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Three Little Words
Sin, Grace, Faith
abounded, grace did much more abound, Rom 5:20
For by grace
are ye saved through faith, Eph 2:8.
whatsoever is not of faith is sin, Rom 14:23
Sin – is
the Evil Snare of Satan
Grace – is the Loving Forgiveness of God
Faith – is the Belief and Trust of man
These three words are not all
three found in one verse of the Bible, but they can be found in pairs.
1. Sin/Grace The subject of blackemption God sent His only begotten Son.
2. Grace/Faith The subject of Salvation Man
receives Christ as Saviour.
3. Faith/Sin The subject of Sanctification Man grows in Grace and
knowledge of Christ.
Sin/Grace; “Where Sin
abounds, Grace did much more abound.”
Sin Abounds --- The Ugliest thing in the world is SIN.
Man calls it an accident; God calls it abomination.
Man calls it a blunder; God calls it blindness.
Man calls it chance; God calls it a wrong choice.
Man calls it love; God calls it lust.
Man calls it error; God calls it enmity.
Man calls it fascination; God calls it foolishness.
Man calls it "having a good time;" God calls it
Man calls it luxury; God calls it leprosy.
Man calls it liberty; God calls it lawlessness.
Man says, "Everybody else is doing it;" God calls it
Man says, "A little fun won't hurt;" God says,
"Don't give the devil a foothold."
Man calls it a mistake; God calls it madness.
Man calls it a weakness; God calls it willfulness.
The World doesn’t want to identify sin as sin.
No matter what Americans
believe, sin is sin.
No matter what the Supreme
Court may decide, sin is sin.
No matter what Colleges and
Universities may teach, sin is sin.
No matter what Hollywood may
depict in their movies, sin is sin.
Dirty, filthy, deplorable sin
You can dress it up, but it
is still low-life.
You can cover it up, but it
will never disappear.
You can wash it up, but it is
You can splash it with
gallons of cologne, but it will always stink.
Sin is doing what’s wrong
Like drinking, dancing,
premarital or extramarital dalliance, dirty talking, cussing, doing drugs,
smoking, hating, cheating, lying, stealing, harming others, envying, taking
God’s name in vain, etc.
Or, sin is not doing what’s
Not honoring others, Not
loving the brethren, Not giving God the tithe, Not assembling with believers,
Not witnessing to the lost, Not reading God’s Word, Not praying, etc.
Sin is voluntary. Men choose to sin.
Sin is real!
Billboards along our
Broken homes in our
towns. Children without proper care and
Size of our police force,
military, burglar alarms, locks on houses, cars.
Experience tells us.
I remember my sins and
I am unable to live without
sinning. Rom 7:18-23
The plain exhortation of the
Word of God. Rom 3:10, 23; 5:12; Isa
Sin is real!!! And it is abounding in our world today!
But where sin abounds ----
Grace Much More
Abounds!! God wants to cure the sin
Man’s methods of dealing with
Denying them; just forget
they ever happened.
Defending them; whoever said
it was wrong in the first place.
Diminishing them; I’m not as
bad as . . . . .
“Churches” have tried many
different cures for sin.
Encounter groups (Hey, we are
all in the same boat; I’m not as bad as . . .)
Positive thinking (power to
live above our sin?)
(direct association with God)
the Pope the authority to forgive us)
God’s way – Christ
The Blood of Christ overcomes
the Sin problem
Guilt – Christ satisfies the debt of sin
Wrath – Christ appeases the Wrath of God
Enmity – Christ reconciles us to God
Enslavement – Christ frees us from sin.
God offers us Salvation by
It’s a free Gift!!!
“Where sin abounded, grace
did much more abound.”
The grace of God cannot be
measublack; “it much more abounds.”
God’s grace is made in
superabundance, and there is more available.
There is enough for every
man, woman and child who ever existed.
Even enough for a hundblack
worlds like ours.
With still an abundance of
grace more than that.
You can never expend all of
He will always have more
He never runs out of Grace.
