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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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The Goodness of God Part 1: God’s Goodness in the Old Testament

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the goodness of God as taught in the Old Testament and also draw implication for the Christian life as a result of our study.

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The Grace of God Part 6: Common Grace Part 2: God’s Temporal Blessings

Review: We have been looking at common grace for the third week. First week we looked at the His common grace in restraining sin with the second week we looked at God’s common grace at restraining His wrath.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will see God’s common grace manifest in temporal blessings.  We will then draw implications of this doctrine to apply to the Christian life. 

Recap of the definition of Common Grace

  1. John Murray: “Every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God.”[1]
  2. My definition: The unmerited favor of God that both the saved/elect and nonsaved/non-elect can commonly be recipients of from God.

What do we mean by God’s Temporal Blessings?

  1. By temporal blessings I am referring to God’s blessings this side of eternity (before death, before the Second Coming of Christ).
  2. Here I want to cover God’s common grace that are less about restraining as in the previous two lessons and more on God’s “positive” blessings.
  3. We must however remember that both God’s restraining activity of common grace and His positive blessings are inter-related. You can’t have God’s temporal blessing without presupposing His common grace restraining His wrath being fully exercised, etc.
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Session 35: The Grace of God Part 4: Common Grace Part 1: God’s restraint of sin

Review: We have been looking at the grace of God for the fourth week. First week we looked at the grace of God in the Old Testament.  The second week we look into the Grace of the God in the New Testament specifically, (1) God’s grace is an attribute found in all three members of the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God seen in salvation of sinners.  The third week we looked at the grace of God in the New Testament specifically (3) God’s grace and sanctification (4) and God’s grace in ministry.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will provide definitions, note the two aspect of common grace and provide Scripture supporting God’s common grace that restrains certain things and then we will draw implications of this doctrine to apply to the Christian life. 

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Session 34: The Grace of God Part 3: The Grace of God in Sanctification and Ministry

Review: We have been looking at the grace of God for the third week. We first looked at the grace of God in the Old Testament.  Last week we look into the Grace of the God in the New Testament specifically, (1) God’s grace is an attribute found in all three members of the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God seen in salvation of sinners. 

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implications for the Christian life. Specifically, (1) we will see God’s grace and sanctification (2) and God’s grace in ministry.

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Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implications for the Christian life. Specifically, (1) we will see God’s grace as an attribute found in the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God in salvation of sinners. 

  • What is the grace of God?
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Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it is taught in the Old Testament.

  1. What is the grace of God?
  2. What does the Bible teaches about the grace of God in the Old Testament?
  3. Implications

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of 1 Timothy 1:14.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 14 ὑπερεπλεόνασεν δὲ ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν μετὰ πίστεως καὶ
And the grace of our Lord overflowed with faith and

ἀγάπης τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ”
love which is of Jesus in Christ

Here are some observations:

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is Ephesians 1:7. Here’s my translation:

“SENTENCE 7 [CR ἐν CR] ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ ‹ τὴν
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the

ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων › κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ”
forgiveness of our transgressions according to the riches of His grace

Here’s some observation:

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John Crotts. Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, January 15th 2018. 141 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you speak the truth graciously with others?  This is a helpful book for Christian on speaking the truth in love.  The author John Crotts is a pastor in Georgia and has written for us a helpful resource for Christian holy living and for biblical counseling.  I also think this book is useful for those who might not be thinking they are in need of counseling; Christian pastors and those involved with ministry would benefit it from it if they read this work and apply it and thus become more effective in how they minister and speak truth to others.

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In today’s world it is acceptable to bash on “Pharisees.”  It can even be cool and hip.

But as readers can tell from my earlier post titled “Are you a Pharisaical anti-Pharisee?” I am concerned for the direction and outcome of those who can be so zealous for attacking others as “Pharisees.”  With the previous post I specifically addressed how some who oppose “Pharisees” (whether real or imagined) can hypocritically and ironically be quite Pharisaical themselves.  In this current post I want to address another issue concerning the direction of those who are zealous in opposing “Pharisees.”

Please note that in the previous and this post I am not defending Pharisees or Phariseeism (what I mean by that is the idea that we can be self-righteous before God by our own works and that we can add more laws more higher than God’s laws).  Instead my intention is to point out possible blind-spots we can have of our own self in opposing Pharisees.  So here goes my second post…

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Jerry Bridges.  Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, April 22nd, 2008. 266 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Over the last few years my appreciation for the writings of Jerry Bridges has increased.  His works have been tremendously edifying and encouraging for me to walk in grace in the Christian life.  This book is another of Bridges’ writings that immensely blessed me spiritually.

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This is a guest review by Seth.  He is an online friend and his blog can be found at A Poor Wretch.  Check it out.

Several years ago, widespread corruption among the world’s biggest banks emerged out of conspiracy theory into breaking world news, revealing the long hidden secret that what are known as Libor rates had been illegally manipulated for decades. Libor rates significantly affect everything from mortgages to student loans. As banks falsely reported artificially low borrowing rates, these banks were implicated together in the theft of many billions of dollars from millions upon millions of people. The magnitude of corruption was especially historic, not only in an international sense, but spiritually speaking was representative of the volume and degree of mass-coordinated evil that exists in broad daylight, as well as a truly perfect example of mankind’s utter and desperate need of God’s grace to have hope of salvation from the idolatry of money.

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The Grace of God is a rich topic.  Here’s a seven part miniseries on the grace of God as an attribute of God and its theological implications that was originally part of a larger series.

After each title of the session I gave links to the MP3 audio and PDF of the outline.

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grace or legalism

In another forum someone asked a good question about what are the signs one might know they are walking more of an attitude of legalism rather than by God’s grace.  I think this is an important question Christians should think about.

Here’s my quick reply:

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