God’s Call to Loving Service Part – 4

Ephesians 2:8-9 ——–  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Grace is God’s unmerited favour. If we did anything to earn it or deserve it, it is not grace. If God owes it to us because we are pretty good people or we have tried to do the best we can, it is not grace. If God gives it to us because He foresaw that we would believe in Him of our own free will, it is not grace.

Grace means that we get the opposite of what we deserve. We deserve God’s wrath because we have sinned against Him. Instead, He saves us by His grace.

Grace cuts directly against the grain of human thinking, because it is not fair. We value fairness. If someone does wrong, he should get what he has coming. If someone does right, he should be rewarded. But if someone does wrong and gets rewarded in spite of it, we protest, “That’s not fair!”

Take a guy who is a thief. He steals and murders his victims. Finally, he is apprehended and convicted. On death row, he hears that God will forgive all of his sins if he will trust in Christ, even though he does not deserve it and he cannot make up for what he has done. At first, he can’t believe it. It sounds too good to be true. But then he does believe it. He trusts Christ to save him from eternal judgment. He dies and goes to spend eternity with God in heaven. That’s not fair! This man was hanging next to Jesus on the cross. Jesus paid his debt and he went to heaven that very day. (Luke 23: 39-43).

If God were fair, we’d all go to hell, because we all have sinned. God did not compromise His righteousness or justice to forgive us. His justice demands that the penalty be paid. Jesus paid the penalty on the cross for all that trust in Him.

Someone has rightly described G-R-A-C-E as, “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.” We naturally resist God’s grace because it robs us of all our pride. But there is no other way of salvation. It is by grace alone. But we also need to understand, “faith.”

Faith is personally trusting Jesus Christ, committing our eternal destiny to what He did for us on the cross. Just as we entrust our life totally to the pilot when we get on board a plane, so we entrust our eternal destiny totally to Jesus and His death as our substitute on the cross. We trust God’s promise that He will justify the one who has faith in Jesus .And; implicit in “getting on board” with Christ is that we can’t keep one foot on the “terminal” of sin, and the other on board with Christ. We must commit ourselves totally to follow Him as our Lord.

GRACE IS GOD’S OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO TREAT YOU AS IF YOU HAD NEVER SINNED.

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