If you had to define grace to your child or your grandchild, how would you explain it so they could understand? God’s grace is truly amazing! There is nothing you or I can do ourselves to earn it. Grace is a love give from Almighty God to you and me. Grace is the motivation for everything that we do. Let’s learn about grace from the scripture of Ephesians 2:1-10, and apply the truth of grace to our lives. Let’s be grace believing, grace practicing, grace preaching followers of Christ so that everything we do will be motivated by God’s gift of amazing grace.
Amazing grace – what’s so amazing about it? Grace is amazing because it’s not of this world! Grace is the gift that cost everything to the giver and nothing to the receiver. Grace is given to those who don’t deserve it! If you think you deserve God’s grace, you are so wrong!
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that we, you and I, are all guilty of sin. Al of us! No one is exempt. Jesus came to save those who admit the truth of their sinfulness before God. Jesus is the only one who is righteous, pure, holy, perfect in every way, and who has never sinned. Now here’s the wonder of grace. From the murder of a perfect man – Jesus – God’s plan to rescue mankind comes about. Ephesians 2:9 tells us that:
Read Ephesians 2:4-5 carefully. Do you see the words love, mercy and grace? Love caused God to intervene. Mercy is God withholding punishment. Grace is the unmerited, unearned favor of God. So, what’s the difference between grace and mercy? Mercy is God NOT giving us what we deserve, and we deserve judgment. Grace is God giving us something we don’t deserve – salvation. Entrance into heaven is limited to those who trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone.
Grace is a free gift. Have you received God’s amazing grace? It’s not too late!
Scripture tells us in Romans 3:23 “all have sinned.” Sin is bad news, and the consequence is eternal separation from God. Praise the Lord that God intervened in what we call the Gospel! The Gospel is the Good News that God became man in Jesus Christ. He lived a life we should have lived and died a death that we should have died in our place. God intervened. Three days later we know He rose from the dead proving that he is the Son of God and offering the gift of salvation for all who repent and believe the Gospel. God intervened. God saves dead people!
When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we express our love for what Jesus had done and remember the high cost Jesus gave for us. We have been deemed righteous based on the death of Jesus. He paid our debt for our sins. Salvation is free. Our debt is paid in full!
Examine yourself today. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? Have you really been saved? It’s not about knowledge – its about a relationship with Jesus and knowing Jesus as Savior and leader of your life. Remember, an inaction is a decision!
What is the world’s greatest problem? The answer is sin. Nobody wants to talk about sin. It’s an unpopular subject. However; just because we don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The human race is sinful. No one is immune, no one is exempt, no one is innocent. Romans 3:10 (NIV) tells us “There is no one righteous, not even one..” Because of sin, we are in big trouble…. unless somebody intervenes!
“…I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Jesus
There is good news! God intervened. He provided a divine cure for our sin. He sent his Son. Jesus tells us in Matthew 9:13, “…I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus Christ is the only one who can take away our sin. Do you understand the bad news – the facts about sin, the nature of sin, the consequences sin? Are you ready to receive God’s gift of forgiveness and have His leadership in your life?