: Gods unmerited favor, towards Mankind, in the Gift of His Son.
Grace had “Many Meanings”, but only when Christ came, did the word Grace take on its full meaning; in “His Self Sacrifice.” (2 Cor 8:9) This Grace is absolutely free. (Rom 6:14)(Rom 5:15-18)(Eph 1-7)(Eph 2:8-9)
When Grace is received by the Believer, it governs His spiritual life, by compounding favor upon favor.
It i) Equips
iii) Controls all phases of his life (2 Cor 8:6-7) (Cor 4:6) (2 Thess 2:16) (2 Tim 2:1)
Consequently the Christian gives thanks to God for the riches of grace in His unspeakable Gift.(2 Cor 9:15)
1. In order to receive it, man must “believe”.
2. In order to enjoy it, man must “be obedient”.
Gods Grace Provides:
1. Acceptance. (Rom 3:24)
2. Enablement. (Col 1:29)
3. A New Position. (1 Pet 2:5,9)
4. An Inheritance. (Eph 1:3,14)
3 Motives As to Why God Acts in Grace: (Especially in Salvation).
i) He does it to express His Love. (Eph 2:4)(John 3:16)
ii) To be able to display His grace in ages to come. (Eph 2:9)
iii) And that redeemed Man would produce good works. (Eph 2:10)
Sovereign grace is always purposeful, for the life under grace is good works.
“Grace is Gods Part – Faith is Ours”.
NB!! Faith never makes what is in the Heart its object, but always Gods revelation of Himself in Grace.