THE EXTENT OF GOD'S GRACE

Sunday, 06 July 2014 12:51 Written by 

 

Just how far does God's grace go? Will we continue in its covering no matter what? Someone said to me that we have cheapened the grace of God by our "oh God will forgive me" thinking.

What is Grace? We know that it is the favour of God. We know that it is something that we have not deserved. We know that it possesses the opportunities for our salvation and redemption from sin. We need to know what Grace embraces.

The Grace of God comes only through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made on the cross...without that sacrifice who could ever know or receive the Grace of God.

A fact that all agree on is that we cannot by ourselves or through our own means obtain the favour of God. Man cannot forgive himself of his sins. No work done by man alone can ever remove one sin, or gain eternal salvation. This was the point that Paul was making in Eph. 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"

It is by Grace that we are saved. It is not by anything that we have done apart form God's word. Paul tells us that it is the "gift of God." Grace then, is the "gift of God." If we know what the "gift of God" is, then we shall know how we can obtain the benefits of the Grace of God.

God's grace, which comes through Jesus Christ is extended to all, not just to a select few. Paul taught that "the Grace of God brings salvation" (Titus 2:11). We all agree with this statement. Yet, Paul continues by saying, "hath appeared to all men." This Grace is not limited. It has appeared so that all men might have an opportunity for salvation. The word "appeared" means, "to become visible," or "to be seen." How did God's Grace "appear" to all men? It has appeared through the birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This means that all possess an opportunity to take advantage of the gift of God, which is Jesus Christ. Our salvation comes through our faith in Him, when we do what Grace demands. Paul teaches that we all have sinned and come short of God's glory (Rom. 3:23). As such, we are in our sins and in need of salvation. To receive the benefits of the Grace that God offers, we must go to Christ.

It was through the resurrection of Jesus Christ that God's Grace became effective. Without the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we all would be without hope or salvation. Before Christ came into this world to be our sacrifice for sins, we were dead in our sins. Christ did not come because we were so good or great. He came because we were in our sins. Whenever we think about the Grace of God, we must understand this fact. This is what makes Grace - Grace. We were dead in our sins, but through Christ we can be made alive. The key is "through Christ." This helps us to understand Paul's statement in Eph. 2:5..."Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)."

The Gift of God is Jesus Christ. Through Christ, and His death, burial and resurrection, we have access to the Grace of God. Peter makes a simple, yet profound statement about the Grace of God in Act 4:12..."And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved."

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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