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God's Grace (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me please to Ephesians 2:8 and 9, and we are studying that wonderful word GRACE in the Bible, God's free and full favor that makes Him present toward us sinners a favorable attitude and favorable actions that really make us love Him and want to walk with Him. Salvation, God says, is not by tears, and is not by our goodness or good works, and is not by our troubles. Salvation is simply by the Grace of God, God's favorable attitude toward us in which He forgives and blots out our sins for Christ's sake and simply upon the basis of our faith and trust IN HIM.
We have learned the SOURCE of this wonderful salvation, being in God and in Christ. We have learned that salvation is offered to publicans and harlots and those who are destroying themselves, adulters and adulteresses. It is amazing that God offers His great salvation to SINNERS.
Now in Ephesians 2:8 and 9, we learn that this Grace of God is NOT OF WORKS. Our salvation is not of works. All of our WORKING in the world cannot produce a favorable attitude in God toward us. The only thing we can do is just SIMPLY RECEIVE it. God already HAS a favorable attitude toward us, an attitude of favor, of blessing, of love, of Fatherhood, in Christ. We read here, "By GRACE are ye saved, through faith." It is BY GRACE that we are saved. Not of our works. Not of our tears. Not of anything we can do. We cannot be saved except by the free favor of God, just RECEIVING His favor in the Lord Jesus Christ. And we do that by faith, by simply TRUSTING in His favor, trusting Him that He does have a favorable attitude toward us and that He does bring favorable actions and that He WILL forgive us our sins completely and bring us to heaven and never bring up a sin against us forever! That Is the Grace of God, the Favor of God in II Timothy 1:9 we read, God has "saved us and called us with a holy calling, not ...
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