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I SEE GRACE!

When he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad… —Acts 11:23

    Barnabas saw something at Antioch that made him glad. What did he see? He saw “the grace of God” in the lives of people who recently turned to the Lord! When a person experiences the grace of God that brings salvation, it will be observable in their life (see Titus 2:11-12).

    I “see” the grace of God every time I attend our church. I “see” the grace of God in a mother who was recently in bondage to drugs, but now disciples others for the Lord Jesus Christ. I “see” the grace of God in the life of a young man who lived like a wild animal, but now is a manager of successful a business in our city.  I “see” the grace of God in a man who was controlled by an angry and violent spirit, but now is one of the kindest gentlemen you could ever know. I “see” the grace of God in women who once had an abortion, but now live in forgiveness. I “see” the grace of God in the lives of people who were blinded by heretical doctrines but now walk in the truth of the gospel. I “see” the grace of God every time I look in the mirror.

As one song says:

I see grace, in every life, on every face.
On the faithful who gather each week in this place.
I see grace.

    What do you “see” when you come to church. I hope you see “the grace of God” in the lives of those who attend. It will make you glad, like Barnabas. Do people “see” God’s grace in YOU?

“Nehushtan”

[Hezekiah] removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it NEHUSHTAN. —2 Kings 18:4

Hezekiah obeyed the second commandment forbidding “any graven image” (Ex. 20:4). He was an energetic iconoclast (image breaker).

This included what some would call “a holy relic.” The brazen serpent God used to heal His people 700 years earlier had become an idol (Num. 21:5-9).  Jews were looking at the pole instead of looking at the God of the pole.

Hezekiah called this brazen serpent Nehushtan.”  “Nehushtan” means “a piece of brass.” Hezekiah bluntly called it what it really was—a piece of scrap metal… a hunk of junk—nothing more.  Therefore he smashed it.

We need more preachers who will quit “pussy-footing around” and call sin  what it is!

  • Drunkenness is not alcoholism, it is SIN.
  • Abortion is not woman’s rights, it is SIN.
  • Gambling is not “gaming,” it is SIN.
  • Sodomy is not an alternative lifestyle, it is SIN.
  • Evolution is not science, it is SIN.
  • Fornication is not sexual liberty, it is SIN.
  • Profanity is not freedom of speech, it is SIN.
  • Pornography is not artistic expression, it is SIN.
  • Pluralism is not “multiculturalism,” or freedom of religion, it is SIN.

It’s time to “tell it like it is” and call sin by it’s real name—SIN.