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The Concept of Grace

Written by d116v. Posted in Thoughts

God of grace.

A term often mentioned in Christianity. The concept of grace in Christianity cannot be compared with any other religions on earth; the free and unmerited favor of God. We can’t earn it, it is given out of love, and we receive it only on one condition: that we believe Christ Jesus to be our Lord and savior, and that His death had to take place as a sacrifice to sanctify us. By grace we are set apart for a greater purpose. In today’s world, especially the western world, the concept of grace has completely overthrown the law. People are more fond of the idea of being saved by grace, than the idea of being able to please God by striving live a holy lifestyle.

To metaphorically describe the concept of the law and grace, we should look at one of the human senses: vision. When the human eye looks at something, only a small area of what we look at is clear. The rest however, the peripheral, is hazy and vague. Without one of these, it would be hard to figure out what we were actually looking at. Our peripheral vision helps us estimate depth. The law does the same, it shows us how far we are actually removed from God if it wasn’t for grace. Without the law, grace would not be needed, because we wouldn’t be able to even roughly estimate how perfect and Holy God actually is. Without grace however, God would not be able to use us because of the fact that His Holy eyes would then only see our imperfection, and filth. Grace is the lens God is looking through when He looks at us. It is truly awe-inspiring to see that God gives us a way to realize how incredibly unworthy we are, yet provided a sacrifice that sanctified us; the imprisoned set free by the omnipotent. When Christ cried out “It is finished,” He did not mean his life was over; He simply meant the law was finally fulfilled, and the gift of grace had been made available to all of humanity: A relationship with Him for both Jew and Gentile.

Grace allows us to not only get back up after we fall, but to stand with holy confidence and a clean conscience. God doesn’t want us to stay the way we are when we first come to Him. In both the Old and the New Testament it says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy.” God would not say this if it weren’t actually possible to live a holy lifestyle. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Our sins of yesterday, today, and tomorrow have all been wiped away. This should not make us indifferent about the choices we make, instead it should encourage us to live a holy lifestyle. Grace is our life-vest. It should instill in us a sense of eternal security, and it should motivate and equip us to change the world, and to continue to follow the Master.

Surprising uncertainty

Written by d116v. Posted in Thoughts

In my short stay on this earth so far I have been surprised a lot. I’m not too big on surprises, because they’re always surprising, but it surprises me to see how I ended up living the way I live. I’m surprised to see how God has lead me through circumstances I thought were impossible to conquer, to then give me a new realization. A realization of life importance. A realization that brought along a memorable milestone: a memory that marked the end of a season, and the beginning of a new life with Christ. The sudden realization where I realized that when I live a life of obedience, and live a life of complete surrender to Him and His plan for me, and I will walk a road with only one certainty.

He is in control.  

It’s a road filled with interesting turns, unexpected valleys, and hard to climb mountain tops. Turns that might trigger confusion “Why there?”, valleys that might trigger depression “Why this?”, and mountain tops that might trigger pride “Why me?”. All of these with uncertainty, explaining the question why.

Luckily there is one certainty. A certain certainty that certainly changed the way I live, breathe and write. A certainty that is so life changing. Once we finally get a grasp on who He really is to us, and who we really are to Him. Once we realize what He really thinks of us, and how he sees us even when we’re at our lowest, there is no doubt this will revolutionize our way of thinking, living, and worshipping. Revolutionizing in a way that our way of thinking, living, and worshipping will all be fused together into something simple and bold, which certainly has to be told..

A life of worship

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