Justified Freely by Gods Grace
Grace, how sweet the sound to our sinful hearts!
The Bible teaches that we are saved by the free sovereign grace of
God in Jesus Christ. Neither will the grace of God ever be withheld, nor will it be
lessened because of anything we have done, or will do.
There is no more majestic word than
"grace." It means unmerited favor or kindness shown to a person who is utterly
undeserving. In fact, it is a free gift given to us who deserve the exact
opposite. It is given to us sinners who are without hope and without God
in the world.
Grace is never set in the context of any supposed merit of our own,
but always on the basis of Romans 1:18-3:20 which describes our utter ruin in sin. Grace
must always be approached with that reality of personal sin in mind. Without the deep
conviction of the Holy Spirit we do not understand our need for Gods saving grace.
The Amplified Bible on Romans 3:20 reads, For no person
will be justifiedmade righteous, acquitted and judged acceptablein His sight
by observing the words prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is to
make men recognize and be conscious of sin [not mere perception, but an
acquaintance with sin which works toward repentance, faith and holy character].
We are saved by unmerited grace (Eph. 2:8-9). Saving grace of God is
a gift that is received only through faith in Jesus, apart from any human merit. We do not
deserve grace, for if we did it would not be grace. The only thing we deserve is the full
outpouring of Gods just wrath upon us for eternity. If it is not apart from good
works and human merit, it is not saving grace because God does not owe us anything.
Grace has a marvelous way of humbling us, and as sinners we
hate being humbled.
God cannot offer to do less in grace for one who is
sinful than He would have done had that one been less sinful. Because we
are all sinners that puts us all on the same level morally. Grace is
never an exercise by God used to make up what may be lacking in the life
and character of a sinner. There is nothing that can be made up. If
salvation was based on legalism, much sinfulness would call for much
grace, and little sinfulness would call for little grace. However,
because of the atoning death of Christ the sin question has been set
aside forever and an equal exercise of grace is extended to all sinners
who believe. It never falls short of being the matchless measureless
marvelous saving grace of God. The grace of God could never be increased
because it is the expression of His infinite love. He is infinitely holy
in character. All His attributes are perfect. Therefore, it could not be
diminished because every limitation that human sin might impose on the
action of a righteous God has, through the propitiation of the cross,
been turned away forever.
Grace is found in God through the saving work of Christ on the cross.
That is why John Newton could express it so beautifully, Amazing gracehow
sweet the soundthat saved a wretch like me! Anything else is not grace.
Saving grace teaches us that salvation is apart from any human merit
of any kind.
Have you opened your heart and responded to Gods free grace?
There is no sin you have ever committed too great to cause God to turn away from you, or
too lessen the abundance of the grace He freely gives to sinners who will trust in Jesus
Christ as their Savior.
The apostle Paul was a great sinner who experienced the grace of God
and declared, But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Rom. 5:20).
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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