Rev, Michael O'Hara

God’s Amazing Grace!

Has yet to be preached!

When we think of God’s amazing grace, one is immediately caught up in the wonder of it all. By wonder, I mean just that; it’s a wonder He loves us enough to shed His grace on us. The scriptures talks about His grace in specific ways. However, every page is an example of His grace unto us. So, today we are going to explore the unfathomable lengths of His grace.

In Psalms 84:11, David tells us- “For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly. This confirms that the grace of God will actually shine down on us, bless us richly if we walk in the paths of righteousness.

Proverbs 3:34 tells us that God will scorn those who scorn us, but will give grace to the lowly.

Who are the lowly? Answer: we who can’t defend ourselves from the onslaught of vicious gossip or the works of evil against us. We have a God who will do great battle on our behalf if we put all such matters in His mighty hands, that’s who! This is a clear indication that God won’t tolerate anyone who seeks to hurt us in any way, but will give His grace to us who are in need of it.

His grace is coupled with His mercy! The two go hand in hand, as in the story of Joshua in Zechariah 3rd chapter when he stood before the angel of the Lord with Satan on his right. He was wearing a filthy garment, and as God rebuked Satan, He put a fine new garment on Joshua. Even then, it was His grace that covered the servant of the Lord in Joshua, and told him that is wasn’t by His might, nor by His power, but by His spirit that His grace had shone down on Joshua. When we search the scriptures closer, we also see that it was through God’s grace that Joshua benefited from His mercy.

Things really heat up in John, 1st chapter, 14th verse; when John was extolling the multiplicity of God’s virtues in creating the heavens and the earth, and everything that was made was made by God. But he focused mostly on the fact the in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. He goes on to tell us, that the Word was God! Now, I don’t know about you, but without His grace, we wouldn’t have had the incalculable blessing of His holy Word which is God! I marvel that the word, “Word” is even encapsulated in the scriptures to make it more of an importance to the readers and listeners of His holy Word!

In verse 14, John tells us boldly this- “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

I get the cold chills when I read and re-read that verse alone. Think of it; in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,… as if that wasn’t enough, He went further to manifest His Word into flesh which dwelt among us! This could only mean that God sent the physical presence of His Word in His Son, Jesus Christ to dwell among us. Now, I call that grace! Don’t you?

Jesus’ grace is a help in the time of trouble, as witnessed by Paul in Acts, 18th chapter and 27th verse. As he traveled to Corinth and throughout the territories such as Galatia and Phrygia, and passed into Achaia, God’s grace followed him because he believed!

To receive God’s grace, one must believe implicitly in God without reservation or compromise. He covers those who believe in Him with His grace, as in Romans 3:23 & 24 says- “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” Aren’t you glad you believe today? I know I am!

Listen, His grace is sufficient for you and me as Paul was quick  to tell us of his own sins. He said we die daily to sin, and even when he would to do good, sin was always present in his flesh, and he was considered one of the greatest prophets. So, what does that say for us if even Paul labored with his own flesh? It tells us that we are always having to be covered in God’s grace cause we sin daily, and daily God needs to shed His mighty grace on us to forgive our sins.

Jesus, himself in 2nd Corinthians, 9th verse said that His grace was sufficient for us, for his strength is made perfect in weakness! Think of it,…His grace, or for another analogy, His love gets stronger for us in our weakness. This is confirmed in Ephesians 2nd chapter, 4th-10th verses- “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Over and over, the scriptures teaches us the inescapable truth that if it had not been for the immeasurable love God holds for us, He would have never given us the gift of His grace! These verses also teach us that through His grace we are saved from sin. His love brings forth His mercy upon us; and therefore ushers in His grace. And His grace covers all our sins. Here we clearly have a trinity of power that is sent directly from the heart of God to help aid and cleanse us from sin. This is one of the greatest gifts God personally gives to all human beings; and it comes in the personage of Jesus Christ!

When we examine the fact that God sent His only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins; we must be willing to admit just how low man had fallen in sin.
There is no way that God would have sacrificed His son for our sins if we hadn’t taken such a great fall. We also have to be willing to assess the fact that by the time that Jesus came on the scene, how many generations had come before Him that God tried to save? How many times had He turned His fierce wrath away to spare us? How many ways did He perform signs and wonders to show us that He existed and reigned forever in the heavens and on the earth? How many prophets did He cause to be born to help lead us to His grace and mercy? He had already destroyed the earth by water once, and vowed never to do so again by water; making a covenant with man because of His grace.

Man had fallen so many times and in so many ways, that only the appearance of Jesus Christ; born of a virgin, crucified on the cross, and risen from the dead could have been the quintessential blood offering of sacrifice potent enough to cover our sins! Only His shed blood could and can cover our sins. There’s no question how deeply indebted we are to both the Father and the Son! There’s no way we could ever pay for the privilege of the gift of the Holy Ghost except through a committed life in Christ Jesus!

This brings us right up till today. Man is falling,….no let me make it even more personal; we are falling so quickly, and in so many ways that God is tired of watching us do it. That’s why He has to come back soon, lest no man, woman, or child would be saved. Imagine how far we’ve come in sin for God to have to destroy the earth again by fire to purge it of sin.

And yet, His grace is sufficient to continue to forgive our sins; to bring peace to our troubled hearts; to show mercy with unmerited love! Every knee should be willing to bow to the Lord God Jehovah and His dynamic Son, Jesus Christ! Every tongue should confess that He is King of Kings! Lord of Lords! Prince of Peace! The Mighty God!

My brothers and sisters, I challenge you to ask yourselves the following: are we willing to show as much grace towards each other as our Lord does everyday of our lives? Are we willing to show love and mercy to people who are different than ourselves? Are we willing to be an example of peace in the face of turmoil? Are we willing to practice as much Godly justice as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did by sacrificing His holy life for our sins?

In conclusion: there is much work to be done in all our lives and more important, in our souls. None of us can boast or be proud of our works, as the Lord teaches us that all our works are as filthy rags in the sight of God. We must remember that it is nothing but His grace that covers our sins, and shines and polishes our meager good works. Only Jesus Christ can take our undeserving works to His Father and say: “Look Dad,…my shed blood is over this. You must take this into account. We made this soul, and this soul is trying to do what is right. But just in case, Dad,…I died for this one, so please find them worthy of life eternal!

Through the unmerited grace of God, we all have a chance,…yes, the right to the Tree of Life! We have a chance everyday to get it right before the Lord before He comes back for a church without a spot, blemish, or wrinkle! He has told us that His mercies are new every morning. Let us walk this morning in the newness of His mercy, acknowledging that only His grace could give us a fresh start,…today! (Amen!)