But for the Grace of God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #62 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Ephesians 2:1-10: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

We have all heard the phrase “but for the grace of God go I.” A story that is widely circulated behind that phrase is that the phrase was first spoken by the English evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford (who lived from 1510–1555). He is said to have uttered the variant of the expression – “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford”, when seeing criminals being led to the scaffold. He didn’t enjoy that grace for long, however. He was burned at the stake in 1555, although, by all accounts he remained cheerful about his fate and is said to have suggested to a fellow victim that “We shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night”.

Friends, God’s amazing grace is still active today saving people from their sins and transforming them into new creatures in Jesus Christ. Today, I would like to share with you three things that happen to those of us who take advantage of God’s amazing grace.

1. But for the grace of God we would still be in bondage to sin and on our way to hell.

2. But for the grace of God we would not be raised up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

3. But for the grace of God we would not be created anew in Christ Jesus.

+ Plus, listen to Rich Mullins singing “Awesome God” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”


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