1. Hello listening friends.
2. It is a joy for us to know that you are tuning in and blessed by these broadcasts.
3. I hope that you will write to us and tell us how this is ministering to you.
4. But if you are joining our broadcast for the first time,
5. we are in the middle of a series about the awesome grace of God.
6. Last time, we learned from Ephesians 2:1-10,
7. that we inherited a sinful nature from Adam and Eve.
8. So, in our past we were dead men and women walking.
9. Also in our past, we were enslaved to sin and the world’s system.
10. But today my listening friends, I want to tell you that also in our past, we were subject to God’s wrath.
11. Someone may say,
12. “God is loving and merciful and I can even believe that He is just, but not that He has wrath!”
13. “Surely that is an old fashioned concept.”
14. Do you know why the average person does not take Gods wrath seriously?
15. Because they do not take sin seriously.
16. How could they?
17. They are dead in trespasses and sin.
18. But, my listening friends, Paul is saying to the Christian, that you WERE, under wrath.
19. if you have received the grace of God.
20. If you have received the gift of salvation from the hand of God,
21. you are no longer under wrath anymore.
22. You will never be under wrath ever again.
23. YOU WERE born under wrath,
24. But if you are born again,
25. You are no longer under wrath.
26. If you have not received God’s grace, you can ask Him for it today.
27. That’s how grace takes away our dismal past.
28. Secondly –
29. Grace gives us a glorious present.
30. The Christian’s past is a dreadful condition but when grace comes in everything is changed.
31. Listen again to Ephesians 2:4 and 5,
32. We are no longer dead men and dead women walking.
33. You are an alive man walking.
34. You are an alive woman walking.
35. It is by grace that you have been saved.
36. By grace God raised us up with Christ.
37. And by grace God seated us with Him in the heavenly realm.
38. Do you know what that means?
39. It means that you are set free from sin and the power of sin and the consequences of sin.
41. It is because there are no slaves in Heaven.
42. And if you are seated in the heavenly realm, beloved friends, you are no longer enslaved to sin.
43. Do you know my listening friends, what that means?
44. It means that if you are the recipient of God’s grace,
45. You can have victory over lust.
46. You can have victory over greed.
47. You can have victory over anger.
48. You can have victory over jealousy.
49. You can have victory over envy.
50. You can have victory over fear.
51. You can have victory over anxiety.
52. You can have victory over doubt.
53. You can have victory over all addictions
54. My listening friends, this is very important.
55. When grace comes in, power comes in.
56. When you came to Christ, the chain was broken and you have been set free.
57. Please listen carefully to what I am going to tell you.
58. If you do not have that victory in your life it could be because of one of two things.
59. You either didn’t know that you could have victory over sin,
60. or you never learned how to claim your victory.
61. When you accept Christ you are seated in heavenly places already.
62. This doesn’t happen some time down the road, when your earthly tent folds.
63. No, this happens the moment you come to Christ.
64. At that moment, you are seated in the heavenly realm.
65. You are seated in the heavenly places already.
66. Some of you may be looking right now, at verse 8 of Ephesians 2 and asking the question,
67. “How can we be saved by grace alone and faith alone?”
68. Here’s what Paul said,
69. Many people think that faith is something that they have to generate from within.
70. That is not true.
71. When we exercised faith in believing and receiving God’s gift of eternal life, that faith wasn’t ours to begin with.
72. God gave it to us as a gift.
73. Otherwise faith would be your merit,
74. and you cannot be saved by your merits.
75. Oh yes, grace takes away our dismal past.
76. And grace gives us a glorious present.
77. But thirdly, grace leads us to a very bright, stupendous future.
78. Paul is telling us that the grace of God not only takes away our dismal past.
79. that the grace of God not only gives us a glorious present,
80. but our futures are also as bright as God Himself.
81. What do I mean by “futures” in the plural?
82. There is an immediate future, mentioned here in verse 10.
83. And then there is the distant future, mentioned in verse 7.
84. Our immediate future consists of the wonderful occupation of being ambassadors of the King of Kings.
85. Just as the ambassador does not do, what he or she wants to do,
86. just as the ambassador does say what he or she thinks,
87. just as the ambassador does live the way he or she likes to live,
88. but rather the ambassador represents his or her home country,
89. so do those who are saved by grace,
90. Good works do not save us.
91. but once we are saved, we have good works in store for us.
92. Grace AND good works do not save us.
93. But our good works are merely our expression of gratitude for God’s grace.
94. There are some people who say that: “Now that we are saved by grace, we can sin to our hearts content.”
95. “We can just sit on our easy chairs and do nothing.”
96. Let me illustrate.
97. Can you imagine a king and queen bringing in a homeless person off the streets?
98. They adopt him as their son and he becomes a prince.
99. He gets cleaned up.
100. And he gets washed up.
101. And his adoption papers are signed.
102. And then the next day, he goes down to the streets and starts to live as he did before?
104. He begins to learn how to behave like a Prince.
105. He begins to learn how to walk like a Prince.
106. He begins to learn how to speak like a Prince.
107. He begins to learn how to act like a Prince.
108. He begins to learn how to work like a Prince.
109. And that is the immediate future, that grace brings to us.
110. But in verse 7 of Ephesian 2, Paul talks about the distant future.
111. “That in the ages to come, He might show the surpassing riches, of His grace in kindness, toward us in Christ Jesus.”
112. God has been gracious to us here and now.
113. But he is going to be far more gracious in the hereafter.
114. God has blessed us here and now.
115. But this is nothing in comparison to the blessings, that He will bestow upon us in the hereafter.
116. God has lavished His grace here.
117. but He will overwhelm us with His grace in the hereafter.
118. “There is no good thing that He will ever withhold from those who are saved by grace.”
119. For it is by grace that you are saved.
120. By faith, which is not your faith, but the gift of God.
121. And you were saved for a purpose and that is to serve the living God.
122. My listening friends:
123. Are you walking in the good works for which you are predestined to walk in?
124. Are you serving with all of your heart in thankfulness to the Grace of God?
125. I want to challenge all of you who are the recipients of the grace of God,
126. to seek to serve God in some way.
127. And until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing.