God’s Amazing Grace


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Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it the gift of God”
2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”

Grace is truly an exquisite word and a great Bible truth is resident in this one solitary word. In fact, it's a word and concept without which a person's salvation would be impossible. God is the source of Grace, which is a simple statement, but one that would take a lifetime to explain. It's a statement that brings understanding and meaning to experience, because it lifts hearts and minds and gives purpose to all who believe. “Why is God’s grace so amazing?” John Newton pointed to its depth, height, width, and length. He said it goes down to the lowest sinful life, up to all the glories of heaven, out to every circumstance and snare that may face us, and on to the end of life and into the immeasurable living that we will do in eternity at our Savior’s side.

We are pulled to Jesus Christ through God’s grace, we stand in it as we live in Christ, and His grace will surround us as we receive everlasting life.” My beloved, God’s Amazing Grace is revealed around the world as men and women, boys and girls come to a saving knowledge of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross to save our souls. The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace and the only way to get to heaven is through the doorway of Grace. You can’t earn it, you can’t work for it, you can’t buy it. It’s just by God’s grace. Of grace the apostle Paul summed up its countless virtues by calling them “exceeding riches” (Ephesian 2:7). He spelled out some of those riches in Ephesians 2, such as:

(1) Grace is God’s favor bestowed on undeserving people (v. 1);
(2) God’s instrument for bringing salvation to each believer (v. 8);
(3) God’s provision of spiritual fellowship with others (vv. 5-6);
(4) God’s creative influence, equipping the believer to fulfill His purposes (v. 10); and
(5) God’s grace isn’t only amazingly rich; it’s also free because the giver Himself has borne the cost for us.

However, the most inspiring acts of human love are only a shadow of the immeasurable gift our Savior Jesus Christ has given us. In 2 Corinthians 8:9 the apostle Paul said, “You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” Christ left His glory in heaven and died on the rugged cross for our sin so that we could be forgiven through faith in Him. His sacrifice was based on His love, not on our merit. All we are and all we have are the Savior’s loving gifts of grace to us.

Closing thoughts:

Richard was a good man, the pastor said at Richard Stevens’ memorial service. “He loved his family. He was faithful to his wife. He served his country in the Armed Forces. He was an excellent dad and grandfather and he was a great friend. But then the pastor went on to tell the friends and family gathered that Richard’s good life and good deeds were not enough to assure him a place in heaven. And that Richard himself would have been the first to tell them that!

Richard believed these words from the Bible: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Richard’s final and eternal destination in life’s journey was not determined by whether he lived a really good life but entirely by Jesus dying in his place to pay sin’s penalty. He believed that each of us must personally accept the free gift of God, which is “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Richard was a good man, but he could never be “good enough.” And neither can we. It is only by grace that we can be saved through faith. And that has absolutely nothing to do with our human efforts. “It is the gift of God.” “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

His love has no limit; His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Those who know God’s grace show God’s grace.