September 30, 2012

The Word Of His Grace – Don Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified,” Acts 20:32.

Reading this passage makes me marvel at the fact that, in the view of our Calvinistic friends (who comprise the majority of protestant denominations today), the word of God plays no role in the salvation of souls. They believe God acts directly through the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit to save souls.

In our text, the Apostle Paul indicates that the word is the instrument of God’s grace that gives us our inheritance. If this commendation of the word is accurate, Calvinism is not. It, by necessary implication, depreciates the word to the point that it is unnecessary for and plays no role in salvation. Paul’s commendation is opposite.

Many beautiful descriptors that demonstrate the same necessary implication are used in the New Testament to illustrate the powers of the Word of God, both spoken and written. For example, the Lord Jesus is called “the Word of life” in I John 1:1, and Paul, speaking of the Scriptures, reminded the Philippian Christians that they should be “holding forth the word of life,” Philippians 2:16. Think about that. Jesus is “the word of life,” and the Scriptures are, “the word of life.”

Jesus taught that the Scriptures were to be the instrument of spreading His kingdom, like seed sown in a field, calling it “the word of the kingdom,” Matthew13:19. The apostle Paul called the Scriptures “the word of faith, which we preach,” Romans10:8. Quoting a particular Scripture, he spoke of it as “the word of promise,” Romans 9:9.

Christians have the responsibility to sow that seed of the kingdom and referring to this charge, Paul says that to us He “has committed…the word of reconciliation,” II Corinthians 5:19. He is saying that the word is the means by which we are to seek to persuade men to be reconciled to God. Paul also said that “the word of truth” was nothing less than “the gospel of your salvation,” Ephesians 1:13.

The writer of the book of Hebrews called it “the word of exhortation,” Hebrews13:22. The Holy Spirit inspired John to tell to the faithful church in Philadelphia that the Lord Jesus commended them because they had “kept the word of my patience,” Revelation 3:10.

But undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and meaningful of such metaphors of God’s word is the one found in our text, and also in Acts 14:3, that is, “the word of his grace.” There is no grander theme in the Bible than the unmerited, abundant, inexhaustible, saving grace of God in Christ, and it is fitting that God’s eternal Word be known as “the word of His grace” because it is able to build you up and give you an eternal inheritance. In fact this last book of the Bible ends on this very note. “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen,” Rev. 22:21.

The Apostle Paul commended “the word of His grace,” to you. He said it can build you up and give you an eternal inheritance. Jesus taught that it is the means of spreading the Kingdom to lost souls. What do you think you should be doing with it?

 

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