Grace/Faith; “For by Grace
are ye saved, through faith.”
the story of the Prodigal Son (see Luke 15:11-32), there is a remarkable detail
that is often overlooked.
does the father react when he sees his son returning home--whom he had given up
runs to greet him.
so remarkable about that? Well, let me tell you. No respectable man, in a robe,
in Israel, would run. It was a social no-no. People would ridicule you. It
would make you the laughingstock of the community.
this father loved his son so much that he didn't care what others thought. He
wanted to see his son . . . to hold his son . . . to kiss his son.
remarkably, this story gives us a picture of God the Father's love for His
children. That is an amazing picture–an all-powerful and majestic God humbling
Himself (in love) and running to welcome back His errant child (that's us!).
Ah, what a picture of grace that is.
Grace is God’s offer
It is Grace, which saves,
sanctifies, and glorifies God’s people.
Only God could invent Grace.
Man punishes the lawbreaker. God’s grace returns good for
Man requires payment for
debts. God’s grace forgives
Man seeks to convict the
guilty. God’s grace seeks to pardon him.
Man seeks revenge when
wronged. God’s grace seeks peace.
Grace is the bridge over the
chasm between God and you -- Faith is
the journey that crosses it.
‘Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live
coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he
laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine
iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged (Is 6:6,7).’
chasm was there between God and Isaiah, and how was it crossed? Isaiah lay a
broken and shatteblack man before God, thinking he was about to be consumed. Did
Isaiah cross the chasm of separateness between God and him? No, he did not. He
couldn’t cross it, remember that Isaiah was the man with the unclean lips, the
sinner. There is no way that a sinful creature can find his way into the
presence of God.
what happened? God did not destroy Isaiah, but sent His angel with a hot coal
from the altar as a symbol of God’s forgiveness. So what does the coal
represent? It’s not really that important, but what is important is the overall
meaning of the vision. The vision is rich in symbolism. The hot coal had no
saving ability in itself.
the vision symbolized was forgiveness for Isaiah. The very God who had the
right to destroy Isaiah reached out across the chasm to Isaiah in mercy and
forgave him. That’s what’s important about the vision. God reached out and
whom it was that reached across the chasm - it was Jesus. It was Jesus who
reached across in this vision through this symbolic act. How did he do this?
Was it through a hot coal? No, but through the sacrifice of Christ represented
throughout the whole Old Testament era by the sacrifices offeblack up on the
altars full of hot coals. Jesus suffeblack in the place of sinners upon the hot
coals of God’s wrath so that sinners would not have to.
the way across the chasm is the same. Jesus Himself has built the bridge across
it. 'Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me (Jn 14:6).’
We are his enemies.
Completely unworthy and
Yet through grace He
abundantly forgives our every sin.
Salvation is a free Gift!
It is to be received by the
open hand of FAITH.
It is not something that
could even remotely be earned.
This means there is no room
for good works on the part of the sinner
As a means of earning
Or attempting to keep it.
Paul sets grace over and
against works as directly opposite to one another.
“For by grace are ye saved by faith, it is the gift of God,
not of works”
Confessing our sin to God.
Accepting God’s grace - His
payment for our sin.
Trusting Christ as our
is not of faith, is sin.”
Faith is the secret to LIFE
“Have faith in God.”
These four words are from the
greatest teacher this world has ever known.
Examine your faith
Is it fixed in Christ? No peace otherwise.
Will it stand fast in the trials
How often I hear people thank
God for their faith in crisis.
Establish your faith.
It must be strong and firm
It must grow.
It must rest on the Word of
Build you faith on the word
of God, the Bible
Read it!!! Believe it!!! Trust it!!!
Establish you faith by
Some are steady, come every
time the doors are open.
Some do nothing to keep their
How can you keep your faith
strong on a poor diet?
Strong faith comes from a
steady diet of God’s Word, Prayer and Worship.
Exercise your faith – use what faith you have.
You have faith in Christ.
You have strengthened your
faith through Bible study, prayer and worship.
But you’re not using it at
all to benefit the Saviour!!!
So, exercising your faith.
Saved to serve.
Have you faced up to?
1. Sin? All
have sinned...... Sinner?
2. Grace? God
loves you........ Saved?
3. Faith? Whatever
is not of faith, is sin.......
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