The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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Church of Christ

11/17/2017

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Grace's Power


"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions ----- it is by grace you have been saved" (Eph.2:4).

By contrast and comparison, folks can come to an awareness of their blessings when otherwise they would have drifted along in ignorant bliss... The apostle Paul began his letter to the Ephesians by rehearsing the redemptive work of God through Christ, and after that he described how his prayers for them were offered. In order to express upon his readers the magnitude of their blessings, he turned to the use of contrasts... It went something like this; "Here is where you were and what you were before God reached out to you..." By contrast, "Here is what you have become because God has taken the initiative to save you..." Jesus Christ is, among other things, the fullness of God's revelation. This revelation found in the New Testament, allows Christians to know God's grace in ways that those who lived under the law of Moses in the Old Testament never knew. Before a person can come to understand grace, he or she must be aware that sin is no small matter. It cannot be patched up or repaired by a simple slap on the wrist. When one lives in sin, it entails a separation from God, and those that are tainted with it are cut off. There is simply no way one can shed the guilt or pay the price to make amends for it. The biblical word for making amends is expiation, and that is way above our pay grade. Here's the great part! The story of Jesus is one of God reaching out to to save us when no other path to salvation is in any way conceivable... There is a song in our hymnals that was written back in 1865 entitled, "Jesus Paid It All.." I will end this morning's devotional with its refrain; "Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow..."

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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