your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health & Well-being
- March 2003
A God of Grace
By Galen Howell, Pastor,
River of Life Christian
grace of God is at the heart of Christian doctrine.
Christianity teaches that God, by his grace, saved us from
the most terrible predicament, that of being separated from
him. He made fellowship with him possible through the sacrificial
death of his son, Jesus Christ. Christ’s death paid
the price for the offenses committed against God for all time,
and for our individual sins. His work broke down the barrier
that stood between God and man.
God’s love was the motivation for this
redemptive work and his grace sees it through to the individual.
His redeeming work is appropriated to us as a free gift, received
by a person’s faith in the work of Jesus Christ. It
comes from the gracious heart and hand of God.
When Jesus Christ was on the earth he taught
that all people live in one of two conditions. We either live
in union with God or we live in union with that which is in
opposition to him; we all live in one condition or the other
and there is no middle ground. He taught that to live in opposition
to God is a burdensome existence, consisting of condemnation,
guilt, and spiritual darkness. In contrast, he taught that
the life lived in union with God is one of peace, freedom,
and light. (In the Bible, to have “spiritual light”
is to have the truth about God and his redeeming work on behalf
of mankind; see Matthew 11:28-30; John 8:34-38; 1 John 1:5).
Jesus Christ invites us to take up union with the Father through
him. This is accomplished by believing in his work and making
the decision to follow him.
Christians believe that it is impossible
to earn favor with God. We cannot do anything to win ourselves
into fellowship with him. There is no amount of good deeds,
no level of thought or knowledge, that can gain us acceptance
into the presence of a pure and holy God. A relationship with
the One who is perfect can only be obtained through the work
of that One himself. This work was accomplished by the Father
sending his Son: “God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
God sent his Son to die for the whole world,
even those living as his enemies (Romans 5:8). He did this
because of his love and his desire that no one would exist
apart from him. He is the epitome of true love and his nature
defines what love is. His desire is that everyone would experience
God has made a way for us to be with him
and be with him forever. That way has been established through
his Son by his grace. Eternal life is a free gift available
to all will believe. It is not a matter of earning God’s
favor by being a “good person,” it’s a matter
of accepting the redeeming work that he has done on our behalf,
a work that is the product of his incomparable grace and love.
River of God is teeming with life,
And all who touch it can be revived,
And those who linger on this rivers shore,
Will come back thirsting for more of the Lord.
River of Life
2651 S. Arroyo Road,Moab UT
(2 miles south of Moab on Highway 191)
10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm
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