Dec4SunDecember 4, 2016
“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24 NLT
As we enter into the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, let’s remember “The Wonderful Grace of God.” Christmas without Jesus is not Christmas at all. At Christmas we celebrate His birth. At His birth the Angel announced to the shepherds in the field, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (see Lk 2:10-11).” In addition to celebrating the birth, let’s remember the Mission. Throughout the Book of Acts the central theme is, “Repentance of sin, Faith in God, Salvation through Jesus, and the Resurrection of the dead”. It is only through Jesus that we are able to enjoy The Wonderful Grace of God.
What is so wonderful about this grace? First of all we don’t deserve it. Secondly, we can do nothing to earn it. Thirdly, we can’t survive without it. Under the law of first mention (principle that requires one to go to that portion of the Scriptures where a doctrine is mentioned for the first time and to study the first occurrence of the same in order to get the fundamental inherent meaning of that doctrine"), grace is revealed in scripture in Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” God at that time was ready to destroy all mankind and every living creature because man was wicked and his heart evil continually. In the midst of this God sees Noah (quiet, rest) and chooses to show grace towards him. As a result, his family was saved as well.
Grace is found in the eyes of God and He gives it to whomever He pleases. It’s His choice. It is not a debt owed; Grace is the free gift of God. By grace we are saved through faith. Again, God was ready to destroy man and animals because of wickedness. The same wickedness goes on today. We deserved His judgement/wrath then and we deserve it now. One man found grace or discovered grace in the eyes of God. Grace was not lost; man was. This Grace is defined as One superior bending or stooping to show kindness and favor to one inferior. They don’t have to, but they choose to. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, but we can’t survive without it.
The opposite of God’s grace is His law. His law is a righteous requirement that if not obeyed will bring His wrath. The law came by/through Moses but grace and truth came by/through Jesus according to John 1:17. Grace preserved Noah and his family but wickedness proceeded even after the flood of that day. We see an example, a warning and admonition for us to learn and live by. Look into the eyes of God through the face of Jesus and you will find grace to help in your time of need. With it Noah was able to save his family and the animals prescribed by God. Believe God for your family’s salvation.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31