Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Lavish Grace

Text Used: Romans 3.22-25; Luke 15.11-32

Definition of Grace

Grace is God’s FREE and unmerited favor shown to guilty sinners who deserve on JUDGEMENT.

Three questions to ask ourselves about grace

1. Do I know the GIVER of grace?
2. Do I understand the GIFT of grace?
3. Do I GRASP the lavishness of grace?

PRELUDE TO GRACE

Genesis 6.5 – The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Isaiah 53.6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Romans 3.10-18 – 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16in their paths are ruin and misery,17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Grace through human ACHIEVEMNT
Grace through divine ACCOMPLISHMENT

PRINCIPLES OF GRACE

1. Grace ACCEPTED by Faith. (Romans 3.22)
2. Grace AVAILABLE to All Who Believe (Romans 2.22-23)
3. Grace AWARDED freely (Romans 3.24)
4. Grace ACQUIRED through redemption (Romans 3.24)
5. Grace ACCOMPLISHED through propitiation (Romans 3.25)

Luke 15.11-32

SHAMEFUL REQUEST:
Luke 15.11-12 – 11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

SHAMEFUL RESPONSE:
Luke 15.12b –  …And he divided his property between them.

SHAMEFUL REBELLION:
Luke 15.13-16 – 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

SHAMEFUL REPENTANCE:
Luke 15.17-19 – 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19  I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’

SHAMEFUL RECEPTION:
Luke 15.20-21 – 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

SHAMEFUL REJOICE:
Luke 15.22-24 – 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

SHAMEFUL REALIZATION:
Luke 15.25-30 – 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’

A LAVISH GRACE FILLED REACTION:
Luke 15:31-32 – 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’

Take from a sermon by Pastor Ricky Le Mons

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March 11, 2012 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, Church, family, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Life, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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