REDEMPTION BY GRACE NOT SOVEREIGNTY

redemption by grace not sovereignty

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Romans 3:24.

In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7.

 

Our redemption in Christ is by grace which is available to all by faith, as opposed to God sovereignly choosing who He wants to receive it. Yes, God is sovereign meaning He is supreme, paramount, the highest ruler, and above all. He is subject to no one higher, takes orders from no one, and answers to no one higher. Sovereignty is God doing what He wants, when He wants, how He wants, to whomever He wants completely independent of us but that wasn’t the means He chose to make salvation or redemption accessible to all. The contrast of being redeemed by sovereignty versus grace is this:

 

UNDER SOVEREIGNTY

  1. What God is sovereign over you do not need faith for it.
  2. Sovereignty requires no faith, no choice, no obedience, and no action on man’s part.
  3. It is up to what God decides and chooses.
  4. Man is passive.

 

UNDER GRACE

  1. What God offers in grace must be responded to with faith.
  2. Grace requires faith, a choice, obedience, an action, on man’s part.
  3. It is what God already decided and has chosen.
  4. Man must respond (to receive it).

 

Romans 4:16 says, “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end (the point aimed at) might be sure (secure) to all the seed; not only to that which is of the law but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.” Redemption being by grace through faith makes the work of God in Christ a sure thing to all who would believe, no matter what your background, I.Q., race, color, social status, or upbringing. God showed no favorites and made no exceptions. All can receive the work of God through Jesus (the grace of redemption) and He gives us the faith to receive it Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 12:3. Yes, it was the sovereign choice of God to redeem us but He chose to do it by grace through faith.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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