Grace — More Than A Name
Grace. So what is it?
Grace is the quality of God’s Goodness that supersedes His Justice and is tied to His Mercy. Grace is the force of God’s Love that brings salvation to the world
Grace is the sufficient source of God’s Power to sustain the soul weary of the buffeting works of evil
Grace is the pathway by which God sends His Forgiveness and lays aside the debt we owe for our sins and iniquities
Grace is the substitutionary work of Jesus on the cross to pay the debt for our sins
Grace is the immeasurable undeserved favor God pours out on us because He loves us
Grace is the act of withholding condemnation and righteous judgment for sin from those who deserve it, but granting a judgment of not guilty instead
Grace is being given a reward when a penalty was due
Grace is being accounted righteous despite having no right to it
Grace is favor extended that was not earned or deserved
Grace is unjustifiable privilege, unmerited access, unearned preference and undeserved blessing
Grace is love given with acceptance despite the unworthiness of the one loved
Grace is the cancellation of debt, or release from deserved judgment
Grace is the love, acceptance and forgiveness of God without a requirement of merit
Grace, God’s grace, is an amazing and mysterious expression of His love for us. It is the transcending gift that is the pathway to His Salvation in Jesus Christ.
Grace is God’s way of relating to us while we are yet sinners. God did not send judgment on us first, though that is what we deserved. Instead, He sent His only begotten Son to show His love for us and to be the payment, through His death burial and resurrection, for our sins.
Grace put the judgment that should have been placed on us, on Jesus instead. Grace knew our human frailty and our total inadequacy to save ourselves. So, grace became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God through that grace by faith in Jesus Christ.
The Law of sin and death found us guilty and condemned us to death for our sins. But, the righteous Judge, our Father, God placed the penalty of the Law on His own Son and through Him gave us the grace that made us free from the Law of sin and death and delivered us into to the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.
For us, on a day-to-day basis, we no longer have to live in fear, failure and defeat. We no longer have to be jerked about by the condemnation of sin. God is not counting every little wrong thing we do, nor is He keeping score of our frail human wrongs done to Him or that we unintentionally do to others. He’s not Santa Clause checking our record at the end of the year to decide if we’ve been naughty or nice. God is Love and Love:
“…is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:5
The Spirit of Life in you is working to cause you to want to and to do what is pleasing to God and what He has created you to be.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
All of us fail to be perfectly sinless in our words and in our actions, despite our best human efforts to do so, even though we have the Word with us and we have the Holy Spirit in us. But this is no reason to despair. God knows our human condition and vulnerability from the moment we make our confession of faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. As we live from one moment to the next, from one day to another, from month to month, from year to year, we are being changed. Layer by layer we are laying aside the nature of the “old man” we used to be and becoming more like the man God intended us and wants us to be.
The message of grace in Christ Jesus is this, because we are loved, we are now, and in Him forever will be, free, yes, free indeed; free from death, free from hell, and free from the grave. Because of grace sin cannot hold us in bondage to its ways.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” Romans 3:24