The Extravagance of Grace

Grace 1“He Doesn’t Deal with Us According to Our Sins”

Psalm 103:10-12
10 “He has not dealt with us
.        according to our sins,

     Nor rewarded us
.        according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
.        So great is His lovingkindness
.              toward those who fear Him.

12 As far as the east is from the west,
.        So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Lost sheep, lost coins, lost boys, prodigal sons and so many more of our Lord’s parables are all about the extravagance of grace. The sheer joy and mirth of God’s abundance towards sinners.

“He doesn’t deal with us according to our sins!”

Is there a more awe inspiring truth in all the world? The Holy One of Israel, the thrice Holy God of Isaiah (Is. 6:3; cf also Rev. 4:8), the One whose eyes are like “a flame of fire” (Rev. 2:18) in their purity, is so full of lovingkindness (Hb. hesed), that He condescends to remove my sin from me, as far as the east is from the west in an extension of grace and mercy designed to overwhelm my soul and make me a willing bondslave of love.

The Bondage of Love

Pierced by the weapon You wield
Willingly I sell my soul
To the bondage of love
Willingly I give my all
To the Savior above

Pierced by the weapon You wield
I surrender to the point of grace
And give my marrow and might
To the One who I embrace
My Lover, My Lord, My Light
My Life.


2 thoughts on “The Extravagance of Grace

  1. My dear brother Marty. Even though I know this intellectually and at times I am overwhelmed at the depths of my depravity and in contrast the greatness of His grace – I still fall so short of responding as a willing bondslave of love which only exacerbates how depraved my heart must be. It is at these times I throw myself at my Savior’s feet and ask – How can you love a sinner such as I? I should be more grateful. I should serve you more willingly. My prayer is this – “Jesus be merciful to me a sinner – save me from this awful depraved heart. Change my heart please Jesus. A prayer I still pray regularly.

    Please don’t get too picky on my words here – I know I belong to the King, I am His child and that He has already been merciful to me through His death and resurrection. But even in my “want to” to be more grateful and a more willing servant – I must die to what “I can do” to be more grateful and a more willing and ask Him to do that in me. For I truly believe what Jesus said in John 15:5

    Is this messed up or what?

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  2. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

    These are the words of Jesus Christ to Paul. Paul had been favored with many wonderful revelations of heavenly things, and tells us that, lest he should be thereby exalted above measure, there was given him a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan, to buffet him. It is useless for us to speculate beyond what is written in respect to this thorn. Suffice it that we know God’s design in sending it–namely, to keep his servant from being exalted unduly, to guard him against self-reliance, and to keep alive in his heart his sense of dependence on God. The thorn being uncomfortable, Paul prays that it may depart from him. Christ had a different plan in mind. He lets it remain, but promises abundant grace to meet the exigency. When Paul comes to understand the plan, he accepts it with joy.

    The principle of the divine plan is this: Christ would destroy the spirit of self-dependence–the great and most besetting temptation of his children. They are continually prone to trust in themselves rather than in Christ. This must be counteracted and cured.
    by President Finney

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