The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Conclusion - The Love of God
Why grace? The love of God provides the best answer.
"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).
Until we come to faith in the Lord Jesus, we are at enmity with God. "We have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6). Our Lord, however, is not at enmity with us. The Lord Jesus died for His enemies. The Holy Spirit is sent into the world with terms of pardon and reconciliation. God forgives and enlivens all who receive the free gift of His grace, promising eternal life in His glorious presence to enemies spiritually birthed to become beloved sons and daughter (II Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 1:7; 2:1; Romans 5:8-10; I John 5:11; I Peter 1:23; Galatians 4:7). God loves those who do not love Him until the indwelling Holy Spirit reveals the nature of Christ in us (Romans 5:5). Thus, He offers grace to all, and bestows it on those who will receive it (Romans 3:22). What other primary motivation could elicit such a wealth of grace other than "His great love wherewith He loved us?"
The grace that leads us into the heart of God beckons us to open the eyes of our own hearts to behold a wonder even eternity will not fully reveal. "The love of Christ passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). The Scriptures and the Spirit of God bear perfect witness to the unselfish devotion of our Heavenly Father to our best interests. Our own experience as believers adds a confirming witness. Why grace? The love of God leads the eternal processional of answers to an inquiry we do well to keep at the forefront of our consideration when pondering "the deep things of God" (I Corinthians 2:10). Deep indeed is the grace of His freely given favor in the Lord Jesus, the depths of which we will never fully fathom…
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Chrsit our Lord."
Weekly Memory Verse
"It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves."