What are the 7 exciting principles about the amazing grace of God? God’s grace and mercy is explained!


June 24, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
062420
What are the 7 exciting principles about the amazing grace of God? God’s grace and mercy is explained!

  1. Grace is not held back or withdrawn because of the failures or sins of other believers.

 

  1. A second fundamental fact about grace is the fact that grace cannot be lessened because of failure or sin.

 

  1. A third important factor about grace is the fact that grace cannot incur or bring on a debt. 
  1. A fourth fundamental fact about grace is that grace is not something that God owes the human race because of the cross. 

 

  1. If God was indebted to the human race because of the work of the cross, then the payment of an honest debt could never be an act of grace. 

The offer of salvation to the human race is not something that God owed the human race, nor is it something God had to do. 

Grace demands that every form of human merit shall be set aside completely so that pure grace may be exercised not only in the salvation of man but also God’s policy for the individual after salvation!

This is why the apostle Paul said in COL 2:6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, [and how did you receive Christ Jesus the Lord?…..”, grace, so walk by grace. ({so} walk in Him,

so walk in Him,) 

And how did we receive Christ Jesus the Lord :TLJC? 

By grace, through faith…..not of works, let anyone would boast.

So, grace is God’s means of expressing to mankind His fantastic love for all mankind. 

  1. Remember the entire human race has been placed under the Divine Judicial Sentence of the condemnation of the Sin Nature.

ROM 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

ROM 11:32   For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.

ECC 7:20   Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who {continually} does good and who never sins.

ROM 3:9   What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;

GAL 3:22   But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

So, it is obviously true that all men are sinners both by nature and practice, but the divine decree goes far beyond man’s state of sinfulness. 

God has pronounced an equal and absolute sentence of judgment against all members of the human race.

  1. All men have already been condemned, not on the ground of their own sinfulness but on the ground of their federal headship in fallen Adam. 

Now, notice next, the wisdom ROM 11:32  For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.

Therefore, all human merit has been disposed of absolutely and forever.

And so, no divine obligation exists toward any individual. 

If He treated us like we deserve to be treated than we would all be destined for the eternal lake of fire.

  1. A fifth fundamental fact about grace is the fact that grace is never the overpayment of a debt or a reward for trying hard.

Grace is neither treating a person “as” he deserves, nor treating a person “better” than he deserves. 

Grace is treating a person “graciously” without the slightest reference to what he deserves.

Grace is infinite love expressing itself in infinite goodness. 

Through the unlimited atonement, grace is free to save anyone who believes on TLJC in every case and only grace can save mankind.

EPH 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

Grace is never decreased or increased, however, the experience of that grace depends on the believer’s fellowship with God.

  1. A sixth principle concerning the grace of God is the fact that grace did not appear in the immediate divine dealings with the sins of the world.

 

Grace did not judge our sins, justice and righteousness did.

Under the principle of true gospel preaching, sinners are to be told that they may now stand forever pardoned before God.

 

  1. Not because God is gracious enough to excuse their sins; but because there is redemption through the blood of Christ. 

 

And for the believer, accepting this judicial forgiveness guarantees an unchangeable standing and position before God forever. 

 

The sin issue has been dealt with once and for all and unless you understand that you can’t even begin to understand the grace of God. 

 

In faithfulness, God will correct and chastise His child who sins, but as we have noted before, there is a tremendous difference between judging and chastising. 

 

So, the forgiveness of God toward the sinner is made possible only through the cross and never an act of immediate grace. 

 

Forgiveness cancels every debt before God whereas justification declares the sinner to be forever judicially righteous in the eyes of God.

 

One is subtraction, the other is addition.

And both are made possible through the cross not the “grace of God.” 

 

Of the various divine undertakings then, some are acts of divine justice, and some are acts of the immediate grace of God.

Those acts which deal with human unworthiness and sin are “acts of justice.” 

These include forgiveness, justification, death to the law, freedom from the law, and the whole new creation. 

On the other hand, those aspects of salvation wherein God is revealed as imparting and bestowing His benefits are said to be immediate acts of His grace.

These include the gift of eternal life, the imputed righteousness of God, and all of your escrow blessings.

And this is one of the reasons why a believer “loses rewards” at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 

  1. A seventh and final fundamental fact about grace is that grace is not the issue in dealing with the sins of the saved. 

What God does in forgiving us experientially in time is based on the cross and all that was accomplished! 

By His death, Christ provided the sufficient ground for both the salvation of the unsaved and the restoration of the saved. 

According to the scriptures, certain fundamental elements enter into the divine forgiveness and cleansing which takes place when a believer is restored. 

