The Scandal of Grace

This title came from a portion of a book written by my son-in-law. This book is called: “Grace upon Grace,” By Dan Sardinas. It’s well worth your time to read. (I believe it’s available on Amazon and no, I don’t get a commission). Grace is often a scandal to the unsaved person. A wicked sinner is turned into a child of God. That’s grace! However, a “good” person is rejected. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to make sense. The problem is that no one can be “good” enough! Not the outright sinner and not the one who thinks he’s “good” enough. The difference is that the “out and out” sinner throws himself on the mercy of God, while the supposedly righteous one thinks that he deserves God’s acceptance. The truth is that no one deserves the grace of God. Nevertheless, He delights to give it to those who admit their need of redemption, receive Him as Savior and Lord, repent (turn from their sin(s) and yield the control of their lives to Him. Consider for example, Cain and Abel. Cain’s pride disqualified him for grace; Abel’s commitment to God’s way was rewarded by his offering being accepted. Think of the publican and sinner, Jacob becoming Israel, Saul taking on the name of Paul, etc. Only Jesus’ righteousness is sufficient to gain acceptance with God. When we look to the cross and trust Christ and His sacrifice in our behalf, His righteousness is credited to us. That’s grace!! As Paul reminded those at Ephesus and reminds us: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). In the hymn, “Sweeter as the Years Go By,” Lelia N. Morris gave us these wonderful words of grateful praise: “Of Jesus’ love that sought me when I was lost in sin — of wondrous grace that brought me back to His fold again — of heights and depths of mercy far deeper than the sea and higher than the heavens, my theme shall ever be. Sweeter as the years go by, sweeter as the years go by; richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus’ love is sweeter, sweeter as the years go by.” Selah! Pride denies that we have need of salvation and leaves us lost forever; owning our need and turning to Jesus for His grace and salvation meets our need and guarantees Heaven.   Ron

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