The Paradox of God’s Grace and Mercy – Ephesians 2

saved by grace ephesians 2All the high hopes, careful planning, and great aspirations are worth nothing if we’re not walking in His path, surrendered to His will. Surrendering to His will entails our letting go of the things of the flesh that we sometimes stubbornly cling to. Many times we try to bargain with God to retain something that we are afraid to let go of. If we cling to things that Jesus rescued us from on the cross, we reject the cross in part by holding on to the things that grace has released us from.

We must resist the temptation to bring back to life the things which Christ died for. We are born again by His grace and dead to our sins. Colossians 3:3 tells us that we died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. The life we now how have is by His grace and our life comes by His death. The salvation imparted to us comes by dying with Christ, and by the power of His saving grace we also arise with Him.

God’s grace should be the steering wheel that guides our life, not a spare tire to be used in case of emergency. In the path that God has laid out for our lives there will be change that we must embrace. There is no pain in change or growth in the Lord; the pain comes when we resist that change. Sacred was the life that was so freely given for our sins, and sacred is our life by His grace that we share with our Redeemer.

We all know in our hearts what God requires of us. But because of our own will, we do not always do it. It is usually the love of self that causes us to struggle with submitting to the will of God. There are many that fail to appreciate the greatness of God’s grace because of how easily the gift is given. We receive mercy as easily as a beggar receives bread. The mercy of God is not given to us to flatter our own egos but to give us life and that more abundantly.

Much of new age theology fails to respect the power of God’s grace. Just because it is a free gift does not make it any less precious. It is precious in that for salvation to be given to creation, the Creator had to lay down his life. By this gift God asks us to die, while all we want to do is live. Within this mystery we find that surrender of ourselves defines our victory in Christ by His grace. Becoming alive by dying is a paradox, a contradiction that is only found in God’s mercy. It was true with Christ as He was crucified and arose and it is true in us as we die to our sins and are saved by His grace.

Ephesians 2:2-5 You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.



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13 replies

  1. Wow… “God’s grace should be the steering wheel that guides our life, not a spare tire to be used in case of emergency.” That really says it all, doesn’t it? Brilliant.

  2. Hallelujah, it is. grace that has saved us and grace will lead us home. What a message to tell the world. He has helped us, now we have to help ourselves by remaining under grace.

    A message worth sharing to my frineds this Sunday. Ok my friend Darrell? Thanks.
    Blessings
    Evelyn

  3. THANK THE LORD I HAVE BEEN SAVED BY HIS GRACE. DEAD TO THE WORLD BUT ALIVE IN MY DEAR BROTHER CHRIST. PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!

  4. True Darrell,i always say do not let the evil one take you back to the place from where our LORD JESUS saved you.

  5. The Grace of YHWH God is indeed beautiful, this is slowly opening up to me deep within my soul as I ponder what treasure I have in Him and what He has poured out for me. when I think about His grace, love and mercy I can not but submit, because in His love everything that I can ever want or need exists and is freely given for me to receive. Blessings of shalom to you

  6. THE INCONSISTENCY OF FAITH ONLY DOCTRINE BY STEVE FINNELL

    Faith only advocates are very inconsistent when is comes to explaining the meaning of for the remission of sins that is found in the Scriptures.

    Acts 2:38 The Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

    Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

    Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which shed for many for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

    Faith only advocates proclaim that for in Acts 2:38 actually means because of. In other words the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost repented and were baptized in water because their sin had already been forgiven. Were they save by “faith only?”

    Did John the Baptist baptized because those he baptized had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of? Were they saved the very minute they repented. Were they saved by “repentance only?”

    Did Jesus shed His blood because the sins of men had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of? Are all men saved by the “the crucifixion of Jesus only?”

    The same word, for, was used in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, and Matthew 26:28. The Greek word eis has not been translated as because of in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, or Matthew 26:28. There is not one single translation that translates eis as because of. Are all translations in error? Is God not powerful enough to have His word translated correctly?

    Forgiveness of sins followed the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

    Forgiveness of sins followed those who were baptized by John the Baptist.

    Forgiveness of sins, under the New Covenant, follows being baptized in water.

    MEN ARE SAVED BECAUSE OF!

    Men are saved because of God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8.
    Men are saved because of the shed blood of Jesus. Matt. 26:28.
    Men are saved because of faith. John 3:16.
    Men are saved because of their repentance. Acts 3:19.
    Men are saved because of their confession. Romans 10:9.
    Men are saved because of their immersion in water. Acts 2:38.

    MEN ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE OF “FAITH ONLY”

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  7. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A PARADOX….BUT I AM SO GLAD BOTH ARE IN GOD’S LOVING HANDS!!!!

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