God’s Grace-Part Three
Much More than Salvation
Too many times Christians only see grace as the means of salvation. God’s grace for the Christian is much more than that. In this study it will also become very clear that grace is not for the purpose of covering up or the condoning of sin.
Powerful proclaiming of the Gospel because of grace
Acts 6:8 (NASB)
And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people.
Acts 4:33 (NASB)
And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.
There is authority and power that comes with grace. The purpose of this authority and power, is for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel.
Acts 11:21-23 (NASB)
And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.  And the news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch.  Then when he had come and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord;
What did Barnabas see when he arrived? Did he see new believers living like sinners? He would not have been rejoicing. It says he encouraged them to remain true.
Grace gives us victory over sin
We do not sin to gain more grace. Instead we don’t sin and God gives more grace
Romans 5:20-6:2 (NASB)
And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. [6:1] What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
What else does grace do for us?
Builds us up and sanctifies us
Acts 20:32 (NASB)
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Gives us the ability to be a master over sin, instead of sin being a master over us.
Romans 6:14 (NASB)
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.
The assumption is that grace gives us the ability to live above sin.
Grace will bring abundance into our life
2 Cor. 9:8 (NASB)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;
God’s grace will come when we need help
Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
The above scriptures make it clear that it is God’s desire for us to not only be born again and saved from hell, but to live a victorious life through His grace. As Christians we can never blame God for our falling short of His glory. He has given us His grace so that we may walk in victory. If we are being overcomed instead of being overcomers, it is because we have not fully obtained His grace which comes by faith.