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Grace and Christian life

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The Christian life, from its beginning to its end, is totally dependent upon the grace of God.

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God’s grace compensates for human weaknesses

1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
2 Corinthians 12:8–9 KJV 1900
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Pe 5:10
See also1 Co 2:1–5 ; 2 Co 9:8; Heb 2:14; Heb 4:15; Heb 5:2; Jas 4:6; 2 Pe 3:17–18

Believers are to pray for grace

Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
See also Ps 25:16; Ho 14:1–2; Col 1:9; Col 4:12
Zechariah 4:6–10 NKJV
6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ” 8 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. 10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

Christian experience may be summed up in terms of grace

1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
See also Ac 18:27; Ro 5:2; Ga 1:15; Php 1:7

Believers should go on to experience more of God’s grace

Acts 20:32 NKJV
32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
See also Ac 13:43; Col 1:3–6; Heb 13:9; 1 Pe 5:12; 2 Pe 3:18

Believers are enabled to serve Jesus Christ by his grace

1 Peter 4:10 NKJV
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
See also Ac 15:39–40; Ro 5:17; Ro 12:6; Ro 15:15; 1 Co 3:10; 2 Co 12:9; Ga 2:9; Eph 3:7–9

God’s grace is seen in Christian character, especially in generosity

2 Co 8:6–7 Referring to a collection being taken up for the poor Christians in Jerusalem.
See also Ac 4:33; Ac 11:22–23; 2 Co 9:13–14; Col 4:6

An ongoing experience of God’s grace requires the believer’s co-operation

2 Corinthians 6:1 NKJV
1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
See also Php 2:12–13; Heb 12:15; 1 Pe 5:5; Jas 4:6
Prayer for Grace.
Psalm 84:11 NKJV
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
2 Peter 1:2 NKJV
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
Romans 3:24 NKJV
24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Romans 5:2 NKJV
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
John 1:16–17 NKJV
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:32 NKJV
32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Romans 6:14 NKJV
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 4:7 NKJV
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
James 4:6 NKJV
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Titus 2:11 NKJV
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
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