There is no human effort that should make man glory before God, because even our best righteousness is filthiness before Him.
TEXT: Romans 4:1, Genesis 12: 1-3, Galatians 3:8,29, Titus 2:11, Matthew 25:19
Today, we’ll be expounding more on our topic The Man Abraham, focusing on “Grace”, what grace is, and what we are saved to do.
What is Grace?
Grace is what you don’t deserve but is given to you freely. It is something you don’t worth and your effort cannot get for you, it is something you cannot buy but is given to you freely. You don’t need to struggle to get it, it is a gift from God.
Grace is associated with faith. Grace and faith work together and are inseparable.
Grace works by election
If Abraham with all his good deeds has nothing to boast of before God, then, how much more you and I that have done nothing.
Abraham lived with his parents and was living in sin like his parents, but even in that sin, God elected him and brought him out of darkness – this is grace! Abraham was in no way better than his brother, Lot, neither was he better than his parents. It was the grace of God that elected him.
The promises God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3 was made to him even before he sacrificed Isaac to God. That is to show to you that the promises were made to him on no ground of his righteousness. If the good deed of Abraham was seen as righteousness before God, he would have had something to boast of.
The Grace of God is not by work
Abraham, like every other human complained of his barrenness. He is not a superman.
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir -Genesis 15:3
This scripture can be interpreted in two ways:
- Abraham complained that he had no child despite all that he did. He boasted of his righteousness. This depicts that the righteousness of Abraham was not based on his work, it was based on the grace of God. God elected him based on no ground of his works.
- The way of a believer isn’t designed to be smooth. The rough way you go through is meant to make you better and stronger.
If the grace of God offers something to you, you need to accept it by faith so that you can have it. If you can’t accept it, you can’t be counted righteous before God because your faith in God is your righteousness.
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
God will not justify man by his works, but by faith.
When God makes a promise to you, if you have enough faith to accept it, He will give it to you; He has what He promised to give you, He doesn’t need to collect it from anyone before He can give you. He has it at His disposal but you need faith to receive it.
Why was Abraham not saved by his work or righteousness? It’s because Abraham was also under the condemnation that was brought about by Adam and Eve. It is the grace of God brought to Abraham and was accepted by him that brought about his salvation from the condemnation Adam and Eve brought.
Abraham was not a special human being, neither was he created as a special breed. For the scripture says that, “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Abraham wasn’t an exception either. Why then should he boast?
What then do you have now that was not given to you? – 1 Corinthians 4:7.
Although, truly, Abraham had done things that should make him boast before human being but not before God.
Your work will not give you salvation, but it will give you position(reward). The servant in Matthew 25:21 was made ruler over many things (that was the reward of the work he did). God will weigh all your services; He will check the motive by which you do the work you do. God tested Abraham, He will also test you!
Finally, brethren, we are saved by grace, but we are also saved to work; to get inheritance. We must strive to get reward and position in heaven. Work, so that your salvation will not be in vain.