KNOW
THE
TRUTH

John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

February, 2018 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“The Riches of His Grace!”

The Apostle to the Gentiles stated intently to Christians that they had been made accepted, and that they had known redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness of sins, all according to the riches of God’s grace!

Ephesians 1:6-7 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

The riches of God’s great grace are directional to His creation. This great favor He has shown towards man from the creation.

In the heart of a world gone mad with evil intent, Noah would find this grace bestowed on him.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

This given grace would demand great effort on Noah’s part to preach to a lost world (2 Peter 2:5), to move with fear and prepare a great ark (Hebrews 11:7); all of which would lead to their salvation from the just wrath of God; so, that everything God asked of Noah was laced with this grace.

This great favor of God on Noah would be a type, a shadow of a grace that God would bestow in a couple of stages that would not benefit just one man, but many!

The first stage of this grace would be seen hundreds of years prior to it being given. King David would, through the Spirit of God, see in advance the beauty of the Messiah of God and His kingdom. In this Messianic prophecy in song, David would recognize that God would give His grace poured out on the lips of the Messiah.

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.”

When the Messiah came into the world, as promised (Isaiah 7:14), this promised grace was given to Him from God.

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

As he aged and the time came for Him to begin the work that the Father had sent Him to accomplish, God continued to bestow this grace pre-spoken by King David, so that God’s very own words would come from His lips (this grace was given by God’s Spirit being given to Him without measure).

John 3:34-36 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.””

With this grace bestowed by God; He would, like Noah, preach righteousness to a world lost to God in sin. The very people He had come to first (Matthew 15:24; John 1:11), would be those by whom He would accomplish the first stage of His great work, and they would kill Him!

At the conclusion of this great first stage of the work of the Messiah, then God would raise Him from the dead as vindication to all of His claims and bestow upon Him the very kingdom that David also witnessed in His great prophecy (Acts 2:24-36).

At the conclusion of the first stage of God’s grace being given to His Messiah, there can be little doubt that all of this was accomplished for the rest of His creation (you and me).

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”

There can be little doubt that the very definition of God’s grace for man can be summed up in Jesus the Christ. Thus the first stage that was necessary to bestow God’s grace for salvation was accomplished by the Christ of God.


The second stage of the bestowing of the grace of God to the Messiah for all men can be found in the words that pour forth from His lips.

Just as the grace of the Father poured forth from His lips while He was in the flesh (Luke 4:22); God now only speaks to men through Him!

Acts 20:32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

Hebrews 1:1-3God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”

Just as the grace of God appeared to us for salvation as Jesus the Christ; God now only speaks to us concerning this salvation through Jesus the Christ! This is why His Gospel was to be preached to the entire world!

Luke 24:45-49 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”


Stage One: The grace of God that brings salvation has come to man – Jesus the Christ!

Stage Two: God has revealed through Jesus Christ everything He wants us to know about His grace for salvation! The Gospel of Jesus as the Christ is that life giving revelation!

The Natural Conclusion: Everything that God has spoken to man through Jesus Christ is laced with His grace.

Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”

1 John 2:5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”

1 John 3:24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

Just as Paul wrote to Christians in the opening (Ephesians 1:6-7), how God through Christ took them from worthless to precious in His sight; we also, can know acceptance, redemption from spiritual death, and the forgiveness from sins according to the riches of His grace!

Acts 2:37-42 “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation. (Just as it was in the days of Noah!) 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Continued – to abide in)

Won’t You Abide in the Riches of His Grace?

We invite you to worship and learn with us:

Sunday Morning Bible Study – 10 A .M. (Classes for all ages)

Sunday Morning Worship – 10:55 A.M.

Sunday Evening Worship – 5 P.M.

Wednesday Evening Service – 7 P.M.

Visit our web site at: plvcc.org