Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Revelations of Grace

I was thinking yesterday about the ways God has revealed to me wonderful things about Him and His grace, and how those revelations have changed my life so much.

These are some of the things He has shown me that have just blown me away and swept me off my feet in wonder at His grace.  They are wonderful truths and they are true for all of us who believe in the Son!

Because of Christ's finished work on the cross:

We are in right relationship with God and accepted by Him (we are justified, which means accepted as righteous and right with God).

We are completely forgiven of all our sins, past, present and future!

There is no condemnation on us, ever, and we will never be punished for our sins (because Christ took our punishment for us and took away our sins on the cross).

We are already in Life Eternal.  We are new creations, and our spirits already are part of the eternal and cannot die.

We are safe and secure in God's hands, and noone can pluck us out of His hand.  The Holy Spirit has been given to assure us that we are certainly in God's family and to assure us that we will receive the whole inheritance, including new resurrected bodies in heaven!

We are qualified - made worthy to be part of His family, His kingdom of priests, His ministering body, His special and chosen people.  Thus we can approach His throne with confidence and we can pray and God will answer all our prayers.

We are favored and blessed in everything and we stand in His favor at all times.

We have been delivered from the bondage of the enemy and the ruin of sin, and we have our Big Brother Christ to back us up and the wonderful Holy Spirit on our side at all times, and we have been given authority over all the power of the enemy.

We are heirs, heirs of God, co-heirs with Christ, heirs of the world, recipients of a great inheritance in Christ, for all that He has is ours and as He is, so are we in this world.  We reign in life with Christ!

We have the dear Holy Spirit in us as our closest Friend and Companion and Helper, reassuring us at all times of God's love for us and rising up within us with faith, power and love to tackle (and overcome!) anything that comes our way.  We are never, ever alone again and never without a friend!

We are loved by God with an unconditional love that will never go away.  He loves us freely, without any strings attached, forever!  He has yoked Himself to us and bonded Himself to us in love for all eternity!

And it's all because of His wonderful grace, His immeasurable, vast, freely bestowed, unmerited favor!  And it comes to us through the perfect, complete, sufficient, FINISHED work of Christ on our behalf.  All of Him!

All glory to You, O God!  To the praise of Your glorious grace, by which You made us accepted in the Beloved!

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May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14