The Message of Grace

          Grace is one of the most wonderful and important words in the Bible. Christians must know its meaning and live by it because it is grace that saves and grace that sustains. When Adam sinned against God and brought sin and death into the world (Romans 5:12), man was alienated from God and condemned by God. All men are helpless and unable to reconcile themselves to God because of their sin natures and enmity ( Romans 8:7 ). God’s grace is the only hope for sinners. God’s grace is His unmerited favor. God’s grace cannot be earned or purchased or merited in any way through good works or tears or religious zeal. God’s grace is God’s total expression of His goodness towards those He loves. The plan of salvation that God reveals in His Word is outlined in Ephesians 2: 8-10. God’s grace works in the sinner’s heart to produce faith and that faith looks to Jesus Christ for salvation and the life that follows is a changed life of good works out of love to Christ for such a marvelous salvation. Good works are not a means of getting saved but rather they are evidence that a person is saved. God’s grace is supplied to the believer throughout life to enable the believer to do the will of God. God gets all the glory because He is the One who saves by grace and enable Christians to live lives pleasing to Him by His grace.
          What about Christians who are not having victory over sin and not leading lives pleasing to the Lord?  Victorious Christian living is a choice. God’s grace is available at all times for believers to use. We are told in Hebrews 4:16, “ Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” God bids us to come to Him in prayer and renew our fellowship with Him and He will dispense the grace we need for our situation. Without God’s grace, we cannot resist the world, the devil, or the flesh. God’s grace is His enabling power to walk in the Spirit and win the battle with sin. We need that moment by moment supply of grace to study Scripture, pray without ceasing, be in God’s house, share the gospel, do parenting God’s way, have a Christ-honoring marriage, etc. All Christians need to be constantly at the throne of grace developing deeper and more intimate fellowship with the Lord and that’s where we will find the grace we need to help us be more like Christ. Are you in regular, constant communion with the Lord, giving thanks for His mercy and goodness, and asking for more grace to live on higher ground? If not, read this verse and perhaps it will cause you to understand grace better:
          “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor that you, through His poverty, might be rich.” ( 2 Cor. 8:9 ).
          God has made us rich by giving us eternal life, the forgiveness of all sins, power to live godly in this life, and the promise of an eternity with Him in perfect peace. Surely these truths should make us thankful and willing to live for Christ but sin challenges us. Today, begin going more often to the throne of grace to meet with the One who loved you and gave Himself for you. He will supply you with grace to raise you up to walk on those stormy seas.
Pastor Bob Dennis
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