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*Thomas S. Myers*
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*TROPHIES OF GRACE*
*Ephesians 2:7-9*
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*FIRST -- THE PURPOSE OF SALVATION.*
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*            **Why would God want to save a bunch of filthy sinners?
We were dead in trespasses and sins.
We walked according to the course of this world.
We walked according to the prince of the power of the air.
We have fulfilled the desires of the flesh and mind.
And yet  God saved us.
Why?
Why would God want to be kind to us?
We don't deserve it.
Why?
Ephesians 2:7 tells us:*
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*Ephesians 2:7 *
*That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.**
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*            We were forgiven primarily so that God could display his infinite grace.
Notice the word "SHOW."**
The Greek word means to expose to the eyes,  to give evidence or proof of a thing.*
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*            **Somewhere in the ages to come, God will point to you and show the worlds to come His infinite grace.
We are like walking trophies displaying the grace of God.*
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*            Maybe someday you will be walking in heaven and all of a sudden you will see someone in heaven that you didn't expect to be there.
So you will approach God and say, "How could they possible be in heaven?"
And God will say, "They are an example of the "EXCEEDING RICHES OF MY GRACE."
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*            And someday, someone else will be in heaven and suddenly they will see you.
And they will ask God, "How cold they possible up here in heaven?"
God will point towards you and say, They are an example of the "EXCEEDING RICHES OF MY GRACE."
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*The Greek word for exceeding means to "go beyond, to surpass, to out do."    *
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*            Notice what verse 7 says, how the grace of God is described.
The KJV says, "the exceeding riches of his grace**."
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*            The NASV translates it: "the surpassing riches of His grace."
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*            **The NIV translates it: **"the incomparable riches of his grace."*
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*            **Think with me how God has already displayed His grace.
By grace, He chose us before He created the stars.
He wrote our names upon His heart before he laid the foundations of the earth.
He called us before he created the seas.
He brought forth His best robe and put it on us.
He adopted us into His family and calls us His children.
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*            **I believe that when Paul wrote verse 7 about he could not express all that was in his heart.
I don't think we can express all that there is in the grace of God.  *
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*4 WAYS THAT GOD CAN DISPLAY HIS *
*GRACE THROUGH YOU*
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*1ST** -- GOD WILL POINT TO YOU AND SHOW               HIS GRACE IS BEYOND ALL LIMITS.*
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*            **There is a saying that says, "A man is not rich when he can count all his money."
You see a man who is really wealthy has so much money he can not count it.
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*            **When a person become immensely wealthy, he is richer than he needs to be, and has not only enough money, but he has money that he can spare.
So it is with the grace of God.
God has as much grace as you want, and he has a great deal more that that.
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*            **God has as much grace as the whole universe will require, but he has vastly more.
God over flows with grace.
All the demands upon the grace of God can never impoverish Him or even diminish his store house of grace.
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*            **When Velva I lived in a small town called Emmet, Idaho.
4200 people lived there.
There were a few people that were considered wealthy.
They had a few thousand dollars.
But when you go to a larger town like Spokane, there are a few people who not only have a few thousand dollars, they have a few million.
But when you come to Seattle, you can ask about a man named Bill Gates.
You could ask if he is a rich man.
And someone will reply, "Is he rich?
He has 18 billion dollars!"  *
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*            **But what are the billions of dollars when they are stacked next to the grace of God.
God is overflowing with grace.
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*2ND** -- GOD WILL POINT TO YOU ILLUSTRATING THAT HIS GRACE IS ABOVE ALL UNDERSTANDING.**    **  *
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*            **If we had all the brilliance of men and of angels, we could not declare all the riches of God's grace.
If all the great orators that ever lived made the grace of God their only theme, we still could not exhaust the magnificence of God's grace.*
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*            **If we knew the language of angels we could not declare the grace of God.  *
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*3RD** -- GOD WILL POINT TO YOU SHOWING *
*THAT HIS GRACE TOWERS OVER OUR SINS.*
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*            **Some people think that their sin is to high for the grace of God forgive it.
What a foolish thought.
You see, you can only sin as a created being.
But God can forgive as God.
You sin as a finite creature, but God forgives as an infinite Creator.
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*Romans 5:20*
*20 where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: **(KJV)*
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*            **The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, washes away all sin.
Not a trace of your sin remains.
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*4TH** -- GOD WILL POINT TO YOU SHOWING THAT HIS GRACE IS ABOVE ALL MEASURES.**
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*            **There are 4 ways to measure an object.
You can measure its height, width, length and dept.
And yet the grace of God is so great that in each of these measures it baffles description.
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*            **Let's measurer the height of God's grace:  It is higher than our sin.
It is higher than our thoughts or imaginations.
It height rises to the throne of God.  *
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*Psalm 103:11 *
*11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
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*Psalm 36:5 *
*5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
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*            **Let's measurer the length of God's grace.**
It depth is deeper than the depth of the seas.
Out of the depth of God's grace come the choices pearls of grace.
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*            **Let's measurer the width of God's grace.**
As for the width of God's grace, David said,*
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*AS FAR AS THE EST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HATH HE REMOVED OR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US."**  *
*            **Let's measure the length of God's grace.
Can anybody tell me the length of God's grace?
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