Grace - Section 1

  1. Grace - Grace means unmerited favor or undeserved kindness.  Mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve.  Grace is God giving us what we don't deserve.  He gives us heaven when we deserve hell; he grants forgiveness when we deserve to be forgotten; he offers us life when we deserve death. It's all grace.  None of the good things we receive from God are earned.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Colossians 1.
  2. Most people think they can get to heaven by believing in God and doing good things, but listen to what the scriptures say about our good works:  "All of our righteous acts are like filthy rags." (Isa. 64:6).  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Eph. 2:8-9) - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 248.
  3. 2 Cor. 12:9 - [The Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Your future is not bigger than God, nor are your limitations larger than His grace. Your faith in Him means your future is with Him.  Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence. - St. Augustine. - From page 381 of Turning Points With God by David Jeremiah.
  4. Good people do not go to heaven, because goodness is not a requirement to get into heaven.  Perfection is.  Like Paul in this passage, we can be a very good, religious person, but without Christ, we can never be good enough to go to heaven.    - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 248.
  5. 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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ep. 2:1-10).
  6. How does Jesus exercise this persevering grace toward those who had believed in him? Here are a number of verses that tell us what God is able to do and therefore will do for his people. Hebrews 7:25—“Therefore he is completely able to save those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Second Timothy 1:12—“He is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” Hebrews 2:18—“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Philippians 3:20–21—“The Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Jude 24–25—“To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”  
    When we put these verses together they tell us that Jesus shows his effective, persevering grace with us by lifting us from the darkness of this world into his own marvelous light, by interceding for us in heaven, by guarding our spiritual deposits, by seeing us through temptation, by saving even our bodies at the time of the last resurrection, and by bringing us at last and without blemish into the presence of his own and the Father’s glory. He does this by placing himself between us and our enemies. - From commentary on John 18:3-12 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  7. Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
  8. Perfection, not goodness, is the entrance requirement to heaven.  Being a member of a church does not make you a Christian anymore than being a Pharisee made Paul a child of God, or anymore than walking into a garage will make you a car. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 248.
  9. James 4:6“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  God's gift of sustaining grace is enjoyed only by those willing to admit their need and accept the gift. The proud, on the other hand, meet only resistance from God. God's opposition toward the arrogant person is a recurring motif in the OT (see, e. g., Ps. 18:27; 34:18; 51:17; 72:4; 138:6; Isa. 61:1; Zeph. 3:11- 12). Worth mentioning is that "pride" (hyperēphania) is often associated with jealousy and envy in Hellenistic writings.  - From commentary on James 4:6 from the Pillar New Testament Commentary (14 volumes) by Eerdmans Publisher.
  10. Jesus paid a debt he didn't owe because we owed a debt we couldn't pay. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 249.
  11. The sin of unforgiveness is a cancer that destroys relationships, eats away at one’s own psyche, and, worst of all, shuts us off from God’s grace. - Robertson McQuilkin - From page 85 of Turning Points With God by David Jeremiah.
  12.  James 5:16: Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 

    Consider four ways confession liberates us from sin
    . …  - from the section: True Confession:A Topical Study of James 5:16 of Courson’s Application Commentary.
    1. Confession Promotes Prayer - If you want people to pray for you, one of the most practical things you can do is confess your faults to someone or to a small group of people. Then watch how they’ll pray for you. 
    2. Confession Provides Protection - Confession provides protection from potential hostility. The Enemy seeks to cause whatever I’m struggling with, whatever you’re wrestling with to be exposed. That’s his method of operation. He sucks us into sin, then publicizes our sin to bring consternation, embarrassment, and division. Confession disarms the Enemy. 
    3. Confession Prohibits Pride - People say, “If I confess my faults to another, what will happen if they leak out?”  You know what will happen? Your pride will be destroyed, and that’s the best thing that could happen! Although we’re so careful to cultivate a certain image, the Lord has ways of making sure it never lasts because pride leads to destruction and a haughty spirit to a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Ask Lucifer. It was when pride filled his heart that he was cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12–15).  Confession prohibits pride, and in so doing, it breaks our otherwise tragic fall. 
