The Grace of GodPosted: August 17, 2009
Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The grace of God, which is the warmest and most caring aspect of His character, not only forgives man of sin and calls man to Him, but also always allows the believer to grow in knowledge even though he falls time and time again.
There is no human that deserves to earn the grace of God, which He gives to His church willingly. God’s grace not only calls the chosen to Him, but then provides a way of provision and guidance throughout life to them. Not only is there common grace which all of mankind encounters, but for Christ’s bride there is irresistible grace, incomprehensible grace, and saving grace which gives the believers hope and another reason to boast in the gospel. The believer, in order to boast in this, must look at two simple key truths of this great grace that God gives to His elect. Sometimes easily looked past because of their simplicity, these truths are essential to acknowledge in order for the believer to boast in the gospel. First, the believer needs to see that if it wasn’t for grace, he would have been slain by the Lord. And secondly, that the grace given to believers differs from that grace given to the rest of humanity. This grace is a grace that He will forever give to His sheep so that they can boast in Him! Once again God is doing a great work and is planning ways that He may be boasted in. And He does this through His chosen people.
The believer must boast in the good news that God did not kill him on the day of birth. How sad it is that the church often forgets, or ignores, simple truths of the very beginning of the gospel. Romans 6:22-23 states, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” It seems almost unjust for God to let mankind even enter the womb, let alone this earth. From the minute of conception, all of mankind has entered into an everlasting nature of sin, and stands before God as nothing but dung. Many individuals often ask the question, “How can God let someone go to hell?” My response is always, “How can God even allow one to enter into heaven and into a personal relationship of communion with the triune God which will one day be restored into perfection forever and ever?” For there is no reason for man to think he had anything to do with this grace. God simply allows man to live in accordance with Him or without, and is always glorified in it. How much more should the believer, the partaker of the covenant of grace, come and boast in this gospel which allows him not only to live in grace, but to serve – by grace – the Giver of grace.
One of the most important and easily forgotten truths of the gospel (and its dealings with grace) is that the man walking down the street who does not know of God, who hasn’t repented, has only common grace. Common grace which does not compare to the grace that God grants on behalf of His Son’s work to His bride. How much more should a believer boast in the gospel, when God, the Giver of great grace, calls him to become part of a family which he had no prior relation with. This grace that God gives to His elect is greater than any grace that man has ever had before the era of irresistible grace. This great grace that God called you into is only meant for the true believer. Bringing the believer from the pit of hell and eternal torment should first bring him into a zeal for boasting in God. Also, God bringing him to the glories and riches of heaven should then spark a passion and flame that does not stop burning; that only continues to be built upon with sound wood so that it can claim the grace of God and boast in it to glorify God.
We must look at these areas of the gospel and thank God for them, but there are other areas of the gospel in which one can boast when dealing with the grace of God. Oftentimes believers are called to suffer and go through trials or hard times in life and may think, “We are not going to make it!” The believer has to look at and hope in the gospel. Believers must see how the grace of God will help them and how it has given them all that they need to make it through these times. Now here one might ask, “How do I boast in that?” Only when believers see that the grace of God has already, at the beginning in justification, bought them and given them all that they need to make it through any season of life, will they then cherish the gospel, seeing how sweet it can be to the hurting heart in the time of pain. The believer of the gospel will boast in the gospel because the grace of God enables him to do so in allowing the believer to come to know this Giver of grace. The Giver gets the glory; the Giver is God; He is the Giver of grace; and it should be a desire and counted as a privilege to boast in this gospel truth that we partake in.