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Sermon #2482[i]Miscellaneous Sermons

 

Title:               Grace

 

Text:                Hosea 2:14

Subject:         Hosea and Gomer — A Picture of Grace

Introduction:

 

My subject tonight is Grace. — That is the title of my message. That is my subject. — Grace. — And that is my hope and my joy.

 

Saved by Grace

 

Without question, the Word of God plainly teaches us that salvation is altogether, from start to finish, the work of God’s free, sovereign, unconditional, effectual, and irresistible grace in Christ. Neither the works of the sinner nor the will of the sinner have anything to do with the accomplishment of salvation. This is the universal testimony of Holy Scripture — “Salvation is of the LORD!” (Jonah 2:9; Psalm 65:4; 110:3; John 1:12-13; 6:63; Romans 3:23-24; 6:23; 9:16; 11:6; Ephesians 2:5, 8, 9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-8).

 

(Psalm 65:4) Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

 

(Psalm 110:3) Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

 

(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

(John 6:63) It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 

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

 

(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

(Romans 9:16) So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

 

(Romans 11:6) And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

 

(Ephesians 2:5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).

 

(Ephesians 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

(2 Timothy 1:9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

 

(Titus 3:4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

 

All God’s saints freely and gladly confess, with the apostle Paul, By the grace of God I am what I am(1 Corinthians 15:10).

 

Meaning

 

But what do we mean when we say that we are saved by grace alone? What does God mean when he declares that salvation is by grace? Sometimes a subject is better understood by pictures than by definitions. So tonight, I want you to turn to the Gospel of Hosea (Hosea 2:14) and look with me for a few minutes at a picture of the grace of God painted by God the Holy Ghost. When you get to Hosea 2, just hold your Bible open on your lap and follow this story about grace, the story of Hosea and Gomer, with me. This is a story illustrates the meaning of grace beautifully and clearly.

 

Proposition: Grace is the boundless, free, effectual goodness of God toward fallen sinners, by which he has elected and redeemed, by which he regenerates, calls, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies the objects of his everlasting love for the glory of his dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. — “By grace ye are saved!

 

Here, in Hosea 2:14, after showing us our desperate need of grace, by showing us Gomer’s great sin, Hosea (speaking as the voice of God to our souls) says the reason for all his great mercy, love, kindness, and grace to Gomer was her sad, deplorable shame, and sin, and guilt.

 

(Hosea 2:14) “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”

 

God’s Strange Command

 

Our story begins with the Lord God commanding his prophet Hosea to go down to the red light district and take a harlot for his wife.

 

(Hosea 1:1-2) “The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. 2 ¶ The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, [departing] from the LORD.”

 

What a strange command! God’s priests were forbidden by God’s law to take a harlot for a wife (Leviticus 21:14). The harlot was profane and unclean. But here God commands his prophet to marry a harlot. — Why? We are given the answer in Hosea 3:1.

 

(Hosea 3:1) Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

 

So the purpose of this divinely arranged event and the purpose of this story being given to us by God the Holy Ghost in the Book of God is to show us something about the love of God for our souls. It is love altogether undeserved!

 

(Hosea 1:3) “So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim.”

 

Š      Hosea, (Joshua) whose name means “savior,” is presented in this story as a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was commanded of God to go down to the red light district and take a wife from among the harlots.

Š      He chose Gomer, whose name means “consumption.” — That’s us, God’s elect, consumed with sin and consumed by sin.

Š      Gomer was the daughter of Diblaim, whose name means “dried” or “dead.” — Like Gomer, we are the dead children of a dead father — Adam.

Š      Gomer also means “consummation” and “completion.” — That’s us, too. As Gomer was the consummation of all Hosea’s purposes and work, the consummation of his great love, so God’s elect are, in their ultimate end, the consummation of all God’s purposes, works, and great love.

 

The Lord gave Hosea and Gomer three children who also represent us.

Š      Jezreel means “scattered” or “seed of God.”

Š      Loruhamah means “no mercy.”

Š      Loammi means “not mine, or not my people.”

We who were not his people and had not obtained mercy are now his people and have obtained mercy in Christ. That is exactly how the Holy Spirit interprets this story for us in the Book of Romans (Romans 9:25-26).

