Lesson 5 - God's Amazing Grace
If you have ever received a gift or accolades far beyond what you could ever feel deserving of, then you can begin to understand how we should feel about the enormous sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.
Grace is the undeserving, unearned act of love shown humankind
to save humanity from eternal damnation (1 Peter 2:23, 24).
Further reading: John 1:1-13; 1:14 | Philippians 2:6-11 | Isaiah 53:5 | Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus was no ordinary man. Not only is Jesus the very image of God, being God Himself, He is who we refer to as the Second Person of the Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), the Creator and sustainer of all life (Psalm 33:8-9). While the Godhead is totally involved in every aspect of our salvation, incarnate (John 1:14) Jesus became "sing for us, so that in Him we are made by the new birth experience the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our existence was originally designed to be sustained by the principles of God's eternal law that governs the universe – the law of love in its highest form
(Genesis 1:26; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:10; 1 John 4:8).
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:56 | Romans 7:23-25; 8:2
Satan has sought to disavow God's law from the very beginning. The decision of Adam and Eve to distrust God and side with Satan rendered us mortal sinners living on probationary time before succumbing to sleep in death (Psalm 13:3; John 11:13). The closer we are drawn to God the mover we realize how the "law of sin and death" has damaged us spiritually and emotionally, denied us of hope and joy and replaced these with fear and sin, and is ultimately robbing us of eternal life (Proverbs 16:25). Choosing to live by the "law of sin and death" can never be a wise choice.
Further reading: Acts 15:11 | Ephesians 2:8 | Romans 3:23; 5:17, 21
God was already fully prepared for the likelihood of man's fall. In his perfect love, He would not allow humankind to suffer the natural consequence of choosing sin and death over a "forever life" in Him without a plan to redeem us. Jesus chose to sacrifice His life and took on Himself the natural consequence of sin for the entire human race. Under the law of love, He who was born in sin knew no sin yet carried the load of sin to death for all sinners. On the third day, Jesus rose again victorious over sin, ratifying the plan of salvation and successfully giving us the choice to escape bondage to the law of sin and death (Romans 6:9; 1 John 2:2; Revelation 1:18).
God's grace is sufficient to cover all our sins. Not only has God given His son Jesus to save us but He has chosen us and called us before the foundation of this world to love Him, trust His purpose for our lives, and accept His grace in the plan of salvation (Ephesians 1:4-8). This is the most important decision that every person must make. Jesus simply, but emphatically, calls on those living in every age to recognize their spiritual condition, believe in the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and experience spiritual rebirth in Jesus (Repent and be baptized). Read Psalm 49:15; Ezekiel 37:23; John 3:16-21.
Further Reading: John 3:1-5 | Ephesians 2:4-9 | Philippians 3:9-10 | Mark 16:16 | 1 John 1:8,9 | Psalms 51:10; 107:1,2 | 1 Corinthians 10:31 | 2 Corinthians 5:7 | 2 Timothy 1:9 | 1 John 2:5,6
Walking in the grace of God through Christ Jesus takes being transformed by the renewing of the mind by the Holy Spirit such that the choices that follow glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:1,2). When consistent, prayerful Bible study, and the sharing of our spiritual gifts and testimonies are combined with faith and trust in God, spiritual growth takes place that will be seen in the life of the born again Christian (Matthew 5:16).
The close relationship with God you are seeking may not happen instantly, but with this kind of consistency, just know it is amazing happening continuously by the never failing power of God at work within (1 John 4:4).