Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Divine Decrees. Part 18.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Most Theologians miss out on the importance of understanding the Grace and Mercy of God in the Divine Decrees.
There is no better illustration of the mercy of God which is given than grace being free, unmerited love and favor from God alone.
In grace, God works and mankind benefits.
MAT 6:1 Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your father who is in heaven.
The tax-collector was a Roman aristocrat, considered by the Jews to be the lowest of all social rank at the time of writing.
In passages like
MAT 9:10, it is related that our Lord associated with publicans or tax-collectors and “sinners” or prostitutes.
MAT 9:10-11 And it happened that as He was reclining at the table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. and when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your teacher eating with the tax-gatherers and prostitutes?”
LUK 15:1 Now all the tax-gatherers and the sinners were coming near him to listen to Him.
This is what self righteousness always produces,
criticism of others.
The tax-collector was a believer through observing the sacrifices and offerings, and so he asked God to be merciful to Him.
Note that he does not beg God to save or deliver him, but “to be merciful.”
He has accepted the work Christ would perform and asked that the justice of God be satisfied with his faith in that work.
Propitiation is the basis for God being merciful and gracious to us.
Propitiation is the God-ward side of the work of Christ in salvation.
Propitiation is the work of Christ on the cross which deals with the integrity of God.
In propitiation the justice of God judges our sins and the integrity of God is satisfied with that judgment. Propitiation frees the justice of God to immediately give anyone who believes in Christ one-half of divine integrity, the righteousness of God.
God concludes all members of the human race under the category of disobedience so that He might have mercy upon all. Mercy is, in effect, a byproduct of the essence of God in action toward the human race in history.
God did all of this so that the only policy of God toward men would be grace and mercy.
There is a direct relationship between the mercy of God and the glory of God and between the grace of God and glory of God.
If the purpose of God redeeming man is the production of the greatest amount of happiness, then Christianity is one thing; if the end be the glory of God, then Christianity is another thing.
ROM 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
Grace comes from God in the form of gifts but it returns to God in the form of glory.
1CO 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Once you recognize that in eternity past God decreed for you to be treated with grace and mercy because ultimately this is what brings glory to God –
– then you will be able to operate in that principle that grace comes from God in the form of gifts but it returns to God in the form of glory.
EPH 2:6-7 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God’s plan throughout all the ages is that He might be glorified by the grace that He dispenses to undeserving creatures.
ROM 11:32 – God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.
There can be no demonstration of mercy until you have someone in the condition that requires mercy.