Simon the magician offered Peter money to receive the anointing. Acts 8:20 “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money.”
-The sinner must die. This statement met with another statement when Jesus died on the cross. -God had to punish the sinner but in His mercy, He chose to punish His own Son instead, to save the lost. -Grace through faith allows us to declare that “all the punishment I deserve fell on Jesus who committed no sin. All the good that Jesus should have received came to me instead; just because I believed in Him. God looks at me through His Son, Jesus, and I communicate with God through Jesus Christ as well.” We must realize that we don’t deserve grace and be transformed by this amazing gift.
Our problem is not that the law is spiritual, but that we have a carnal nature and we are slaves to sin.
- It can be defined as redemption, which clearly implies that a price is to be paid for freedom to become a reality and for enslavement to disappear altogether. -Salvation is the process by which man is ransomed from the enslavement of sin through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
HOMEWORK: Make a list of people who are close to you, relatives and/or friends that have not yet opened their hearts to Jesus. Pray for them and ask the Lord for an opportunity where by you can share the plan of salvation with them, so that they can also share in God’s grace.
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world throughout him.”
1. Abundant Grace Ephesians 2:8-9 “God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
a. What is grace? <ul><li>Grace is God’s mercy given to those who don’t deserve it. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the most amazing God-given gift to everyone who desires to receive it, and it’s priceless. </li></ul>
b. Description of grace <ul><li>Rom. 3:20 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” </li></ul><ul><li>Rom. 3:24 “…and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” </li></ul><ul><li>Rom. 10:4 “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” </li></ul>
c. Justification by grace <ul><li>Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died on the cross for us.” </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 4:4-5 “When people work, their wages are not a gift. Workers earn what they receive. But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.” </li></ul>
By grace we give Jesus all our weaknesses while we accept all His strength by surrendering our… <ul><li>sins and accept His salvation. </li></ul><ul><li>sicknesses and accept His healing. </li></ul><ul><li>needs and accept His provision. </li></ul><ul><li>anguish and accept His peace. </li></ul><ul><li>will and accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>human knowledge and accept His wisdom. </li></ul>
d. Grace and sin <ul><li>Rom. 7:14 “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.” </li></ul><ul><li>Col. 2:14 “Having cancelled the written decree…that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gal. 6:14 “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” </li></ul>
2. What is Salvation? <ul><li>Salvation is equivalent to rescue. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a ransom being exchanged, in order to set a person free from enslavement imposed on them by someone or something, or even by an oppressing situation. </li></ul>
There are four parts to God’s plan for salvation: <ul><li>Justification (we’re accepted) </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration (rebirth) </li></ul><ul><li>Sanctification (consecration, set apart) </li></ul><ul><li>Redemption (salvation, deliverance) </li></ul>