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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 that we would be required to act the way I have been acting lately. We would have to strive. We would have to exhaust ourselves. We would have to work our way to salvation. And, we can’t.

We would still be in debt to God.

IF Jesus would not have died willingly.
Our lives would be way more difficult- We would be sinners, and have to live by the old laws and still bound by chains.

It was Gods plan that Jesus would die so that His people would live, but we are still responsible to choose Jesus everyday – because we sin every day and Jesus is the ONLY thing that sets us free from sin.

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