2Noah Finding GraceGen.6:8-9 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”Gen.7:1 “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.”Did Noah earn the Grace of God by his conduct?Grace: a willingness to bestow favor or mercy on someone who has done nothing to merit it.Grace is a free gift from God that cannot be earned!
3Grace and Faith God’s Grace is always contingent on our Faith! Heb.11:7 “By Faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became the heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”Heir—to inherit or possess.Noah was able to inherit God’s Grace, His Righteousness, by his faithGod’s Grace is always contingent on our Faith!God extended His Grace & Favor to Noah because of his Faith.Gen.6:22 “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”Gen.7:5 “And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.”Gen.7:9 “There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.”Gen.7:16 “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.”
4Abraham Finding GraceRom.4:1-5 “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”Abraham and Sarah devise their own plan to have a child by Hagar Sarah’s handmaid.Abraham is given the promise. Accepts the promise with FaithAbraham thinks of adoption. Asks God to make his head servant, Eliezer his heir.God promises a heir from own bowels.Abraham asks how shall I know? God tells him make a sacrifice. With that sacrifice a covenant established based on God’s promisesAbraham tells a lie to Pharaoh “my wife is my sister”Heb.11:8 “By Faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”Abraham’s works fall short of what God requiresTurn aside from God’s plan. Works fall short of God requiresAbraham accepts the promise with faith---righteousFaith--Obedient75 yrs old85 yrs oldGen.12:1-4 “..Get thee out of thy country..And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great…”Gen.12:10-20Gen.15:1-6Gen.16:1-3
5How do we find Grace? Not by works Rom.3:20-21 “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;”Rom.3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”grace is a gift that we can never earn or deserve.Rom.5:6-9 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
6Grace through FaithRom.5:1-2 “ Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”Eph.2:8-9 “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.”We receive God’s grace not because of what we do, but because of what Jesus Christ has done.When we then put Faith in what Jesus Christ has done, we then receive God’s grace.True Faith will then lead us to obey God.
7Finding Grace through Faith in the Gospel Died on the CrossArose the 3rd DayThe Gospel:Buried in a TombGood NewsOf ChristRom.6:17-18 “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”Rom.6:4-5 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”Rom.6:3-4 “Know ye not, that so many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with by baptism into death:..”Rom.6:6 “Knowing this, that ourold man is Crucified with him..”