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The Grace of Godliness - Part 2

THE GIFT OF GRACE            Page 2

V. 2 ** To what did the work of Christ "introduce" us?

The word used here for introduction is [prosagoge] lit. "bringing to" or access, Jesus gave us access into "...this grace in which we stand..."

** Having acquired this wonderful access, what is to be our response?

"...we exult in hope of the glory of God".

Here-in lies the answer to our first question for today. Our daily victories in this life come from the fact that our hope is not in the people or events of this life, but rather our hope is in the glory of God! All see - Colossians 3:1-4

V. 3 ** Is that all that we "exult" or rejoice in, according to verses 3?

No, we also rejoice in our tribulations. cf. James 1:2

** Why, what do our tribulations "bring about"? (verses 3-5)

1) perseverance - Romans 2:5-8
2) proven character - Philippians 2:19-22 (Timothy)
3) "Biblical" hope - Proverbs 3:5-6
4) absence of disappointment - Romans 9:33 & 10:11

V. 5 ** Why does all this happen? What guarantee do we have, within us, that we can trust this whole process?

"...through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

This provides the answer to our second question for today. How is it that we can grow through adversity in our life? By trusting the love of God and His Holy Spirit who was given to us as a down payment for all the wonderful inheritance which is ours in Christ Jesus.
(cf. Ephesians 1:13-14)

The answer to our third and final question comes from the remaining sixteen verses of this chapter. As we pour over its truth, may the Lord bless us with a clear understanding of what He has to say about "The Gift of Grace".

V. 6 - 8

** What three terms does Paul use in these verses to describe our condition when Jesus Christ died for us?

(V. 6) "helpless" & "ungodly"   (V. 8) "sinners"

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