GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: STUDY 5

25 February 2013 By Peter Young | TinyURL TM

GRACE IN ACTS (2)

6. Acts 14:26
26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.

At the close of their First Missionary Journey, Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch where they were commissioned or “committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.” (See Acts 13:1-3)

7. Acts 15:6-11
6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

The apostles and elders met in Jerusalem to discuss the questions concerning the need for the Gentiles to be circumcised. The apostle Peter made it clear that both Jew and Gentile were saved “through the grace of our Lord Jesus.” Therefore, circumcision was not required of the Gentiles.

8. Acts 15:40
40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.

John Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, had deserted Paul and Barnabas during the First Missionary Journey. On the Second Journey, Barnabas wanted to give John Mark a second chance. Paul and Barnabas had a “sharp disagreement” and Paul chose Silas to be his companion. “They were commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.”

9. Acts 18:27-28
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

This took place during Paul’s Third Missionary Journey. Apollos was “a great help to those who by grace had believed.” Here again, it is stressed that we are saved by grace – God’s undeserving love.

10. Acts 20:24
24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Towards the close of his Third Missionary Journey, Paul gives a farewell address to the Ephesian elders. The Lord Jesus had given him “the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s grace.” God’s grace is central to the Gospel (the good news)

11. Acts 20:32
32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Paul concludes his message to the Ephesian elders and commits them “to God and the word of his grace.” Note what “the word of his grace” can do.

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