RSMI's Believers Bible Fellowship Notes Part One

02/09/11  Albert Lea, MN
Part One

A quick Lesson of grace part 2

We need to have a paradigm shift in our perception

God values you and I. We are to value others the way God values us.
When we see who we are, it helps us to see who others are.

Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

*We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul, and mind.
*We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Loving someone is valuing them. It allows them to feel value as well.
When we love unconditionally, we are literally giving value to that person

By loving the Lord, we are valuing Him. By loving our neighbor we are valuing them, but the key here is to love or value our neighbor as ourselves. So do we value our self?

To truly understand the value God has on us, we must understand Grace!

People know of grace and they even may know where it comes from, but they may never experience it.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Jesus was made sin with our sin, so that we might be made the righteous with His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 8:7, 9 “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

Rich=is without sin.
Rich = Being Righteous!

Poor= is with sin
Poor = Being sin!

Jesus was made poor (made sin), so we could be made rich (made righteous)!
He was made sin with our sin so we could be made righteous with His righteousness.

This act of Jesus being made sin with our sin, so He could make us righteous with His righteousness is His Grace!

Grace involves giving! Jesus gave His righteousness in exchange for our sin!

Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

We are justified freely by His Grace.

To be justified means to be made right!
We are made right freely. No work involved. We did not earn it.

Grace saved us, not our prayer, or our behavior!

Giving is also involved in His Grace
The act of giving is to be incorporated into His Grace

We are saved by Grace, and our salvation has nothing to do with our behavior!
But His Grace has everything to do with how much God values us!

His Grace is a free gift that came through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
We only receive this Grace through faith, not by works!

Romans 5:2
"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

To be justified means to be made right.

We have access into His Grace, this free gift from God, BY FAITH, through our believing in the Grace of Jesus Christ!

You will never know the freedom and power of this Grace until you believe.
Faith is the avenue that we receive, walk in and experience His Grace.

When you believe in His Grace, and when then can begin understanding how valuable we are in our Fathers eyes!
Then we can begin understanding how valuable our neighbor is to God as well.

We need to see our neighbor as saved, by Grace, even if they have not yet believed!

A total paradigm shift needs to take place so we can perceive (see) what we need to see.
We need to change our perception our filter and begin loving or valuing God, and loving or valuing others! We do this by His Grace, through faith in His Grace!