Grace. It's a wonderful word. We sing about it, we write about it, we talk about it... but do we truly know what it means? If we take a minute to sit down and think, do we truly understand what the Grace of God is? In order to understand God's Grace, we must first understand our Sin.
The bible tells us that all men are sinful (Romans 3:23). Oh sure, we can try to justify ourselves. We can say that we are a good person at heart; that we strive to be the best we can be; to do the right thing most of the time. But the problem is, we are still sinful. Let's take a simple test to see just how sinful we really are. Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen, even if it was just a pen from work? Have you ever murdered? I should hope not, but then again, Jesus does say in Matthew that if we even hate another person we have committed murder in our hearts (Matt.5:21-23). How about committing adultery? Jesus also says if a man or woman looks on another with lust in their hearts, it is adultery (Matt. 5:28). So how are we doing? I don't know about you, but I've failed this test so far. This is just four of the ten commandments (Ex. 20) that God has given us to live by. The book of James tells us that if we are guilty of breaking just one of these commands, we are guilty of breaking them all! (James 2:10) The bible also tells us that God is a Righteous Judge(Ps. 7:11), and that we will one day stand before Him and give an account for our sin (Heb.9:27). If you were to commit a crime, and stand before a judge, and he were to let you go because you were a "good person," would that be a righteous judge? If God is a Righteous Judge, and we stand before Him as guilty, then there is no hope. We deserve the punishment for our sin. The bible says that the punishment for our sin is Spiritual Death, separated for all eternity from God the Father, and doomed to everlasting punishment in Hell. (Romans 6:23, Rev. 21:8, Matt.25:46, 2 Thess. 1:9)
Ah, but here is where God's grace come in! The bible tells us that God loved us so much, He sent His one and only Son to take the punishment on our behalf (John 3:16). Imagine, you are standing in the court room, condemned, about to be handed the death sentence, when another man steps in and takes the punishment on your behalf. That is just what Jesus did. He was born without sin. He lived a completely sinless life (2 Cor. 5:21). He then took the sin of the world, past, present, and future, upon Himself and died our death on the cross (1 John 2:2). Not only this, but Jesus rose again on the third day to show his power over sin and death (Mark 16)! Death has been defeated by Jesus. We can have hope because Jesus freed us from the bondage of sin and death! That is what God's Grace is all about! The bible says that if we Repent of (turn away from) our sins (Acts 3:19), Believe in Jesus' redeeming work on the cross and resurrection from the grave, and make Him the Lord (Boss) of our lives, we can have this Grace (Romans 10:9-10). We can be set free from the penalty of Sin. We can know our God! If you are ready to make this commitment, feel free to contact us so that we can pray with you and help you on this new journey in His Grace.