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      Title:                     “Grace and Glory”


      Text:                      Psalm 84:11

      Subject:   Grace and Glory Gifts of God

      Date:                    Sunday Evening — February 2, 2014

      Readings:           Bob Duff and Mark Henson



What is heaven? Do God’s saints go to heaven immediately when they leave this world? What is the condition, or state, of the saints’ existence in heaven? Who shall enter into heaven’s glory? Upon what grounds do the saints enter into heaven?


Psalm 84


These are the questions I hope to answer in this message. We will begin in Psalm 84. Open your Bibles to Psalm 84.


I realize at the outset that I can do no more than scratch the surface of this great subject. The glory that awaits God’s saints in heaven, the vastness of our inheritance with Christ is light years beyond the scope of our puny brains. I have no hope of exhausting this subject. In preparing this message, I have purposefully avoided all matters of vain curiosity and speculation. It is my purpose to set forth some of those things which are plainly taught in the Word of God about the glorious state of God’s saints in heaven.


Psalm 84 is described in the title as “A Marching Song.” In the eleventh verse, God’s pilgrims are inspired in their march through this world with these words of promise: “The Lord will give grace and glory.” The Psalmist takes our minds away from ourselves and calls our attention to “The Lord,” Jehovah, our great God and Savior. We must not look to ourselves in any measure for either grace here or glory hereafter. The Source of grace and glory is the Lord. The Security of grace and glory is the Lord. Christ alone is the Rock of our salvation. To him alone we must look for grace and glory.


“The Lord will give grace and glory.” The word “give” declares that neither grace nor glory can be earned, merited, or purchased by man in anyway. This text, like all the Word of God, puts us upon the footing of grace. God cannot be obliged by man to bestow his grace; and he cannot be obliged by man to bestow glory. Both grace and glory are free gifts of God; and where he gives one he is sure to give the other.


Proposition: Grace and glory are inseparable gifts.


They are really the same thing. Grace is glory in the seed. Glory is grace in full bloom. Glory begins in grace; and grace is completed in glory. Someone said, “Grace is glory begun, and glory is grace consummated. Grace is glory in the bud, and glory is grace in the fruits. Grace is the lowest degree of glory, and glory is the highest degree of grace.”


These are two great and marvelous gifts which God bestows upon the fallen sons and daughters of Adam in Christ, grace and glory. The first thing he gives is grace. The last thing he gives is glory.




What a tremendous declaration! What a promise! How I love that word “grace.” Don’t you? Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. In the life, experience and hope of the believer everything is by grace and of grace, from the beginning to the end. Every believer gladly confesses, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”


“Oh, to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace, LORD, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.”


Read this promise in the boldest letters imaginable and rejoice. “The Lord will give grace!” The promise comes from God the Lord. The Lord God Almighty, the great Jehovah, the triune God will most certainly, by his own irresistible power, according to his own sovereign will, give grace, freely and irreversibly.

      G — God!

      R — Righteousness

      A — Atonement

      C — Christ

      E — Eternal


To whom will the Lord give grace? We know that he will give grace. It is asserted plainly. Someone is going to get grace from God. But who?


1.    The Lord God will give grace to his own elect (Romans 9:15-16).


Romans 9:15-16 “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (16) So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”


Grace belongs to God. It is his sovereign prerogative to give it to whom he will. And there are some among the fallen sons of men whom God has chosen to be the recipients of his grace (John 15:16; Matthew 11:25-27). Not one of those chosen in electing love, before the foundation of the world, to be a vessel of mercy shall fail to receive that grace before passing out of this world.


John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”


Matthew 11:25-27 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (26) Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. (27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”


2.    The God of heaven, just and true, righteous and holy, will give grace to every sinner redeemed by Christ’s precious blood. Every sinner redeemed and purchased by Christ shall be his and shall obtain grace. Christ did not die for nothing!


·      All whom he redeemed by blood shall have the grace of forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14).


Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”


Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”


·      All who were purchased by Christ at Calvary shall have the grace of reconciliation in Christ in time (Colossians 1:20).


Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”


·      All for whom the Lord Jesus Christ was made a curse upon the cursed tree shall have the grace of free justification (Romans 8:34; Galatians 3:13).


Romans 8:34 “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”


Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”


·      All for whom Christ was made sin shall have the grace of righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).


2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”


·      All for whom the Lord Jesus Christ died shall have the grace of eternal life (John 10:8, 27).


John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”


John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”


The redemption which Christ accomplished is an effectual redemption, which infallibly secures grace for all his redeemed ones. Not one of those Christ has redeemed from among men shall perish. Not one of his blood bought sheep shall be lost. Not one member of his body shall be ruined. Not one part of his bride, the church, shall be destroyed. Those whom Christ has redeemed shall most assuredly obtain grace (Ephesians 5:25-27; John 10:16).


