Monday, 03 November 2014 16:40

Give Thanks for Godís Amazing Grace!

Written by  Pastor Mike Green, Ridgecrest Baptist Church
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“I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way…”(1 Corinthians 1:4-5, NIV)

John Newton’s famous hymn, Amazing Grace, has been called “The National Anthem of the Church.” It is probably the most popular song of all the hymns. “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.” (1st Stanza) Someone might ask, “What’s so amazing about grace?” Well, let’s see what the Bible says in answer to that question. The Old and New Testament word for grace is defined as “the gracious acceptance or favor of God.” It could best be described as the “undeserved, unmerited favor of God toward mankind.” 1 Peter 5:10 speaks of, “the God of all grace.” Psalm 84:11 tells us that, “God gives grace.” John 1:16-17 says, “Grace comes by Jesus Christ.” God’s grace is described as “great” (Acts 4:33), “abundant” (Romans 5:20), “sovereign” (Romans 5:21), “all-sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9), “glorious” (Ephesians 1:6), and “rich” (Ephesians 2:7). We are able to “believe” by grace (Acts 18:27). We are “justified” by grace (Romans 3:24). We are “chosen” by grace (Romans 11:5, 6). We are “called” by grace (Galatians 1:15). We are “forgiven” by grace (Ephesians 1:7). We have “hope” because of grace (2 Thessalonians 2:16).

 

The word can be summed up in this acronym, G-R-A-C-E. Each letter says something about the wonderful grace of God.

 

Gis for “Gift;” the gift of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 5:15).

Ris for “Redemption,” the blessing of salvation that we do not deserve (Ephesians 1:7).

Ais for “Accepted;” by this grace we can become a member of the family of God (Ephesians 1:5-6).

Cis for “Compassion;” God’s unmerited favor is available to everyone (Ephesians 4:7; Titus 2:11).

Eis for “Eternal Life;” only by His grace can we receive it through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:6-7).

 

 

Julia H. Johnston also wrote a great hymn about God’s grace titled, “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.” The inspiring words of the final stanza followed by the chorus proclaim God’s great grace! “Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe; All who are longing to see His face, will you this moment His grace receive? Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.”

 

The Apostle Paul expressed how his life had been transformed by the grace of God, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who gave me strength, because he trusted me and gave me this work of serving him. In the past I spoke against Christ and persecuted him and did all kinds of things to hurt him. But God showed me mercy, because I did not know what I was doing. I did not believe. But the grace of our Lord was fully given to me, and with that grace came the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. What I say is true, and you should fully accept it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:12-15, NCV) “For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain…” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10, ESV)

 

The free gift of salvation is available to us today because of God’s great and marvelous grace!  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV) To have the undeserved opportunity to come before Almighty God and ask for His forgiveness of our sins, and then freely receive His mercy and forgiveness is truly “amazing.” God calls it grace. Now that’s really something to be thankful for!

 

 

 

Mike Green serves as Pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church located at 5260 Vaughn Road in Montgomery. Join us for Sunday worship at 10:45 AM or view our worship service on the Frazer Network each Wednesday at 5:00 PM. Visit our website at www.rbcmontgomery.com.

 

 

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