Amazing Grace, Evans Olang

2Corinthians 12:9, “… My grace is sufficient for you……”

“Amazing grace, how sweet that sounds that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I am found. Was blind but now I see”. What so amazing about grace that John Newton the hymn writer had to write about it?. “What’s so amazing about grace?”

The good news of the New Testament is God’s acceptance of us by grace ALONE through faith. The word “GRACE” in Hebrew are hesed and hen which means undeserved LOVE and FAVOR . God is love, and grace is the out flowing of His love toward undeserving sinners. Grace is love in action. “For God so loved the world that He gave (action word)…” John 3:16. Our salvation is secured because of the favor of God. Ephesians 2:8-9, “ 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast”.

While many believe in salvation by works or grace plus works, the truth of the matter is, there is nothing that one can do or add to salvation. Think of it this way, if you passed out, what ability do you have to resuscitate yourself? Absolutely zero ability. Your revival is purely in the hands of Him that is reviving you and and you respond to the resuscitation. Of course the response is not your doing also but His doing and He gets all the credit. The bible says that a man cannot come to the Lord unless he is drawn of the Father, John 6:44. So we need to be reminded that we have been saved by the grace of God, grace fought for us in the courts of law when the judgment had been passed that we were guilty deserving death Romans 6:23. Were it not for grace and mercy, we would still be dead in sin.

The other aspect of grace is sustaining us in salvation. 2Corinthians 12:9, “But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in weakness”. This is a message that came to Paul when He was going through something he did not understand. He had no proper words to describe it, he called it a thorn in the flesh. The bible says that he prayed three times that it would be removed, instead of God removing it, He gave him grace to endure. The amazing grace will cause you to endure hardship, making you comfortable (not happy) in the situation you are in. His grace is more than enough to keep you intact until He has rescued you. After knowing that His grace would keep him, he rejoiced in his infirmities as he understood that this too would pass. Grace keeps you on hold position.

Hebrews 4:16, “Therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness that you obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Already we have established a foundation of grace being a favor not something worked for or earned. Anytime we deal with grace, we understand our debts were paid by Jesus on the cross. The grace of God makes it a reality in our lives when we repent and trust. We can stand before God in our fig leaves, knowing we are accepted in the beloved. Listen to this, the grace of God does not compromise the holiness of God, it provides a way out. Now that we have been accepted in the beloved, we have been given keys to access the throne of grace when we need mercy and grace to help us in time of need. While positionaly we are perfect, experientially we are a working progress sanctified daily in this walk of grace growing in holiness. When you have grace, you will not disgrace yourself and the people around you.

To sum up, God in His kindness saved me a dirty wretched sinner by His grace through faith and without compromising His Holiness He provided a way out through His Son. That’s what makes grace so amazing. Would you care to share with us what makes grace amazing in your life? Blessings Ev

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