Doctrine of Common Grace

January 15, 2011

Doctrine of Common Grace

Common Grace is grace that the entire human receives when God the Holy Spirit makes the
Gospel message, which is a spiritual language, understandable to the spiritually dead unbeliever
in order that they can make a decision to believe in Christ or reject Him for salvation.
Common Grace is given to everyone in the human race.
Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared (the Lord Jesus Christ), bringing
salvation to all men.”
The entire human race is born spiritually dead because of Adam’s sin.
Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world,
and spiritual death spread through sin, and so spiritual death spread to all men, because all
sinned when Adam sinned.”
Therefore, God the Father had to send His Son to the Cross for everyone because He made
everyone a sinner at physical birth through the imputation of Adam’s sin.
John 3:17, “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world (Christ
would die in their place), but that the world should be saved through Him (faith alone in
Christ alone).”
Imputation is crediting something to someone’s account. God wants everyone to be saved.
1 Timothy 2:4, “God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the
truth (Bible Doctrine, the mind of Christ).”
Not everyone will be saved because God in His perfect integrity has provided everyone with
a free will or volition. You have to make the decision to believe in Jesus Christ, God cannot
make the decision for you. People go to the Lake of Fire because they made the decision to go.
God didn’t want them in the Lake of Fire; He wants them all in heaven. God didn’t make us
robots. You have to make a decision.
The Call of God is simply God’s offer of salvation through faith in Christ. God makes the
offer through the presentation of the Gospel.
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it (the Gospel) is the power of
God for salvation to everyone (anyone can believe in Christ) who believes, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek.”
The Gospel is a spiritual message in a spiritual language. God the Holy Spirit translates it for
the spiritually dead unbeliever so that they can make a decision for or against Christ. The Gospel
is the good news that Jesus Christ died for every sin ever committed in the human race-past,
present and future and that by believing in Him you can have eternal life.
John 3:18, “He who believes in Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) is not judged. He who
does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the
uniquely born Son of God.”
John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but he who does not obey the
Son shall not see eternal life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Acts 16:30-31, “And after he brought them out, he said (the Philippian jailer), ‘Sirs,
what must I do to be saved?’ And they said (Paul and Silas), ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus,
and you shall be saved, you (believe) and your household (believe).'”
There is only 1 way to get saved. Faith alone in Christ alone. There is no other person
through whom you can get saved. Our ticket to heaven is through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:10-12, “let it be known to all of you (rulers of the Jews), and to all the people of
Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God
raised from the dead (what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good)-by this name this
man stands before you in good health. He is the ‘stone which was rejected’ by you (the
rulers of the Jews), ‘the builders,’ but which became the very corner stone (the most
important).’ And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven
that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
Our Lord is the only perfect Person who ever lived. He never once committed a mental,
verbal or overt sin (John 8:46a; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5). The Lord Jesus
Christ is the only Person Whom God the Father will accept. He is the only human being that God
the Father was “well-pleased” with (Matt. 17:5; Luke 3:22). He is the only righteous or holy
person who ever lived (1 John 2:1). God the Father was not only satisfied with the perfect Person
of our Lord but also with His Saving Work on the Cross on our behalf.
1 John 2:2, “And He Himself (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the PROPITIATION for our
(personal) sins; and not for ours only (believers), but also for those of the WHOLE
WORLD (unlimited atonement).”
Propitiation is a big word used to describe the fact that God the Father is totally satisfied with
saving work of our Lord on the Cross. This saving work was for everyone, the whole world.
Therefore, because God the Father is totally and completely satisfied with the perfect Person and
Work of our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father will accept anyone who has faith in Him. We are
saved because of 1 Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. God doesn’t save us because we are nice
people. We don’t go to heaven because of anything that we did. We go to heaven because of
faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. That is grace.
Grace means that we don’t earn or deserve salvation. Grace means that God did all the work
and receives all the credit for our salvation. Our part is to believe which is non-meritorious
meaning that we have no merit before God.