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Receiving and Reigning in Grace
February 03, 2018      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Sam discusses the concept of Grace as revealed in and through the life of the Apostle Paul.  Grace is a Christ-accomplished spiritual subtance that is mediated into us by the person of the Holy Spirit. Our job is to receive this reality of Grace and then reign from the realm of Grace.

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Acts 20:24 
24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Galatians 1:6-9
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 
7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 
9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 3:1-4
1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?

Paul’s revelation of the Gospel of Grace was the central passion of his life and the central cause of his sufferings.

He, a Pharisee of Pharisees, was stunned by the revelation that not only was Jesus the promised Messiah but that He had done radically more than just the brining of the kingdom of God.

It was revealed to Paul that Jesus came “full of Grace & Truth” accomplishing in himself all that the law of Moses could not accomplish.

Charis is translated as - grace, kindness, or favor that is unmerited and free.

Grace is not a mood in God or just an abstract doctrine.

Grace is an in-Christ accomplished spiritual substance that is mediated into us by the person of the Holy Spirit. 

John 1:14-17
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

Luke 2:8-14
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Romans 5:17 
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 6:14 
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

If Jesus did it all, is there anything for me to do?

Yes - you must receive and you must reign!

1) Reckon the Reality of Grace.
Romans 6:11
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2) Reign from the Realm of Grace.
Romans 6:12
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

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