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God’s Grace is Amazing September 28, 2016

Posted by JP in Discussion.
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I’ve written about salvation and justification, in a couple of posts and in those posts I mention God’s Grace (as do all Christian theologians, ministers, and lay people). However I haven’t really expanded upon the beauty and unbelievable miraculous gift of His Grace.

God’s grace is simply defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation. But that hardly conveys the enormous quality of that grace. In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to descend into hell on the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven. ‘(God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

“For  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21)

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17).

Think about this for a moment. Scripture teaches us that as a result of the sin of Adam all mankind is born in a state of sin. The Cannons of Dordt explains:

The result of the fall is total depravity or corruption. By this is meant that every part of man is rendered corrupt. The Canons say that man “became involved in blindness of mind, horrible darkness, vanity, perverseness of judgment; became wicked, rebellious, obdurate in heart and will and impure in his affection.” There was no part of his nature that was not affected by sin.

I would point out that it is our nature that is sinful, it is not the sins we commit that makes us sinful, it is the state of our being, our nature. Lady Gaga sings that we ‘were born this way’, stating that we are all perfect because God made us this way and He doesn’t make mistakes. Perhaps Lady Gaga should read the scriptures. God DID NOT make us this way, and we are not made perfect. God did make Adam perfect and Adam screwed it up for the rest of us. He was MADE, he sinned, and through his sin we all are corrupted products of that original creation.

Romans Chapter 3 tells us with no equivocation that man is sinful in nature:

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”[b]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”[c]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[d]
14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[f]
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

I will not belabor the extension of our sinful nature as we all know that biblically ‘the wages of sin is death’. So now, what hope do we have?

Yep, we have the miraculous and encompassing Grace of God. His love for us is so great that He could not bear to spend eternity without us. Our difficulty is that God is perfect in every way and we are not. How does our God who embodies perfect righteousness and perfect justice look upon us with favor when even the ‘best’ of us fall woefully short of His righteousness? He displayed His perfect love and He gave us a way. An unmerited, undeserved, yet totally free way to be absolved of our sins, to be reborn in His righteousness. He gave us the free gift of His grace, His redeeming, saving Grace.

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24).

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17).

 

Hallelujah Amen! I am here with no hope of doing anything to earn God’s forgiveness, righteousness, and eternal life in commune with Him, but it turns out that because of His love for me He gave me the gift of His grace so that I am free of my sinful nature and am now an adopted heir of God. THAT is truly amazing!

I am guilty
Ashamed of what I’ve done, what I’ve become
These hands are dirty
I dare not lift them up to the Holy one

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

I’ve been hiding
Afraid I’ve let you down, inside I doubt
That You still love me
But in Your eyes there’s only grace now

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

Though I fall, You can make me new
From this death I will rise with You
Oh the grace reaching out for me
How can it be
How can it be

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free

You plead my cause
You right my wrongs
You break my chains
You overcome
You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be
How can it be

How Can It Be – Lauren Daigle

Songwriters
JASON INGRAM, JEFF JOHNSON, PAUL MABURY

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