THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

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THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

THE BEAUTY OF FORGIVENESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a word we both love and hate....

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

JEHOVAH-NISSI, The Lord My Banner

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace JEHOVAH-NISSI The Lord My Banner Exodus 17:8—16 The Amalekites...

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

Robert D. Pace When a Christian is Vulnerable 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration devotionals A Brand Plucked from the Fire Robert D. Pace Near the close of...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING AT THE MANGER?

POINT OF INSPIRATION DEVOTIONAL   Robert D. Pace In 800 BC Isaiah prophesied: “Unto us a...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Recently, I felt directed to re-post this...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

PRACTICING THE PEACE OF GOD

Robert D. Pace Practicing the Peace of God I want to begin our lesson with a question. Which...

HOW TO PRAY AN HOUR AND MAKE IT SEEM 15 MINUTES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks In Matthew 6 Jesus disclosed the prayer of the...

PREVIEW A DISCERN THE DAYS PROPHECY CONFERENCE

This is the trailer for Robert D. Pace's Discern the Days Conference which teaches deep prophetic...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

Battle of Gog and Magog

  Secrets of Israel’s Battle of Gog and Magog Ezekiel 38:14–16 by Robert D Pace The epic...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

DISCOVERING UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jeremiah 33:3...

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

(Verse-by-verse Teaching) The Parousia of Christ And the Appearance of the Antichrist 2...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Jesus Christ Heals! Acts 9:31--35 Robert D. Pace If you opened the medicine...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace DESIRES OF A GODLY PARENT Opening Remarks Our Scripture text...

ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I typically have a single passage as my “message text,” but...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

HOW THE ANTICHRIST WILL RISE TO POWER

Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace It begins with...

21 Ways the Holy Spirit Manifests Himself to Believers

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace (This message is presented in Outline form, describing numerous...

HE WHO SITS ABOVE THE CIRCLE OF THE EARTH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I want to preach to you on the subject: He Who Sits Above the...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

THE PROPHET’S SECLUSION

"Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace The Prophets of Scripture...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

  Robert D Pace Partnership with God Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique...

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

A Voice in the Wilderness

Dr Mark Hardgrove Matthew 3:1-6 INTRODUCTION In Luke chapter 1, verses 1-15 we read of the miracle...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

VANQUISHING FEAR

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Revelation 1:17-18 Today’s subject is universal in...

THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE

  THE ONE-MINUTE CHALLENGE Robert D Pace Have you ever wondered or asked whether Jesus is the...

IS IT WORTH IT TO SERVE THE LORD?

Is it Worth it to Serve the Lord? Robert D. Pace Malachi 3:13--16 Malachi, whose name means...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 1:12 (Illustration) I was twenty-three, had...

“SEEK ME AND LIVE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago,...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

Robert D. Pace The Lost Axehead 2 Kings 6:1--7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about this...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

JESUS FULFILLS MESSIANIC PROPHECIES (V)

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The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

MEN AS ANGELS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 22:30 It’s almost inconceivable that the Bible would...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of the...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Festival of Tabernacles Sukkot, Booths, Ingathering...

YOU CAN KNOW!

Pulpit Today Sermons How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours! 1...

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The Fear of God Robert D. Pace Revelation 14:6--7 We don’t hear much talk about “the fear of God”...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

TEAR IT DOWN!

TEAR IT DOWN! Jeremiah 1:4--10 Robert D. Pace Before converting to Christ, Christians are at best...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

WHAT IS ADVENT?

By Dennis Bratcher Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western...

JESUS—THE FIRST PROSPERITY PREACHER

Robert D. Pace The boast of the Laodicean Church was, “I am rich!” (Revelation 3:17) Gloating over...

AN ASSEMBLAGE OF KNOWERS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime"   Robert D. Pace In recent days, it...

YOUR POWER TO DISCERN THE DAYS

Pulpit Today Sermons Your Power to Discern the Days Matthew 16:1–3 by Robert D Pace Jesus was...