    4. Confession Produces Praise - The church of Jesus Christ is the only place I know where people come together and admit they’re a bunch of losers who have problems.  We, the church, come together to say, “Isn’t God gracious? That He would use people like us with all our faults and failings is nothing short of amazing.  Sin will lose its grip if you take seriously this command, this invitation to confess and pray for one another. Whatever you do, know this:You are forgiven and you can experience liberation if you confess your faults one to another.  I love the Lord. I love the theology of being forgiven. I love the practicality of confession. I’m so glad I’m saved. And I’m glad you are too.
  13. This is still the age of grace.  God’s offer of forgiveness and a new life still stands.  However, the door one day will be closed.  Someday it will be too late.  This is why the Bible continually warns and challenges: “Now is the accepted time” [2 Corinthians 6:2 NKLV].  - From page 157 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  14. Believing in Christ cancels the debt we owe God for our sins and gives us a right relationship with him and eternal life in heaven. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 249.
  15. Quit trying to earn God's favor by good works. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Philippians 3 pg 249.
  16. Thank God that you are free from the burden of having to earn his love and approval. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 1 - pg. 10.
  17. Paul says "I do not set aside the grace of God (as the legalist did), for if righeousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"   If humans could be right with God by obeying the law, why would he send his Son to suffer and die on a cross?  The very reason Christ died on the cross to pay for sin was because the law could not remove sin or impart righeousness.  Grace provides what the law was powerless to provide - righteousness. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 2 - pg. 25.
  18. The Lord had mercy upon the Egyptians. And He will have mercy upon any of us. But there is a condition: we must turn to the Lord, acknowledging Him as the only true Lord and Savior of the world. God loved the Egyptians, so He offered salvation to them. But He also loves us, so He offers salvation to all of us as well. However, when the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation are offered, we must reach out to take them. No matter who may offer us a gift, it never becomes ours until we reach out to receive it. So it is with the gifts of God’s mercy and salvation. We must reach out to receive them in order to be saved.
    According to the present Scripture, the majority of Egyptians will not turn to the Lord until the days of great tribulation come to earth. It will be the judgment, the terrible trials, that will arouse the majority of Egyptians to turn to the Lord, the only living and true God. But God forbid that we wait until judgment comes to turn to Him. God help us all to turn to Him now. For when the war machines of this earth mobilize and begin their attack, far too often the hand of death snatches us before we can do anything, much less cry out to God for deliverance. War or disease or accident or even murderers can snatch us away at any time. As we all know, the youngest among us are sometimes snatched out of this world by the hand of death. Time to cry out for salvation is not always available. Today—right now, in this moment—the hand of God’s mercy is extending the gift of salvation to us. But we must reach out to accept the gift in order to be saved. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says about His mercy:

    “And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation” (Lu. 1:50).
    “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ep. 2:4-8).
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:5-7).
    “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children” (Ps. 103:17).
    “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Ps. 106:1).
    “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Ps. 108:4).
    “The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes” (Ps. 119:64).
    “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (La. 3:22-23). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 19:16-25 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  19. Grace is the spiritual parent of the Christian believer.  Do not consider yourself as inferior to or better than anyone else.  We are equal in Christ.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 4 - pg. 54.
  20. Grace gives you a deeply personal relationship with God. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 4 - pg. 54.
  21. Grace brings believers together, while law separates God's family.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 4 - pg. 54.
  22. Grace brings believers together, while law separates God's family.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 4 - pg. 54.
  23. Legalism condemns while grace restores. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Galations 6 - pg. 82.
  24. If you are in Christ, whatever God is doing in your life right now is not an experiment that he might abandon if he gets fed up with you. You need to know that God would have to stop being God before he’d quit on you. And why is God devoted to you? It’s not because you risk looking like a failure. You already do. So do I. It’s because God will never let his purpose fail. The defeat of grace to sinners would be the defeat of God.
    The message of God to us all is this: “For my own sake, I love failures and fools and spiritual nitwits, for how could my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” God’s commitment to God is his assurance to us. If that assurance does not melt your heart, it doesn’t belong to you. But if that assurance ignites within you a flame of hope, then he has set you apart to himself forever. The throne of God is a throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
    - Excerpt from the reading in Isaiah 48:1-22 in PReaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes st al, Crossway Publishers.
  25. Life separated  from Christ is death no matter what it may seem at the moment. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 117.
  26. God's grace gives you life and unites you with him and from people from whom you are alienated. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Ephesians 2:22 - pg. 116.
