Sermon

UNMERITED FAVOUR (2 SAM. 9: 1 – 13; EPH. 1: 2 – 10 )

Introduction.

We are serving a merciful and gracious God.

  • By reason of our sins, nobody should expect the mercy of God. Yet, He bestows it upon us (Rom. 9:15 – 16).
  • None of us should taste His love and grace. Yet, He sacrifice His only begotten son for us (John 3:16 – 17).
  • Whatever you are or have achieved in this life is not by your power, but it’s God’s unmerited favour (1 Cor. 15:10).

Mercy and Grace (Unmerited favour) of God

Mercy and grace refer to the unmerited favour of God, but in different ways; vis:

Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve (unmerited  favour).

  • According to the Bible, we have all sinned (Eccl. 7:20Romans 3:231 John 1:8).
  • As a result of that sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23) and eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:12-15).
  • Mercy is deliverance from judgment.
  • If God gave us all what we deserve, we would all be, right now, condemned for eternity.
  • Therefore, every day we live is an act of God’s mercy (Psalm 51:1-3).

Grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it (unmerited favour).

  • Grace is extending mercy to the unworthy.
  • We deserve nothing from God and He does not owe us anything.
  • Anything good that we experience is a result of the grace of God (1 Sam. 2: 7-8).
  • God favours and gives us good things that we do not deserve and could never earn (Ephesians 2:8-9).

1st Lesson (2 Sam. 9: 1-13).

Despite the rejection of Saul (1 Sam. 15), God remembered Mephibosheth (his grandson, the son of Jonathan).

  • As a result,   David showed him goodness and mercy (v1).
  • He gave him all that pertained to Saul and his entire house (2 Sam. 9: 7 – 9; 13).

2nd Lesson (Eph.1: 2 – 10).

Despite our unworthiness, the Bible confirms that:

  • We have received grace and peace from God (v2);
  • We are blessed with all spiritual blessings. (v3);
  • We are chosen and predestined as children of God (vv4-5);
  • We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus (v7);
  • At the fullness of time, we will be with Christ in heaven for all eternity (v10).

Mercy and grace are best illustrated in the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ.

  • When Jesus died for our sins, God didn’t give us what we deserve (eternal condemnation and separation from him).
  • Therefore, if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we receive mercy from God and we are delivered from judgment and death. What incredible mercy!

God didn’t stop there. He continually gives us what we don’t deserve (the next beat of our hearts, the food

  • we eat, the privilege of living on His earth, our family and friends, as well as experiencing abundant life (John 10:10).
  • Plus, we have an eternal relationship with his Son, Jesus, which we don’t deserve.
  • He gave us the precious eternity in Heaven, the most wonderful place imaginable (Revelation 21-22). What amazing grace!

Worship and Thanksgiving. 

As a result of the mercy and grace (unmerited favours) of God, we should be grateful and thankful to God (Eph. 1:6).

  • Grace comes from the Latin word ‘gratia’ which means to be grateful or thankful (Psalm 118:1-4).
  • We should bless His holy name (Ps. 103:1-7).
  • Our response always should be to fall on our knees in worship and thanksgiving.

“Let us then come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16).

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