Saved by Grace

pink clouds.jpgGrace – (Webster) unconstrained and underserved divine favor or goodwill

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

God reminded the children of Israel that he chose them, they did not choose Him. He had made a covenant with Abraham in the beginning when he separated him to begin a godly nation, and He would never break that covenant. They were a holy people, not because of their conduct, but because of the covenant. He was often angry with them because of their complaining and because of their idolatry and spiritual adultery, but they were HIS and he was in covenant with them. He had promised Abraham, their father, that He would give him the land for an inheritance, and He would not break the promise. Time and time again, He had to bring Israel to its knees in repentance, and always forgave them and blessed them. This is God’s grace in action (Deuteronomy 7:6-9).

We all were born with a sin-nature and had to be brought to a place of recognition of our sinful state so we could and would turn to a holy God for the salvation He provided through His Son, Jesus. All the good works in the world cannot save us. Nothing we can do other than believe on and accept the blood of our Redeemer for our salvation can bring us any closer to God. We cannot earn our salvation or make ourselves righteous, or in right standing before Him. It is the love of God and his grace that provides our deliverance from death, and we can receive this deliverance only by believing and accepting it as a gift.

Romans 3:23-24: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that comes by Christ Jesus.

David says in Psalm 103:10-12: God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

God has a purpose and a plan for our lives. Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:9 that God “saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” However, He does not force us to walk according to his purpose. We have the freedom to reject God’s plan and choose our own way. But in His power and wisdom, God’s plan leads to life while in our weakness and ignorance, our way leads to death.

The motivation for the gift of grace by which we are saved is love, pure and simple. God says that He blots out our transgressions for His own sake (Isaiah 43:25). But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

“Guilty!” cries the crowd, and they take up stones. The woman has no defender. Caught in the act, dragged naked out of the bedroom, a cloak thrown quickly around her shoulders to keep out the cold. But it cannot hide her sin. Picture yourself as that women—humiliated, terrified.

You are thrust in front of your neighbors, townspeople, people you know. You feel so ashamed. You want to run and hide, but where can you go?

Even your own heart condemns you. “Guilty!” A sharp stab of pain cuts at the core of who you are. Overwhelmed by waves of sadness and shame, you sink to the ground, huddled in a heap.

Then Jesus speaks to the crowd with a voice sure and steady. There is silence. A long silence. Now their heads are bowed. Thud. A hard rock hits the ground. Thud. Another, then another. One by one your accusers walk away.

You are left alone with Jesus. Quietly, he comes close. He smiles and helps you to your feet. “Go now,” he says,” and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11).

And the results of God’s grace? There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

We can come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). How wonderful to know that God Almighty, creator of the universe, allows us to come boldly before Him for help when we need it. Just to know that He is mindful of us, that he sees us and hears us is beyond comprehension.

We receive blessings. From the fullness of his grace, we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:16-18). We are made heirs of eternal life (Titus 3:7). Praise the Lord!

In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 God said, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your seed many live. That you may love the Lord your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him; for he is your life, and the length of your days that you may dwell in the land which the Lord promised unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

He offers—provides for us—life then admonishes us to choose life instead of death. What love He has for His creation. How could we possibly ignore this offer that comes to us so freely, since the price was paid for us by the Son of the One who offers this gift. Choose LIFE!

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