I keep coming back to this topic of grace … I would imagine that is because I yet to fully grasp and truly understand the power of God’s grace.
As we have discussed before, IMHO grace is receiving something good that you do not warrant or deserve … in fact, usually you deserve penalty and/or punishment instead. When it comes to the grace of God, I typically consider these as some of the good or God things I receive as a result of His grace … forgiveness of my sins, reconciliation with God, eternal life, etc.
Currently I am reading a little book titled Victory in Christ written by Charles Trumbull, a former editor of the Sunday School Times and one of America’s founders of America’s Keswick who lived in the early twentieth century. He offers this simple theology lesson on the grace of God …
“Grace isn’t merely God’s attitude toward us, but His activity on our behalf. Grace doesn’t mean God stands off and smiles in our direction. Grace means His tremendous omnipotent activity. It’s the dynamite of heaven accomplishing things on our behalf, wholly independent of what we are and of what we do.”
“So justification is what grace accomplished for us in the past, glorification is what grace will accomplish for us in the future, and sanctification is what God’s grace accomplishes for us now.”
So my thoughts … please correct where I err or oversimplify …
Justification … what Jesus did on and through the cross in our place and on our behalf according to the will of God and His ‘before the foundations of the world’ foreknowledge.
Sanctification … the transformational and restorational work of the Holy Spirit in and through the born again believer according to the plan and purpose of God.
Glorification … the return of the Messiah, our resurrection, New Jerusalem … and more … all according to the will, plan and purpose of our heavenly Father.
The dynamite of heaven … in the grand scheme of God’s kingdom, Nobel invented little more than a firecracker!