Saved by Grace

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16 

The Crucifixion: Jesus Is Scourged & Crucified

SAVED BY GRACE

Jesus Crucifixion

The crucifixion of Jesus occurred in 1st-century Judea, most likely between AD 30 and 33. Jesus’ crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, attested to by other ancient sources, and is established as a historical event confirmed by non-Christian sources, although there is no consensus among historians on the exact details.

According to the canonical gospels, Jesus was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, and then sentenced by Pontius Pilate to be scourged, and finally crucified by the Romans. Jesus was stripped of his clothing and offered wine mixed with myrrh or gall to drink after saying I am thirsty

He was then hung between two convicted thieves and, according to the Gospel of Mark, died some six hours later. During this time, the soldiers affixed a sign to the top of the cross stating “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” which, according to the Gospel of John, was written in three languages. They then divided his garments among themselves and cast lots for his seamless robe, according to the Gospel of John. According to the Gospel of John after Jesus’ death, one soldier pierced his side with a spear to be certain that he had died, then blood and water gushed. The Bible describes seven statements that Jesus made while he was on the cross, as well as several supernatural events that occurred.

Collectively referred to as the Passion, Jesus’ suffering and redemptive death by crucifixion are the central aspects of Christian theology concerning the doctrines of salvation and atonement. (Source: Wikipedia)

You have been saved by God. So, then what's next?

Food for the human being is a means of surviving – it is taken for survival. When there’s no food, there would be pandemonium in the area, the locality, state, or the country – you will see people doing all it takes to get food.

There are situations in the Bible whereby famine hit the land and people couldn’t get what they needed to eat. In 2 Kings 6:29, the two women ate their son. Why did they do this? They did it because they wanted to be saved. They were looking for what could save them from perishing. While food can save man from perishing physically, food can’t save man from spiritual death.

That is why God gave us something that can help save us – God gave us grace. If there is no grace of God, we will never get to see his mercy and then we are all condemned to the spiritual death.

Grace is what we mostly call an undeserved favor. Grace is what enables a sinner to have the privilege of talking to God or getting closer to him. God is holy.  And if anyone is going to talk to God or enter his presence, such must be holy but who is holy enough? No one! 1 Samuel 2:2 ~ “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is  none besides You, Nor is  there any rock like our God.”

God is too holy that he can’t behold sin, he can’t even look at it – if God cannot behold sin then we can’t certainly move closer to God, the only one who can save us from the result of sin which is death.

The grace came from God through Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That love he has for us is what brings grace through Christ. We can’t talk about the grace of God without mentioning his love for us – that is the basis of everything.

Nothing else can save you, absolutely nothing. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  Yes indeed, this grace is a gift from God to you. God is the author of grace that gives salvation.

The truth that many should know is that you can’t get anything done or get anything from God by works. You can’t be saved by works, neither can you get closer to God by works.  Please understand that you can’t make it to heaven by works. If it’s by works, God will not be involved in us getting saved.

How will our works get us saved when we are sinners? We can live up to the standard of God because God is Holy. Ephesians 2:9 says, ” not of works, lest anyone should boast.” That grace of God which you have is a gift to you.

When we are talking about being saved by grace, it’s not about you being perfect. It’s not about you being righteous or about you being an upright man. However, it’s all about God’s righteousness making you righteous – that is the grace of God. You are not better than your neighbor who doesn’t know Jesus, those called killers or thieves.  You are not better than any of these.

You are only saved by grace. God found you with grace and he saved you. Now look at yourself, who are you now, what do you call yourself? Even though we are not righteous, God remained righteous to us and why is that? It’s because we are saved by grace.

Don’t misconstrue this! You didn’t find God, you didn’t search for him, you didn’t look for him but God found you.  And he found you with grace. Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” The grace found you, it appeared to you when you were a sinner. Now that you have been saved by grace, you are under grace. Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

By this standard, we can’t keep the law by our power because of our imperfections. After all, we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” No exceptions, we have sinned. We were in bondage, going through the path of destruction. We had been condemned to death and needed to be saved – then God rolled out his grace, God came through for us.

You have been saved by God now, so then what’s next? People have made the grace of God to be an excuse to sin. Why should you be under grace and yet sin? People believe that they can continue to go on and on with sin because of the availability of grace. Paul condemned the act. Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”

Why should you continue in sin when the life you have now is of Christ? You have been saved by God.  You must remain in Him and never get out of his saving grace.

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