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Sustaining Grace (4 of 14)
Series: Amazing Grace
I Peter 5:10, 12
As we begin I invite you to turn in your Bible to I Peter 5:10 and we want to speak again on "Sustaining Grace". We will also be looking at Philippians 1:6 that says, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" If you started right, you are going to finish right. If Jesus is the one who put you in the race, then you are going to be there at the end of the race and you are going to cross the finish line. He is not only the author of your faith; He is the finisher of your faith. And again, we are talking about not only how His grace not only saves us and we are in the family of God by grace through faith, but how His grace sustains us in every part of life.
I want us to look at I Peter 5:10 & 12 where he says, but the God of all grace, notice that, He is called the God of all grace. As we talk about amazing grace, amazing grace is possible because our God is the God of all grace. That means outside of Him, there is no grace, there is no mercy. Christianity is the only religious faith in the world that has the concept of grace. Every other kind of religion has the concept of working your way to heaven or working your way to please God. Only true biblical Christianity says that the only way to God is through His grace by faith, so the look at what this passage says.
1 Peter 5:10; 12 "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand."
And he is talking in this context about how the grace of God settles you down; it helps you to stand firm. Another translation of verse 12 is this, "my purpose in writing ...
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