The Grace of God
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Romans 3:23-24 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." We have all sinned. We all deserve to be punished throughout all eternity for our sins, but Christ Jesus has already taken our punishment. God, by his grace, that is His unmerited favor toward us, can now be just in saving us, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Our redemption is in Christ Jesus, and not in ourselves.
In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." We are saved by the unmerited favor of God through our obedient faith. There is no way that anyone could ever be good enough to go to heaven, because we have all sinned. We all deserve to be punished eternally. There is no way that anyone could ever earn his way to heaven, because heaven will be a gift of God for those who go there.
Our Lord says in Luke 17:10, "So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do." We cannot do enough to earn our salvation. We read in Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags." There is no one of us that deserves to be saved. It is only by the grace of God that anyone will be saved.
Questions Lesson 7
The Grace of God
God is not going to punish anyone for their sins.
Everyone is going to be lost.
The saved are justified by God's grace through Christ.
2) All accountable people have sinned.
3) (Ephesians 2:8-9) If we are saved it will be
By the grace or unmerited favor of God.
By our own goodness.
Only if we have never done anything wrong.
4) We should boast how good we are.
5) (Luke 17:10) After we have done all the things commanded us
We are still unprofitable servants.
We have "earned" our way to heaven.
Then we do not need God's grace.
6) We can be so good that God has got to save us on our own merits.
7) (Isaiah 64:6) All of our righteousnesses
Will force God to have to save us.
Are to be admired.
Are still like filthy rags.
8) It is only by the grace of God that anyone will be saved.
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