When Grace Broke Through


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When Love Broke Through Week #3
When Grace Broke Through
 
There’s things we do to spiritually prepare for Easter because we make it a big deal, but what happens the Monday after Easter?
 
Are you going to stop going beyond? 
 
Don’t stop. Keep going beyond. Experience His grace daily!
 
Grace is given as a free gift.
 
  1. Grace broke through debt.
 
When we break God’s law, when we sin, we owe Him a debt that is paid back as eternal punishment in Hell.
 
Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
 
How do we pay that back?
 
Matthew 18:23-35 – “”Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
 
Sin puts us in debt
 
Ephesians 2:1-3 – “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
 
God knows we owe Him a debt, and He gave us grace. Jesus died on the cross to pay our debt.
 
Colossians 2:13-15 – “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
 
We try to earn God’s favor, but we can never be “good enough” in the sight of God.
 
  1. Grace is not earned.
 
Religion works by obeying and then hoping God will accept me.
 
Grace works by knowing God loves and accepts me and as a by product, we obey.
 
Like everyone, we assume that God will weigh our good deeds against our bad deeds, but that’s not how grace works either.
 
God is just and fair. He gives us what we deserve.
 
James 2:10 – “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”
 
Grace is a free gift in Jesus.
 
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
Jesus lives a perfect, sinless life and He brings us grace because He died for us.
 
Jesus didn’t get what He deserved, He got what we deserved while we received what He deserved.
 
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
 
  1. Grace received comes with:
 
Grace is unmerited favor, but it is the opposite of what a sinner deserves.
 
A) A blessing
 
Genesis 1:27-28a – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them…”
 
God created and blesses us, but we like to tell God that our life is ours and we want to do it ourselves.
 
B) A cost
 
Ephesians 2:8-10 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
 
We signed up for grace, but we have to live out that grace.
 
God wants us to follow where He leads.
 
If we follow Him, it’s not easy, but we get the blessing and reward of eternal life.