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But God…

November 20, 2011

 1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

It’s hard for us to accept the idea of salvation without strings, but for faith in Christ. It seems God gets all the heavy lifting. It’s all so one-sided, and well, it should be.

For who possesses the rich mercy and great love to overlook our heinous sins? Who has the power to reanimate the dead? Who can raise us up and seat us with his son, slipping the “surly bonds of earth” to the heavenly places above….but God?

Still, we want to at least get a little credit. How about this: you were smart enough to reach out and accept a free gift. Boast in that.

Face it. We would be toast…but God, the two most important words in scripture.

Once we contemplate all that he has done on our behalf, how can there be any doubt about the permanency of our salvation? For what kind of God, having done what he has done, for such wretched souls (“while we were yet sinners…” Romans 5:8), would change his mind, and his character, and reverse an action he did not have to do in the first place? What horrendous new things would we have to do to cause him to unseat us from our place next to his son, ship us back to earth, and put us in those “surly bonds” again?

We tend to lose sight of the essence of God’s plan. Yes, we get life eternal out of the deal, but that’s only part of it. His plan was hatched for the primary purpose of showcasing the “surpassing riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus” to all the ages.

Would we be so bold as to think that what we might do can throw off all this? That some new grievous sin would cause him to chuck it all?

I think not.

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