To be worthy of eternal bliss is the goal
of man (or should be) and can be a plan
but by heavenly design it comes and not
by earthly standards strived for, and can
be confusing to many, this is assured… to
seem so absurd, something we cannot earn,
as this leaves us fuming to think we can’t
do it for ourselves- a lesson hard to learn
but clearly stated… Jesus paid with His very
life, at the cross, to offer all men grace,
there is nothing man can do to earn this…
an award by God man cannot soon replace,
the works of man must be done from the
love for God, for God alone this is done,
the glory is then God’s to behold and not
ours… His truth must be stood for and shone,
the world may not understand awards come
not from merit, something given freely to all…
all have this same opportunity, to: accept,
reject or deny but all this by choice to call-
those to accept Him were known about… as
were those to reject or deny Him by choice…
it has always been your personal decision and
if you accept Him… ‘I do’ is heard with a voice.
Speak for yourself if you accept Jesus Christ in your life… and then speak out for those that can’t with mercy. The same mercy christians have found in ‘the Mercy Seat’ is the mercy they should share with others. Pick your battles (and pray on them)… dig your cleats in (of the armor of God) and allow truth to be what it is-‘the sword of God’ in your hands. No retreat (from truth) and no surrender!
17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
9 And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
3Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
[The abstract below is taken from (and found at) this location, read here.]
Perhaps the most dominant metaphor with which grace is associated is the legal metaphor of justification. We see the two linked in two very important passages in which grace is used in Paul. Romans 3:23-24 states quite clearly that all have fallen short of the glory of God and are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Here, while the language of the slave market may be implied in the use of the word “redemption, ” and that of the cultus in the use of the phrase “sacrifice of atonement” in the next verse, the strongest linking with grace in this passage is with the word “justified” in verse 24. Hence the unmerited favor of God buys us legal freedom from our sin and cancels the sentence of guilt the judge has had to declare in order “to be just and the one who justified those who have faith in Jesus” (v. 26). It is interesting to note that the next thought of Paul is: “where, then, is boasting? It is excluded” (v. 27), again emphasizing that grace is free and not the work of man.
It is a fundamental requisite of all true religion that it tend to humble the sinner and exalt God; and every system which breeds self-righteousness, or cherishes boasting, bears falsehood on its face (Romans 3:27 Romans 3:28).
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