Learn to USE your Bible - Week Three - Part Two 💕
Grace Makes All the Difference
If life is all about “because I have to” where’s the joy in that?
People in the world often reject Christ because they believe the Christian life is all about rules and regulations—all about stifling, suffocating ritual.
This happens because religion confuses Christ with legalism. Legalism is joyless because it’s endless. There is always another class to attend, another job to do, another mouth to feed.
Grace! It makes all the difference.
In Christ – “gone are the exertions of law-keeping, gone the disciplines of legalism, gone the anxiety that having done everything we might not have done enough. We reach the goal not by the stairs but by the lift . . . God pledges his promised righteousness to those who will stop trying to save themselves.” _11.30.11 Max Lucado.org
Grace offers peace and rest
For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ _.John 1:17
Grace may be defined as the “unmerited favor of God” toward a sinner; it is “everything for nothing to those who deserve the exact opposite.” Grace is an attribute of God. The supreme revelation of the grace of God is found in the incarnation, ministry, and atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers — most of which are never even seen — don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:32-34 (The Message)
Study Grace –
Perhaps the most significant study you can do, as a child of God, is to find out exactly what God’s GRACE means to you personally.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, [Jesus] full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
John 1:16 And from his [Jesus’] fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Carefully study these verses–until you have a personal understanding of what they mean to YOU. Romans 3:20-25 (Revised Standard Version)
For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Righteousness comes through Faith
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;
The Living Bible translates Romans 3:20-25 as follows:
20 Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God’s laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying them; his laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners.
21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven –not by”being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us–declare us”not guilty”–if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; yet now God declares us”not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.
For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins.
Using all of the study methods you have learned up to this point, continue to discover what God’s Grace means in your life.