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR “SIGNS AND WONDERS”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Signs and wonders are divine events that display God’s glory...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

THE INSPIRING STORY OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Edited by Robert D. Pace In a...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

HOLY FIRE! WHERE IS IT?

Robert D. Pace HOLY FIRE: WHERE IS IT? 1 Chronicles 22:1 The 21st Century stands upon the...

HOW TO PRAY BIG!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Nothing more is known of Jabez other than...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

Blessings of Waiting on the Lord

  Robert D Pace Blessings of Waiting on the Lord Psalm 27:13—14 I want to start by sharing...

Supernatural Provision For Difficult Times

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 As the Endtime draws nearer the needs of mankind...

THE GLORY OF GOD

Robert D Pace The Glory of God Revelation 21:22--24 (This is Part 1 of two messages on The Glory...

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

FINDING THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS AND WEALTH OF SECRET PLACES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Harbinger) Several years ago, the Lord spoke...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

Robert D. Pace John 13:2-10 It’s estimated that people spend more time communicating than with any...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? Robert D. Pace In recent years, the...

THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 1:1‑4, 14 Awhile back, I asked several Christians what...

VISIONARIES FOR GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 26:18-19 (Illustration) Andrew Carnegie was once asked...

YOU ARE THE LIGHT

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 10:30-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan is the most...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

Supersign of Prophecy

  The Supersign of Prophecy The Final Countdown by Robert D Pace The best way to help prepare...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Robert D. Pace How to Overcome Temptation Genesis 22:1--14 Life is full of temptations and tests....

JESUS IS ALIVE!

Jesus is Alive! Robert D. Pace Matthew 28:1--10 (Illustration) Perhaps you've heard this familiar...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

NONE CAST ASIDE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Isaiah 42:1-4 This message is for those that have, at some...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

JUDAH MUST PLOW

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 28:23-26 God addressed Israel clearly and pointedly in...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

SUCCESS WITH GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Luke 5:1-7 Today’s society places much...

THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The Second Coming of Jesus...

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. They...

MAN’S QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre Scripture Remarks John 20:21 If you could concoct a...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks (Quote) A USA Today poll found that only...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

  Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

SHAPED FOR A HIGHER PLACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, a...

Devotional: LEANING OR LASTING?

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Leaning...

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Pulpit Today Sermons   "Can You Hear Me Now? John 18:1--11 by Robert D Pace Most people don’t...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Can You Walk With God? Exodus 40:17‑19; 33--34 Introduction...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

I WILL SHOW YOU GREAT AND UNSEARCHABLE THINGS

  Robert D Pace I Will Show You Great and Unsearchable Things Jeremiah 33:1--3 Opening Remarks I...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

NOAH’S IMPOSSIBLE ASSIGNMENT

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Genesis 6:9-22 Five chapters had been written in Genesis and...

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST

Pulpit Today Sermon THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST Ephesians 2:8--9 Robert D. Pace Years ago a...

THE BLESSING OF FOCUS!

Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Johann von Dannecker was the famed...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

DARE TO QUESTION GOD!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Jesus knew the...

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU

Robert D. Pace THE HOLY SPIRIT AND YOU Luke 11:11--13 Before His ascension into Heaven Jesus...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

Robert D. Pace THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

THE MYSTERY OF THE ANOINTING

  Robert D Pace The Mystery of the Anointing 1 Peter 4:10--11 I want everyone here to say the...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders Why this is Important for Christians...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

A KING AMONG MEN

Robert D. Pace In ancient days, Persia was governed by a benevolent, loving king. In order to...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

SON OF DAVID / SON OF GOD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Have you...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Robert D. Pace Shamgar's Oxgoad Judges 3:31 Introduction The Book of Judges is intriguing because...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D Pace Checklist for Knowing You’re a Christian 2 Corinthians 13:5...

BIBLE PROPHECIES OCCURRING NOW

By Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth....

