Grace So Amazing
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
God’s love alone doesn’t save us; we need His grace.
God’s grace is so rich. I remember trying to explain God’s grace to one of my daughters. She understood God’s love, but wasn’t sure how grace was different. These verses explain it.
God does love us. God loves us all. But God can’t, on the basis of His love, open the back door of heaven and slip us in. He can’t open the gate of heaven at the front door and bring us in because of His love. God is the righteous moral ruler of this universe. He is a God of justice. He is holy and He is good. Basically, God can’t do things that are wrong—that is, wrong according to His own standard. So God can’t save us by love.
Love has God cornered. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It doesn’t say God so loved the world that He saved the world. But, our God of love can reach out His hands to a lost world and say, “If you will believe in My Son, because He died for you—if you will come on that basis—I can save you.” God doesn’t save us by His love. God saves us by His grace.
And, one day in heaven, like verse 7 says, someone might see me and say, “See that guy Brad. He was lost and wasn’t worth saving, but he’s here today in heaven. It is only through the grace and kindness of God through Jesus that he was saved and brought here.”
It is His amazing grace that saved a wretch like me. Will you put your faith in His grace, too?
Questions To Ponder
What responsibility do you have to live out this grace that you have received?
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.”