The Riches of the Righteous Sermon Series
The Riches of His Grace
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Intro: After studying the riches of His grace, I have come to realize that there is no way to expound or explain the grace of God. Of all God’s attributes and characteristics, His grace is one of the most difficult to describe.
I have learned a few things though. Here are some thoughts on the subject:
A. The Riches of His Grace are Personal
- Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
B. The Riches of His Grace are Proportional
- 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
- 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
- 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith…
C. The Riches of His Grace are Provisional
- 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
- James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
I. The Definition of Grace
Straight from the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary:
1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.
2. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.
3. Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.
4. The application of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner.
5. A state of reconciliation to God.
6. Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, etc. proceeding from divine influence.
7. Favor; mercy; pardon.
II. The Dispensation of Grace
A. To the Sinners
- 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
- 20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
- 21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
- 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
- 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
B. To the Saints
- Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
1. Through Supplication
- Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
2. For Service
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
- Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
- Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
- Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
- 2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
3. For Suffering
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
4. For Sanctification
- 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
- 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
III. The Duration of Grace
A. The Present Riches
- 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
- 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
B. The Promised Riches
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
C. The Perpetual Riches
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.