Aug 17, 2017
God’s Holy Unmerited Grace
I Peter 5:10-11 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen..”
Our God is the God of all grace because He is gracious and extends His grace, His unmerited favor toward us in so many different ways!
I think perhaps there are a great many people in our world who feel like they deserve every good thing they get in life. But in reality, every good gift comes from the grace of God, not because we deserve them or we authored them.
James 1:16-17 6Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We are here taught that God is not the author of any man’s sin. Whoever they are who raise persecutions against men, and whatever injustice and sin they may be guilty of in proceeding against them, God is not to be charged with it. And, whatever sins good men may themselves be provoked to by their exercises and afflictions, God is not the cause of them.
We shouldn’t deceive ourselves of good gifts by saying we deserve them because I worked hard for them or my parents worked hard for it for us or much less by thinking we made them happen because we did not and that would be pride and we all know what happens when pride sets in. In truth we all deserve hell because we have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory but because God is full of grace He blesses us with all good things and offered to us eternal life through faith in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ!