Ephesians 1:7, “In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
Grace is truly a beautiful 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. My friend, God’s Grace is worth far more than this world and this life could ever offer. The Bible tells us the Gospel or good news is a result of God’s grace (Galatians 1:6-9). Ephesians 2:4-5, 8 puts it this way, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where with he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; For my grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
John Wesley said the grace or love of God, whence cometh our salvation, is free in all, and free for all. It is free in all to whom it is given. It doesn’t depend on any power or merit in man; no, not in any degree, neither in whole, nor in part. It does not in anywise depend either on the good works or righteousness of the receiver; not on anything he has done, or anything he is. It does not depend on his endeavors. It does not depend on his good tempers, or good desires, or good purposes and intentions; for all these flow from the free grace of God; they are the streams only, not the fountain. They are the fruits of free grace, and not the root. They are not the cause, but the effects of it. God’s grace is a wonderful gift to us. Grace is His love freely offered to us and we cannot do anything to “earn it”.
You may ask what’s so amazing about God’s Grace. Philip Yancey put it this way, “The world thirsts for grace in ways it does not even recognize.” He writes, “Little wonder the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ edged its way onto the top ten charts over two hundred years after its composition.” The hymn’s composer John Newton, who was once an infidel and slave trader, had been thirsty for grace. After he discovered the grace of God, he never ceased to be amazed, and people have never ceased singing his song, “Amazing Grace.” But what is grace? Paul summed up its countless virtues by calling them “exceeding riches”. He spelled out some of those riches in Ephesians 2. Thus grace is:
(1) God’s favor bestowed on undeserving people;
(2) God’s instrument for bringing salvation to each believer;
(3) God’s provision of spiritual fellowship with others; and
(4) God’s creative influence, equipping the believer to fulfill His purposes.
My friend, God’s grace isn’t only amazingly rich, it is also free, and just a prayer away. Yancey points out, “Grace is free only because the giver Himself has borne the cost.” Let’s drink deeply of God’s amazing grace so that we will be grace dispensers to a thirsty world.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see … Newton
Always remember that God’s Grace is always sufficient.