Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Grace Is Not An Afterthought

Grace has been defined as the "unmerited favor of God".

It's that wonderful free gift by which we are saved and given eternal life, and all our sins are forgiven.

But it occurs to me that some think Grace was an idea God had after sin came into the world.

Sort of like, "Oh my!", said God, "I must do something about that!"

No.  Not at all.

Grace was before time.  Grace was "invented" by God before there was ever a single sin committed to be forgiven by Grace.

Really?

Look at 2 Timothy 1:9,10:

"...who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity [literally "before the times of the ages" - Young's Literal Translation],


"but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel..."


If you are already a believer in Jesus Christ, know this: you and the Grace by which you were saved were part of God's plan for you before the world even began.

You don't have to understand it.  In fact, you can't fully understand it.  That's okay.  The beauty of it is just as beautiful.

If you don't know Jesus as Lord and Savior, I beg you to believe in Him today.

He died on the cross for our sins.  He was buried and rose again from the dead on the third day.  He proclaims that whoever will come to Him, He will not reject.

Whoever WILL, may come, Jesus said.

Come to Him now.  He will forgive your sins.  You will have eternal life with Him.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

If you would like to read more about Him, you might want to start with the Gospel of John from the Bible:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=NASB

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