I know. Grace. More grace. I'm talking about grace. Again.
I was trying to think of what I wanted to do my devotional on this week and the concept of grace is really just being hammered down on me. I want to be concise today, and I want us to really just sink in this concept.
(חֶסֶד, chesed; “grace, mercy, steadfast love, compassion”; חֵן, chen; “grace, graciousness, kindness”; χάρις, charis; “grace, favor, graciousness, goodwill”).
Gracious or merciful behavior of a more powerful person toward another.
+ 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. (Eph 2:8-9)
+ For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (Rom 6:14)
+ But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (Rom 11:6)
+ But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)
+ And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16)
+ For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Rom 3:20-24)
+ [God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, (2 Tim 1:9)
+ What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Rom 6: 1-4)
All excerpts from ESV Bible // emphasis added
We are dead in sin. Christ lived a perfect life and died for our sin, taking on the full wrath of God in our place. We are made alive in Him. That's grace my friends
We don't deserve any of this. God gives common grace to every single human. We are alive. We breathe in the air...but this, this is saving grace we are talking about, and man, it makes me weak at the knees.
Instead of going into detail about what some of my favorite theologians have said, and why I agree or what I have to add, I just want us to let these verses rule over our hearts and sink deep into our souls.
Have a lovely memorial weekend!
How do you see God's grace working in your life?
Don't forget to link-up on Monday and share!