"How far should we go to understand each others points of view? Maybe the distance grace covered on the cross."
- Bono (lead singer of U2)
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It's an amazing set of times that we live in. There is so much technological progress happening. We appear to be passing from the Industrial Age into the Information Age right in front of our eyes. Unfortunately, there are residual effects in the form of stress and lack of peace in our lives.
That is NOT God's plan for us. That is the noise of mankind echoing within our spirit, mind and soul. God's grace is an amazing thing to behold. It is one of the key attributes of God. The Illustrated Bible Dictionary describes it as:
In Exodus 34:6 it says the Lord God is "merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth", and His grace is almost always associated with mercy, love, compassion, and patience as the source of help and with deliverance from distress.
That's right. 'dis stress and 'dat stress. There are many forms of distress - work, family, finances and situations we encounter everyday. These may appear overwhelming or impossible to resolve. Sometimes they are, but none of them are insurmountable because of God's grace to us. It's free and totally undeserved, but it can never be taken for granted. It must be humbly sought through the prayer of faith (Malachi 1:9).
God's grace is revealed to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not only the beneficiary of God's grace (Luke 2:40), but He was also its very embodiment (John 1:14), bringing grace to mankind for salvation (Titus 2:11). By His death and resurrection, Jesus restored the broken fellowship between God and His people, both Jew and Gentile. The only way of salvation for any person is "through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 15:11).
The grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ is applied to human beings for their salvation by the HOLY SPIRIT, who is called "the Spirit of grace" (Hebrews 10:29). The Spirit is the One who binds Christ to His people so that they receive forgiveness, adoption to sonship, and newness of life, as well as every spiritual gift or grace. (Eph. 4:7).
The theme of grace is especially prominent in the letters of the apostle Paul. He sets grace radically over the law and the works of the law (Romans 3:24,28). Paul makes it abundantly clear that salvation is not something that can be earned or merited; it can be received only as a gift of grace (Romans 4:4). Grace, however, must be accompanied by faith; a person must trust in the mercy and favor of God, even while it is undeserved (Romans 4:16).
The law of Moses (i.e. the Ten Commandements) revealed the righteous will of God in the midst of pagan darkness; it was God's gracious gift to Israel (Deuteronomy 4:8). But His will was made complete when Jesus brought the gospel of grace into the world (John 1:17).
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