October 3, 2016
God’s glory. God’s true glory is beyond our ability to even conceive of. Yet, we were given a glimpse of this glory in the person of Jesus Christ, who stepped out of heaven, and for a brief time made Himself a little lower than the angels, just so that we might have our sins forgiven. Is this the quality of God that you cherish the most?
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
For me it is God’s grace that I cherish the most, for it is by God’s grace that I am saved. It is by God’s grace that I can live the victorious Christian life against all evil. It is by God’s grace that I have anything that I have, for I deserve nothing but judgment, but it is God’s grace that allows me to call the almighty God, Abba, Father.
It is by God’s grace that believers can live a victorious Christian life no matter what the circumstances, terror, or adversary, that we face. Peter describes our Lord as the God of all grace. In other words, God has absolutely total control and ownership of this amazing resource. He has a limitless supply available at all times. Now this is a concept about God’s grace you may not have thought of before, God has total control and ownership of this quality. There is none other with this quality.
God's grace provides strength enough for every situation. Grace for living and grace for dying, grace to deal with the penalty of sin and grace to overcome the power of sin, grace to face persecution and grace to forgive the persecutor, grace to see us through and grace to get us home.
God's grace guarantees us a share in God's eternal glory. God's grace is sufficient to translate that into a living reality in our lives. Satan cannot win. God's grace cannot fail, and it is ours because of Christ Jesus our Lord. Let Satan roar and prowl all he wants. Neither Satan, nor ten thousand Nero’s, nor the prospect of a horrible death, nor anything else can stop God's grace in Christ from getting us home.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is the power of God’s grace. It is supremely sufficient for all of our needs, and it is the quality about God that I cherish the most.
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