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God's Provision of Grace (9 of 18)
Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 1:14-17; Genesis 3:1-21
Today we are continuing our series of messages under the heading: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible. And for you who are visiting or those of you who have missed the last several weeks of worship .. let me tell you what this series of messages is all about.
When we talk about the "If's" of the Bible .. we're talking about the Promises of God. Though MOST of God's promises are conditional .. ALL of God's promises are trustworthy. And for the last several weeks .. we've been looking at some of the wonderful promises of God.
And IF by chance you've missed those messages .. you can hear them on our web sight at www.roswellstreet.com. By the way .. speaking of our web sight … we have had over ______ hits over the last four weeks since bringing our new web sight online. You're going to find our new web sight very helpful and informative.
So .. the IF'S of the Bible point us to the Promises of God. The "ANDS" of the Bible point us to the Provisions of God. And then the "BUTS" of the Bible point us to the Providence of God. And that's what we're thinking about these days together from the Word of God:
"The Ifs, Ands and Buts of the Bible."
Now today we're moving from the IF'S of the Bible, those Promises of God; to the ANDS of the Bible, those Provisions of God. This word "AND" as we're going to see .. ties together some of the great provisions God has for His children.
Now look with me to John 1.14 where we find the first provision which is the foundational provision for if it were not for this provision .. we would not have the rest of the provisions.
Without this provision .. we would have no hope! Without this provision .. we would have no help! Without this provision .. we would have no heaven! We're talking about …
God's Provision of Grace
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.'"
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." There it is in verse 14: "grace AND truth" and again in verse 17, "but grace AND truth came through Jesus Christ."
When it comes to God's Provisions … without Grace, there are no provisions for THIS provision is not only the FIRST provision .. it is the FOUNDATIONAL provision.
So when it comes to this first provision ..
(1) Let's DEFINE God's Provision of Grace.
What is grace? What does grace mean and what does it mean for us? Well .. somebody has defined it as God's Riches At Christ's Expense." GRACE!
The Greek word (charis) that is translated "GRACE" means "unmerite ...
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