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Grace

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The grace of God provides us with the time and opportunity to repent for our sins and obey God.

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Grace

  1. 1. THE GRACE OF GOD An Allowance of Time & Opportunity
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION The word ‘grace’ is not always used in the same sense as in the bible If you look up grace in the dictionary you will see that there are multiple meanings Divine grace in particular is often misunderstood & misinterpreted by people This presentation will clarify exactly what God’s grace is and how it is pertinent to our salvation ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. GRACE IS NOT..... God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense (acronym) “God’s love FREELY offered” to ALL human beings “Unmerited PARDON of sins” “God’s gift of SALVATION” granted to EVERYONE A LICENSE to sin ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. GRACE IS MISUNDERSTOOD All of these definitions seem to convey that there is a one sided relationship between God & human beings God as the supplier & man exclusively as the beneficiary The problem with these definitions is that they often mislead people to think that they can gain salvation freely with no effort on their part This idea couldn’t be further from the truth So what is grace & what role does it play in our salvation? ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. GRACE DEFINED Christ is GRACE (John 1: 14-17) His GRACE is defined as an extension of time & opportunity provided to humankind in order to PROVE ourselves worthy to gain salvation Think of a LENDER that provides a BORROWER with additional time & an opportunity to make payment on a debt without penalty Christ is the LENDER & we are the BORROWERS We are in debt to Christ because he sacrificed his life & suffered great persecution on our behalf ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  6. 6. GRACE DEFINED How we make payment to God is by obeying his laws & being willing to suffer trials & persecutions on behalf of the truth The additional time provided to us is LIMITED If we do not take advantage of the time and opportunity God has provided to us the penalty is losing our lives To many this penalty seems very harsh; however, God is merciful & gave us a second chance to gain eternal life through grace ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  7. 7. WHY WAS GRACE NECESSARY? Adam & Eve disobeyed God and ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil As a result of this transgression humankind was corrupted with sin & death Despite popular belief, the law was established from the beginning of time and not at the time of Moses God made the following judgment: “The soul that sinneth shall die...” ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  8. 8. WHY WAS GRACE NECESSARY? Satan knew this judgment and thought that if he could get humankind to sin he could destroy us for good God the Father knows all and sees all & designed the blueprint of salvation from the beginning What Satan didn’t realize is that Christ was slain before the foundation of the world and we were granted grace so that we could overcome (Revelation 13: 8) God was not going to lose any of of his children because of Satan’s deceitful ways ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  9. 9. THE TRUTH ABOUT GRACE It is TRUE that grace is a ‘FREE GIFT’ It was Christ, NOT US, who had to sacrifice his life in order for grace to take effect Grace was given to ALL humankind This means that every human being has the opportunity to gain salvation (Ephesians 4: 7 & Titus 2: 11-14 & Romans 5: 14-15) ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. THE TRUTH ABOUT GRACE It is TRUE that grace is a ‘FREE GIFT’ (cont..) There are many examples indicating that God gives EVERYONE an EQUAL opportunity to gain salvation When Christ came down upon this earth he preached the gospel & performed miracles not only for the righteous but for the wicked as well Judas Iscariot was an apostle like Peter and John, He walked with Christ and received the gift to perform miracles, yet he still betrayed Christ ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  11. 11. THE TRUTH ABOUT GRACE It is TRUE that grace is a ‘FREE GIFT’ (cont..) God’s word comes in the form of the bible, which is produced on mass levels and in multiple languages throughout the world Think of the word of God as a seed that is planted in everyone (Please read the Parable of the Sower & the Seed - Matthew 13: 3-8 & 18 -23) The Holy Spirit is sent to ALL to convince them of righteousness so that this seed can take root Most people in this world will reject the word of God & the Holy Spirit; therefore, the seed does not take root & they continue in sin When a person rejects the word of God they also reject His grace ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  12. 12. THE TRUTH ABOUT GRACE It is TRUE that grace is ‘UNMERITED’ We were NOT granted grace because of our own merit Remember that man transgressed the law from the beginning (e.g. Adam & Eve) We don’t have the power; nor is there any righteous work that we could have done to enable ourselves to have grace We have grace because God is merciful & He gave it to us Ephesians 2: 4-5 & 8-9 ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  13. 13. THE TRUTH ABOUT GRACE It is TRUE that grace guarantees a “RESURRECTION” for all When Christ died it ensured that all humankind that died the common death, prior to his coming, would resurrect It is important to know that there are two resurrections The resurrection of life are for those who obey God The resurrection of damnation are for those that do not obey & will die the second or eternal death ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  14. 14. GRACE & THE LAW “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6: 14) When looking at this scripture it may leave one with the impression that you do not have to keep the commandments of God because we have been granted grace In the same chapter the Apostle Paul also stated this.... “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (Romans 6: 15)” • Given that sin is defined as the transgression of the commandments it would seem that Apostle Paul is contradicting himself; however, this is not the case ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  15. 15. GRACE & THE LAW Paul’s writings were inspired by the Holy Spirit but are often difficult to understand There are three laws that Paul would discuss in his teachings Sacrificial Law - the law of sacrificing & offering of animals during the Levitical Priesthood Law of Sin & Death - Eternal death & condemnation if you commit a sin (“The soul that sinneth shall die...”) Law of the Spirit of Life -this law commands us to walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit who will teach us to obey the 1o commandments & abstain from the works of the flesh, which is sin Paul would often state ‘the law’ without specifying which law he was referring to in his writings ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  16. 16. GRACE & THE LAW So which law was Paul referring to with the scripture below?..... “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6: 14) He was referring to the Law of Sin & Death Since the sin of Adam & Even, ALL of us were born in sin If we were still under the Law of Sin & Death we would ALL die the eternal death & there would be no hope for us By being under grace, God has granted us TIME & an OPPORTUNITY to seek & obey his commandments so that we can gain eternal life & escape eternal damnation ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  17. 17. GRACE & THE LAW If there is still doubt as to whether or not you should still obey God’s commandments review what Christ had to say about them St. John 14: 15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Matthew 5: 17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5: 48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  18. 18. FINAL WORDS.... We ALL have an OPPORTUNITY to gain eternal life by the grace & mercy of God To take advantage of this opportunity we have to obey God God gives us the ability to choose Choose LIFE by keeping the laws of God while it is still today ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  19. 19. QUESTIONS? For questions regarding this presentation please contact us via email at info@householdofisrael.org or by phone at 219.949.9308 ©2011 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved

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