The Grace of God

The most encouraging word anyone ever said to me while leaving a worship service was, “I have heard more about God’s grace here than anywhere else I have ever been. It’s always grace, grace, grace, grace.” (Of course, the most discouraging thing anyone ever said to me while leaving on Sunday was, “I enjoyed your ‘little talk.’” I thought, “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”)

 

While we should never ignore the imperatives that we find in Scripture, we should always be sure that our focus is on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our gracious Lord “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:9-10)

 

Our “religion” goes much deeper than a list of dos and don’ts (although they are not unimportant); it rests solely on what God has done for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Zacharias Ursinus and Casper Olevianus were “spot on” in the first question and answer of their Heidelberg Catechism:

 

Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 

Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.

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1 Comment

  1. Carly said,

    April 24, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    I have always loved that question and answer. Once, during my college years, the ladies in the church made each person who was studying for their finals a little sign that had that question and answer written on it. I’ve had it hanging up since then (I think it was about 5 years ago) to remind me of the great truth of where all my hope should lie.


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