Grace, part two

January 23, 2015

the bible

Grace Is Not Withheld Because of Demerit (part II)

        This fact about grace is more evident, perhaps, than any other. It is the sense of demerit more than anything else which impels a soul to cry out for the kindness and benefits of grace. So, also, grace finds its greatest triumph and glory in the sphere of human helplessness.

Grace ceases to be grace if God is compelled to withdraw it in the presence of human failure and sin. In fact, grace cannot be exercised where there is the slightest degree of human merit to be recognized. On the other hand the issue of human sin must be disposed of forever. Christ the Lamb of God, having taken away the sin of the world, has by His cross forever disposed of the condemnation of sin. He has by the cross created an entirely new relation between God and man.

 

 

Consequently, men are now either accepting or rejecting Christ who has borne their sins. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). There is no middle ground. All questions of demerit have been banished. Thus God is righteously free to exercise grace in every case. Salvation is by grace alone.

 

Kind of short devotion today, I’m really under the weather.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

2 Responses to “Grace, part two”

  1. Heather said

    hopefully, your recovery is quick

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