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The Moral Power of the Grace of God (1 of 3)
Feb. 18, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Simply defined, theology is the study of God; who He is and what He does. For many Christians theology is somewhat mysterious; it suggests ideas and concepts that are deep, profound, and often confusing.
The doctrines that comprise theology basically consist of statements about God's character and will in human history. The purpose of theological study should be to increase our knowledge of God. However, the ultimate goal of increasing our knowledge of God should be Christian lives characterized by growth in obedience to God's revealed will.
In the passage we are studying, Paul clearly connected the practical, behavioral exhortations in 2:2-10 with the profound theological statement of 2:11-15. For instance, Paul's specific behavioral exhortations are clearly referred to as "what is in accord with sound doctrine." In other words, Paul's use of "for" in v.11 indicates the logical connection between the practical/behavioral exhortations and his forthcoming theological statements.
The major truth I desire to convey today is the fact (absolute fact) that God's Grace Makes a difference, unlike anything else, as it pertains to my life; morally, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, etc.
It is God's glorious plan to demonstrate His saving power through His saved people. The sovereign purpose of all exhortations to holy living in Scripture is to honor and glorify God through the righteous living of His people, leading to the salvation of more sinners.
I. THE GRACE OF GOD. v11
God's grace toward us is based solely on His love and our total inability to meet God's standards. God's grace is a gift we do not deserve and cannot earn. Without God's grace, there can be no salvation since grace is fundamental to salvation. (Eph. 2:4-9).
God's grace is His unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor toward wicked, unworthy sinner ...
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