John 10:16 “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”


Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”


Note: God’s sovereign election and Christ’s effectual redemption inspire us to preach the gospel fervently to every creature, because we know that “the LORD will give grace” to his chosen, blood bought people (Isaiah 53:9-11).


Isaiah 53:9-11 “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. (10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”


3.    The Lord will give grace to every sinner who trusts his darling Son.


We do not know who God’s elect are, or who Christ has redeemed, except as they believe the gospel. Yet, we are assured by God that every believer is both elect and redeemed; we know that every sinner who trusts the Lord Jesus is chosen of God and redeemed by Christ, because God promises grace to all who believe (Mark 16:16; John 1:12-13; 3:14, 15, 36; Romans 10:9-13).


Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”


John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”


John 3:14-15 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”


John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”


Romans 10:9-13 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”


Indeed, if you believe on the Son of God, the Lord has given you grace already. That faith by which you believe is itself the gift and operation of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8; Colossians 2:12).


Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”


Colossians 2:12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”


The long and short of the gospel is this: If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, if you trust his precious blood alone for your salvation and eternal acceptance with God, he will give you grace. I know that a sinner cannot believe unless he has grace; and I also know that you cannot have grace unless you believe. And to every believing sinner it is promised, — “The LORD will give grace.”


What is this grace which God promises to give? The text does not say, “The Lord will give some grace,” “graces,” or “a grace.” The text reads, “The Lord will give grace.” The implication is that wherever the Lord gives any grace, he gives all grace. “The Lord will give...”


·      Regenerating Grace (Ephesians. 2:1-5).


Ephesians 2:1-5 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: (2) 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: (3) 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. (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).”


·      Justifying Grace (Romans 5:1-11).


Romans 5:1-11 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”


·      Sanctifying Grace (Hebrews 10:10-14).


Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (11) And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (12) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (13) From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”


·      Preserving Grace (Philippians 1:6).


Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”


·      Instructing Grace (John 16:13).


John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”


·      Directing Grace (Proverbs 3:5-6).


Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”


·      Comforting Grace (John 16:7; Lamentations 3:21-26).


John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”


Lamentations 3:21-26 “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. (22) It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (24) The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (25) The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. (26) It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”


·      Reviving Grace (Isaiah 57:15).


Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”


·      Sufficient Grace (2 Cor. 12:9).


2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”


“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,

He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;

To added affliction He addeth His mercy,

To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.”


How does the Lord give us his grace? God gives his grace to sinners mediatorially, through Christ our Mediator, through the use of the means he has ordained.


Without question, God’s saving grace comes to chosen sinners before they seek it (Isaiah 65:1). Yet, those who are sought of God are caused by grace to seek him; and he promises that all who earnestly seek him shall find him (Jeremiah 29:13-14).


Isaiah 65:1 “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.”


Jeremiah 29:13-14 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (14) And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”


Believers are people who seek the Lord and seek his grace in Christ continually. He gives grace to those who seek it by prayer, through his Word, and in the keeping of his ordinances. These are the means by which God’s grace is constantly bestowed upon his saints in this world.


·      God gives us his grace seasonably. As our days demand, his grace is given.

·      The Lord our God gives us his grace readily. He is always ready to be gracious.

·      The Lord our God gives us his grace constantly.


“At home, or abroad, on the land and the sea,

As thy days shall demand shall thy strength ever be!”


Read this promise as broadly as you will. It is to you, child of God, in every condition and circumstance of life, “The LORD will give grace”. He will give you grace…

·      To Serve Him (2 Corinthians 12:9).

·      To Suffer For Him (Philippians 4:13).

·      To Endure Temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13).

·      To Die In Him (2 Timothy 4:6-8).


Who is it that will give grace? “The Lord will give grace!” Grace is the gift of God alone. You will not get grace from yourself, from the church, from some imaginary priest, at some imaginary altar, or from the law of God. If we would get grace we must get it from God alone; and the only way God gives grace is through Christ (John 1:16-17). Look to Christ! Trust Christ! Believe Christ! Cling to Christ! As we do, “The Lord, will give grace!”




The text reads, “The Lord will give grace and glory.” That little, connecting word, “and,” is more precious than gold. It is an indestructible rivet, forever uniting grace and glory.


There are many who seem determined to take the rivet out; but they cannot. The text does not say, “The Lord will give grace and perdition,” or “grace and purgatory,” but “The Lord will give grace and glory.”


And the text does not promise glory without grace. You can no more have glory without grace than you can have grace without glory. The two are riveted together. What God has joined together let no man put asunder.


