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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Grace of God
One of my favorite books is "Why Grace changes everything" by Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel
in Costa Mesa. I highly recommend it. It has brought people to a closer
walk with the Lord. I believe that many believers have never really
fully comprehended what grace truly means for the believer. We hear the
word grace many times, we hear about justice and mercy. Let me first
say that mercy and justice are very much different from grace. Justice
is something that we all deserve for we all have sinned and fallen short
of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
Mercy is not
receiving what we deserve. We are all guilty before God and because God
is a just God, He has to punish the sinners. He cannot compromise His
perfect law and justice. If any of us committed a crime in this world
and we had to appear before a judge and the judge would say, "you know
what, I feel great today, I let you go." That judge would not be a just
judge. Crimes require a penalty, either with a fine or jail time.
same thing is true with God our heavenly judge, He cannot just say,
"don't worry I let you off the hook." A just judge will give a sentence
that fit's the crime committed, but he cannot let the person go free
without any kind of penalty. That is justice according to the laws of
the land. The judge hands down the punishment, a fine of $50.000 for the
crime committed. The person say's "I don't have that kind of money."
The judge decides because the person can't pay the fine, to impose a
jail sentence instead. Just as the officers begins to handcuff the
person someone comes in and pays the fine for the convicted criminal.
The man is free to go, someone paid his fine for him. Not only that,
when the men goes to his bank, he finds out that there is a deposit on
his account for one million dollars.
what God did for us, Jesus paid the penalty for the sinners. He took
all the punishment that we deserved upon Him at the cross. He is our
propitiation i.e appeasement. It is by God's grace that those who
believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are pardoned from their sins.
The sinner is justified before God because Jesus paid it all. We were
all deserving of the judgment and the punishment is eternal separation
from God. But because God in His mercy and Grace gave His only Son so
that we may live. Grace is a free gift. We cannot earn it or improve on
All believers are declared justified
before God and that is just like we never ever sinned. God sees us
through the blood of Jesus and He sees His righteousness. It is not by
our righteousness or good works, it is the righteousness of Christ that
was imputed onto the believers.God has bestowed His grace upon the
believer and His grace is sufficient and will never wear out.
believers are trying so hard to please God, either by good works or
some acts of righteousness. They live a legalistic life with
commandments and ordinances and the result is that they have placed
themselves into a life of bondage. They live under constant condemnation
because they never feel that they are good enough. They are working so
hard that they have forgotten the grace of God that they are trying to
please God in the flesh which is impossible. No one can please God by
the works of the flesh. One of the last words of Jesus on the cross
were, Tetelstai or, it is finished. Relax, Jesus did it all for us. He
did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
believe that we need to remind ourselves sometimes that it is by God's
grace that we are saved and that there is nothing we can do to change
that. He will never leave us nor forsake us. None of us is perfect and
if we could be perfect on our own, Christ died in vain. We all stumble
from time to time or mess up, but God's grace covers it all.
believer is justified the moment they believe in Jesus, that is
unchangeable and irreversible. There is sanctification and that is a
life long process. Everyday we are conformed more and more into the
image of Christ. As we let go of the things of this world we draw nearer
to Christ until the day arrives that we will be glorified with Him.
the meantime listen to the still small voice and abide in Christ and He
will finish our faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith. To
me that sounds like that Jesus is writing my book and with every chapter
written, I'm one step closer to heaven.
I thank God
for His grace and His love and mercy towards me. Without the gift of
grace and the sacrifice of Jesus, I would be hopeless and lost. Thank
you Lord for revealing Yourself to me when I needed You most. You are
the way the truth and the life. Thank you Father for your grace and I
pray that many will come to realize that you love them and that they
would turn from the world and embrace you and you promise of everlasting
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast"Eph 2:8,9.
"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were
previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His
righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26.
we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let
us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1, 2.