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

FIVE PROVISIONS OF CHRIST’S BLOOD

Five Provisions of Christ’s Blood Revelation 12:11 Robert D. Pace Introduction My text is from the...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...
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The Days of Noah Return

The Days of Noah . . . RETURN! by Robert D Pace Moses’ staff parts the Red Sea. Manna falls in the...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

They Forgot the Works of the Lord!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 78:11 From whichever version of the Bible you read, Psalm...

APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered

Pulpit Today Sermons APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

  God's Final Message to Mankind Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks I want to begin with a...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD SAY SO

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The Bible is clear: There’s a pronounced command for an...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:1-6 It seems almost foreign to Americans that...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

THE PEACE OF GOD

Reverend Bud Leonard John 14:27 Introduction Peace means, “Quietness or rest,” and it’s a word...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

Pulpit Today Sermons Who is Jesus Christ? Robert D. Pace Opening Remarks (Illustration) A Pastor...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

THE IMPARTATION OF PRIVILEGE

Robert D. Pace I find myself torn between labeling this post as a Point of Inspiration devotional...

GOD REALLY IS GOOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Genesis 1:1 (While this is a standalone message, it can also...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

WHY CHRISTIANS MUST NOT QUIT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 15:1 2 The Bible describes Christianity as...

“A NEW THING”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Isaiah 43:18--21 Through the years, I have heard people make...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

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Ephesians 2:8–9

Robert D. Pace

Years ago a convicted murderer was given a life sentence to solitary confinement on a desert island. The island rested hundreds of miles from civilization and the agents that delivered him ashore knew it would be a matter of days until he died of starvation and thirst. But before sunset that day, he began collecting some limbs that he would use to construct a raft. He didn’t know what fortune the sea would bring, but he knew death was certain if he didn’t attempt to escape. Once he constructed his flimsy, makeshift raft he launched back out to sea. But as fate would have it, after two weeks of languishing, he encountered a storm that ripped apart his raft. With nothing remaining but a few fragments, and weakened by his struggle against the sea, he began hallucinating. Starving and dehydrated, his hands fell limp and he sunk toward his death. His punishment had fit his crime. But unknown to the murderer, a ship had been approaching through the tempest. And defying justice, the captain spotted the dying man and ordered a crew member to dive to his rescue and pull him aboard. From the depths of the ocean, the man was brought up, resuscitated, and saved!

I have some questions. Did this murderer, trying to escape his punishment, deserve saving? No, he had committed a capital offense. Had his flimsy, makeshift raft saved him? No, it had fallen apart and delivered him into the throes of the ocean. He wasn’t even capable of signaling for help and catching the captain’s attention because he had hallucinated and begun sinking into the sea. This man had nothing to do with his rescue; it came completely from an outside source. The captain chose to rescue him.

That story helps illustrate our redemption. When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden he incurred the death sentence upon the human race. It defiled our relationship with God and rendered us helpless against sin. But that’s when Jesus appeared amidst the sea of humanity. Apart from any defilement, Jesus lived, died, and took our place on the Cross to secure our salvation. And today, his hand of grace stretches toward man, pulls him from the waters, and He says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36).

Now that’s grace! We didn’t deserve to have the Lord of glory sacrifice his life for ours, but He did. And here is what it demonstrated. Christ’s willingness to rescue mankind shows us that his grace is greater than our sins. It’s greater than our transgressions. And it’s greater than our iniquities. And grace is our foremost need from God. There is nothing in life that surpasses our need for God’s grace. I want to explain why that is so.

(Transition) In order to demonstrate the glories of grace I’ll first need to examine the corruption of the human soul. And I will need to return to Adam in the Garden in order to do that.

