a simple lesson on the grace of God

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!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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4 Responses to a simple lesson on the grace of God

  1. Gretiana says:

    Grace; that is my favorite word. I am a product of Grace and I live by His grace.

  2. Again, well done. The only addition I would make is that glorification is more than an event per se; it is the child of the Father finally and fully being conformed to the image of the Son. And to think … we see the ongoing and oh so slow process of change, but in the mind of God the Father it is accomplished fact according to Romans 8:29 & 30. How exciting it that?!

    O what grace divine!
    Now what joy sublime!
    I praise Jesus’ wondrous name.

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