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Our Access to Grace

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Grace is God's willingness to give man something he does not deserve. Grace is what the Lord does for man because he knows man can not earn God's blessings no matter how hard he tries. Salvation is a GIFT, and gifts are not earned. You can not loose something you did not earn to get.
As the scripture says, “we are saved by GRACE, through FAITH, and that not of ourselves it is the GIFT of God” (Eph2:8)

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord.

No man has ever been saved by FAITH, because we are saved by GRACE not faith. It is only through FAITH can a man gain access to GRACE by which he is saved. This is very important to know, and understand. Why is our salvation only by grace? Because man in his fallen nature would never seek God on his own, in fact he would not even desire him. How could a spiritual dead man discover something he could possibly see, or understand with his physical senses?

Rom 3:10 As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is NONE THAT UNDERSTANDETH, there is NONE THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD.
Rom 3:12 THEY ARE ALL GONE OUT OF THE WAY, they are together become unprofitable; THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, no, not one.

If the Lord God was going to make himself known to a people who do not seek after him, then he would have to by his GRACE make himself known by making the first move in revealing himself to man. It is not that man would never seek him, but man can't seek God if man does not know he exists.

Tit 2:11 For THE GRACE OF GOD THAT BRINGETH SALVATION HATH APPEARED TO ALL MEN,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

How did the Lord God by his GRACE reveal himself to man? We know from scripture that the GRACE of God that BRINGS SALVATION has APPEARED to ALL MEN. Not just a select few, or not to just God's elect, but to ALL men!! The Lord God by his Grace has appeared unto all men so that man would know he exists giving man no excuse why not to seek after him. In what WAY did the Lord reveal himself to all men?

2Co 4:6 FOR GOD, WHO COMMANDED THE LIGHT TO SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS, HATH SHINED IN OUR HEARTS, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

In Genesis we read in the beginning God said “let there be light...” We just assume that the Lord was bringing forth physical light into the world, but God did not bring forth physical light until day four, not day one. God called the “LIGHT” “DAY”, and the “DARKNESS” he called “NIGHT”. Anytime you have a light (day), and night (darkness) there is a sequence of events that is a progression towards something. When God shines his light he is revealing his plan. Darkness blinds so man can not see God's plan. The Lord God separated his plan (light) from the devils plan (darkness), and God called the “light” “DAY”. The Bible clearly tells us that we (the Church) are children of the “LIGHT”, and of the “DAY”!!

1Th 5:5 Ye are all THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT, AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DAY: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

We are not the children of the “NIGHT” nor of the “DARKNESS”. In the beginning God separated his plan for his children of light from the children of the darkness!! In other words what Lord God was doing when he said let there be light, he was saying “let there be a revelation of me in what I am about to do on planet earth.” No wonder the Heavens declare the Glory of God, and in every thing he created which testifies that God exists to the outward man.

God, by his grace shined his light into the heart of man, even before man was ever created so he (man) would have the knowledge that God exists, and this knowledge came by way of the “light” which God shined into the heart of every single person who would be born on planet earth. This was the grace that brings salvation that God caused to appear in the heart of ALL men.

Someone might say, “I don't believe the Gospel, or that Jesus was God”. God calls that person a “liar” because God has showed it to them in their heart.

1Jn 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God HAS THE TESTIMONY IN HIMSELF. Whoever does not believe GOD HAS MADE HIM A LIAR, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED IN THE TESTIMONY THAT GOD HAS BORNE CONCERNING HIS SON.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Rom 1:19 FOR WHAT CAN BE KNOWN ABOUT GOD IS PLAIN TO THEM, BECAUSE GOD HAS SHOWN IT TO THEM.

What does all this have to do with Grace? It was strictly by Grace that the Lord God reveled himself unto man so he (man) could have the right to choose between life or death. If a man chooses life, then that GRACE could only be accessed through FAITH, by which he could be saved.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also WE HAVE ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Salvation is only by GRACE ALONE. All the promises of God were given to us by his grace, and the only way to ACCESS this salvation, and all of his promises is by faith!! Faith is what gives us access to all the grace of God.
 
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