5 Things About The Grace of God

5 Things About The Grace of God August 24, 2018

We are saved by the grace of God, but what are different facets of God’s grace?

God’s Seeking Grace

Jesus said that God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), but no one can even come to Christ unless the Father first draws them (John 6:44), so the first thing about grace is, God draws us to Himself by His Spirit, and His Spirit reveals Who Jesus is and why we need Him. We weren’t saved because of anything we did or because we were special. When God called Abram (Later, named Abraham), there is no evidence that Abraham was seeking after God. Rather, it came suddenly. It says “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen 12:1). Abraham wasn’t expecting it or seeking God at all. It was the other way around. Then there is Paul’s conversion on the Damascus Road. Saul, who was later named Paul, was not seeking God at all. In fact, he was seeking to destroy the people of God (Acts 9), so God made the first move. The Apostle John wrote, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), so God made the first move.  Just a quick reading of Ephesians 1 should convince you that it is God’s seeking grace that found us and brought us to Christ. I was lost but then I was found. I never found God because He was never lost. He sought me and caught me and them bought me by the precious blood of the Lamb of God.

God’s Saving Grace

Obviously, the Bible teaches that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:8-9), and “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). It is only through Jesus Christ that “we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom5:2). Prior to this, we were dead in our sins (Eph 2:1-5), but when we heard the gospel, we found that “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16b), however we can’t argue with the fact that “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). That power in the gospel brings us to God’s saving grace.

God’s Securing Grace

Next is God’s securing grace, which Jesus speaks of in John 5:24, telling the disciples that “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life,” and speaking of death, even that cannot separate us from God. In fact, nothing or no one can do that (Rom 8:38-39). Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26)? I pray you do. Jesus promised that “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:38), and that “whoever believes has eternal life” (John 6:47). One of the greatest testimonies of God’s securing grace is Jesus saying, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). Think anyone can snatch us from God’s hand? Not sure? One thing I’m sure of is “that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6).

God’s Satisfying Grace

God’s grace is satisfying, perhaps in part because we know we’re secure in Him (John 10:28-29; Rom 8), but there is another touch of grace found in Psalm 4:7 where David wrote, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” David also writes, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). David had confidence in knowing that “goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6). After his days on earth, David knew he would “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” How satisfying is that!? Very, I would say.

Our Sharing Grace

Finally we see that we are to share God’s grace. The Apostle Paul had no choice but to preach. He was compelled by God to do so, and said that “necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Cor 9:16b). When warned about mentioning Jesus’ name in public, the disciples told the Jewish religious leaders, “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). That should be us! We should not be able to keep our mouth shut! It’s greater than a cure for cancer; it’s the double-quick cure for eternal death. How can we ever be silent about such good news…the best of news! Paul said, “I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish” to preach the gospel (Rom 1:14). Jeremiah was no better at containing Word of God than the disciples were. Jeremiah wrote, “If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jer 20:9). Does that describe you? Does it feel like a fire you cannot contain, or has the fire burn low into embers?

Conclusion

Sometimes, grace is abused or taken for granted, but that’s not going to turn out well, at least in the long run. God will chasten us because He loves us, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Heb 12:6), so “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline” (Heb 12:8), but we must share the good news about God’s grace. Tell them about God’s seeking grace; about God’s saving grace; about God’s securing grace; about God’s satisfying grace; and about sharing grace. Jesus said the gospel includes repentance and faith (Mark 1:14-15); that He is the one and only way (John 6:44, 14:6; Acts 4:12), and that God loved the world enough that whoever believes in the Son of God will not perish but receive eternal life (John 3:16). God’s grace is totally free (Eph 2:8-9), and yet it is the most priceless thing there is. That’s why grace is so amazing.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Rut Rho…seems no gawd required!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6095669/Ghost-black-hole-previous-black-hole-astrophysics.html

    Evidence (something you couldn’t care less about) now points towards an eternal universe constantly recycling itself over and over and over eternally…no gawd required anywhere at any time. That includes Zeus, Odin, Yahweh or any of the 10,000 MAN MADE gawds of history that gullible, ignorant people have “believed” in

    Now, on to your latest infantile regurgitation of your ancient ridiculous superstitious stupid book and the lunatics who wrote it and “believe” in it as a true vision of reality….

