The message of God’s grace (Acts 20)

Often times, we think of the message of God’s grace, namely the Gospel, as merely something that leads to our salvation. But while that’s true, it’s something more. Paul told the Ephesians this:

And now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified. (32)

What happens when we believe the gospel? Two things.

It gives us an eternal inheritance as children of God. Put another way, it saves us.

But it not only saves us. It also builds us up. And that is not a one time thing, it is a daily thing.

A lot of times when we get discouraged in our Christian lives, it’s because we have forgotten that message of God’s grace. (By the way, “word of grace” can easily be translated “message of grace” in this verse).

We forget that we don’t have to earn God’s love. We already have it. We forget that we don’t need to work for God’s approval. We already have it.

We forget that Jesus paid the price for our sin, and so we beat ourselves up as if Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t enough for us.

We never outgrow our need for the gospel message. So let us never let the message of God’s grace slip our mind. And let us both rejoice and rest in it each day.

 

 

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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