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NONE  GOOD  BUT  GOD,  part  2  quotes (final)

1)     “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God”. Matthew 19:16-17.

2)    What is grace?  The Hebrew word for “grace” is “chen” and this word translates and means “kindness, favor, grace” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #2580).  This word “chen” is derived from the Hebrew word “chanan”, which translates and means “to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, to bestow, to implore or move to favor by petition, to entreat, to make supplication” (Strong’s, word #2603).

     The Greek word for “grace” is “charis” which translates and means “graciousness of manner or act, the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life, gratitude, acceptable, benefit, favour gift, grace, joy, liberality, pleasure, thanks or thankworthy” (Strong’s, word #5485).  It is derived from the word “chairo” which translates and means “to be cheerful, happy, well-off, be well, be glad, joy, rejoice” (Strong’s, word #5463).     

     The word “grace” is used in the Scriptures over 150 times.  The first time it is used is before the flood with God showing grace to Noah (Genesis 6:8).  The next time is before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah where grace was shown by the angels to Lot (Genesis 19:19).  The third time it is used is by Esau showing grace to his younger brother Jacob and not carrying out his murderous revengeful plans against him (Genesis 32:5).  In all these events we notice that God was superior to Noah, the angels were superior to Lot, and Esau was superior to Jacob.  This then reveals that grace is a favor from a superior for another to avoid or escape harm, including death and destruction.

     Noah was a sinner and deserved death, but God saved him.  Lot was a sinner who chose to connect himself with more evil sinners than himself and deserved to die along with them, but God sent 2 angels to deliver him.  Jacob was a sinner who purposely stole Esau’s birthright blessing and deserved punishment, but God miraculously changed Esau’s heart and so Jacob was not killed.  All these events reveal that grace was extended to those unworthy of receiving such a favor.  This means that grace is unmerited favor being shown to those undeserving of it.

3)   The Lord Jesus Christ is our Creator and so much greater in power and authority than any of us, yet He willingly bends and stoops down to favor us with His blessings, and bestow upon us His love and merciful kindness.  Just as love “vaunteth not itself” (1 Corinthians 13:4), so Jesus reveals His love to us by not flaunting His exalted divine dignity in our faces.  Also love “is not puffed up” (1 Corinthians 13:4), so Christ does not take the position that we are on our own and must suffer the consequences of our evil actions without any hope of divine help.

     The Lord God Jesus Christ knew what torture and misery humanity would have to endure under the absolute control of Satan, and knew humanity needed His divine help in order to obtain freedom.  Christ humbled Himself and came close to us in humanity so that we could better know Him and His Father’s great love for us, and obtain His help in escaping from sin and from the Devil.

     Since the Lord God Jesus Christ is lower in authority and command to the Almighty, then Jesus graciously implores, petitions, and makes supplication to the Almighty to also favor mankind and be gracious to them for His sake.  As Jesus is a representative to mankind of the Almighty, then the loving, tender and merciful Jesus, is actually the loving, tender and merciful character of the Almighty being revealed to us!

     Also, as both Christ and the Father extend to us the gift of grace, it fills Them with cheerfulness, happiness, gladness, and rejoicing, because of their great love for us, and when They see us happy then it increases Their happiness!

4)   None deserve God's grace because we are sinners deserving death.  We also cannot do anything to earn this grace, because any good deed we might do is contaminated with our sinfulness.  Because we could do nothing to be worthy of God’s favor, God mercifully manifested His love by giving us grace so that we could be saved from sin and death and render obedience to Him.

     “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

5)   Any favor or kindness shown to us by God and Christ is a manifestation of Their grace.

     – Daily blessings (health, life, food, shelter, etc) are a gift of grace.
     – Truth is a gift of grace..
     – Wisdom to recognize truth from error is a gift of grace.
     – Enmity against sin is a gift of grace.
     – Conviction of sin is a gift of grace.
     – Repentance is a gift of grace.
     – Sorrow for our sin is a gift of grace.
     – A change of heart is a gift of grace.
     – A new mind and motives are also gift of grace.

     “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses”. Ezekiel 36:25-29.

6)   How is God’s grace bestowed upon us?

     “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”  Hebrews 10:29.

     This verse reveals that God and Christ extend grace to us through the Holy Spirit, and that is why He is referred to as the Spirit of grace.  This then means that any of the fruits of the Spirit are only possible through grace which He brings to us.
     “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance”. Galatians 5:19-23.

     Grace is “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life”, which is only possible through the Holy Spirit!  And the Holy Spirit comes to us as a gift from God (Acts 2:38, 10:45)!  But we need to ask for Him!
     “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13.

     If we do not ask for the Holy Spirit, or if we should deny that He exists, then it is impossible to have the grace necessary to overcome sin and live a new life of love in Christ Jesus!
     “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5.

7)   What is the main purpose or reason for God granting us the gift of grace?

     “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10.

     This verse reveals that once we have the Holy Spirit and the grace of God, then we will be led directly to Jesus and realize what our sins cost Him, as well as the greatness of love for us which led Him to die on the cross to save us from sin and death.
     “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.  He shall glorify me (Jesus): for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:13-14.

8)   There is nothing we ourselves can do to be saved!

     “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.” Isaiah 40:6-7.

     This reveals that there is nothing to glory of in ourselves.  All self-exaltation, all self-importance, all self-esteem and all self-centeredness should wither away and die because its all worthless towards salvation!  

     Jesus must become to us our first and last and best and all if we are going to be saved.  This is why the Holy Spirit is depicted as blowing upon the grass - human self-importance - which then withers away.  But many cling to self as something necessary for salvation, but it instead shuts Jesus out of our life.
     “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God...Where is boasting then? It is excluded.” Romans 3:20-23, 27.

9)   Faith without works is dead (James 2:20, 26), and works without faith is also dead.  Faith must be combined with works in order for us to be saved.

     How much can you do without Jesus?
     “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5.

     You, as a sinful human being, cannot do anything good without Jesus.  But how much can you do with Jesus?
     “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.

     Whose strength did you have in order to do all things pleasing to God?  It was not your own strength, but the divine strength of Jesus.  Thus you have nothing to glorify yourself in, because you were only able to do good through the strength of Jesus, and He gets all the praise and glory in doing good through you, not yourself.

     “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13.

     These verses reveal that even in working out your own salvation, it was only possible because God and His divine power worked within you to do His good pleasure.  Thus again, you were only able to work out your salvation by God working within, so God gets all the praise and glory, not yourself.

10)   Without the Godhead working within you, then you are only evil continually.  Humanity must be laid in the dust so that God alone may be glorified!

     “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” 1 Peter 1:24-25.

     “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7.

     Let us constantly put self in the dust that God may be glorified!

     “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.” Hebrews 12:2.

     “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

11)   “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:21.