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The GRACE of God that SAVES!

   While listening to a Brother in Christ testifying to the wonderful grace of God that saved him, I was reminded of the words of the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  What the Lord Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary is the grace of Christ that saves.

   The grace of God the Father is seen in his eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him (that is, the faith of Christ which makes us righteous [Romans 3:22], declares us to be justified in God's sight [Galatians 2:16] and secures for us the promise of God's Spirit, the Holy Ghost [Galatians 3:22; Acts 1:4-8]) (Ephesians 3:11-12).

   The grace of God the Father was demonstrated at Calvary, where he delivered his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).  The use of should is subjunctive in mood.  We use such terms as would, could, should, might, etc. to express a wish, something contrary to fact or to speak of the future as though it were past.  If I say, This should work; I think in my mind the it will work; but, I do not really know.  When a member of a losing football team states, I could have caught that ball, he thinks it is a settled deal, but he was not in the game even to get a chance to try.  However, when God uses the subjunctive -- the One who made all things and knows the end from the beginning -- when He speaks of the future (shall) as if it has already come to pass (should), God knows of what he speaks!  The White Throne Judgment is already past to every soul that believes upon the Lord Jesus Christ!  They should not perish!  Why, because they have passed from death unto life by their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

   The grace of the blessed Holy Spirit of God, that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:11-14).

   Have you found the grace of God?  Has the grace of God reached you?  All you have to do is recognize your sin, repent of your dead works and place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone! 

Earlier Event: January 7
Bible Baptist Church
Later Event: January 28
Highland Baptist Church