Thoughts on Grace   Leave a comment

Thoughts on God’s grace:

Think about for a moment; Jesus came to earth to die for everyone’s sins. That’s proof that God shows no partiality or have any favorites among us. Since the Lord showed us His love like that, do you think He would show favoritism among those who are saved? There are so many and too many in the body of Christ who performs to outdo one another. The sad part is it isn’t necessary. That’s how the world acts. If we perform to get God to do for us, then wouldn’t that mean He shows favoritism? Yes. 1st of all, God’s love isn’t conditional. It isn’t based on how we perform. If it was He would not have sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of the world. He would have sent Him just to die for the godly. There are so many scriptures that back up that statement. One being when the Lord Jesus said He didn’t come for those who didn’t need a physician, but for those who did. SN: He is the great physician. The main scripture to help is John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  Another is 1 John 4:10; “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”.

So if I have to perform in order for God to bless me then that takes away what Jesus did for me; for us all. He died for the whole world, not for some. We are ONLY made righteous by faith in Jesus and what Jesus did (Ephesians 2:9; Romans 4), not by our works. Look at talent shows. We clap the hardest for the one who performed the best. They are the one who win. That’s not the way it is with God’s grace. All who accepts Jesus as Savior; the One who died for their sins and accept His grace are winners and receive the prize of Heaven. Jesus is the ONLY door to Heaven, not our works. Jesus tells us a story in Matthew 7 about how some will come to Him to enter into the kingdom of Heaven based on what they did. They will say they prophesied in His name, they cast out devils. Some may even say, we went to church every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we paid our tithes and offering from each pay, we did this and we did that. But the problem with those statements are it’s about what they did and not about what the Lord did. Those are good works, but those works don’t make us righteous. They are righteous acts, but they don’t make us righteous. The Bible is clear on who make us righteous; and that is ONLY Jesus. 

Even the rich young ruler tried to be called righteous based on what he did and the fact he stated he followed the law from his youth. But Jesus asked him to do something that would require His (Jesus) help in which the rich ruler to not get any credit. The Lord told Him to sell all his possessions, and the young man went away grieved. So, if we think following all of the Ten Commandments are going to get us in Heaven, it’s not. The Ten Commandments were holy and good. God brought them to serve a purpose, but that purpose has been fulfilled by the Lord Jesus. Not only that, we are under the New Covenant. The old has been done away with (see Hebrews 8). When we become born again, His laws are written on our hearts and we follow His Holy Spirit as our Guide (Romans 2:15; 2 Corinthians 3:2-3). So all the work and labor we do to get God to do for us is all in vain. He has already done it through His Son. When we understand and accept His grace, we do righteous things because we love Him. Isn’t it better to do it out of love and to do it knowing you are righteous ONLY because of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

James 3:17; But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Ephesians 2:4-9; 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 shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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.

Romans 4:4-5; Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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