I. God’s Grace is Man’s Foremost Need

When Adam trespassed against God, mankind suffered horrific consequences. As I mentioned, the primary consequence was the infection of sin. Sin defiled us morally, spiritually, and physically—nothing was left untouched. And when our body, soul, and spirit were infected with sin, we had nothing left to counteract it. Theologians call this total depravity. Those two words are ominous, aren’t they? Total depravity! Let me describe what that means:

Have you ever taken a lengthy vacation and returned home only to find that a bowl of fruit had turned rotten? The entire atmosphere was contaminated. It’s repulsive! Well, you and I are as powerless to reclaim our moral righteousness as is a darkened, rotten, mushy apple or orange or banana is able to recreate a perfectly ripened condition.

In God’s eyes, there is nothing alluring or attractive or fragrant about people that live in sin. Adam’s transgression defiled man from center to circumference. Here is what the Bible says about unregenerate people:

In regard to our soul Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

In regard to our body, Jesus said in John 6:63 that “the flesh counts for nothing” [NIV].

In regard to our mind, Romans 8:7—8 characterizes the sinner’s mind this way: “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. (8) Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

That describes total depravity. But total depravity doesn’t mean it is impossible for sinners to show kindness or practice benevolence. Not at all! Many sinners have lived in philanthropic ways. Total depravity is not about man’s ability to extend kindness; it is about our inability to cleanse our innate sinful nature. Sin has corrupted the core of our being and enslaved us to its demands. And no amount of good works can reverse, repeal, or restore our wellbeing.

But this is where grace emerges. God’s grace through Jesus Christ cleanses us; it regenerates us (which is called being “Born Again,”); it infuses us with his righteousness (which is called justification); and then it empowers us to obey God. This is why the grace of Jesus Christ is man’s greatest need. It accomplishes what mortality is incapable of accomplishing! It conquers sin, repeals its effects, and restores our right-standing with God.

I want to continue emphasizing the fact that grace is our greatest need. As I said earlier, the only way we can understand the true riches of God’s grace is to illustrate the depth of our need.

Some people assume that mankind is inherently good with a few exceptions like Hitler, Osama Ben Laden, Stalin, and Saddam Hussein. But that’s not the case! The Bible doesn’t measure our moral character in relation to another person’s moral character. God measures our moral stature against Himself! And nobody can measure up to the holiness of God.

(Example) We could take the supreme characteristics from all the holy men of history and place those virtues into one individual, and they would still “fall short of the glory of God.” For example, we could take Abraham’s faith, Noah’s obedience, Moses’ meekness, Daniel’s devotion, Paul’s passion, and John’s love and infuse these qualities into one person, and yet the essence of that person would remain morally depraved.

The Bible makes it clear that man is polluted with sin and unable to live up to God’s standard of righteousness:

David said in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

Paul said Romans 3:9—12, “What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, (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.”

Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Because this is so, it leaves people with but one choice if they want to find peace with God. We must accept the grace of God that comes through Jesus Christ and his Cross. And here’s the Good News: God’s grace is sufficient to transform any sinner into a saint.

(Illustration) Jonathan Edwards was the premier revivalist in America’s Great Awakening. He was the third president of Princeton University was also known as America’s foremost thinker during that time. Despite his pedigree, it was known that Dr. Edwards had a daughter with an incorrigible temper. As fate would have it, a godly young man, blinded by beauty, approached Dr. Edwards and asked for “her hand in marriage.” But Dr. Edwards wouldn’t consent. The young man pressed Jonathan Edwards and insisted he was deeply in love with his daughter. But Edwards was resolute and said, “You still can’t have her.” The young man argued again, “But she loves me!” Edwards was unmoved and said, “It doesn’t matter, you still cannot marry my daughter.” Finally, Edwards explained to the young man why he wouldn’t consent to the marriage. He said, “You can’t marry my daughter because she isn’t worthy of you.” The young man was stunned and said, “But Dr. Edwards, isn’t she a Christian?” Edwards sighed and said, “Yes, she’s a Christian. But the grace of God can live with some people when nothing else on earth can!”

