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The Moral Power of the Grace of God (2 of 3)
Feb. 25, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Last week we dealt with The Grace of God. As we continue along this theme, the Bible teaches that a person who is divinely born again is no longer under the pervasive dominion of sin and of Satan. He has a radical new nature and is called and enabled to reflect that new nature in a radically new way of living. When a person is genuinely saved, truly converted, and given new life in Jesus Christ, there is transformation, not only of nature but of living. Because of the Christian's new nature (disposition) and the indwelling Holy Spirit, he simply cannot continue to live in unmitigated sin, bereft of any outward evidence of his new, holy, and righteous nature and of the presence of Christ's own Holy Spirit within him.
Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
"By His divine grace, Jesus Christ completely reprograms our computers, as it were. He throws away the old disks and deletes the previous programs and files, all of which were permeated with errors and destructive ‘viruses' and graciously replaces them with His own divine truth and righteousness."
I. THE GOAL OF GRACE. 12
"teaching" -- instructing, training, disciplining, educating,
nurturing, or chastisement.
A. ITS NEGATIVE APPROACH TO TEACHING. 12a
"teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust" -- grace teaches us to say no. Grace teaches that there must be a conscious, willful repudiation of thoughts, words, and actions that are opposed to true godliness. The verb is present tense, indicating that this is a continuing process. No one ever graduates from the school of God's grace in this life.
TWO GREAT TRUTHS:
1. Grace teaches by warning us.
2. Grace teaches ...
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