UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE OF GOD

Part 4: THE POWER AND MANIFESTATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD


Today we will seek to answer a very important question: how does the power of the Grace of God manifest itself in the salvation of a lost soul who is under the reign and dominion of sin? In the previous blog we learnt three important things that the power of the grace of God overcomes.

· First – Grace overcomes spiritual death

· Second – Grace overcomes opposition

· Third – Grace overcomes the enemy


SO HOW DOES THE POWER OF THE GRACE OF GOD MANIFEST?

Grace does not merely help or assist us; it actually comes in and reigns in areas where sin once reigned. It will not take "no" for an answer! By the power of the Holy Spirit, the antagonistic will of the dead sinner has been overcome and he is now made willing in the day of God's power…Psalm 110:3


FirstIT SEEKS US OUT. “The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). So the grace of God and the Holy Spirit search for us. John 10:2-3 tells us that Christ by His Spirit through this reigning grace “calls His own sheep by name, and leads them out.” In John 10: 27-28 He says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” This is called common grace.

Common grace is that compassion which is poured out upon all men, regardless of their spiritual condition: “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you; in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:44-45).

“And in the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with good and gladness” (Acts 14:16-17).

God is gracious in making provision for the salvation of all men and in commanding its universal proclamation. He is also gracious in delaying judgment, thereby giving men ample time to repent (2 Peter 3:9). The grace of God seeks us out.


Second—Grace by the power of the Holy Spirit CONVICTS US OF OUR SINS; oh and what power is needed to convince the natural man of sin! You may say that it's easy to convict and convince a drunkard, or a dope fiend, or a whoremonger of his sin. But is it? Well, try it; and you will find that he defends himself and rationalizes his sins, explaining them away with the utmost ease. But that is not all! What happens when you come to a proud Pharisee such as Saul of Tarsus? What can possibly convince and convict such a man of his sin? Again, there is only one power that can do it and that is the power of grace that can strike him down making him cry. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6). You see, only the irresistible grace of God that reigns through righteousness can convince a man of his sins so that he will forever despair of self; cry after God for mercy; rest in the righteousness of Christ; and allow His precious blood to cleanse and clothe him.