That’s what God’s grace can do! It can intervene and abide with us despite our moral deficiencies. But don’t misunderstand me. Grace doesn’t just convert us and move on. If we will allow it, God’s grace will beautify us and overrule any contemptable spirit or selfish part of our being. It was Paul that said in 1 Corinthians 15:10 that, “by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”

(Transition) Now I want to change directions and move into another aspect of God’s grace. Not only is grace man’s greatest need, but this grace that comes from Jesus Christ is also a free gift!

II. Christ’s Grace is a Free Gift

Paul describes it this way Ephesians 2:8—9 when he says,

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, (9) not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Then Paul says in Romans 3:24 that we are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” [NIV]

This incredible grace is totally and completely free. It costs us nothing! Jesus paid the price “in full” and He doesn’t charge us anything! That’s not to say this “free grace” is a “cheap grace” because it hasn’t been discounted. In fact, although it’s free, it’s incalculable! It cost the Son of God his life on the Cross and that makes it priceless!

Here is what Paul means when he says the grace of God is free. He means it is granted apart from any human merit and from any obligation that God owes us. It’s just totally free and undeserved!

(Example) The parable that probably best describes free grace is found in Luke 7, when Jesus spoke of the two debtors. Jesus said they both owed their moneylender what was beyond their ability to repay. One was a marginal debt; the other was huge. But Jesus said when they had no way of making repayment, the moneylender, from the mercy of his heart, cancelled their debts (42). He didn’t cancel their debts because he owed them anything or because they had done anything worthy to have them cancelled. Out of the charity of his heart, he simply cancelled them! And that’s what God’s grace does for us. When we totally relinquish any attempt to gain God’s favor by our works, and believe on the work of Christ alone, his grace will grant the free gift of salvation. And it’s apart from anything we do.

(Illustration) Let me illustrate it this way. Imagine someone working for a corporation for fifty years. Upon retiring, the corporation hosts a banquet in his honor, and then presents him with a gold Rolex watch. Is that Rolex watch a free gift? No. It is a gift; but it is not a free gift. That watch represents fifty years of labor. It would have been a free gift had the man never rendered service to the corporation.

(Illustration) Another way of illustrating this is when you tip your waiter. The gratuity is a gift; but not a free gift. The waiter earned it by racing back and forth from the kitchen to your table to satisfy you. But the grace men receive for salvation is a gift that disregards any human accomplishment or act of righteousness. And this strips us of all boasting before God.

There’s one other point I want to make about this free gift of grace. Do you realize that the faith we use for salvation isn’t even our faith. The faith we exercise to accept Christ as Savior is borrowed from God. Listen once again to Ephesians 2:8—9 when it says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (9) not by works, so that no one can boast.” [NIV]

Here is what’s amazing about this passage: We know that the grace of salvation comes directly from God, but did you notice that even the faith we use to obtain salvation does not originate from us? It’s given to us from God. Listen to the verse once again: “You have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” There is no point in the plan of redemption that permits us to boast about earning our salvation.

I like how the New Living Translation paraphrases it: “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” There is no point in the Plan of Salvation that lets us boast that we did anything! Jesus did it all!

(Transition) Aren’t you glad your name is written in the Book of Life? (Pause) Let’s talk about that book for a moment.

Names in the Book of Life

(Illustration) For years, I have heard it said that when someone prays the sinner’s prayer and accepts Christ as their Savior that “a new name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Maybe you remember the old song, “There’s a New Name Written Down in Glory.” But actually, the Bible doesn’t say it happens that way. Your name was not scribed into the Lamb’s Book of Life when you became a Christian. And there is an interesting passage that illustrates this.

In Luke 10, Jesus sent the Twelve Apostles and fifty-eight evangelists (70 in total) to preach the Good News and work miracles. When the seventy returned, they celebrated how demons were exorcised at their command. Do you remember how Jesus responded? He said in Luke 10:20, “Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” [ESV]

Jesus had not died on the Cross at this point, yet He said their names had already been registered in Heaven! And when you read Revelation 13:8 and Revelation 17:8 you find that God has written the name of every believer that will go to Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life “before the foundation of the world.” He did this before creating the earth!