  27. Our God is a God of a million second chances. - derived from Christian music
  28. The motive of grace is the infinite, compassionate love of a merciful God, but the work of grace was the death of Christ on the cross.  - From page 158 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  29. As always, God is more ready to meet us with grace than we thought. His invitation is irresistible: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (v. 18) God is saying, “Come on, let’s talk this over. Give me a chance. Here’s my invitation. You present your blood-red hands to me in open confession, I’ll wash you clean in the blood of Jesus, and your worship will come alive.”  - From Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. at Location 570 in Kindle book 
  30. The grace of God is the only power that can free us from our hypocrisies: - From location 576 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  31. Every day we create the conditions in which we literally deserve Hell. But what does God do? He offers to get us out of trouble at his own expense. He offers to absorb within himself the consequences we have set in motion. He pays the price, so that we don’t have to, because we can’t anyway. That’s redemption. If you have sinned your way into helplessness, where you deserve to reap what you have sown, you can be redeemed. God is not only willing to pay the price, he already has — at the cross of Christ. You can enter into redemption freely, by his grace. - From location 615 in the Kindle Book -  Isaiah: God Loves Sinners  by Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  32. God's grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior. - From location 541-50 / 4940 in the Kindle Book - The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism - Timothy Keller 
  33. The grace of God is the well-spring of all God's goodness to us.  Forgiveness, salvation, peace, the gift of his Holy Spirit, the maturing of our lives in holiness, the stirring of our hearts and will to follow him - all these are of grace.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - I Thessalonians 5:28  pg. 77. 
  34. God starts his renewing work of grace in the desert of our real lives. How could it be otherwise? A dreary desert is what we are. But God is able to give lush growth and life and joyful song. Joy pervades chapter 35, because salvation is not just when we stop being bad; salvation is when we delight in God’s glory and majesty. What must he be, if the mere sight of him transforms us from death into life? It is so foolish to hold God at arm’s length. He himself is the desire of your heart. And he wants you to see his glory, both now by faith and in Heaven face to face.
    How does God show himself now? Through the ministry of the gospel: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). We see God’s glory in the face of Jesus. And we see the face of Jesus as the Holy Spirit makes him real to us through his Word — how Christ is an overflowing fountain for thirsty sinners, how Christ is their wealth and honor and wisdom and happiness, how Christ’s righteousness covers all their guilt, how he is a power to conquer all their sins, a purity to wash away all their filth, and their spring of eternal freshness. They see in Christ a fullness to satisfy them forever. And the believing heart thrives in this new awareness of Jesus Christ. 
     - From the reading about Salvation in Isaiah 35:1-2 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publisher
  35. God is the wellspring of grace.  He has a passion to give, and this extravagance issues from his love.  Grace is any action or gift freely given; it cannot be earned or retained by personal effort.  And when we are speaking of God's grace, it covers everything: " For who makes you different from everyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as thought you did not?" (1 Cor. 4:7).  But even though God's grace does not depend upon us, it can be hindered by us through sin, ingratitude, and refusal.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2  ppg. 88-89. 
  36. In the Christian understanding, Jesus does not tell us how to live so we can merit salvation. Rather, he comes to forgive and save us through his life and death in our place. - From the Kindle Book - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism  by Timothy Keller - location 540.
  37. God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior.- From the Kindle book   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller - Location 542.
  38. Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom, or virtue, but because of Christ’s work on their behalf.- From the Kindle book   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism-by Timothy Keller at  Location 544.
  39. The Bible says that Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation. He had to pay for our sins so that someday he can end evil and suffering without ending us. - From the Kindle book   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller at Location 690.
  40. God takes our misery and suffering so seriously that he was willing to take it on himself. - From the Kindle book. - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller at Location 694.
  41. God's values are different than the fear-induced human system.  Grace cannot be achieved; it rejects all sweat and labor.  Grace cannot be won; it opposes all competition and comparisons.  Grace gives wing to the actions of a generous heart, for it exists totally for the will of the giver.  Whether we are talking about the rescue of souls or the sending of rain, these are bestowed by God. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1  VI. Deeper Discoveries A. Grace (v.2) pg. 97. 
  42. When we presume that we can gain God's favor through our good behavior, we trample on grace.  With this attitude, we consider his gifts our payment, our just due.  The only proper response to God's grace is enduring trust and abiding thankfulness. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 1  VI. Deeper Discoveries A. Grace (v.2) pg. 97-98. 
