What is grace?
1. Grace is defined as, “mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace.
There was a Law back in the day, the Hebrews tried to follow it, but no matter what everyone broke it. According to the Law if you broke it, you needed the innocent blood of a sheep or dove to take your place in order to receive forgiveness. But a major problem was people made up more rules and laws and guidelines and claimed they were perfect and without sin and wrong-doing.
But if we broke the Law, we were condemned to die or get something to be sacrificed in our place. But we do wrong A LOT. Thats a lot of sheep! Too many sheep! In fact, sheep would be extinct if we did this!
The 10 Commandments
‘Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.’
Raise your hand if you have never broken that commandment?
Grace is God’s unmerited favor. I’ve heard it described as ‘getting what you don’t deserve’.
That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve.
Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
We need God’s gracebomb! We need His grace to be saved!
Ephesians 2:8-9 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift not from works, so that no one can boast.
In the Bible, grace and mercy are like two heads of the same coin. Mercy is God withholding judgment or evil that I deserve; grace is God giving me blessing or good that I do not deserve. Because of God’s mercy, I do not receive the judgment of God against my sins; because of God’s grace, I receive eternal life and a promise of heaven though I do not deserve them. Both mercy and grace come to me through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank God there is a gracebomb to be saved! We need His grace to blow up all over us, saturating us
It is by God’s Gracebomb! Jesus coming to earth, perfect, sinless and all powerful, and taking the punishment we deserve, and taking all of it past, present and future and forgiving us! We need to accept it and believe in Him!
You work 40 hours this week and you get paid $1000.00. After you get your check you have to go to the bank. Maybe you have to drive 10 miles to get there. After you get there on a Friday evening around 5:00 p.m., the place is swamped. You then wait in line for 45 minutes to get to the teller. She requires you to endorse the check and provide her with some form of photo ID before she will cash your check. After all that effort, don’t you think the check should be worth more? Look at all the effort you put forth to get it cashed. Probably at least an hours worth of your time, maybe spent in a hot car, waiting in the drive through. What if she decided you didn’t look enough like your gorgeous picture on your drivers license and refuses to cash your check unless you came back during lobby hours? It still doesn’t increase the value of your check does it? No matter how many banks you go to, how many lines you wait in, how many times you sign your name and show your ID the check will never increase in value, irregardless of the amount of work you put forth to cash it. The work to obtain that check has already been expended!
The only reason why we receive it is because of what Jesus did for us. The way to Heaven is through Him because He did it all by His grace and love for us! The check is there, He did the work, we have to cash it!
2. Grace is also defined as ‘favor or good will’.
We need God’s gracebomb to walk with Him everyday! (‘Everyday its you I live for, everyday, I’ll follow after you’)
Grace can also be defined as God’s sufficiency or God’s fullness in the life of the believer.
That is, the grace of God in Paul enabled him and empowered him in his weakness.
And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
God’s grace working in us supplies the sufficiency whereby we may abound to every good work. It is ‘God’s enoughness’ which means God is enough for us no matter what the situation we face.
Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
That means His gracebomb, His love and sacrifice on the cross once and for all, was for everyone, and it helps us live out our walk with Him becoming better in character, word, deed and action, in essence to be like Him. That’s His grace!
By His gracebomb we conquer our wrongdoing and do right, we become positive not negative, we are joyous and bright! We have His grace to live, to walk, its blown up all over us and we share it with everyone we come in contact with!
A preacher said ‘the grace that comes by Jesus Christ is an active, dynamic energy from God to carry out His will’.
Thats His gracebomb blowing up on us in order to serve for His glory and praise, giving us His power and heart in order to reach the world, serve in the church and be unashamed to pray over our meal in public! To know that everything we do is an act of worship, whether doing homework, washing dishes, driving our car, making music…we need His gracebomb!