Grace Provides, Grace Proclaims, Grace Precludes
The late well-known preacher Harry Ironside once asked a man after a gospel meeting, “Are you saved, sir?”
“No, I really can’t say I am, but I would like to be.”“Why would you? Do you realize you are a lost sinner?”“Oh, of course, we’re all sinners.”
“Ah! But that often means little or nothing. Are you a sinner yourself?”“Well, I suppose I am, but I’m not what you could call a bad sinner. I am, I think, rather a good one. I always try to do the best I know.”
Ironside went on to tell the man that there was little use in showing him the way of salvation. Good sinners are like honest liars and upright thieves: they are far from ready to admit that they are vile, hell-deserving sinners who need God’s grace to be saved (Illustrations of Bible Truth, H. A. Ironside)
Paul had reached the verdict that every section of humanity and society must find itself guilty and silent before the judgment of God. Is there any hope?
Many years ago a submarine was rammed by another ship and quickly sank. Despite many efforts by many ships to rescue the crew it was feared their oxygen would run out long before anyone could get to them.
Hours into the desperate tragedy the sonar men listening for any indication of life on the crippled sub heard a tapping, suddenly realizing it was the dots and dashes of Morse code. The question came slowly: "is... there... any... hope?"
But now, these two words are powerful, But now . In v 21 indicating that a new factor has entered into the situaion, and that factor is hope. Therefore there is hope. The grace of God is the answer to the guilt of man.
I. WHAT THE GRACE OF GOD PROVIDES
Paul tells us of man's hopeless and helpless position before a rightous God. Look in verse 26 God is being "just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus,of him who is basically a sinner.
The greatest question is how can God who is ho ...
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