(Insight) Do you know what this means? God did it this way, so He could pronounce us righteous even before the start of our course and not the end of our course when we had accumulated labors in his name. Grace doesn’t search for something meritorious at the end of our course to pronounce us righteous. A million years wouldn’t be enough time for us to work our way into Heaven. But the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus, “the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world,” is enough!

Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:9 that God “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

(Illustration) It’s said that Scotland’s great evangelist John Knox experienced a terrible nightmare during his last fleeting hours on Earth. When he awoke he explained how Satan tempted him to believe that his lifetime of faithful ministry had merited spending eternity in Heaven. But I love how John Knox reacted. With a multiplied faith from his deathbed, he exclaimed: “But blessed be God who enabled me to beat down and quench the fiery dart . . . [it’s] by the ‘grace of God’ [that] I am what I am.’”

There’s tremendous mystery in the plan of redemption. We don’t fully understand how our salvation was determined, but we are certain how salvation was not determined. It didn’t originate from our worthless works. Christ’s free and generous grace brought our salvation. And that means it comes wholly apart from our labors.

(Transition) Third, Christ’s grace is sovereign.

III. Christ’s Grace is Sovereign

I want to admit that when I mention the sovereignty of God as it relates to salvation that I am grappling with an issue that is over my head. But I’m not the only one mystified by it. I have never heard or read from any theologian that effectively settled this matter. There are certain theological issues and aspects of the Godhead that are beyond human reasoning. And that’s okay. It shows us that we serve a God who cannot be contained by the human intellect.

There is a term that theologians use to help us deal with the unsearchable and unanswerable ways of God. Theologians call this “the inscrutable mysteries of God.” And that means, regardless of how long and how deep and how wide we search out some aspects of God and his dealings with us, they will yet remain mysteries. His infinity is indecipherable and inscrutable:

Paul said in Romans 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and unfathomable his ways!”

Job said, “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed” (Job 5:9).

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? (Job 11:7).

“The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power” (Job 37:23)

The Psalmist said, “How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts!” (92:5)

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (Psalm 139:6).

“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:3)

This is our God! It is the wondrous, inscrutable workings of Jehovah, Yahweh, Elohim! There is none like Him. I am eternally grateful that his wisdom chose to lavish me with his grace.

(Transition) I want to discuss the idea of God’s sovereignty (that is something infinite) in relation to our salvation by grace. And yes, this means God bears rule over redemption with a sovereign grace.

(Definition) The idea of God’s sovereignty expresses his supreme power and autonomous control. That means God is supreme over every conceivable realm of creation. He governs worlds seen and unseen. His watch and eternal power extend over everything from man’s genome to massive galaxies; from insects to empires. There’s nothing outside God’s jurisdiction. Even the wind that passed over your face in the parking lot to the air system inside this building—all things are operating under God’s sovereignty. And because He is sovereign, it also means he bears rule over the realm of redemption.

Can you imagine God bearing rule over all creation with the exception of who accepts Jesus as the Messiah? The entire universe revolves around Jesus. And the Bible says he will one day govern the entire universe through those that are purchased by his Blood. And this means God is especially sovereign over the realm of redemption. God is either sovereign over all or He is not sovereign at all! Nothing in life is left to chance, especially our salvation.

Here is how God defined his redemptive sovereignty in Exodus 33:19. “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” That’s sovereign grace.

By now, you know that Christians do nothing to attract God’s saving grace. We possess no personal charm or moral beauty to capture God’s attention and redeem us.

This is where the theology of God’s saving grace gets thick and confusing because some people suggest that God callously predestines masses of souls into hell while permitting the “chosen others” into Heaven. They then load their predestination shotgun with Romans 9:13 that says, “Jacob I loved, and Esau I hated.” I know these two verses are difficult to decipher but, controversial as it is, they are part of Scripture. Turn to Romans 9 and let’s read that passage.