    “We are saved by the grace of God”

    Bullshit. Demonstrate that ANY gawd has ever existed. Demonstrate that anyone needs to be “saved” from said invisible undetectable agent who has nothing better to do with eternal time. Demonstrate ANYTHING you claim as being actually true. ANYTHING!

    “God will chasten us because He loves us”

    Bullshit. No loving “parent” celestial or Earthy would EVER sentence his offspring with eternal torture for finite transgressions. Your imaginary celestial dictator is a pathological, psychotic tyrant and you a willing slave out of fear not love. Good news jack! It’s all bullshit make believe nonsense from a BOOK! There is NOTHING you can show to be true of this perverted vision of reality

    Endlessly quoting your absurd BOOK is not proof of the propositions contained within jack. It is simple minded cult mentality that only the most credulous, gullible and ignorant could accept as true.

    You are a hostage to superstition and stupidity jack….seek help.

    • Glory

      Congratulations, Pastor Wellman.

      Berean Literal Bible
      If you are insulted in the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:14

      • pud

        LOL

        Stand up and tell the other children in the cult class what a “spirit” is, what the “spirit of glory” is and demonstrate to the other slow kids that a word of this drivel is actually true.

        Bonus points for doing the above without giving another ridiculous quote to prove the ridiculous quote by a know nothing similar ancient religious lunatic

        • Glory

          Thanks for the insults. I will pray for you. Maybe God will set you free before the FBI gets wind of you committing this hate crime of stalking a pastor online.

          How many years have you been engaging in it? Really there are no other Christian places to go hate on believers and no getting your own blog to spout your skepticism on?

          • pud

            1. Pray your guts out…you’ll get the exact same results you get from all your other mindless begging of and to the imaginary thing in your head. Remember….”it’s gods plan” we’re talking about so I don’t think you begging for the “almighty” to change his plan and have me become a delusional cult member like you is very likely. Seeing as he ignores the begging of real people in dire need all the time and never once healed an amputee, I’m even more confident that you’re delusionally wasting your time…but go ahead…knock yourself out

            2. Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule. You and your superstitious barbaric blood death cult are ridiculous so you reap what you sow…to quote your book.

            3. I will continue to confront and expose your sick death cult and the priests who make their living lying to children until my last breath as would and should every rational person. Jack isn’t my only target. I confront all of you wherever and whenever I can. I hold your feet to the fire and demand you demonstrate the truth of the many absurd “claims” you make about the nature of reality. Why can’t you rise to the challenge and rationally defend against my arguments? Jack cowers before me…he’s totally afraid to debate me as some small part of him obviously knows he’s delusional and would get trashed in a debate with me. Are you a coward too?

            4. Free speech and critique of STUPID RIDICULOUS ideas IS NOT “hate crimes” stupid it is in actuality the duty of every free thinking rational person. I don’t harbor “hate”…I have contempt for you, your cult, your delusional ideology and mostly those who make their wretched living promoting your absurd nonsense particularly to children who cannot reason properly yet

            Now why can’t you answer my questions and define the meaningless woo woo words you bandy about? Tell us all what is and how you know what “spirit” “spiritual” “holy spirit” etc actually is….do not quote more buybull gibberish, define and prove the existence of your words!

            Do it! Don’t be a coward…defend your “faith”

          • Glory

            The burden is on you to seek God and let Him make you into a spiritual person while there is still time.

            I am not insecure. I don’t have to justify myself by proving things like some doubting insecure person.

            I fearlessly put myself into God’s hands a long time ago not knowing just how much work I needed but I would do it again because He makes masterpieces.

            Read Romans 1. You suppressed your knowledge of God. And only you can do the self study to determine why.

            Really why argue? I am not full of doubts. I can stand and deliver the Gospel shamelessly because it is the truth.

            May His Grace Abound To You!

          • pud

            That is insane.

            Whomever makes the “claim” bears the burden of proof! Rational people do not start with a presupposition and then brainwash themselves into delusionally “believing” in them….if this were the case then every imaginary creature ever dreamed up you could convince yourself into “believing” in….pixies, elves, fairies….If you only believe in them then you would see that they are real! See how stupid this non reasoning is? You are irrational.

