Good evening MPBC and Friends: The next IMPACT Bible Study Lesson is titled: “God is at Peace with You.”
Thursday Evening IMPACT Bible Study
“The Difference Between Grace and Mercy”
(Lesson Outline: September 29, 2022)
For some, it’s hard to believe that there is nothing that you can do, to make God angry with you!!! Why? Because Jesus volunteered to go to the cross, and sacrifice Himself, for your sins.
And now since Jesus paid for your sins, God can “freely” give and show you, “grace” and “mercy”.
These are two separate things!
We’re talking about the “difference” between “grace” and “mercy”. And, you will need to know the difference! Why?
FIVE STAR STATEMENT: You will not experience condemnation from God when you sin. You now have “grace” and “mercy”.
1). Psalm 23:6 (KJV)- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
2). Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)- For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
3). Lamentations 3:22 (KJV)- It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: When a Christian sin, what does God do?
***** Before we tell you what God does, we need to let you know, what four other sources do, when we sin!!!
1). Source # 1- Satan- He condemns and encourages you to keep right on sinning. To take that particular sin, to another level.
2). Source # 2- Other People- They will condemn and judge you.
3). Source # 3- Ourselves- We will condemn ourselves, and then live perpetually with regret.
4). Source # 4- Consequences- Consequences will simply “kick in”.
5). Source # 5- God- He lovingly “discipline”us. The Holy Spirit “convicts” us, and shows us the right way that we should go.
You must fully understand “consequences”, or else you will get them mixed up with “condemnation”. These are two separate things.
The Bible speaks of two different types of consequences:
1). Temporary Consequences
2). Eternal Consequences
EXAMPLE: The “consequences” of sin is “death”.
a). Temporary Consequences- All men experience death!
1). Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)- And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
b). Eternal Consequences-
1). Revelation 21:8 (KJV)- But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
2). Revelation 2:11- He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
Now, how can a person escape “eternal” consequence, the “second death”?
SIDENOTE: God will allow unbelievers to experience a great deal of “temporary” consequences, if this will cause them to repent, turn to Him, so that they will not have to experience “eternal” consequences.
***** What a child of God, does not experience, when he/she sin:
1). Romans 8:1a- There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
- God’s Anger
1). I Thessalonians 5:9 (GNT)- God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
- Vengeance or Payback from God
1). II Thessalonians 1:8a (ESV)- in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God….
Jesus received all of the above for us!
So, exactly what “consequences” does (or might) Christians and unbelievers receive when they sin?
- General Consequences- These are consequences that “every” man or woman receives.
a). Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)- And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
b). Romans 5:12 (KJV)- Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
2). Normal Consequences- Somethings that we do have “automatic” consequences that are (practically) guaranteed.
a). Exodus 20:13 (KJV)- Thou shalt not kill.
If you should kill someone, you can expect “normal” consequences to kick-in. There are “automatic”, built-in consequences.
3). Teaching Consequences-
a). Acts 5:1-5 “Ananias” (KJV)- But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
b). Acts 5:7-11 “Sapphira” (KJV)- 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
The “consequences” of their sins, the punishment they received, was used by God to teach the church how serious sin and hypocrisy was to God.
4). Disciplinary Consequences- This is when a loving God, “disciplines” (or trains) His children.
a). Proverbs 3:11-12 (KJV)- 11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
b). Hebrews 12:5-11 (KJV)- 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.