  43. As a pastor I have counseled many people about forgiveness, and I have found that if they do this—if they simply refuse to take vengeance on the wrongdoer in action and even in their inner fantasies—the anger slowly begins to subside. You are not giving it any fuel and so the resentment burns lower and lower.  - From the Kindle book   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism- Location 2871.
  44. Forgiveness must be granted before it can be felt, but it does come eventually. It leads to a new peace, a resurrection. It is the only way to stop the spread of the evil.   - From the Kindle book   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism- Location 2879.
  45. In Christ I could know I was accepted by grace not only despite my flaws, but because I was willing to admit them. The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued and that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less. I don’t need to notice myself—how I’m doing, how I’m being regarded—so often.   - The Reason for God:  Belief in an Age of Skepticism- Location 2755.
  46. Grace covers everything that God gives to those who are his; it is his generosity provoked only by his love.  Mercy includes that special attention and care which God extends to the person in need.  All of these come only from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:1-2  pg. 144.
  47. The gospel or "good news" is that Jesus suffered in our place.  He died a death reserved for lawbreakers, experiencing the condemnation of the law on our behalf: "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree" (Gal. 3:13).  Because of this, Christ offers forgiveness if we admit our inadequacies to live by God's righteous standards (law), acknowledge that we are lawbreakers, and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness and acceptance before God, who is holy.  But the gospel also includes the fruitfulness of a life given to God.  Within the glorious gospel of forgiveness, godly conduct and character are also assumed.  The true gospel reveals a God who is powerful and willing to forgive and who is able to keep those who live by faith, bringing about "a new creation." (2 Cor. 5:17).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:11  pg. 149.
  48. No one can say, "I am too bad, too sinful.  God could never forgive me."  But no matter how deep the sin, our Lord is able to penetrate deeper with his love and forgiveness.  God's patience is unlimited.  Literally, it has no limit.  It never runs out, never becomes exhausted.  It is as eternal as he is.  God's patience brings hope to those who struggle and search in life, for those whose past or present is littered with sin.  But God will not be mocked; those who refuse his grace will suffer his wrath.  Belief in Christ is necessary to salvation.  Belief encompasses trust, dependence, and obedience.  It is a belief that changes our lives now and for eternity. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - 1 Timothy 1:16  pg. 152.
  49. Grace Upon Grace in Our Lives - "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father; full of grace and truth…And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for [upon] grace. (John 1:14, 16)"  The grace of God is found in a person, Jesus Christ. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Corinthians 8:9). Through His Son, the Father now proclaims His full message. "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2). One of Jesus' titles is the Word. When He became a man, He was God's incarnate message, His Word to humanity. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." As the early disciples watched Jesus living His perfect life of godliness, they were looking at the glorious revelation of God's uniquely begotten (that is, virgin-born) Son. "And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father." His life was an overflowing demonstration of divine grace and truth: "full of grace and truth."- From the DBD 1/2 message in the MacSword Program.
  50. Jesus showed us the kind of life that God's grace could develop in us—a life of truth, a life of godly reality. Jesus came as the One to offer that fullness of grace to all who would trust in Him. Now for those who depend upon Him day by day, life is explained and developed "grace upon grace." God's grace first establishes a layer of forgiveness and spiritual new birth. Then, layers of growth, transformation, fruitfulness, victory, maturing, service, etc. are added as His grace is received by faith. - From the DBD 1/2 message in the MacSword Program.
  51. Oh, what fullness is available to us in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ! "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him" (Colossians 2:9-10). Our wholeness of life comes from His fullness. Wherever we are in our spiritual pilgrimage, progress has come through receiving by faith from the fullness of His grace. Whatever remains to be accomplished must transpire in the same manner, receiving more fully of His fullness. Yes, daily Christian living is to be "grace upon grace"upon grace, upon grace, upon grace—until we stand face to face someday with our Lord of grace!  "Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to dwell among humanity. I worship You for the fullness of grace available in You. I appreciate so much the layers of Your grace that You have built into my life. I reach out to You with expectation for the grace needed in the days ahead. This I ask in Your holy name, Amen."  - From the DBD 1/2 message in the MacSword Program.
