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UNDESERVED SALVATION! (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, turn with me in your Bibles, please, to
Ephesians 1:6 and 7, and we are studying today "The
Undeserved Salvation of the Lord."
UNDESERVED Salvation. This is what the word grace
means. In these two verses we have the word grace
three different times.
In verse 6 we read, "To the praise of the glory of His
grace." The Greek word charis means "the undeserved
favor of God."
And then we read, "Wherein He hath made us accepted in
the Beloved." Here the word accepted comes from the
same root in Greek as the word grace. It is the verb,
and it means "to highly favor, to endow with favor, to
flood with favor." God highly favors us, endows us
with favor, floods us with His favor. So the word
grace is in the word accepted.
Then in verse 7 we read, "The riches of His grace."
There we have the word grace three different times,
and the best translation is simply "the deserved favor
I want to remind you that we do not deserve God's
great salvation. It is a wonder that any one of us
would be saved at all, because we don't deserve it! We
have no right to it. We have no "rights" with God; we
are sinners and we DESERVE hell! All of it is
His predestination of us is undeserved. Back in verse
5 we read, "Having predestinated us unto the adoption
of children." God wasn't accountable to us to save us
at all. There wasn't any compulsion that God must save
us. We had no "rights" with God. He wasn't forced to
save anybody at all, because ALL have sinned and come
short of the glory of God, and ALL were under
condemnation, and God would not have been unjust,
legally, if He had not saved a single person. God's
predestination of us is follows: "In love having
predestinated us." Does it mean presenting us in love
or predestinating us in love? Most grammarian ...
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