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Ephesians 2:8,9 I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about.

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The idea that God can forgive us, I think, is an idea that most of us can wrap our minds around. The idea that He could only forgive us through the death and resurrection of His Son … well, that’s not so easy to come to grips with.

As you look down through the history of humanity, every belief system that includes a god or gods involves us humans working our way into the gods’ favour.

The gods are the gods and we’re just the people, so we have to do stuff to appease the gods, otherwise they’ll punish us. It’s always the same basic pattern.

But then one starry night, in a stable in Bethlehem, the pattern was broken. The one true God brought His Son into the world and punished Him to pay for our sin.

And then … then He turned around and said, “If you believe that I punished my Son for you and that I can now forgive you – if you believe that, then you’re forgiven. Then you have eternal life.”

We call that grace, but as easy as that word is to say, it’s much, much harder to wrap our hearts around it because it just doesn’t seem fair (that’s because it isn’t!). The Apostle Paul puts it like this:

Ephesians 2:8,9 I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about.

Now the idea of a gift … that, we can understand. Eternal life is a free gift from God given only to those who believe in Jesus. It’s something you can’t earn.

And no matter how many religions, belief systems or gods we try, there’s only one place to receive the grace of God. Jesus

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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