  52. The Magnitude of God's Grace - "In Him we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus…To me, who am less than the least of all saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable [unfathomable] riches of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7; 2:7; 3:8)"
    1. What is the magnitude of God's grace? How extensive are His resources of grace? So often we drastically underestimate God's supply of grace for us. 
    2. God is rich in grace. When He forgave our sins, He did so "according to the riches of His grace." Think of the bountiful measure of grace that was bestowed on us to remove our guilt and shame. God generously poured out His grace and washed away our iniquities. Yet, in doing this He did not deplete the treasures of His grace.
    3. In Ephesians 2:7, God speaks of the "exceeding riches of His grace." The Lord's grace is far beyond any richness that we have ever yet comprehended or experienced. God's storehouse of grace is so abundant that He will continue pouring it upon us for the "ages to come." Yes, it will take eternity for the Lord to fully demonstrate His grace toward us. This everlasting demonstration involves showing His kindness toward all who are in Christ Jesus. Think of it—from the boundless resources of God's grace He can make us the objects of His kindness for ever and ever!
    4. One could liken the riches of God's grace to an infinitely vast ocean. Think of the immensity of the oceans of the world. Although they are magnificent in scope, every ocean can be searched out or fathomed. Every ocean has a bottom that can be reached. Though vast, they are finite. But not so with God's grace. Paul testified that the Lord gave him grace to go forth and proclaim the "unsearchable [unfathomable] riches of Christ."
    5. For us, there is more grace available in the heart of God than there is water in all of the oceans of the world! Truly, no matter how much grace we have already discovered in Christ, we have only begun our search.
    6. "Heavenly Father, I am awestruck at the magnitude of Your grace. Forgive me for underestimating that grace so often. Enlighten the eyes of my heart that I might know the richness of Your grace. May the immeasurable ocean of Your grace supply my daily need, through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen." - From the DBD 1/3 message in the MacSword Program.
  53. The law of God is His standard for spiritual measurement. By His law, God measures holiness in people's lives by revealing His will, which is based upon His holy character. This is why all of us "fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We don't measure up to God's holy standard.  The measuring instruments of man are a helpful illustration of the law. When a tape measure is used to evaluate the height of people, it measures growth or reveals the absence of it. It does not produce human growth. So it is with the law of God. The law describes and measures what God wants lives to look like. It does not cause such spiritual growth to appear. Only God's grace at work in our lives is the sufficient dynamic that produces spiritual growth.  - From the DBD 1/12 message in the MacSword Program.
  54. So great is our sin that nothing less than wounds and stripes could pay for it. Yet the unspeakable mystery of the gospel is that the very One against whom we sinned was the same One who paid for our sin with His stripes and wounds (Isaiah 53:5) - From Courson’s Application Commentary on Proverbs 20:30
  55. Stability is always found in understanding the mercy of our Master, in having a grasp on grace. It’s not about how we’re doing but about what He’s done. The price has been paid. The work is complete. Therefore, I can come boldly before His throne of grace that I might find mercy and grace to help in my time of need (see Hebrews 4:16) - From Psalm 21:5-7: comment from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  56. Why does God love us so much? Why does he put up with us?
    “For my name’s sake I defer my anger,
    for the sake of my praise I restrain it f
    r you,
    that I may not cut you off.
    Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
     have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
    For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
    for how should my name be profaned?
    My glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah vv. 9-11)

    This is one of the great statements in the Bible. It reveals God’s ultimate motive in all his loving ways. He put up with so much from Israel. Even when he sent them into the refining fire of exile, he limited their affliction. And he puts up with us. God is always giving us better than we deserve. The ultimate reason why God treats us so well is for the sake of his own name (Ezekiel 36:22-32). He will not give the glory of his grace to any idol of our moral logic.
    Not only does our performance not secure us in God’s favor, it’s our lousy performance that God uses to display his favor. He loves us for reasons that make sense only within the logic of the divine nature. He loves us with what seems to us like one windfall of mercy after another. God must love his kind of love, because he calls it his glory. His mercy to sinners through Jesus Christ is what sets him apart most impressively from the idols. It takes no one less than the one true God sacrificially and eternally to disconnect what we deserve from what we get. 
    - From the reading of Section 35 "God’s Commitment to Us is His Assurance in Us” and “ Why does God Put up with us?” - Isaiah 48:1 - 22 from Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols) from R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publishers