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Bible Ballistics: BBs #286    Praise God For His Grace!!!

 

But God,

who is rich in mercy,

for his great love

wherewith he loved us,

Even when we

were dead in sins,

hath quickened us together

with Christ,

(by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together,

and made us sit together

in heavenly places

in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come

he might shew

the exceeding riches

of his grace

in his kindness toward us

through Christ Jesus.

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.

10 For we are his workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus

unto good works,

which God

hath before ordained

that we should walk

in them.”     Ephesians 2:4-10

We often hear verses 8-9 about God’s grace saving us, but I want us to look a little deeper at God’s wondrous grace and mercy. Walk through it with me and rejoice in all that God has done, is doing and will do for us in HIS time.

It is HIS mercy and love that reached down to us. No one on the face of this earth (except Jesus, the Son of God) thought about God first, as John reminds us, “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

And God didn’t love us because we cleaned ourselves up for His perfect, holy presence, but HE loved us when we were “dead in sins”—loved us so much that He paid the price for our sin with the blood of HIS “only begotten Son” on the cross!!! His SON for my SIN!!! And not only did He save us from our sins, He gives us “eternal life”; “Abundant life”– which Jesus will give to those who come to Him by “grace …..through faith”!!! And that’s not just eternal life in the great by-and-by, but abundant life right now. Life that is lived in the power and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who saves us; amazing grace life that shows His love, grace and glory to the world, both now and in the world to come.

Finally, Paul reminds us that our salvation is all about Jesus; that our lives are to be lived out revealing His work in and through us to a lost and dying world. It’s all His grace—then, now and forever. It’s all to His glory.

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

So take some time today and thank God for His grace. Remember that: “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”! What kind of walk are you walking? Walking in God’s grace works or your own fleshy works? It’s all about GRACE!!! His grace makes all the difference. Get busy living in GRACE!!! Today!!!