Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Greatness Of His Grace

"But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]..." (Rom 5:20)
"What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin; and it was intended to be in effect until the Seed (the Descendant, the Heir) should come, to and concerning Whom the promise had been made... But the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him]. Now before the faith came, we were perpetually guarded under the Law, kept in custody in preparation for the faith that was destined to be revealed (unveiled, disclosed), So that the Law served [to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith." (Gal 3:19, 22-24 AMP).
The Scriptures above indicate that God went through a lot trying to make a point, I mean the whole effort He put in giving the Law in such detailed manner, all just to prove something. But what point was He trying to make? Looking closely at this you would realize that all He is trying to do is unveil  the greatness of His grace. Men are fill with pride and they boast of their ability. We always think we are strong enough, wise enough, knowledgeable enough and capable of doing anything. We take pride in our achievement and boast of how we can achieve anything we want to achieve.
So, God set a trap for man to humble his pride. He gave them an herculean task by asking them to keep the law. Oh, how men rushed and gathered on that track, foolishly thinking they are strong enough to reach the finish line. It was a mission impossible but men are too blinded by pride to realize it. We put so much effort, trying so hard to be righteous. We have fallen into the assumption that we are strong enough to meet God's righteous standard. We think we are talented and skillful enough to work for God; we think we have what it takes to be a minister; we think the knowledge we have gathered can do it and the methods and techniques we know would work; we think we are morally capable of living the Christian life. We try to resist the law of death and overcome sin but we keep failing.
So we go into the soulish gym to build up our volition, we explore all kinds of motivation tools to make our will power strong enough to resist sin. We try everything and every method we could think of but yet we are still lacking in one area or the other, still not getting significant success and the finish line is still far away. Each time we think we are finally getting to the finish line suddenly we realize we have not even reach half of the race. And then it hits us like a meteor rock "WE CAN'T DO THIS" - just like that and God has made His point. It dawn upon us that we are not strong enough, all our wisdom, our strength, our knowledge, our volition, our methods and techniques they have all failed us. In humiliation we fall at the throne of grace and confess that we are weak.
"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb 4:16).
Then grace comes in and that weakness that we have been trying to denial and cover up, that weakness that we are so ashamed of, surprisingly turns into such great strength - that is the greatness of grace. All human effort, strength, wisdom, knowledge, skills, abilities, methods and techniques falls down and bow before the greatness of grace. We, then realize that all the things we have been trying to achieve, that we keep failing becomes easy for us. We just find ourselves doing "exceedingly abundantly above" all that we could  attempt, think of or even dream of achieving, according to the power of grace that works in us. Every power and strength of man, all our well planed strategies and techniques is brought to complete nothingness before the greatness of grace. Yes, grace transcend them all, grace sits far above them all and this Grace is a person, it is Christ Jesus.

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