God’s Incredible Grace

But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. -Romans 3:21-24 (MSG)

Really I need add nothing to this paraphrase than is already written. Of course, lack of that necessity won’t stop me! The fact of the matter is that I can do nothing that will assure me of a place with God in His kingdom apart from accepting His incredible love and the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus for me on the cross.

I read [what sometimes seems like a deluge of] material on different Web sites about topics like what Bible version you should read, the sin of divorce and remarriage, what type of baptism ‘counts,’ tithing, so on and so forth. People have lots of opinions and even more judgments on what type of Christian you are, if any, based on your theology.

I’m not saved because of the bible versions I read, my view on baptism, the church I fellowship with, the way I partake of communion, or any other theological nuance I embrace. I am saved completely because of the GRACE OF GOD. 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. -Ephesians 2:8,9 (ESV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. -Romans 3:23-28 (KJV)

May God bless you as you meditate on His Word for you this day.

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