Amazing Grace

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:3-7).

Introduction

All non-Biblical faiths have no understanding of what the grace of God is. They may use the word, but it has a completely different meaning to it than that revealed in the Bible. Even some Christians have never fully comprehended what grace is or why it is necessary. Webster’s dictionary defines grace as “goodwill or favour” and “Divine love and protection given to mankind by God”. Grace is then the unmerited favour of God. God’s definition of grace is Jesus Christ and the salvation only He can bring. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Someone explained grace in acrostic form: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

We need grace

Everyone man, woman and child stands guilty before the holy God who created all things. Each one is a sinner that is lost and is doomed to Hell unless they repent and turn to Christ. Most people who realise their need try to solve the problem through religion or good works, but that in effect denies the saving grace offered by God. “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). Even if it was possible for a person to live morally right from the moment he or she admits they are sinners, there is no way for them to be free from the consequences of past sin. Therefore, they are guilty and must be condemned. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

This means that we cannot save ourselves, and it is certain that we cannot save anyone else. How can sinners save sinners? Neither can we bargain with God for salvation through good works, religious activities or even by trying to live by the Ten Commandments. Attempting to do so is yet another display of our own self-righteousness. “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt” (Romans 4:4), and God is not indebted to us in any way. Man must learn that it is the other way around. “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).

God offers grace

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11), and this is found only in the redemptive blood of Christ. The sinless one died on the cross for sinners. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Abounding and abundant grace was needed to remedy abounding sin, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20) … “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). This grace breaks the power of sin. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

Grace is free

Grace is a free gift of God to sinners who put their trust in Christ. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This makes grace amazing because the God who we sinned against has Himself made a way to redeem us. “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many” (Romans 5:15).

Grace is free, but it must be received by faith to make it effective in us. “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17). There are not multiple options regarding grace and salvation. We either receive them in the person of Christ or they can never be ours. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:23-25).

Conclusion

God’s grace is greater than our sin. It not only brings salvation, but it also provides the power to live the Christian life. “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). Grace is God’s love unveiled, for such love can only be a product of His graciousness and mercy. “Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness” (Nehemiah 9:17).

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