The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

                                                                                                              Unit 4g Grace

 

THE  APPLICATION  OF GOD'S  CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God’s Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

We are now going to consider: the principles and precepts that come from the nature and character of God. They constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas. 

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   


Precepts:
how to carry out the principle
.  

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    

 

Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.

 

 

We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

 

To God  (personally)

           

To Others (neighbors)

 

At Home (family)

 

In the Local Church  (God's local family)

 

To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)

      

Syllabus for Applying the Principle of Grace.

Record of achievement 

Started   /    /       Goal for finish    /    

Summaries,  Syllabus Questions  &  Self test sent in     /   

Returned with Grade report   /     /  Unit test  sent in   /    /     

Assignment.   Started   /    /    Finished & sent in.   /     /         

 

1.  Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize.   Send in your summaries and self test when finished as well as any questions you may have.  It will be evaluated and returned with answers to questions and the next unit of the Family of God Bible Outlines on Biblical Christianity. 

We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not our or the worlds.                                                                 

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

See what you can learn of God’s will. [His heart for you] 

2.  Assignment: After completing this study list the ways you see you and your church can demonstrate the grace of God to those around you. 

 

 

APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE OF GRACE  

The PRINCIPLE of Grace is found in God as one of His attributes. It is part of His nature and character. Therefore, God is the source of grace and giver of grace.  Grace is inseparable from His attributes of love and mercy.

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-7

                      Of God the Son: John 1:14-17; 1 Cor.1:4 

            Of God the Holy Spirit: Heb. 10:29;  Eph. 2:4-5

 

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16

             Consider: 1 Pet. 5:10 -11   
 

The PRECEPT of Grace is two fold: it involves seeing others through God's eyes and having His heart for them. 

1. Unmerited favor  

"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Rom. 3:24-26

   Consider: Rom. 3:9-23,  5:6 -11;  Eph. 2:8-10            

 

 

2. Enabling power (help)

 "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." 2 Cor.12:7-10

             Consider: 2 Cor. 1:2-10  

God's Grace is all sufficient and sufficient for all.  It is never too early and never too late, but always at the time of need.   

             In regard to service Consider: 1 Cor. 1:25-30

The RESPONSIBILITY of Grace  

TO GOD (personal) 

    1. Not to be received in vain (without profit to God.)  

"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." 2 Cor. 6:1

    Consider: 1 Pet. 4:11   Read: 2 Cor. 5:14-7:1

            
              2. Grace is not to be abused.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"  Rom. 6:13-16  

             Consider: Rom. 5:17- 6:13

             3. We are to grow in grace.   

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." 2 Pet. 3:18

              Consider: 2 Pet.1:1- 8,9

       (a) To grow strong in grace

     "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."  2 Tim.2:1

        Consider: Luke 2:40  note Vs 49 & 52 and John 15:1-11

  

                 (b) To be established with grace 

   "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats,            which have not profited them that have been occupied therein." Heb. 13:9 


To be established with grace  Is to grow in Christ, through the gospel of Christ.  The good news of His life, all that He said to give us hope, and conform us to His image.  His life, death, resurrection and ascension.  That was the apostles doctrine, on which the early church was built in great power. (Acts 2:42)   

    Consider: Rom. 16:24-27; Col. 2:6-10; 2 Thes. 2:13-17   

   

              4.  We are to pray for grace.   

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16


TO  OTHERS                   

  1. We are to respond with the same grace we have received of God, for we are what we are by the grace of God.

   "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than  they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."  1 Cor. 15:10

    Consider: Eph. 2:8-10 and  2 Thes. 2:16 -17; 2 Cor. 1:12 

   

     2. We are to forgive graciously as we received forgiveness.

"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.   But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses."  Mark 11:25-26

     Consider: Mat. 18:21-35; 2 Cor. 2:10-11;  Eph. 4:32 - 5:2

 

 

              3.We are to speak with grace.  

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Eph. 4:29

              Consider: Col. 4:6 

4. We are to pray for grace for others.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of   the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” 2 Cor13:14

               Consider: Ephes. 6:24 

AT HOME see above and below.   


In the LOCAL and EXTENDED CHURCH and MISSIONS.

              1. Demonstrating grace by Spiritual support

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.   3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For every man shall bear his own burden.  6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 11Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.”Gal.6:1-11                                                                                                                         

             

  2. Demonstrating grace by Financial support

"Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 7 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. 8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 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. 10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. 11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. 12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. 13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: 14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: 15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack. 16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. 17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. 18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; 19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: 20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: 21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. 23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. 24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf. 2 Cor. 1:1-24                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

" For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. 3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: 4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. 5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection into the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Cor. 8:1-24                                                                                      

              Consider: Acts 11:29; 1 Cor. 16:2  

 

IN GOVERNMENT:  Same application as to all others.    

 

Self test: on the application of the Principle of Grace.

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His   blessing

  Things to Consider:  

Q1. On the principle of grace
    
The heart of God is clearly seen in His grace.  What is His heart for you?  

Q2. On the precept of grace
   
In what way does the precept of grace have to do with having the peace of God in our hearts?

Q3. On the responsibility of grace  

    (a) To God: 
        
In what way can we show our appreciation to God for having received His grace? 

   (b) To others: 
      
Where do we limit the grace of God toward others, and why?

   (c) In the home:

        In what way can you show God's grace toward those in your family?

        What effect does showing God's grace or not showing it have on the family?  

    (d) In the local church and others in Christ every where:   In what ways are we to manifest God's grace 
   
in the family of God?  

    (e) What message does the church send to the world when it fails to demonstrate God's grace to 
  
those  in and out of the local church?  And what effect does it have on its youth, and young    Christian?                        

  
(f) In what way can the government show grace toward those that it governs?         

You are now ready to study Applying  Unit 4h The Principle of Immutability. 

 May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28   And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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