8/03/10

That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring.

– Romans 4:16

It is by faith in God’s promises that we live in God’s grace.

2 sets of Spiritual Relationships

1. Between His promises and His grace (that makes the promises sure)

“If we are counting on any other hope besides grace to make God’s promises certain, we will never stand in full assurance of the promises being fulfilled. If God’s promises depend upon our performance, we will never walk in full assurance. If His promises depend upon the faithfulness or ability of others, full assurance will always elude us.”

– It is in God’s grace that we have hope in. It is not because of what we have done or what others have done, but on what God has promised and will do.

“The fulfillment of God’s promises depends wholly on His grace.”

– It is by the grace of God we are given these promises; we do not deserve them, yet God will fulfill them if you believe.

2. Between His grace and faith in Him

– We must have faith in His promises and God’s grace. When we try to be independent from God, who’s promise are we living on? By who’s strength are we living by? Have faith in Christ; trust in His promises by relying on God and God alone.

“If we attempt to base any of God’s saving work on our performance, we are setting aside God’s grace. We are inferring that His death for us was unnecessary or inadequate.”I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain” (Gal_2:21).”

Salvation comes from faith in Christ, and Christ alone; not by law, not by righteousness are we saved, but only by faith in the cross.

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