 

(Romans 9:25) As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. (26) And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

 

After Hosea and Gomer had been married for many years (They had three grown children.), Hosea came home one day, and Gomer was gone. She had gone back to her lovers.

  • Chapter two tells us about Gomer’s great fall and Hosea’s purpose of mercy, love, and grace concerning her.
  • Chapter three tells us how Hosea’s love and grace prevailed, and he fetched Gomer home again.

 

Let’s look at this marvelous picture of grace together.

 

Divisions: This portrait of sovereign grace plainly sets before us seven characteristics of the grace of God by which we are saved. The grace of God is...

  1. Sovereign, Electing Grace.
  2. Undeserved, Undesired, Unconditional Grace.
  3. Prevenient, Preparatory Grace.
  4. Distinguishing, Effectual Grace.
  5. Costly, Redeeming, Sin-atoning Grace.
  6. Preserving, Persevering Grace.
  7. Immutable, Covenant Grace.

 

Sovereign, Electing Grace

 

1st I want you to see that the grace of God in Christ, by which we are saved, is sovereign, electing grace (1:2-3).

 

(Hosea 1:2-3) “The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. (3) So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim.”

 

God told Hosea to go love a woman, not just any woman, but a fallen woman, a harlot, not just any harlot, but a particular harlot. — “So he went and took Gomer.” Remember, this was done to show us a picture of God’s grace toward us. Hosea loved Gomer, “according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel(3:1).

 

Remember, too, that Hosea means “Savior.” Gomer means “consumption” (which is what we are by nature). And Gomer also means “consummation,” indicating that the consummation of God’s purpose in all things is the salvation of his elect by Christ.

 

There are many in this world to whom God is not gracious. I know that men talk about “common grace” and “special grace.” But there is nothing common about the grace of God. Common grace is useless, meaningless grace! The notion of common grace is common nonsense! God’s grace is always special and particular. He sovereignly bestows his grace upon some and refuses to be gracious to others (Matthew 11:20-27).

 

(Matthew 11:25-26) At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (26) Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

God will be gracious to whom he will be gracious. And whom he will he hardens.

 

Illustrations: Israel and Egypt — Pharaoh — For two thousand years Israel alone had the light of Divine Revelation.

 

Š      The fallen angels were not given grace, but were immediately damned.

Š      Most of the people who live in this world have never heard a man preach the Gospel.

Š      Most of those who hear the Gospel are not called to life and faith by the Spirit of God. — “Many are called; but few are chosen.”

Š      Most of those who profess faith in Christ do not persevere in the faith.

Š      Some who seek him find him, but not others: — Esau — The Ruler.

Š      Vessels of Mercy and Vessels of Wrath

Š      Elect and Reprobate

Š      The Seed of the Serpent and the Seed of the Woman

Š      Sheep and Goats

 

There are few to whom the strait gate is revealed, fewer still who enter it, fewer still who walk in the narrow way, and fewer still who walk in that way unto the end. There are many in this world to whom God is not gracious.

 

But, blessed be God, he has chosen to be gracious to some! There are some men and women in this world who are loved and chosen of God from eternity, whom he is determined to save. To them he is gracious, always gracious, gracious in all that he does. For those elect sinners, whom God has chosen to save, there is a sovereign, unchangeable, eternal purpose of grace, by which he rules the world (Ephesians 1:3-6).

Š      We were chosen in Christ and predestinated to be like Christ before the world began.

Š      The basis and cause of our eternal election was and is the everlasting love of God toward us.

Š      Our election in Christ gave us an eternal, immutable acceptance with God. God said, from eternity, — “I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him” (14:4).

 

The only person who does not love and rejoice in God’s sovereign, electing grace is the one who has not received and experienced grace (John 10:26). Every saved sinner gladly acknowledges...

 

`Tis not that I did choose Thee,

For, Lord, that could not be;

This heart would still refuse Thee,

Hadst Thou hast chosen me.

My heart owns none before Thee;

For Thy rich grace I thirst,

This knowing, — If I love Thee,

Thou must have loved me first!

