We are saved by immense grace and this immense grace of the eternal God has appeared in the person of Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11; Jn 1:14). Our redeemer is full of grace and truth" and "of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace” (Jn 1:16). Literally we have received grace "piled upon" grace. Just as there are continual arrivals of waves on the sea shore so we are constantly receiving wave upon wave of God’s inexhaustible grace in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the grace of God in human form. His grace is Glorious
(Ephesians 1:6). Abundant (Acts 4:33); Rich (Ephesians 1:7); Manifold (many-sided,) (1 Peter 4:10) and Sufficient (there is never a shortage) (2Cor 12:9).
Surely then, in the light of these gospel truths we can learn to be gracious one to another? You see it’s one thing to know the words of the song of grace, but quite another to know the melody.
The following is a great illustration of the application of gospel grace.
In the 1800’s London had two famous preachers, Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Parker. On one occasion, Parker commented about the poor condition of children admitted to Spurgeon’s orphanage. Word of this came to Spurgeon, but by the time it arrived, it was reported to Spurgeon that Parker had criticized the orphanage itself. Spurgeon blasted Parker from his pulpit and the attack was printed in the newspaper and became the talk of the town. Londoners flocked to Parker’s church the next Sunday to hear his rebuttal.
Here’s what Parker said,
“I understand Mr. Spurgeon is not in his pulpit today, and this is the Sunday they use to take an offering for the orphanage,” Parker said. “I suggest we take a love offering for the orphanage.”
The crowd was delighted; ushers had to empty the collection plates three times. Later that week, there was a knock at Parker’s study. It was Spurgeon.
“You know, Parker, you have practiced grace on me,” he said. “You have given me not what I deserved; you have given me what I needed.”
May we all have the grace to live as though the gospel is real and that grace has indeed arrived in the person of Jesus the Christ.
- Pastor Miles McKee
The following is a good, concise summary of the believer's hope in Christ. "Adam disobeyed the law; we disobey it. God insists that we keep it perfectly. He cannot insist on anything less! We cannot keep it perfectly; then Christ does it for us. Christ, all His human life, was under the law, keeping the law to make us a record. He earned heaven for us on the principle of 'Do this and live.' Christ did, and we plead His merit. I get heaven simply on the ground of Christ's performances–His righteous life, His obedience, reckoned mine, is my obedience."
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“I am a sinner saved by the grace of God, trusting only in the Lord Jesus Christ.” MY STANDING:“In Christ.” MY OBJECTIVE: “That I may know Him.” MY HOPE: “To be like Him.”
- Scott Richardson
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It is as bad to invent a god in the imagination as it is to make one with the hands. The old form of idolatry has its gods made with hands; the new form of idolatry has its gods spun out of the imagination and harbored in the mind. The unknown God is still the true God.