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Scripture Reading: Romans 6:12-18

Things Grace Does Not Do

(Part 2)

 

Intro.

1.  Godís grace (Part 1):

  a.  Makes salvation available to all (Titus 2:11).

  b.  Available through the gospel of Christ (Acts 20:24).

  c.  Saves through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).

2.  But we are not saved by grace alone. There are some things grace does not do.

 

I.  THINGS GODíS GRACE DOES NOT DO.

  A.  Grace Does Not Make it Impossible for Christians to Sin and Fall Away (be lost), Gal. 5:3-7.

    1.  Grace is greater than sin, but it does not prevent Christians from choosing to sin and losing our souls, James 5:19-20.

    2.  Trusting in God's grace means keeping oneself from sin.

    3.  Trusting God's grace is not ignoring sin as if it has no power to cause us to be lost, 1 Cor. 10:11-13.

  B.  Grace Does Not Turn Sin into Righteousness, Rom. 6:1-2.

    1.  Trusting in God's grace means you make a choice that sin will not reign over you, Rom. 6:11-14; Gal. 2:18.

    2.  Grace never:

      a.  Turns vain worship into true worship (as if how we worship does not matter), cf. Lev. 10:1-2 (John 4:24).

      b.  Turns immorality into purity (as long as we are sincere), cf. unscriptural divorce and remarriage without repentance and ceasing the sins, Rev. 9:20-21.

  C.  Grace Does Not Minimize (overwhelm) Truth, John 1:17; Acts 20:32 (does not turn an error into truth Ė the word of His grace is true); Gal. 2:20-21 (Col. 1:6).

  D.  Grace Does Not Make Doctrine Secondary, Gal. 1:6-10.

  E.  Grace Does Not Sanction Fellowship with Sin (and those who condone the practitioners of sin).

    1.  The heart is established (founded upon) grace; not upon false doctrines that bind where the Lord has not bound, Heb. 13:9.

    2.  Grace is not extended to those who loose where the Lord has not loosed. Going beyond the doctrine of Christ forfeits God's grace, 2 John 9.

    3.  Those who stand in the grace of God will not have fellowship with those who go beyond the doctrine of Christ, 2 John 10-11.

  F.  Grace Does Not Save When We Do Not Repent, Rom. 2:4-5.

 

Conclusion

1.  Christians have peace with God and stand in His grace through Christ (who gives us access to it) by faith, Rom. 5:1-2 (1 Pet. 5:12).

2.  Be careful; We can fall from grace and be lost, Gal. 5:4 (1 Cor. 10:12).

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted July 19, 2022