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Radio transcript for the week of January 17, 2016

Harold Bigham preaches on "For the Grace of God" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Introduction:
Today I am reading from the book of Titus 2:11-14, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

Lesson:

First, Paul writes about the source of God's grace.
Paul identifies the grace of God as belonging to God. It is the grace of God. God is the means of all grace. God is the source of all grace. Paul would write to the church of Galatia that he was called by the grace of God. Galatians one verse 15, "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace". The grace of God is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8-10 reads, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The God of heaven gives grace because it belongs to him. God is the one that can give grace. James 4:6 states, "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." Notice two things from this reading: One, God giveth more grace and two, God resists those who are proud and not filled with humility. God gives grace unto the humble. "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Peter 5:10).

When you think about grace you think about God. Everything that we can know about grace originates from God. God shows it to man and reveals it to us but we would not know about grace unless we know about God. So we cannot truly know what grace is comprised of without the revealed knowledge found in the word of God, Peter writes in 1 Peter 4:10, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." We must go to the source of grace.

Second, Paul writes about the SERVICE that grace gives.
Grace brings salvation. Without the grace of God there would be no hope of our salvation. Paul writes in the book of Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God". It is by the gospel of the grace of Almighty God that we can be saved from sins. We deserve to die because of our sins. Romans 3:23 states, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". Sin separates us from God Isaiah 59:1-2 states, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." All who have become accountable before God has transgressed the very law of God and became separated from God. God gives us His grace when we meet His conditions.

Third, Paul writes about the SENDING of God's grace.
Paul is referring to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the personification of the grace of God. Jesus is the one that tasted death for every man by the grace of God. Hebrews 2:9 says, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." We have access to God's grace through obedient faith; "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2). Paul writes it was the sending of Jesus that we can be made righteous before God; "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24). It is by the gospel of grace that we are called.

Fourth, Paul talks about the SCOPE of the grace of God.
God's grace has appeared to all people. Jesus tasted death for all people. Hebrews 2:9 reads, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." God's grace is not limited to just the one person but it is available to all mankind dependent if we would obey Him. God realizes that not all will obey him; "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). Matthew 7:21-23 states, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." The grace of God can be rejected by you and I. Galatians 2:21 says, "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 5:4 states, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace."

Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ?
The Bible states that we can obey the gospel and be added to the Lord's body by the Lord himself. Hear the gospel (Romans 10:17) ; Have faith (Mark 16:16); Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5); Confess the dear name of Christ (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38). We then meet the grace of Almighty God (Ephesians 2:8). Be faithful even until you die for the Lord (Revelation 2:10) so that Heaven can be your eternal reward.

Thank you my friend for studying the Bible with us today and may God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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