 

Free, Unconditional Grace

 

2ndThe grace of God, by which we are saved, is free, undeserved, undesired, unconditional grace.Gomer was a common strumpet, a whore, a prostitute, a hooker, a street walker, a harlot. She was not looking for a husband. She did not want a husband. And she did not deserve a husband. But Hosea chose her. Hosea loved her. Hosea wanted her. And his heart could not be satisfied until he had her. That is the picture of God’s grace toward us.

Š      God’s grace toward us in Christ is altogether undeserved.

Š      The grace of God in Christ was totally undesired by us.

Š      And that grace by which we are saved is absolutely free and unconditional. — We were chosen unconditionally. — We were redeemed unconditionally. — We were called unconditionally. — We are kept unconditionally.

 

Prevenient, Preparatory Grace

                    

3rdThe grace of God by which fallen, ruined, helpless sinners are saved, always begins with what we might call prevenient, preparatory grace.It is impossible to tell when the grace of God begins to operate upon the hearts of his elect. Sometimes we may be able tell when the quickening, regenerating, converting grace comes, but not the grace itself. We cannot tell when God begins to work for his elect, because grace always works for us. There is a time when grace begins to work in us; but grace always worked for us. God’s grace is exercised for his elect long before we are aware of it. Let me show you what I mean.

 

Prevenient is the grace of God that precedes his saving grace. It is prevenient grace that followed, pursued us, provided for us, and protected us until the time of our calling (Psalms 23:6; Jude 1; Hosea 2:5-8).

 

(Psalms 23:6) “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

 

(Jude 1:1) “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

 

(Hosea 2:5-8) “For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink. (6) Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. (7) And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. (8) For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.”

 

Grace separated me from my mother’s womb, followed me and directed me throughout the days of my rebellion, and then brought me to the place where Christ was revealed in me.

 

Illustration:   Onesimus!

                                                                                                                                                  The Prodigal!

 

God’s grace begins in our earliest years as formative grace.

  • He sovereignly puts us in our homes.
  • He molds our dispositions.
  • He forms our thoughts.

 

Grace follows us through life, and following us, it secretly orders our steps as protective grace.

 

  • God provided for our needs, even when we despised his goodness (Hosea 2:8).

 

(Hosea 2:8) “For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.”

 

  • God protected us, even when we hated him (Hebrews 1:14).

 

(Hebrews 1:14) “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

 

Throughout the years of our rebellion, God’s grace was upon us as preventive grace, keeping us from performing the evil that is in us by nature, often even keeping us from doing the evil we were determined to do.

 

Illustration: Abigail and David

 

If God has prevented you from any form of outward evil, the depths of open profligacy and sin give him thanks; but do not glory as if you have some superior, personal goodness. You have none. The evil that other men do is in your heart. But God has mercifully prevented you from doing the evil things you have imagined, plotted, dreamed about, and secretly cherished.

  • Not all women are harlots in deed, but all are harlots at heart.
  • Not all men are whoremongers in deed, but all are whoremongers at heart.
  • Not all are murderers in deed, but all are murderers at heart.
  • Not all are blasphemers in deed, but all are murderers at heart (Matthew 15:19).

 

(Matthew 15:19) “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

 

For others grace is evident as the marvelous restraining grace of our Heavenly Father. He ordained that many of his chosen walk in the paths of open sin and run the course of profligate rebellion, only that he might bring them down to be gracious to them. Yet, even with the most profligate prodigal, he restrained the evil that his fallen child might have done. How I rejoice in those words of my God — “Hitherto shalt thou go, and no further!” (Read Psalm 107:1-31). — Fretting, weeping, brokenhearted parents, God may be bringing your child down that he may be gracious to him!

 

Then, this same grace prepares the hearts of God’s elect for his saving grace (Matthew 13:3-9). Grace prepares the heart and makes a way for grace. This preparatory work of grace is beautifully illustrated by our story.

 

Gomer’s Ruin

 

Gomer was a harlot, but Hosea loved her. The godly prophet brought this harlot into his house and made her his wife. Hosea lavished his affections on Gomer. He gave her everything her heart could desire. God gave them three children: Jezreel, Loruhamah, and Loammi. It would seem that Gomer would be very happy and grateful. But she was not.

