Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand" (Is 14:24).
From the beginning of the existence of mankind, He has continued to reveal His works to the inhabitants of the world. He has revealed His righteousness through His laws. For without the granting of the pure and perfect Law we could not see the truth, righteousness, and uprightness of the unseen God. He has granted the material items for sustenance to both the righteous and the wicked for "He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matt 5:45). He has granted victory to His people of Israel in the Old Testament over the surrounding nations in order to declare that He vigorously upholds the cause of His people for His own Name's sake. He has kept all of His promises and maintained the covenant of His love to His people to show that He is the unchanging eternal holy God. 6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. (Mal 2). God intended for us to study His works and to delight in them. He desired for mankind to acknowledge His grace, righteousness, love, and power as we beheld His works. We were created to remember His works, even in the midst of the darkness of the trials and uncertainties of the world, so that we would not stray from His commands but rather remember His goodness and faithfulness and His work on our behalf. We were to know that there was no other God that we had perceived or heard of or seen besides the one true God who "acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him" (Is 64:4). He wanted us to "sing for joy at the works of His hands" (Ps 92:4). All of His works were filled with grace for even the very existence of our mortal flesh defies our just punishment for our wickedness. We were not fit to live and yet He had granted us life. His act to create a people who were "slanderous men bent on shedding blood" (Ez 22:9) showed His grace. The one who acknowledges the simple fact that he himself is a work of God's hand is seeing the glorious grace of God in his mere existence. Furthermore, those who make the Lord their refuge are able to "tell of all His works" (Ps 73:28). We know His works through acknowledging His present work, remembering His previous work, and hearing of His work through others who have know it.
They are studied by all who delight in them.
3 Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever.
6 He has made known to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.
All His precepts are sure.
8 They are upheld forever and ever;
They are performed in truth and uprightness.
9 He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.Ps 111
The Father has sent His Son as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. The works which He was to do were meant to reveal to the world the eternal works of the Father. He was the only begotten of His Father and from His fullness was reveal the workings of this eternal Truth and grace of the Father. For "Of His fullness we have received grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ" As Jesus said “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”John 5:17 Though no one has seen the Father who had been working until that point, Christ who is in the Father "has explained Him" (John 1:15-18). Christ told us to "Believe Me that I am in the Father and that the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves". For even the miraculous signs and wonders which Christ has done convey to the world the Father's eternal work of restoration, healing, redemption, and freedom for His beloved. The very works of Christ testified about the Father who had sent Him.
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
4 And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.Ps 45
Though God's work is evident in numerous ways, mankind had refused to acknowledge to work of God. The absence of faith is the absence of belief in the complete works of God. Not only does this absence of faith close off mankind from understanding saving grace, but it has blinded their eyes from seeing even small pieces of the many types of work of God. Those who do not have faith simply do not see or if they have seen, do not regard, God working in any place or in any way at all. For though the "eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made" (Rom 1:20) those without faith "quickly forgot His works" and "did not respond to His counsel" (Ps 106:13). Because they do not regard the works of the Lord Nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down and not build them up. Ps 28:5 The wrath of God remains on those do not believe in or regard His work, for certainly they would be unable to believe in the grace shown at the cross for the salvation by the forgiveness of sins. Because of the failure of mankind to acknowledge any of God's work, God did another work, a work of grace that would cause them to see that He is powerfully working.
But God will shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenlythey will be wounded.
8 So they will make him stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who see them will shake the head.
9 Then all men will fear,
And they will declare the work of God,
And will consider what He has done.
10 The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.Ps 64:7-10
This work of grace was to cause the world to experience His judgments: He sent forth His Word and His Law11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. This Word "judges the thoughts and attitudes of the hearts" (Heb 4:12) of men and for those who came to acknowledge the work of God, that is, the work of grace, they were healed through the Word (Ps 107:20).32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20 And when these judgments of God were shown to mankind, the inhabitants of the world could learn the work of HIS righteousness. Yet though His Law was "added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the Seed would come through whom the promises was made" (Gal 3:19), the wicked could not comprehend the God's work of grace shown through Christ. Though God had shown favor to the wicked, they could not perceive His righteous work nor His majesty.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10 Though the wicked is shown favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord. Is 26:9-10
The faithless people of the earth could not perceive the coming judgment and destruction of God against all who do iniquity. For in their failure to acknowledge any work of God, they could not fathom His coming righteous judgment. They failed to regard the work of God through the Law to bring them to Christ. For in order to receive grace, one must acknowledge the need for it. And unless they could believe in the work of Spirit to convict them of guilt through the Word of God they could not understand the concept of grace. For there was nothing that they perceived that they wanted that they did not deserve. Furthermore, they did not see the work of grace due to both their disregard for God's entire work and their lack of understanding of grace and their need for it. For only with the acknowledgement of the workings of God's judgement could men begin to fathom the depths of grace.
5 How great are Your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep.
6 A senseless man has no knowledge,
Nor does a stupid man understand this:
7 That when the wicked sprouted up like grass
And all who did iniquity flourished,
It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore.Ps 92
For the precious beloved people of God, chosen before the creation of the world, God has chosen to cause them to come to Christ through the conviction of sin through the Law. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Rom 5 He has granted them humility and an understanding of the judgement of God which would convey to them the righteous work of God that granted them grace. 6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4 As the people of God are shown the work of God, they are granted a fear of God. For the revelation of the work of God instills in the believers a fear of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. (Ecc 3). We know that the "fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Ps 111:10). And in the presence of the granted wisdom of Christ, we are given a garland of grace around our head and a crown of beauty.“She will place on your head a garland of grace and present you with a crown of beauty" (Prov 4:9) The granted faith to believe in all of God's works of creation, judgement, righteousness, and grace cause the heart to receive the grace that saves.
III. Searing Grace
Once the people of God receive the grace of God as they acknowledge both their outstanding need for grace in their falling short of God's glorious righteousness and in the manifold work of God through Christ which is filled with "grace upon grace", the effect of grace within the soul is profound and life-changing. The grace is always seen by the recipient as exceedingly external to the works of the flesh and as a source of eternal Life and all the associated blessings. ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”Zech 4 The tasting of grace is the mark of a true believer. Those who resort to the trusting of the deeds of the flesh "have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.Gal 5 Falling from grace always accompanies a failure to [continue to] regard the work of God. When the eyes of the heart have been closed to acknowledging the workings of God, the blindness that ensues results in a reliance on the works of the sinful flesh which can never justify. But when God "pours out the Spirit of grace and supplication" on His people, they will mourn and weep (Zech 12:10) and they will cry out "woe is me, for I am ruined". As God's Word comes to them like a burning coal of grace, they are cleansed and healed and this cleansing is a result of the "searing grace".
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Heb 4
4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1
IV. Gifts of Grace
7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. Eph 3