BY GRACE ALONE

Rom 9:25-33

 

 

These verses continue to expound upon salvation by grace.

 

Grace is accepted by simple faith. No amount of works can merit God’s grace.

 

No amount of righteous activity or conformity to laws whether man’s law or God’s law can cleanse the heart and make one ready for God’s grace.

 

One can only receive God’s grace that recognizes his sinful condition and calls upon the one who died for His sins to forgive and save him.

 

Tonight I want to look at three aspects of God’s grace.

 

I.  THOSE WHO ARE CALLED. (vss 25-26)

 

Hos 2:23

23  And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

 

Hos 1:10

10  Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

 

A. The call goes to all.

 

 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

It matters not what race, religion, social status, financial status or any other status. God is willing to save all that will call upon Him in sincerity.

 

Rom 10:13

13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

B. The call doesn’t affect all.

 

The call is extended to all mankind, but all men will not respond to the call for salvation. Some will reject.

 

Matt 20:16

16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

 

Matt 22:14

14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

 

1 Pet 2:9

9    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

 

II. THOSE WHO ARE CULLED. (vss 27-32)

 

Israel numbers as the sand of the sea.

 

That is, they are innumerable they are as many as grains of sand on the seashore.

 

And though they are innumerable only a remnant will be saved.

God’s work with the Israel.

 

God began His work with the nation of Israel when He called Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees.

 

It continued through the prophets and until Christ. God is now dealing with men every where under the system of grace.

 

God’s plan has always been the same, by grace through faith.

 

The Old Testament saint looking forward to the cross and the New Testament saint looking back at the cross.

 

However God’s special work with the nation of Israel is undeniable.

 

God work with Israel through a dispensation of time when man would learn that he could by no means pull himself up by his own bootstrap.

 

God used the nation of Israel to bring the Bible and the Saviour into the world.

 

God started a work with this people and that work is not yet finished.

 

God will judge the nations and the inhabitants of earth during the tribulation period.

 

After the rapture, God’s people are caught up to meet him in the clouds, there will be seven years of tribulation here on earth.

 

God will once again work with and through the nation of Israel.

 

That time will be short, only seven years.

 

 

Matt 24:21-22

21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

 

God does not save a person simply because he is an Israelite.

 

Many Israelites will not be saved.

 

Only by grace through faith can one be saved.

 

Eph 2:8-9

8    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9    Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Isa 10:22-23

22  For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

23  For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.

 

God’s work with Jew and Gentile.

 

God worked with the Israelite during the dispensation of the law.

 

God could work with Israel through the law, but the law did not save them.

 

Acts 17:30

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

 

God gave the law and allowed men to offer their temporary sacrifices in order to communicate to man during this life.

 

Those sacrifices could never get men into the after life.

 

God now calls all men everywhere to be saved by grace.

 

Matt 11:28-30

28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Acts 17:30

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

 

Rom 5:18

18  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

God extends His grace - unmerited favor - to all that realize they are sinners and will repent and receive Christ as personal Savior.

 

III.  THOSE WHO ARE UNASHAMED.

 

Those who receive Christ are unashamed in this life.

 

Rom 10:11-14

11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 

Phil 1:20-21

20  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

 

2 Tim 1:8-10

8    Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

9    Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his

own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

10  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 

1 Pet 4:16

16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

 

Those who receive Him will be unashamed in the life hereafter.

 

Matt 19:29

29  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

 

John 6:40

40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

 

I Jn 5:11-13

11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye

have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

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