Teaching by Lois Bergsma
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The Attributes of God - Part 11

Grace & Mercy

 

Grace

That attribute of God which is His sovereign free favor, manifested in spiritual & eternal blessings to the guilty & undeserving.

 

Undeserved favor – cannot be bought, earned or won or it would not be grace –
it is free.

 

To the guilty & undeserving

Contrary to the modern mind and other religions

§  Rom. 3:10-18,23,24

§  Isa. 64:6

§  Isa 1:6

 

Sovereign

§  God’s action – grace planned redemption, gave the word – delivers us from Satan and self

§  Opens the door to the throne of grace

 

Manifested – revealed

Set in order by cross

§  Eph. 1:7-8

§  Rom. 3:23-24

 

Eternal

§  Rev. 3:8

§  Eph 2:7

 

Free  - Gift

§  Rom. 6:23

§  Eph. 2:8-9

 

Two contending Forces

Law – Grace

§  Gal. 5:4 amp

 

Law produces – works of flesh

Ex. Pharisees

§  Legalism – letter – not spirit

§  Self righteous-judgmental - false security, hypocrisy

 

Grace produces works of faith

§  Rom 14:23

§  Rom. 5:17

§  Rom 6:14

§  Gal. 2:20

 

Mercy

Attribute of God which manifests pity,
affection & compassion to those in need.

 

Affection (Literally – bowels)

 

Greek – seat of more violent passions deep internal emotion

 

Hebrews – see bowels as seat of tender inward affection – pity – kindness

§  Phil 1:8 KJV

§  Phil 2:1

 

Compassion – vines word study

§  Feeling of distress through ills of another

§  To be moved and yearn inwardly

 

Manifests – to those in need

§  Shows action of assistance

§  Grace and mercy – hand in hand
we receive mercy because of His grace

 

Like all His attributes

Infinite

§  I Peter 1:3-5

§  II Cor. 1:3

 

Eternal

§  Ps 103:17 KJV

 

Sovereign

§  Luke 1:78 KJV

§  Titus 3:5

§  Eph.2:4-5

 

Undeserved – We cannot presume

Mercy it is God’s response to repentance

§  Prov. 28:13

§  Isa 55:7

§  II Chron. 33:1-16

 

Mercy – Response to Intercession

  • Exodus 32:10-14

 

Daily Mercy

¡  Lam. 3:22

¡  Micah 6:8