16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:9
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
God’s grace is unmerited and unearned.
There was a definitive time in my life after college that I struggled with understanding grace. It may sound odd, but it was a clear moment in my spiritual maturity.
I became a Christian at the age of eight and lived a typical life of a 90’s kid in the baptist church. Through high school and college my understanding of biblical truths gradually increased. Then, after college I started a new season of life living on my own and joining a new group of guys to study the Bible alongside. Maybe growing up in the church I was a follower, but after college God began to challenge me in a weakness of my faith: God’s grace.
My imperfection was clear; almost too clear. I am a sinner. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23) I was not chasing evil desires at the time, but I knew my state of falling short. My attitude turned into near depression as I struggled with this internal cosmic battle. During this time I knew Christ died for me. Sometimes I described the thoughts to friends as understanding half the theology of the Gospel. The depiction of us in the Gospel scope is ungodly and far from God. Why would God ever feel the need to break into the universe and justify the ungodly by grace? Why would he want to justify me by His grace?
You see, apart from grace we are spiritually dead and guilty. Only grace could raise us up out of our filthy rags and make us clean. Christ did this. Thankfully, the truth of Gospel reality finally became clear as my following ways met my own new understanding of the the Bible. Like medicine for my soul, God cleared my mind to this truth.
Through our readings in Ephesians we see Paul continually proclaiming the significance of grace. By grace alone you have been saved. This is essentially a gift from God that is unmerited and unearned. Clearly I can not receive the glory. Only God can receive the glory!
And, as God usually does, he lead me to write this blog topic on a night Romans 8:38-39 was a key verse in a book for my children. My wife ordered a new book and it is written to help children understand God’s love and grace for us. Tonight we learned we can’t outrun God’s love and grace for us! No matter how far we go God’s love is still there and God’s grace is still there.
The children’s book says, “If I hopped on a train and road it all night, if I boarded a plane for an overseas flight, if I soared in a rocket past planets in space, could I ever outdistance God’s love and God’s grace? No!”
Questions To Ponder
Using these scriptures, make a list of all the things that you learned about grace.
Does this list make clearer the reasons we should get NO credit for earning our salvation?
Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”