The Christian walk is based deeply in the grace that was afforded us who call ourselves children of God. God pours out His grace upon His children freely, as we see through the words of Paul to the Roman church in Romans 5:8 where he says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (KJV).”
This is where we can see what grace truly means. G.R.A.C.E. can be looked at like this – God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. This is where we truly see the love of Christ for the church. We, as the church, are the bride of Christ. We have been bought with a price that was unimaginable by the human mind. God has given His riches to his children through the selfless sacrifice of His only son on a cross that, for all intensive purposes, was intended for each of us.
Romans 6:23 reminds us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is the evidence of the grace that abounds through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We are all sinners and we all come up short when trying to succeed on our own…this is where grace thrives.
What we see in grace is that none of us can make it on our own accord…there is not a single person alive that can reach heaven if they fail to realize that grace is the only way for us to enter the gates. If we do not accept the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we will fall short of the eternal promise that is given.
So what can you do today? There is only one answer. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…no one comes to the father except through me.” This is what we must realize; the only way to heaven is to believe with all our hearts that Jesus is the one, true way to reach the throne of God. Believing is not enough, however; we must also confess that Jesus is the Savior, and deny ourselves, taking up our cross and following in His footsteps.
The scripture tells us that even Satan and the demons believe in Christ, so believing is not enough, we must accept and acknowledge with our deeds and our lifestyles. When we become a Christian, we are washed clean of our transgressions, we are made whole – are you living life like that?
In 1 John 3:5-6 we are told that Christ appeared to take away our sin, and in him there is no sin…also showing us the form of grace in that, anyone who abides in Christ cannot sin, and that Christ cannot abide where sin is.
Paul sums it up best in Romans 6 where he tells us, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; (Romans 6:1-3, 7-8 KJV)”
Remember you were bought with a price.