Judith (2 Nov 2011)
"Robert Belanger -  His reply to "The Riches of His Grace""


 
Dear Robert - 
 
Thank you for your reply and for sharing your appreciation to the message "The Riches of His Grace". 
 
I wish I could take credit for writing the article.  It's a wonderful study on Grace that I found on the
following site:
http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/salvatio.htm
 
Below are some wonderful expressions of what God's Grace provides.  I love these short little
insights.  They are enlightening and very uplifting.  We so need to focus on His strength and
His wonderful provisions that He has gifted us with - all through His glorious and unmeasurable
abundance of Grace. 
 
Grace alone satisfies the believer as he endeavors to become more like Jesus, for anything
other than His Grace operating in our lives brings us to shame.  It's not about self-effort or self
anything - it's about Jesus and His work that becomes ours when produced by and through Him.
 
My heart overflows with thanksgiving, and words I can't express for His unending love for us.
It's truly all about Him, His work and His glory.  Praise His wonderful name!
 
YSIC,
Judith
 
 
 
GRACE-DEFINED
 
 
 
Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
 
A.W. Tozer
 
 
Grace is the very opposite of merit... Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.
 
Harry Ironside
 
 
Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.
 
John Piper
 
 
Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.
 
John Piper
 
 
God's grace is His unmerited favor toward the wicked, unworthy sinners, by which He delivers them from condemnation and death.
 
John MacArthur
Titus, Moody, 1996, p. 107.
 
 
In efficacious grace we are not merely passive, nor yet does God do some and we do the rest. But God does all, and we do all. God produces all, we act all. For that is what produces, viz. our own acts. God is the only proper author and fountain; we only are the proper actors. We are in different respects, wholly passive and wholly active.
 
Jonathan Edwards
 
 
Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.
 
Jonathan Edwards
 
 
Grace…expresses two complementary thoughts: God’s unmerited favor to us through Christ, and God’s divine assistance to us through the Holy Spirit.
 
Jerry Bridges
The Practice of Godliness, NavPress, 1996, p. 98-99. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com, All rights reserved. 
 
 
Grace is God’s free and unmerited favor shown to guilty sinners who deserve only judgment.  It is the love of God shown to the unlovely. It is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.
 
Jerry Bridges
Transforming Grace, NavPress, 1991, p. 21-22. Used by permission of NavPress – www.navpress.com. All rights reserved. 
 
 
The first and possibly most fundamental characteristic of divine grace is that it presupposes sin and guilt. Grace has meaning only when men are seen as fallen, unworthy of salvation, and liable to eternal wrath… Grace does not contemplate sinners merely as undeserving but as ill-deserving… It is not simply that we do not deserve grace; we do deserve hell.
 
C. Samuel Storms
The Grandeur of God, Baker, 1984, p. 124.
 
 
Anything this side of hell is pure grace.
 
Author Unknown
 
 
Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve and mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve.
 
Author Unknown
 
 
[Grace is] free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.
 
B.B. Warfield
 
 
[Grace is] the free and benevolent influence of a Holy God operating sovereignly in the lives of undeserved sinners.
 
Phil Johnson
 
 
Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God to mankind.
 
Matthew Henry
 
 
The noun (mercy) and its derivatives always deal with what we see of pain, misery, and distress, these results of sin; and grace always with the sin and the guilt itself. The one extends relief, the other pardon; the one cures, heals, helps, the other cleanses and reinstates.  With God (grace) is always first and (mercy) is second.
 
R.C.H. Lenski
Interpretation of Saint Matthews Gospel by Richard C. Lenski copyright © 1932 Augsburg Publishing House, p.191.
 
 
Grace…means the full and free forgiveness of every sin, without God demanding or expecting anything from the one so forgiven.
 
J.N. Darby