 

Hosea had taken Gomer out of the red light district; but he had not taken the red light district out of Gomer. She was still a harlot at heart. She lusted for her old companions. She was religious, but not redeemed. — Correct, but not chaste. — Dutiful, but not devoted.

 

One day she looked out her window and saw one of her old lovers. He winked at her. She called him to the door. And there they made their desires known to one another.

 

NOTE: Hear me now, young and old alike, hear me. Keep far away from temptation. — “Flee youthful lusts!” A permissive word, or unguarded moment may bring you into the misery of hell itself. Keep away from those Internet chat rooms, no matter who else uses them. If you don’t want to get burned, don’t take fire to your bosom. — “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor sitteth in the seat of the scorners, nor standeth in the way of sinners.”

 

Gomer’s stupidity was great. She had hearkened to the counsel of the ungodly, for she hearkened to the counsel of her own heart. While she slept in the arms of her loving husband, she thought only of her lovers.

 

One day Hosea came home, and Gomer was gone. — Gomer had gotten into the gutter again. — Though she was fallen, by willful and malicious transgression, Hosea loved her! — And he sought for her everywhere. — No doubt, Gomer saw Hosea and heard his voice; but she hid from him.

 

Finally, Hosea found his beloved Gomer. He went to her room every night and secretly provided for her. He wanted her more than life itself. He loved that worthless woman. He had every right to take her by force. But he would not bring her home again, until she was willing to come. And he was determined to make her willing (Psalm 65:4; Hosea 2:9-17).

 

(Psalms 65:4) “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”

 

(Psalms 110:3) “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.”

 

God’s “Therefores”

 

Behold the reasoning of grace! I love God’s “therefores” in chapter 2! God our Savior, the Lord Jesus, uses the word “therefore” four times in this second chapter, to reveal to us the reasoning of his grace toward his elect. He says…

 

1.    Therefore,” because she is a harlot, let her leave her lovers and return to me (v. 2).

 

(Hosea 2:2) “Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts.”

 

2.    Therefore,” because she has gone after her lovers, because she is determined to destroy herself, therefore, behold, I will protect her from herself and from them, and force her to return to me (v. 6).

 

(Hosea 2:6-8)Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. (7) And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. (8) For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.”

 

3.    Therefore,” because she will not return to me, I will return to her (vv. 9-13).

 

(Hosea 2:9-13)Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. (10) And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand. (11) I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. (12) And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. (13) And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

 

4. “Therefore,” because she has utterly forsaken me and forgotten me, I will never forget her. I will make her willing to return to me. I will conquer her with my love (vv. 14-17).

 

(Hosea 2:14-17) Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. (15) And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. (16) And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi (My Husband); and shalt call me no more Baali (My Master). (17) For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.”

 

God graciously prepares his people to receive his grace and makes each one willing to come to Christ in the day of his power. He creates in his chosen, by one means or another, a dissatisfaction with themselves. He strips away our joy. He destroys our peace. He turns our pride into corruption. He brings us into misery. Oh, may God do that for you!

 

Like Gomer, we have to be brought down. Gomer sank into the dunghill of iniquity and learned by bitter experience that “the way of the transgressor is hard.”

  • She came to poverty.
  • She grew old.
  • She was an outcast of society. The “good” folks despised her; and the other harlots mocked her.
  • She was helpless and worthless.
  • At last, when she was no good for prostitution, she came to the slave market to sell herself into bondage and servitude, if anyone would have her.
  • Nobody loved Gomer. Nobody wanted Gomer. ——— Nobody but Hosea! Now, she was ready for his love, mercy, and grace.

 

That’s the grace of God! Even when we were in the arms of another, we belonged to Christ. He loved us. And he was, even then, preparing us for grace!

  • Grace gave us a tender conscience at last.
  • Grace made us willing to hear the Gospel.
  • Grace wrought conviction within us.
  • Grace brought us down!

 

Distinguishing, Effectual Grace

 

4thHere is a fourth characteristic of God’s saving grace. It is distinguishing, effectual grace. — “And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies” (2:19). The grace of God that brings salvation is always distinguishing, effectual, and irresistible. Everything Hosea did he did for Gomer alone, that he might have Gomer. And he got her (Romans 9:16). God the Holy Ghost turns the eyes of the prodigal to his Father’s house, seeks the lost sheep, and calls the adulterous wife.

