Wednesday, February 29, 2012

“Of Grace”

    When I think of grace, the first thing that comes to mind is that God gave to His beloved Son everything we deserve in order that He might give to us everything the Lord Jesus Christ deserves.

    “He hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).
    “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).

    Every good thing God’s trusting children in Christ will ever receive from Him comes our way solely because of the merits of our Savior.  We earn nothing, although we do place ourselves by faith and submission in position to experience “the unsearchable riches of Christ,” as purchased by His unsearchable agony on the cross of Calvary.  Thus, from our next breath to our joyous eternity in the direct presence of God, the truth of “by Christ Jesus” leads us in glory, His glory as revealed by the freest gift ever given, purchased with the highest cost ever remitted.

    Eternity will not be long enough to adequately praise, thank, serve, adore and love so good and great a Savior.  The Apostle Paul declared that the love of Christ passes knowledge, and indeed, the more we know, the more we realize that we will never fully plumb the depths of goodness that dwell in the heart of the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 3:19).  Again, He took upon Himself the terrible consequences we deserve in order to freely bestow upon us the Father’s favor He so rightly deserves.  Such is the grace that delivered us from our sin, and such is the grace that delivers us unto an eternal blessedness that will never be exhausted…

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
(Ephesians 2:4-7)

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