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The Gift of Grace

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8
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the good, the bad, the ugly

The ugly news: On Day One of this week, we talked about how there is no fairest of them all. Sin has infected and affected all of humankind—no one is exempt from its ugliness. Even “good” people. Just as we said that we are incapable of saving ourselves, we are also incapable of being genuinely good by ourselves. This is the way sin works.

The bad news: our actions do not define who we are. Rather, who we are defines the things we do. If we do good, if we are not in Christ, we are incapable of being good. So even if we perform acts that seem righteous to us, apart from Christ, all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:5).

The good news: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Christ came to earth to live a human life, and he was sinless, but took on our sin for our sake so that through his life, death, and resurrection we might become the righteousness of God. That is the good news.

Our sin, the sin that all humankind has—no matter how good we believe ourselves to be—has made us guilty before God. But God refused to leave us guilty and has provided us a way, in Christ, by which we may be proclaimed innocent.

what is grace?

Grace is like Christmas. None of us deserves a gift at Christmas. No cosmic rules dictate that loved ones must bestow upon us presents wrapped and tied with bows. We aren’t entitled to gifts. Just as we don’t deserve gifts, we also don’t deserve righteousness.

All the good acts we perform do not entitle us to God’s gift of salvation, redemption, and reconciliation. Remember, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). What we deserve is death and separation from the creator and the sustainer of the universe. But instead, God has gone out on his own initiative, and provided a way for all people to become righteous before him. Christ gave his life freely so that we may escape the ugly news of sin. And the Lord didn’t do it all because he had to, but because he wanted to.

That is grace. “For it is by grace that we have been saved through faith. And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9).

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What would it mean if God had not given grace to us?

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It would mean life without meaning. We all need grace. We ALL need to give grace.There would be no life after death.We would stay guilty of ALL of our sins. Life would be sad and negative even more than sometimes it seems.

I would not have the comfort, peace, and joy that I have now in life. I would be striving and striving and never measuring up to the condemning judge in my head. Now I can relax, go about life with focus on God, sharing love with Him, others, and myself and being content because my best is my best and it is good because of God’s grace and sacrifice.

We would be stuck in our sin. For ever destined to life without Him. My goodness that thought just brought an overwhelming sensation of sadness to me.

I am saved by Grace. Freely given! Forgiveness by the blood of an undeserving perfect lamb named Jesus. God gave rules, "there is no remission (forgiveness) without shedding of blood". God forgives me over and over and over. Even though I don’t deserve it. That’s grace. That’s Love.

It would be sad if I didn’t have God’s grace because I would be trying to find joy in life by good works alone. I wouldn’t be able to be good enough.

Death would mean just that, death. No salvation, redemption, reconciliation. We would be forever separated from God. Grace has saved us through our faith in Jesus Christ

We would have no hope. On our own we cannot save ourselves. We would be digging in the pit in futility – never able to get out of the darkness. Praise God for hope in Christ!!

Eternal Death, permanent separation. It would mean no hope. It would be like a tree falling in the woods that no one hears… we could philosophically hypothesis the concept of righteousness but none of it would matter. Life and creation would ultimately be utterly pointless beyond some kind of empty entertainment for God. Like a really awfully raunchy reality show lacking in any substance or depth. If it were the reality we were facing, if we did not have grace, life the way we know it here separated from God would feel truly cruel and the only real question to God I would have is, "when are you going to put us out of our misery?" It would be complete and utter despair. Thank You Lord for the way back to you.

No matter how “good” we act, we would never be good enough in Gods eyes and would parted from Him for eternity.

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