 

One day Hosea was walking in the streets. When he came to the slave market, he stopped. There were many slaves, who were sold for many purposes. But, among the most derelict and abominable of those slaves, Hosea spotted Gomer! He called her, “Gomer.” She hung her head in shame. He called her again, by name, “Gomer.”

 

Hosea bought Gomer. — “So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley” (3:2). Hosea went over to the slave block, kissed Gomer, embraced her, took her hand, and tucked it under his arm. And he walked proudly down the streets with Gomer at his side. He was not ashamed of her. And she certainly was not ashamed of him. — That is what our all-glorious Christ has done for us by his matchless grace.

  • He came to us when we would not and could not come to him (Ezekiel 16:6-8).
  • He called us and brought us to himself.
  • He brought us into his house and owned us as his bride. — “He brought me to his banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”

 

Costly, Redeeming Grace

 

5th — Be sure you see this next point. — The grace of God is costly, redeeming, sin-atoning grace. — “So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley” (3:2). Before Hosea could have Gomer, he had to redeem her. He did not buy all the slaves. He did not want them all. He loved Gomer. He wanted Gomer. He bought Gomer. And having bought her, by lawful ransom price, he could not lose her.

 

This is what our Savior says to us. — “I have bought you with the silver of my sweat and the gold of my blood. And you are mine” (3:3).

 

(Hosea 3:3) “And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.”

 

  • Christ redeemed us by costly, but legal price.
  • Christ redeemed us particularly.
  • Christ redeemed us effectually.
  • Now we belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

 

Illustration: The Two Black Birds.

 

Preserving, Persevering Grace

 

6thI must make mention of the fact that God’s grace is preserving, persevering grace (2:20-23).

 

(Hosea 2:20-23) “I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. (21) And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; (22) And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. (23) And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.”

 

  • Grace perseveres toward us.
  • Grace preserves us.
  • And grace causes us to persevere in grace.

 

Immutable, Covenant Grace

 

7th — And in the last place, I want you to see that the grace of God, by which we are saved, his electing grace, his undeserved grace, his prevenient grace, his effectual grace, his redeeming grace, his preserving grace, is immutable, covenant grace. —(2:18).

 

(Hosea 2:18) “And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.”

 

In the covenant of grace God not only resolved to save us, but he also made all things to be instruments of mercy and grace to us. — “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” (Romans 8:28).

 

Application

 

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.

 

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed.

 

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

 

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

 

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess, within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

 

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,

The sun forbear to shine;

But God, who called me here below,

Will be forever mine.

 

Grace, free grace is the strongest argument I know by which I can urge you to come to Christ. Oh, poor, needy, bankrupt, helpless sinner, come to Christ! May God graciously compel you to come!

 

(Hosea 6:1-2)Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. (2) After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

 

(Hosea 14:1-4)O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. (2) Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. (3) Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. (4) I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.”

 

  • What the Lord Jesus Christ has done for me by his grace, he can do for you.
  • Let us ever praise God for his grace (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).

 

(1 Corinthians 1:26-31) “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: (29) That no flesh should glory in his presence. (30) But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (31) That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

 

Amen.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[i]           Danville 4\10\88

         Danville — January 1998

Danville — (AM - 04/01/07)

         New Caney, TX 6\26\88

Jacksonville, NC 4\7\88

Houston, TX 8\21\88

St. Marys, GA 14-97

Rock Creek Baptist Church, North Wilkesboro, NC (08/14/01)

Egglesburn Baptist Church, Eggleston, England — (PM April 18, 2007)

Buck Mountain Baptist Church, Roan Mountain, TN (THUR – 07/29/10)

Fairmont Grace Church, Sylacauga, AL — (FRI – 09/26/14)

San Diego Grace Fellowship, San Diego, CA — (TUE – 01/26/16)

Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Ewing, NJ — (FRI – 07/19/19)

 

Reading:    Hosea 1:1-11; 3:1-5