Grace Lordship

Taking Jesus for Granted

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The Old Testament is the story of creation, the fall of man into sin, his guilt before the holy law Giver, and the unfolding of God’s plan to save man from sin. The prophetic message of the messiah is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, which explodes upon the pages of the New Testament. In Christ, truth was heard like never before, and love was seen as only God could personify it.

When we read the Gospels, we behold love, which is freely given, bestowed upon the wicked, and never withdrawn. Christ is the personification of forgiveness, mercy, and compassion, which culminated on a Roman cross as he suffered and died as the sacrificial lamb. As the Gospels close and the Apostles begin to write to their readers the things, which are needful for them to hear, they take up the cause for loving Christ, and not take him for granted.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Romans 6:1-2

John Newton understood the intent of God’s Grace when he penned the words, “twas grace that taught my heart of fear.” Speaking of guilty sinners in Romans 3, the apostle Paul said, ‘there is no fear of God before their eyes.’ Christ’s acts of love on the cross draws men to love, obey, and submit to God, not take Him for granted. “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” Romans 6:14.

Christ’s love is unconditional, incomprehensible, and without cost, yet it is anything but cheap.

The Christian is one who grows to appreciate the high cost God paid to love him, and shows his gratitude by word, thought, and deed.

About Joe Durso

I write a blog called Godly Increase to help people understand that life is not at all what it seems. The masses live as though there is no God, but apart from Him nothing else could exist. God not only created but also sustains our world, so that all what seems to be governed by the laws of physics are themselves controlled by the divine person who wrote a book to explain the meaning of life. The book is the Bible and it is the only source of truth on the planet. Within God's book secondary causes are articulated, but God is the primary cause of all things. Some may plant, others may water, but it is God that causes the growth.

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