In this sermon at BridgeWay Church (shortened by the time available), David continues his series on New Covenant Grace. Grace is strongly partnered with the Person and Presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had much Grace, and it was not the “unmerited favor” kind. Jesus merited favor. He was righteous and sinless. The kind of Grace Jesus had was the “empowering presence of God” kind of Grace, and He gives that to all who believe in Him. It really is wonderful news!
Quoting a Bible Verses
For the gospel is all about God’s Son. As a man he descended from David’s royal lineage, but as the mighty Son of God he was raised from the dead and miraculously set apart with a display of triumphant power supplied by the Spirit of Holiness. And now Jesus is our Lord and our Messiah.Romans 1:3-6
Through him a joy-producing grace cascaded into us, empowering us with the gift of apostleship, so that we can win people from every nation into a faithful commitment to Jesus, to bring honor to his name. And you are among the chosen ones who received the call to belong to Jesus, the Anointed One.”
And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”ROMANS 8:15-16
What has happened to you Galatians to be acting so foolishly? You must have been under some evil spell! Didn’t God open your eyes to see the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion? Wasn’t he revealed to you as the crucified one?GALATIANS 3:1-3
So answer me this: Did the Holy Spirit come to you as a reward for keeping all the Jewish laws? No, you received him as a gift because you believed in the Messiah. Your new life in the Anointed One began with the Holy Spirit giving you a new birth. Why then would you so foolishly turn from living in the Spirit by trying to finish by your own works?
More Needs to be Said
Much more needs to be said. This sermon was shortened by the need for more time. However, much is said here on this website. Explore well!