2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”
Grace is truly an exquisite word and a great Bible truth is resident in this one solitary word. In fact, it’s a word and concept without which a person’s salvation would be impossible. God is the source of Grace, which is a simple statement, but one that would take a lifetime to explain. It’s a statement that brings understanding and meaning to experience, because it lifts hearts and minds and gives purpose to all who believe. “Why is God’s grace so amazing?” John Newton pointed to its depth, height, width, and length. He said it goes down to the lowest sinful life, up to all the glories of heaven, out to every circumstance and snare that may face us, and on to the end of life and into the immeasurable living that we will do in eternity at our Savior’s side. We are pulled to Christ through God’s grace, we stand in it as we live in Christ, and His grace will surround us as we receive everlasting life.” My friend, God’s Amazing Grace is revealed around the world as men and women, boys and girls come to a saving knowledge of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross to save our souls. The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace and the only way to get to heaven is through the doorway of Grace. You can’t earn it, you can’t work for it, you can’t buy it. It’s just by God’s grace. Of grace the apostle Paul summed up its countless virtues by calling them “exceeding riches” (Ephesian 2:7). He spelled out some of those riches in Ephesians 2, such as:
(1) Grace is God’s favor bestowed on undeserving people (v. 1);
(2) God’s instrument for bringing salvation to each believer (v. 8);
(3) God’s provision of spiritual fellowship with others (vv. 5-6);
(4) God’s creative influence, equipping the believer to fulfill His purposes (v. 10); and
(5) God’s grace isn’t only amazingly rich; it’s also free because the giver Himself has borne the cost for us.
However, the most inspiring acts of human love are only a shadow of the immeasurable gift our Savior Jesus Christ has given us. In 2 Corinthians 8:9 the apostle Paul said, “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” Christ left His glory in heaven and died on the rugged cross for our sin so that we could be forgiven through faith in Him. His sacrifice was based on His love, not on our merit. All we are and all we have are the Savior’s loving gifts of grace to us.
My bill came to $5.50. The dollar bills and change in my pocket left me a dollar short. A man standing nearby quickly handed me a dollar bill. “Here,” he said, “and God bless!” His generosity took me by surprise. Before leaving, I thanked him again. “That’s the way the world works,” he replied. That man’s kindness reminded me of the common grace God extends to a fallen and wicked world. Our world works because of God’s unconditional generosity. Let me explain. Jesus said that our heavenly Father gives warmth, light, and all the life-giving benefits of the sun to this world’s inhabitants, good and bad alike (Matthew 5:45). Imagine what would happen to our world if we went one day without the sun. However, even more generous is God’s immeasurable love in making forgiveness and eternal life available to all through Jesus’ death on the cross to atone for our sins. What ingratitude I would have shown to the man who gave me the dollar if I had ignored him, or rejected his kind offer! Yet, that’s how we often treat God. And His response? He keeps giving while holding open the offer of forgiveness. So, my friend, let’s thank God daily for His generosity, and help others know that God’s amazing grace is what makes the world work and is free. Someone summed it up this way:
His love has no limit; His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
So, my friend, have you settled the question of where you will spend eternity? For the answer we must look at the cross. Look at the One (Jesus Christ) dying there. He never sinned, yet He is on the cross to bear the penalty for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16-17). He’s dying there on your behalf. In reality that should be you on that cross. It’s an ugly scene, isn’t it? It shows us how terrible sin really is, and what a horrible price had to be paid to set us free from it. If you’re a Christian, looking at the cross should fill your heart with gratitude for what Jesus Christ did for you there. As your sacrifice and substitute, He made it possible for you to be forgiven and to be saved from your sin. Why don’t you give Him you praise and thankfulness right now and then determine to walk in obedience with Him.
Moreover, if you’re not a Christian, won’t you trust Him (Jesus) as your Savior? Your sin is very real. You cannot do anything about it, except to trust in Jesus Christ. My friend, don’t wait. Tell Him that you believe in Him as your personal Savior. Ask Him to save you from your sins. He will, because it was for you that He died on that excruciating cross. He was your sacrifice and He paid the penalty for your sin. My friend, trust Him now without delay!
God’s grace is infinite love expressing itself in infinite goodness.