            You joined a death cult and that’s all you did. You swallowed a popular superstition just like billions of people have done for all manner of ridiculous notions through all of time. If you lived in India you would be babbling the same nonsense about Hanuman the monkey god.

            I told you…I do NOT care what your stupid book says….it is NOT proof of itself! It is a book full of claims that you’ve mindlessly adopted without any critical thought or questioning….quoting more nonsense doesn’t make your original nonsense valid

            You can parrot the stupid book all day and night….but if you cannot DEMONSTRATE the truth of all your claims then you actually know nothing! Every muslim can quote the Q’ran. Every Hindu can quote their holy book. Every religion that ever existed can recite their dogma…..does NOT make any of their or your claims TRUE! Does it?

            You can “believe” just like they all do…with equal conviction….but unless you can demonstrate why ANY “belief” is TRUE, ALL “beliefs” no matter how absurd are equally vacuous. Get it?

          • I don’t think she gets your argument, Pud. I suspect that she is the same person that used to go under various monikers including, Bible Berean.

          • pud

            They don’t “get” anything. They are mentally ill and incapable of reasoned thought or comprehension

          • pud

            “The burden is on you to seek God and let Him make you into a spiritual person while there is still time.

            I am not insecure. I don’t have to justify myself by proving things like some doubting insecure person.”

            Turn it around and you’ll see how stupid this is…..”The burden is on you to seek Hanuman the monkey god and let him make you into a spiritual person while there’s still time”….Same stupid statement just substituting one imaginary undetectable “god” for another…both are equally INVALID

            You are TOTALLY insecure…if you weren’t you wouldn’t need to have your cults threat of eternal torture hanging over you! “while there’s still time” You “believe” this unsupported nonsense out of FEAR! and that is NOT being secure

            Argumentation is how RATIONAL people test their world views. Stupid, irrational, brainwashed people fear argumentation because they are fully invested in their cult doctrine and terrified that they could be wrong. Anyone who is afraid to be proven wrong is not a rational person but is a brainwashed indoctrinated cult member.

          • Glory

            Well since you refuse to see God’s point of view I will leave you to your own devices.

            Seeing another person’s point of view precedes arguing because if you don’t see it you are attacking strawmen and misconceptions and maybe your own half baked stereotypes.

            It is hard to see another person’s perspective in person but even harder online.

            Imagine all the people in this world who never learned a single thing about God’s perspective when people are meant to be the apple

          • pud

            I’ve read and listened to every delusional apologist alive…they have nothing to say.

            Rational people DO NOT accept the blathering of others without critical analysis, proof of claim, demonstrable evidence.

            Omnipotent all knowing “beings” (love that stupid woo woo undefined word you all babble) do not have “perspectives” A perspective is an opinion. An opinion is a subjective claim that may or may not be true. Therefore your infantile “claim” that your invisible undetectable “god” thing cannot be all knowing and all powerful

            See how reason works? It trumps blind faith every time

          • Glory

            Let me knock over your idol “Reason”.

            Reason is suppose to be a tool but you have idolized it.

            People have other things in addition to reason that they rely on like perception, pattern formation, etc.

            Reasoning is a capability of the mind.

            I trust my mind and knew I heard the truth.

            You didn’t.

            You replaced your God given mind with things learned from people and let them confuse you.

            As if your own mind could not make critical distinctions.

            I am a people person and I spotted Jesus from the crowd. He is exactly who he claims to be.

            I understand though. Some people are more perceptive than others.

            Seeking to know God’s perspective more exactly
            might have been the very thing you needed but you were not ready for it so have a blessed day. I don’t try to argue people into relationships with other people that they don’t understand.

          • pud

            NO….”reason” is a methodology to arrive at the truth. It is a process not a thing. A process cannot be idolized. Anyone who doesn’t “reason” correctly is deemed insane, delusional or irrational. You can only be “rational” or “irrational” Rational people use the tool called reason to discern FACT from FICTION…there is no other way.

            Proper “perception” and “pattern recognition” MUST rely on reason or else your perceptions and patterns will be FALSE!

            No you didn’t “trust your mind” you were and are gullible. The TRUTH is testable, demonstrable, repeatable….people suffer delusions all the damn time….we separate these feelings and intuitions into fact or fiction via and only via REASON.

