GRACE AND GLORY
By Jim Murriner
We have before us here three distinct thoughts.
All three are great and glorious thoughts.
I.First we are told that The Lord is a sun and shield. II.Then we are told that The Lord will give grace and glory III.Then finally we are told that the Lord will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly.
Concerning the first thought here we must point out that Christ is the “sun of righteousness” He is the one who shines into this dark world in which we live.
He is brings us from darkness unto light when He saves us.
Also concerning the third thought. We go without often, and have many needs in one way or another simply because we will not walk uprightly.
The second thought here is what I want us to look at this morning.
“The Lord will give grace and glory.”
First we must note that the Lord gives us and has given unto us “Saving grace”
His saving grace involves both the good will of God towards us, and the good work of God within us.
In that God had a good will towards us. He saved us not by our own will but according to His will.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
4 “ According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”
This also involved the good work of God within us.
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:”
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Note here that salvation is indeed a work, but it is not our work.
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.”
Notice also that salvation a work not only of God, but a work which God begins.
We can not then say that God saves us because of any thing within us that He sees.
We are not the originator He is .
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
It is God that hath begotten us not we ourselves.
I Peter 1:3
“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
Saving Grace is not the only grace which God gives us.
It is by His grace that we serve Him once we have been saved.
I Cor. 15:10
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
He gives us sanctifying grace.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Along with saving grace also comes justifying , pardoning , and adopting grace.
He also gives us preserving grace.
John 3:16 (eternal life)
“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.”
John 10:28 – 30
28 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
29 “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
30 “I and my Father are one.”
I Peter 1:5
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”
Now we need to note that unto all that He gives saving grace He also gives glory.
Romans 8:28 – 30
28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
30“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
.John 6:37 – 39 & 44
37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
39 “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”
44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw.”
If you will this morning come unto Jesus by faith , not by your works, not by baptism, not by prayer , but by simply trusting that you will go to heaven only because He died upon the cross to pay for your sins, and believing that His sacrifice is your only sacrifice that you have to present unto God, If you will come to Him like this He will save you.