Thursday, December 04, 2008

Saved by Grace

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:1-10. ESV.)
That verse seems to say it all. What an amazing Heavenly Father we have! I find great comfort, a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7.), in knowing He is in control and I am not. He rules over everything and all things are His servants. (Psalm 119:91. ESV.) Like Lazarus, I once was dead…dead in my sin but Christ Jesus came and beckoned me to, “Come forth,” and I was given life and a new heart made of flesh. (John 11:25-26 & 43-44. Ezekiel 36:26-27. NKJV.) And this He does for all whose names are written in the book of life! Though I have loved ones and friends who are currently unsaved, I know when and if Christ Jesus calls they will answer! Praise God!

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:17-24. NKJV.)

John Piper reminds me of God’s grace and His love by saying this,
“This is shocking. The love of God is not God's making much of us, but God's saving us from self-centeredness so that we can enjoy making much of him forever. And our love to others is not our making much of them, but helping them to find satisfaction in making much of God. True love aims at satisfying people in the glory of God. Any love that terminates on man is eventually destructive. It does not lead people to the only lasting joy, namely, God. Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love; it leaves people without their final hope of joy.”
(By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org.)

Every morning I wake and thank God for His sovereign grace. I express gratitude to Him for creating me, for selecting me as one of His chosen to receive salvation. I am grateful it only takes faith on our part to receive His grace, His forgiveness, and a paid ransom. (Ephesians 2:8.)

© 2008 B.T.P.

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