Sep 24, 2012

The Glory of His Grace

(Eph 1:6) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
(Eph 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Every believer will testify of one thing always in his life - the constant presence of his Grace. It’s really unique to our God. It's a word that I can't define - though it's related in my mind to God's love, God's mercy, God's kindness, God's unmerited favor for a sinner. The key thing is, it's unmerited. It's a gift.

-       It's grace that found us when we were lying in the miry pit. (Psalm 40:2)
-       It's grace that causes us to be still alive inspite of all the sins we've committed (people have tasted death for much more trivial things in the old testament) (1Tim 1:12 - where Paul testifies the grace he received despite his initial life)
-       It's grace that didn’t condemn us, when there was every reason for God to.
-       It's grace that replaced the hard law when Jesus came to offer a better covenant (Hebrews always talks about this) John 1:17 :  For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
-       It's grace that made it possible for God to send his beloved Son to earth to live a blameless life and to offer himself as a substitute for all our sins.
-       It's the grace of God which we so often turn into lasciviousness. (Jude 1:4)
-       It's the grace of God that people pervert into a permissive, all inclusive gospel.
-       The grace of God is free but not cheap. It comes at a high cost. The costliest thing in earth was the blood of Christ. So also, that's what has been offered free to the entire mankind, that he who should choose to believe.
-       We have enjoyed grace most in that moment after we have fallen and failed God.
-       David has seen the grace of God. Peter has seen the grace of God.
-       It’s the grace of God that turned us from a sinner to even becoming a son of God –
o    (Gal 4:5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
o    (Gal 4:6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-       Grace of God rewards us with a strong presence of the lord when we are going through living hell. John in Patmos was a classic example - where he was at his life's lowest - but lord gave him a view of eternity which fuelled him.

God's grace is constrained not by the love of God. It's as big as God's love. It's only constrained by our faith. I heard a picture of this as follows. Grace is like the hand of God which god reaches down to us. Faith is our raising our hand and allowing his hand to catch us.  Till you act in faith, you are not really holding the grace of God.

Will you choose to accept the lord by faith, and enjoy the grace he is offering you today ?

God bless you!

Praise the lord Jesus Christ.

PS: a song to remember today
There is none like You,
No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord
And find, there is none like You.