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Grace Upon Grace

July 28, 2019

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Grace Upon Grace

When the apostle John writes  about Jesus being God and man,  our Savior and Redeemer,  he gives us a lot  to think about.     Nobody can explain it all  because there is so much love  that needs to be told about.     But, in John 1:16-17,  John writes,

For of His fulness  we have all received,  and grace upon grace.

For the law was given through Moses;  grace and truth  were realized through Jesus Christ.

What have we received  when we accepted Jesus  as our Savior?     What is this  “grace upon grace”  that sounds so wonderful?

Grace is the unmerited love and favor  that God Almighty  gives  to us sinners.     We don’t deserve God’s love  —  or His favor.     But,  in His gracious love for us,  God desires  to make us pure and holy  through the work  of Jesus Christ.     So,  in view of the fact  that we have  no ability  to earn our way  into heaven,  God accepts the sacrifice of Jesus  on the cross  as the full payment  for all of our sins.

All those who believe in Jesus’ merits for us  and trust in His promise of forgiveness  receive an inner joy and peace,  in knowing  that we are now acceptable  in God’s sight.      The grace we receive  is the love and forgiveness  we receive.      It is all a gift  —  a liberally given gift.      Now we are actually considered the children of God,  who are accepted into heaven.

As children of God,  we receive “grace upon grace”.      That is because we are living  in a world filled with sin  and all sorts of temptations.      We received God’s unmerited love  (grace)  when we first believed  in Jesus.      But,  every day we  need more and  more  of God’s love  to strengthen us  when we face our trials  and temptations.      In love,  God will make us strong  in our faith,  even though we are suffering  through all sorts of troubles.     That’s much-needed grace.      In love,  God will help us  to resist temptations.      That’s more grace.

Day after day,  we will find ourselves sinning,  but we humbly confess our sins  to our Lord,  and He graciously forgives us  —  again and again  —  grace upon grace”.      All of this grace is unmerited,  but God has chosen  to lavish such love  upon us  for Jesus’ sake.      And so,  we have the pleasure  and peace  of being loved and forgiven.

“Grace and truth were realized  through Jesus Christ.”      It is only when we put our faith  in Jesus’ merits  on the cross  that we can honestly receive  the grace of God.      Truth is only known  through Jesus.      The truth is  that we are sinful creatures  in desperate  need of a Savior  —  and that Savior  is Jesus Christ.      Only He can wash away our sins  and make us worthy  of having heaven  as our eternal home.

Rejoicing in our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You have graciously done all things for us.      Help us  to graciously accept Your gifts  of  forgiveness  and eternal life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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