The Amazing Part Of Grace

John 19:30
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

When Jesus uttered these dramatic and defining words on the cross at the hinge point of history, little did His onlookers appreciate the impact they would have on your life and mine. He had just put a seal on God’s plan to set mankind free from sin and its consequences. He had lived a sinless life, and had been the perfect sacrifice to satisfy God’s demands. His work was finished! All that remained at this point was for God to raise Him from the dead thus vindicating His mission.

Romans 1:3-4
…3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Today, as far as pleasing God is concerned, there is nothing left to do except to trust Him in faith. So your Christian life begins with a big “done”, not a long “to do” list of religious observances. Jesus has done it all, and when we trust in Him we are completely acceptable to God.

Put it this way: does your behavior qualify you to believe, or does your belief impact your behavior? God positions you in Christ, and then your Christian practice flows out of this new place of favor and blessing. Your heart has to be changed, and then your hand will do what God wants. Your conduct depends on your calling, not the other way round.

In learning to walk free, don’t get the cart before the horse! The Bible way is to work things from the inside out, not from the outside in. Receive in your heart all that Jesus has already done, and then act out what is on the inside. This is the heart of what is described in the Bible as the ‘new creation’. This is truly amazing.

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