            People claim they have been abducted by aliens do they not? Are their feelings and convictions proof that they actually were? That aliens do exist and abduct people? NO! Same goes for your assumptions based upon voices in your head that you WON’T and CAN’T demonstrate!

            “jesus” never said ANYTHING! No name authors of a book “claim” this and that. Tell me who followed him around and wrote down exactly what he said even when he was alone in the garden and the wilderness? Give me this reporters name. You can’t because it is all and entirely a STORYBOOK! A fable written by MEN…ignorant, superstitious MEN and you cannot show otherwise

            Demonstrate that you “spotted jesus”…..then I’ll know for certain that you are genuinely insane

            You follow a BOOK! You’ve chosen to swallow the words of no name religious lunatics without a single critical test being done to check the validity of their assertions. That is THE definition of gullibility. Everything in this book save for a few names and place names can be shown to be FALSE yet you are unwilling to examine what can be shown in favor of what can delusionally be “believed” without evidence

          • Glory

            Bye. God is my Judge not you. Who are u to judge me insane on a message board. The idea is ludicrous and shows your pride.

            Prove you are sane after stalking a pastor for years on this blog.

            You gain nothing by arguing. Arguing is not humble, genuine truth seeking.

            You are set in your ways. Einstein said intelligent people can change but you are stubbornly against changing.

          • pud

            You’re a coward.

            The diagnosis of “insane” is quite clear. If you are incapable of reason then you are insane. You clearly are incapable of reason or formulating a reasoned argument. That makes you insane. You may be functionally insane but insane none the less

            Look up the definition of “stalking” it doesn’t include adding my comments to the COMMENT SECTION set up by the host does it? More proof that you cannot reason properly

            All argument done via rational argument is in fact truth seeking.

            I change all the time when given RATIONAL ARGUMENTS to persuade me! You can’t even entertain other arguments for it is YOU who is indifferent to reason, facts, evidence, logic and the possibility that you are wrong

          • Glory

            You are an unworthy debate partner.

            God says:

            He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself, And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself. Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, and he will love you (Proverbs 9:7-8).

            You just proved God right, Stalker.

            Have a blessed life.

          • pud

            You are unstable, irrational and insane as well as inept at defending your warped delusional imaginary version of reality

            “god” doesn’t and didn’t say anything….your BOOK was written by MEN!

            Demonstrate how you KNOW that any “god” said anything….if you can’t then you are just babbling nonsensical claims like ANY religious lunatic from any religion could do as equally as yourself

            You’ve been totally unable to answer a single one of my questions….proves that you’re a fully indoctrinated cult member incapable of critical thinking

            Again…look up the definition of “stalker” and what a “COMMENT” section is used for in a blog

          • pud

            And you’re a cherry picking cowardly fraud per your own story book.. So you have sinned and disobeyed the word of your “god”

            1 Peter 3:15 but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

            2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.

            Ephesians 5:11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

          • pud

            Also…I’ve not “refused” anything. You’ve failed to even try to DEMONSTRATE that 1. there is a “god” 2. that it’s your particular “god” 3. that it has or even could have a “perspective” 4. “how” you “know” anything you claim is actually true. I’m sure you would agree that only a gullible fool would accept nonsensical gibberish. I can take your entire ridiculous statement and turn it completely around using Hanuman the monkey god and you would have nothing to say about it. Clearly the ONLY resolution to this is for you to PROVE your claims are more valid than the Hindus claims and you don’t even bother to try

        • Glory

          You are very important to God and I would like you to google and read Aion-Aionios by John Wesley Hanson before making any more hell fire allegations.

          If you have never bothered to master God’s Hebraic point of view/perspective then you have no business charging Him publicly.

          • pud

            Claim…

            Demonstrate that any “god” past or present has ever/ does exist….do it!

            Define “god”

            Demonstrate that this “god” finds me important…do not quote from your stupid book as the book is NOT evidence for itself. Construct a rational argument to demonstrate the truth of your “claims”

            You know “gods” point of view eh? LOL Demonstrate HOW you KNOW this. Do not quote rubbish from your stupid book, construct a valid rational argument that proves the truth of yet another “claim”

            I do not care in the least what you or any other delusional “believer” says…I care about what is actually demonstrably TRUE!