Islam and Grace
Islam is the ultimate works-based religion. There is no such thing as unconditional love. Allah only loves those who not transgress. Allah is described as transcendent, not immanent (indwelling, inherent, within the possibility of experience). Allah does not want to establish a personal relationship with the individual. Islam teaches that everything good or bad that you do, every motive, every thought, deed, and act is recorded. When life is over, the good and the bad are weighted. You can be a good Muslim and still go to hellfire because of the scales. Hopefully, when you die Allah will be merciful and compassionate enough to remove those scales and allow you to into paradise, so you work your best to get to heaven.
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Islam and Grace
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,  equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God.
In the covenant of grace, the Holy Spirit is given to all believers. “The Holy Spirit was first poured out upon our covenant Head, Jesus Christ. From Him, then, the Spirit descends to all those who are in union with Christ.” p. 81.
Jesus is the Mediator of the covenant of grace. Jesus is the middleman who stands between us and God.
“Jesus is the Surety of the covenant. On our behalf, He undertook to pay our debts. On His Father’s behalf, He also undertook to see that all of the souls of His elect would be secure and safe, and that every one of the Father’s children would ultimately be presented unblemished and complete before Him.” p. 56
Jesus is the Substance of the covenant. Christ is all, and in all (Colossians 3:11).
Jesus is the Bequest of the covenant. Christ is ours and has been given to us by God.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things.
Contrast Between the Old and New Covenant
The covenant of grace is far better than the covenant of works, for it is founded upon a better principle. The old covenant was founded on the principle of merit. The new covenant is not founded on works at all. It is a covenant of pure, unmingled grace. The new covenant is not so much between man and God, as it is between the Almighty and man’s Representative, the Lord Jesus Christ. The human side of the covenant has been fulfilled by Jesus.
“The entire covenant of grace, in regard to us as the people of God, now stands this way: ‘I your Lord, will give this; I will bestow that; I will fulfill this promise; I will grant that favor.’ We have to do nothing to merit this grace, for there is nothing we can do.” p.30 Jesus did it all. This new covenant cannot depend upon man because there is always inconsistency in man. All we as mankind have to do is receive this covenant of grace. God is required to fulfill His part of the covenant since man has fulfilled his obligation through man’s representative, Jesus.
This set of Spiritual Nuggets are based upon a book by Charles Spurgeon titled God’s Grace to You. Spurgeon was a preacher in the 1800’s. I am going to share some of the powerful concepts that are in this book, along with my comments. If we truly understood God’s grace, we would have more victories over sin and would not walk in condemnation. God (represented by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) really is on our side.
What is God’s Grace?
What is the Purpose of God’s Grace?
Is God’s Grace Just Unmerited Favor?
What about God’s Mercy?
Is there such a thing as a Christian being lucky?
Is God Holy?
Does God Judge Christians?
Does God’s Grace Cover a Multitude of Sin?
Does God’s Grace Excuse Sin?
Does God’s Grace Run Out?
We will be covering these topics and more in this new study.
Our recent studies have been on the subject of walking in victory. We are going to show that it is God’s grace that gives us the ability to walk in victory. We are going to show that a Christian has no excuse or justification to walk in ongoing, willful sin. In the midst of this study we are going to address the topic of holiness. Grace and holiness go together. Too many times Christians associate God’s grace as an excuse to walk in sin. Too many times Christians confuse God’s mercy with His grace. Others assume that if you have God’s grace in your life, you will not have any troubles, sickness, or disappointments-that you will have ‘good luck’-just name it and claim it.
God’s Grace-Part One
Vine’s Words: Gracious (To Be), Show Favor
English Words used in KJV:
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from (chanan); graciousness, i.e. subjectively(kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) :- favour, grace (-ious), pleasant, precious, [well-] favoured.
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God’s Grace-Part Two
What Does the Bible Say?
The following are Bible passages regarding God’s grace:
IS DESCRIBED AS.
Rich. Ephes. 1:7; Ephes. 2:7
Exceeding. 2 Cor. 9:14
All-sufficient. 2 Cor. 12:9
All-abundant. Romans 5:15, 17, 20
IS THE SOURCE OF.
Election. Romans 11:5
The call of God. Galatians 1:15
Justification. Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7
Faith. Acts 18:27
Forgiveness of sins. Ephes. 1:7
Salvation. Acts 15:11; Ephes. 2:5, 8
Consolation. 2 Thes. 2:16
Hope. 2 Thes. 2:16
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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.