First, there must be confession, this is the one and only condition on the human side.

Then there is absolute forgiveness and cleansing which is promised on the divine side.

Then protection is promised because of the advocate which we have at the right hand of God, TLJC; Heb 7:25.

He acts in strict faithfulness to His covenant and promise concerning forgiveness of sins.

Forgiveness of sin is based upon the righteousness and justice of God not the grace of God.

As the scripture says 1JO 1:9 “He is faithful and righteous, with the result that He forgives us our sins [known sins] and purifies us from all unrighteousness [unknown sins].”

Therefore, grace does not appear in the forgiving and cleansing of sins. 

So, it can be concluded that the word grace then represents the uncompromised, unrestricted, unrecompensed loving favor of God toward sinners. 

Grace is the limitless, unrestrained love of God acting on behalf of the lost. 

Grace always gives credit to God! 

Satan hates when God gets the credit.

It is creator-credit vs creature credit. 

ROM 5:16  And the gift [salvation] is not like that which came through the one who sinned [Adam’s willful sin of disobedience was imputed to the entire human race with their consent];

Adam’s willful sin of disobedience was imputed to the entire human race without their consent or their permission;

Here is where our Lord turned the curse into a blessing; as the principle of Deu 23:5 states.

In ROM 5:17  For if by the transgression of the one [Adam], death (that is spiritual death) reigned or ruled through the one [Adam], much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Here is another principle concerning the gift of salvation which is called the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness that will reign, not be lost, but reigned or ruled in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

This is all because “salvation” is from the Lord; Jonah 2:9   But I will sacrifice to Thee With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.”

Notice, the five last words in Jon 2:8, which says, “Salvation is from the Lord.”

God cannot cancel His gifts. When God gives, He does not take it back. He has given us His righteousness and His life, so that we are qualified to live with Him forever.

Our relationship with God does not depend on our integrity, morality, virtue or failure — it depends on His holiness and integrity.

We have peace with God because He gave us His righteousness. We do not have peace with God because of our self-righteousness.

When we “stand in grace,” this does not refer to our morality or self-righteousness, but the virtue of God. 

Virtue is infinitely greater than morality, but virtue can only be produced by the filling of the Spirit and the perception of doctrine. 

Morality can be produced by human self-determination and the energy of the flesh. 

It is God that provides the grace and our standing.

We don’t stand on our own strength; if so we would collapse. 

Confidence in the glory of God is personal love for God the Father and occupation with Christ. 

You can’t lose your salvation because it is strictly the work of God.

You did nothing to gain it or maintain it; it is the work of God.

God never gives His righteousness without putting it in a permanent container:  our eternal security. 

You cannot lose what the integrity of God gives you.

So, another definition, eternal security is defined as an unbreakable relationship with the integrity of God, depending on the integrity of God.

It is an unbreakable relationship because God will not break the relationship regardless of what we do or fail to do.

Demons cannot cancel those forty things. 

We cannot cancel them by renouncing God or our faith.

You have to be arrogant to think that you can commit a sin or make a renunciation of God that can cancel the work of God!

You don’t have the power or ability to cancel it, no matter how evil you are.

Yet people are so arrogant that they think they are greater than God.

The dumbest people are those who think they can reject eternal security and who attempt to cancel the grace of God.

Rather, it motivates you to want to know this wonderful God who has provided such fantastic things for you because of one non-meritorious decision you made in a few seconds; Tit 2:11-12.

Man’s failure does not abrogate the integrity of God.

Man’s weakness does not cancel God’s strength.

Lack of integrity in the believer cannot cancel the integrity of God. 

Failure to execute the PPOG does not cancel your eternal salvation. 

Yet we are more impressed with our failures than with the integrity of God, and that’s one of our problems.

We need to be more impressed with the integrity of God and less impressed with our failures. 

Salvation through faith in Christ results in receiving one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.

The possession of the righteousness of God forever eliminates the possibility of losing salvation by any failure on our part. 

Our righteousness breaks down because we have an old sin nature. 

Therefore, we stand before God, not on the basis of our righteousness, but on the basis of His righteousness.

It is the quintessence of human arrogance to assume we can do anything to cancel or abrogate our eternal salvation.

The forty things received at the moment of faith in Christ cannot be canceled or nullified by any failure on our part after salvation. 

The integrity of God is infinitely greater than any failure of man,    2Ti 2:11-13.

Joh 3:16   “For God loved the world so much that He gave His Son [deity of Christ], the uniquely-born One [humanity of Christ] that whosoever believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life.”

Note that no conditions are added to “shall never perish.” All you have to do is believe in Jesus Christ; nothing is added to faith.