Ephesians 2:4-9: (NIV) But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
While reading my Bible this morning, I was led to the book of Ephesians. God knew that I was struggling a little bit more than usual today and I believe that He wanted me to hear this word of assurance and hope. I don’t know where you are in your walk with God at this very moment, only you and God know that. But I do know that we all go through difficult times in life and we are faced with many challenges and temptations that attempt to pull us away from God. This passage reminded me of who I am in Christ and the incredible sacrifice that Christ made for all mankind. God loved us all so very much that He sent his only Son as a sacrifice for our sin. And it is only by God’s grace that we have been saved and given the assurance of a future home in heaven. There is absolutely nothing that we can do to earn God’s grace, it is freely given as a gift from a loving God.
Romans 5:20b-21(NIV): But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Apostle Paul goes on to ask the question, “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:1-2, 11). As believers who have already been “seated with Christ in the heavenly realms” we must live a life that is dead to sin and alive in Christ.
There is an old church hymn entitled, Grace Greater than Our Sin that so beautifully sums up God’s marvelous grace. Read the words of this great hymn to reminds yourself of how much your heavenly Father loves you and freely offers you His grace.
1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!
2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
threaten the soul with infinite loss;
grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
brighter than snow you may be today.
4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?