Grace That Separates
Gazing in amazement, there is little you can do but stand in awe of the power and majesty of the grace of Jesus. It is so great that we want to understand it but it so massive that it is something that our minds cannot fully comprehend, but our soul can embrace. His Grace!
Note from Kip…
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psalms 103:12 (HCSB)
Our Lord and Savior doesn’t mess around. The grace He applies on us upon our surrender to Him as Lord of our lives is profound. It forever changes not just our eternal outcome, it transforms our existence from a contention with our intended purpose, to harmony with the designs that were instrumental in our very foundations.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (HCSB)
The Word became flesh, and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (HCSB)
For a long time I have defined in my own mind the purpose of the creation event, when Jesus created everything we know today and breathed into Adam life; that this was all about Love.
While Love has much to do with why Jesus created, why he established covenant and promises throughout generations. I think I missed something along the way and it’s in the fourteenth verse of the Gospel of John. The creator, the One and Only Son of the Father was full of grace and truth.
We tend to love someone or something because of who or what they are. The care and generosity that we extend to them is not equivalent to grace, it is more along the lines of compassion. This isn’t a bad thing at all we should have compassion for others, but we shouldn’t confuse that compassion with grace.
Grace goes so much further and when you’re talking about God’s Grace it is unlimited in its power and majesty. The Psalmist says, you have removed my transgressions as far as the east is from the west. An undefinable expanse in-between because the further east you go there is more east and the further west you go there is more west so the separation in between is infinite. That is the Grace of Jesus.
Love is powerful, but the Love of Christ isn’t born of affection it comes as a product of His Grace. The Grace and Truth He cast upon us with His comprehensive plans for us that were formed before the foundations of the earth.
Why do we exist? Grace!
Conceptually, this stirs the soul to put into our perspective that the very reason we were born was a product of His Grace and our first purpose is to have that Grace manifested in our pardon. And yes, flowing through that grace is peace, love, joy, compassion, and all the other bounty He lavishes upon us.
But it’s all about Grace!
The Bible study we had at church last night we read the second chapter of Ephesians. It was clear as we when from verse to verse that It is all about Grace.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (HCSB)
No fewer than eleven times grace is brought to the forefront in the book of Ephesians, stressing that this salvation that Christ offers us has nothing to do with us. He didn’t love us first because we were so cute and adorable, He loved us first because of the Grace that He is full of. That’s not compassion it is Grace.
It goes further and than all other things. There is nothing we can do to earn it because it has already been given.
If it were our works by which we could be saved we’d all be bound for the fire, but is Grace and only Grace that saves us.
Christian, stop trying to justify your salvation and abide in His Grace. Let the works you do come out of obedience and joy to serve our Lord as He says, ‘If you love me you will obey me’.
If you haven’t surrendered your life to Christ Jesus, understand that this Grace is yours for the acceptance of it and giving up your will to the will of Christ in your life. He can and does forgive everything you have ever done or will ever do. Because, He’s full of Grace. Abundant an limitless.
Because of His sacrifice on the cross and shedding of His blood to atone us from our sin. Those blemishes are wiped clean and are separated from us an infinite distance, the east from the west.
It’s all about Grace!