16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.
One way to understand grace is to think about its opposite, religion.
Religion teaches how much God loves you is directly proportional to how you much you work to earn it. As such, some believers spend their whole lives focusing obsessively on achieving or maintaining an outward standard or code of behaviour. Others, however, feel guilty over nothing and constantly doubt their salvation. Their assumptions about God’s love often cause them much confusion and fear, and unless they truly understand the gospel, they will continue to live a joyless and self-defeated life.
Grace, on the other hand, reveals it is God’s love for and acceptance of you that make Him reach out to save you through Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul tells us the message of the gospel is God’s power to save all who believe. No works of yours can save you because salvation is only by grace through faith in Christ alone.
To believe is to agree with the message of the gospel that Christ has completely met all of God’s expectations in saving you. Salvation is God’s celebration of you and love for you. There is nothing for you to add and there is nothing for you to earn. What’s more, the gospel is God’s invitation to a welcome party He is throwing for you. All is ready, and there is nothing lacking or wanting.
Just come in!
Grace opens the door to God’s love that religion cannot open.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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