The Incomprehensible, Amazing Grace of God
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
Certainly not by human agency alone can we comprehend the love of God. It’s simply too vast and beyond our finite ability to comprehend by anything we posses of our human resources. That is except for the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit in us, to reveal Jesus and the Father by Hos Spirit.
By the Holy Spirit we get to step over the boarder of the natural world into the dimension of knowledge and understanding that is exclusively reserved for the realm of the spirit.
One example of stepping beyond that boarder of the natural world was Peter having a revelation that Jesus is indeed the Christ (Messiah) the Son of God. All the other people around Him at the time only saw the man, Jesus, as they perceived Him to be the son of Joseph and Mary. Good though He was as a teacher and One who understood the law more than any other they knew and One who could perform amazing acts of healing, restoring sight to the blind, making the bub to speak and the deaf to hear and delivering those in bondage to the devil, as well as being One who made amazing provisions of food for thousands of people, they still did not see Him as God.
Now Peter indeed received His revelation of Jesus, but not from his rational deductive reasoning or acute observation, but rather, it was given to him by the Spirit of God.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17
Likewise, the Grace and Love of God cannot be understood unless the Holy Spirit reveals them to us. We can experience them, and we do, but we cannot easily understand why God would so richly favor and bless us, when we are so undeserving.
Of all the things God could have done in response to our sinful nature and the offences we made against His Laws and is love, both through Adam and by our volitional choices, sending His only begotten Son to die for us would not have been one that we could have even imagined. And how much more incomprehensible it is that He did so knowing there would be times when we would stray and still falter and fail to live up to His holiness, even willfully seeking our own way after we had come to know Him in the power of His salvation. But He did. And how amazing is it that He would make a way for us to be restored to right relationship with Him again and again through confession and repentance time and time again.
Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, after her accusers had all walked away, “Go and sin no more.”
“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:10-12
Now, do you really believe that woman went away and became a perfectly sinless person? Neither did Jesus. But, that doesn’t mean she could not have. If she chose to follow Jesus, really follow Him, she would have been walking in the eternal light of life and in that light there is no room for darkness (sin).
Like her, we have the means of living the totally victorious life, but our frailty as human beings stand in the way. We are growing in grace and what’s more we are being transformed according to God’s Holy timetable. We are all works in progress and for that reason God provided for us when we miss the mark, knowing that we all will. Thankfully, as we grow in grace and the knowledge o f the Lord the frequency of our failures diminish greatly over time.
The amazing truth is we are not naturally disposed to feeling guilty and forgiven at the same time. Guilt tells us we have to do something to pay for our sins. But the reality is there is nothing we can do but confess them and receive God’s forgiveness and grace. His love is constant and will never be separated from us. His grace is given to us even before we desire it. And all we have to do to receive it is trust God’s Word that He will never leave us or forsake us, and His Word stands forever.
What throws us off guard is to unequivocally believe that God means and does what He says. As His beloved children He is never out to “get us” for some transgression but to deliver us from the snare of the fowler.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
Our faith may waver and falter from time to time but God is faithful to His Word all the time.
Our freedom and our deliverance rest on the absolute confidence in the integrity of the Word of God.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” Numbers 23:19-20
We can’t improve on it or keep Him from loving us. And so is His grace. He gives it to us and there is nothing we can do about it, but gratefully receive it and let Him have His complete work in us.