Salvation by Grace
Saved by grace. Those are the most beautiful words
to a sinner's ears.
Grace is the sweet sovereign favor shown to someone
who does not deserve any favor, but the exactly the very opposite.
It is in grace that God has worked to deliver us
from eternal punishment and give us His very best in life.
Gods Sovereign Choice in Grace teaches us that God is sovereign in
His election of sinful man. It demonstrates that man is a depraved sinner and there is nothing in man to
merit or earn a right relationship with God.
God does not look ahead in time, see some good in us, and on that
basis decide to save us. He does not look ahead in time and see that one day we will
choose to believe on Christ and therefore elect to save us. What God
sees is nothing but wickedness, sin, unbelief. The Lord saw that the
wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Grace does not depend on anything in
man because it is all of Gods choosing. The source of our salvation is the grace of
God alone (Eph. 2:8-10).
Let's face it, if God had not been absolutely sure
of our election He would not have sent His Son to come and die to redeem
radically depraved sinners. As it is, God sent the most precious posses
in heaven to come and die for our sins on the cross. That is grace.
If there had been no predestination, there would
have been no atoning sacrifice for sin.
God in His grace included me before the foundation of the earth (Eph.
1:4; Matt. 25:34; Rev. 13:8; 17:8). Therefore, all I can do is say, Thank you for
including me. Thank you for saving my soul.
Gods Seeking Grace teaches us that we sought God only
because He first reached down to us in grace. We love because He first loved
us (1 John 4:19; 3:16; 4:10). One of the great Puritan theologians
testified that he sought the Lord and afterward came to understand
that the Holy Spirit moved hi soul to seek the Lord. When we put the
emphasis on God we come to realize that it was not I who found the Savior; no, I
was chosen in eternity and was found by Him in time. Only a sovereign
God in grace can put that together!
We find excellent examples of this great truth when Adam and Eve
sinned and God pursued them in their place of rebellion, and gave them the first promise
of salvation by grace in Genesis 3:9-15. He likewise pursued Paul on the road to Damascus
I praise God that He pursued me until I surrendered to Him.
Gods Redeeming Grace sets us free from condemnation and
guilt. The Puritan theologians asked, Who is a pardoning God like Thee? Or who has grace so
riche and free?
God in His infinite riches has justified us by grace alone through
faith alone in the atoning death of Jesus Christ alone (Rom. 3:21-28; 4:5, 22-25). We
could never deserve Gods forgiveness, or merit His salvation (3:9-20). Jesus died
for all our sins. He chose to acquit us based on the finished work of Christ.
Not only did He acquit us based on the death of Christ, but He also
made us alive in Christ by His saving grace (Eph. 2:4-7). Robert Haldane said, Those
redeemed by the death of Christ are not merely recovered from the fall, but made to reign
through Jesus Christ. As to the effects of saving grace Haldane
said, Grace is attractive, and those who have received grace
should be attractive, too (cf. Eph. 2:10).
I thank Him from the depths of my heart that there is now no
condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1).
Gods Persevering Grace has brought the believer to where
he is right now, and that grace will lead us on to glory. Those who believe on Christ, and
are saved by grace through faith persevere (Rom. 8:31-39).
The Christian perseveres because God perseveres
with the believer. He is a persevering God. We will persevere until the
coming of Christ for us because in His grace he perseveres with us.
Every day I thank the Holy Spirit for watching over
me and keeping me in fellowship with my Savior. How sad, but very true,
if it all depended upon me I would be a colossal failure and spend
eternity in hell. I will persevere until the end because He perseveres
Because of the persevering grace that has brought me thus far in my Christian
life, I can look forward to the day when I will arrive home (Phil. 1:6; 3:20-21;
1 John 3:1-3).
Gods Saving Grace is the reason why God did not spare
His own Son, but delivered Him up to death on my behalf (Rom. 8:32). We could never deserve
eternal life. We are
saved by His unmerited and undeserved grace for all eternity. We are saved by grace alone,
received through faith alone in Christ alone.
One great and glorious day we will be presented holy and blameless
with resurrection bodies in the holy presence of the LORD God there to dwell with Him
forever. My song will ever be, Saved by grace! "Saved by
Thank God for His infinite, sovereign, unlimited, free, triumphant,
overflowing grace. His mercy endures forever, and His compassions fail
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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