Romans 9:10–16

When you read this passage you can only come to one conclusion about the Plan of Redemption: God exercises his autonomous, sovereign choosing in deciding who gets saved. That is absolutely clear. Even Jesus said, “You have not chosen Me but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).

But there is also another fact that’s undeniably clear too. Paul said we can’t accuse God of being unfair in the sovereignty He exercises in determining who gets saved and who does not get saved. God is completely righteous and just. That’s why Paul went out of his way to write in Romans 9:14 when it says, “Is God unjust? Not at all!” God is not unjust at any point.

But I want to show you where I take solace and find complete peace as it regards God’s sovereign choosing of the citizens of his kingdom. Because on a human level, this sounds harsh!

First, I gain perfect peace about God’s sovereign grace as I examine and meditate on the nature of God. When you study the character of God you discover that none of his attributes stands alone. In other words, no one can objectively describe God by simply pointing out his sovereignty. His sovereignty always cooperates with his other attributes; especially his moral attributes! They are all interconnected and cooperate with his wisdom, generosity, goodness, and love. This gives me peace to know that God’s sovereign grace, which decides who is chosen to reign with Him, flows out of his moral attributes.

But it doesn’t stop there. Secondly, I have peace with God about this issue when I understand that his sovereign grace operates in conjunction with his “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4):

And God promised in Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Jesus promised in Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (NASU)

God promised in Revelation 22:17 “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

But it doesn’t stop there. Thirdly, we should understand that God’s sovereign grace works in conjunction with the glory of his name:

When Moses asked to see God’s glory in Exodus 34:6, the Bible says that “The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” That means whenever God’s sovereign grace operates it is imbibed with mercy, and grace and an abounding steadfast love. God’s sovereign grace cannot ignore the character of his name! And I gain peace from knowing this!

But it still doesn’t stop there. Fourthly, and perhaps most importantly, we should understand where God has seated his sovereignty. Hebrews 4:16 says God is seated upon “the throne of grace.” Imagine that! God’s omnipotence and wisdom and determinations and judgments and sovereignty are all forced to seat themselves upon a throne of infinite, ever-abounding grace! Every action of our holy and righteous God emanates from “the throne of grace” and nothing less!

So you see, God is sovereign when He divinely elects the citizens of his kingdom, but . . .

His sovereignty never nullifies his moral attributes.

His sovereignty never nullifies his precious promises.

His sovereignty never nullifies the glories of his name.

And his sovereignty doesn’t nullify the throne of Grace from which he is seated and from where he governs.

And when you consider all the interconnected attributes of God, you will find peace in knowing that God is perfect in wisdom and just in all his actions. Praise God for a sovereign grace!

Conclusion

(Illustration) Back when my children were about four and five years old I took them to the YMCA pool. They weren’t swimmers at that point, so I strapped a pair of swimmies around their arms. We played in the water and had a good time. When it was time to go I took a towel, dried off Davi and then started drying Kristen. The moment Davi got outside my arm’s reach he jumped back into the water . . . without his swimmies! He instantly sank to the bottom like lead weights were attached to him. He was completely submerged and unable to breathe. Without hesitation I jumped into the water and snatched him out.

I’ve thought back on that experience many times and it reminds me how our Heavenly Father has saved us. As sinners, we have sunk to the bottom of the ocean, shackled with the weight of sin. But God, rich in grace, wouldn’t let us drown. He sent his only begotten Son to rescue us.

I don’t know how long you’ve been in that condition. Some of you were rescued from the gulf of sin as a youth others as an adult. Regardless of when it was, you are a Christian solely because of Christ’s grace. If you don’t know Christ as your Savior, his grace awaits you to receive his pardon right now.

That is the grace that saves us. But grace does more than bring eternal life in Heaven. God’s grace that saves us also keeps us. And the grace that keeps us also leads us. And the grace that leads us will one day present us before our Heavenly Father without blemish or stain of sin. And it all operates through the grace of Jesus Christ.

 

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