If we have grace, we shall have glory, too. God will not give one without the other. Grace is the bud. Glory is the flower. Grace is the fountain. Glory is the river. Grace is the first fruit. Glory is the full harvest. If we have grace, we shall never perish. We shall have glory.


But those who do not have grace here shall never have glory hereafter. It is not possible for any to be glorified who have not first been justified. You cannot reign with Christ in glory if Christ does not reign in you by grace. Grace and glory are inseparable gifts of God. “The Lord will give grace and glory.” What is the glory that he shall give?


I am fully aware that no puny, earthly brain can comprehend it (1 Corinthians 2:9). But God has revealed something of the glory that awaits us, that our hearts may be drawn to it (1 Corinthians 2:10).


1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”


The glory we are to receive is the glory of heaven. Having said that, I have said much more than I comprehend. Whatever heaven is, God gives it to his saints. It is a place of indescribable beauty. It is a state of indescribable bliss. Whatever may be meant by the figurative language that describes it,[1] all of heaven shall be ours forever. The Lord will give the perfection of glory without measure to all to whom he has given grace without measure. You and I who trust Christ shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the throne of Christ the Lamb in the kingdom of God.


The glory God will give is the glory of eternity. Eternity! Who can define it? No one on earth can fathom the meaning of the word “eternity.” We always confound eternity with time. We speak of the “endless ages of eternity.” But there are no ages in eternity. Eternity will never pause, decline, or draw near to a conclusion. We will never grow weary of eternity. And we will never grow weary in eternity. Eternity is unchanging, unending bliss.


Moreover, the glory God will give his saints is the glory of Christ, our Mediator, Surety, and Covenant Head (Romans 8:17; John 17:22).


Romans 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”


John 17:22 “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:”


Whatever that glory is which Christ has as our Mediator, as the reward of his perfect obedience to God, we shall have when we see him as he is in heaven. My heart pants to know, by actual experience the meaning of what I have just said. Oh, to know the glory that awaits us! Now we look through a glass darkly. But we long to see him face to face, to have the clouds of darkness swept away, that we may know and enter into his glory! In the serene atmosphere of heaven, we shall not only see the King in his beauty, but also possess his glory!


This glory will be the glory of total victory. We are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord (Romans 8:32-39). By the grace of God and the blood of the Lamb, we shall yet be victorious over the world, the flesh, and the devil (Romans 16:20).


Romans 8:32-39 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. (34) Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Romans 16:20 “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”


Death shall do us no harm, sin shall bring us no more grief, Satan shall tempt us no more, when the Lord gives us glory.


The glory which the Lord will give us is the glory of a perfect nature (Ephesians 5:25-27; Jude 24-25).


Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”


Jude 1:24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”


This was and is the purpose and goal of God in predestination, election, redemption, and regeneration. And God’s work will not fail to accomplish his purpose. In heaven we shall have a perfect nature, spotless, sinless, incorruptible; bodies without weakness, sickness, decay, or death; souls incapable of temptation, sin, care, or trouble; hearts free of unbelief, sorrow, and pain; wills in complete harmony with God’s will. —— Imagine that! In glory we will possess perfect natures! Holiness, perfect holiness shall be ours!


The glory promised in our text is the glory of perfect rest (Hebrews. 4:9-11).


Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”


Heaven’s glory shall be a perpetual Sabbath, an endless day of perfect peace, perfect happiness, perfect security. “It shall not be possible for a man to have a wish ungratified, nor a desire unfulfilled...Every power shall find ample employment without weariness. And every passion shall have full indulgence, without so much as a fear of sin” (C. H. Spurgeon). This is rest! This is glory! We shall want what our Savior wants, do what our Savior wills, love what our Savior loves, and live for our Savior’s glory perfectly.


This glory is a gift of God’s rich, free, abundant grace in Christ. “The LORD will give grace and glory.” There is not a soul in heaven that came there by his own merit. There is not a crown in heaven earned by the works of men. There is not a note of self-righteousness to mar the song of the redeemed. Glory is the gift of God.


When will the Lord give us this glory?Some will receive glory very soon. For some it will, perhaps, be a while yet. But of this we can be absolutely sure:

·      “The Lord will give glory” as soon as our work here is done, no sooner and no later.

·      And “the Lord will give glory” at the hour he has purposed from eternity, no sooner and no later.




·      Let us ever comfort one another with these words - “The Lord will give grace and glory.”

·      Our temptations, trials, and troubles here are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us (Romans 8:18).


Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”





Don Fortner








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[1] The streets of pure gold, the gates of pearl, the walls of jasper, the crowns, the palms, the harps, the songs, the river of the water of life, the trees bearing fruit, the tree of life, all that these things describe heaven is.