2 Timothy 1; Jeremiah 5-6; Psalm 121
People love to search for their past. The book and movie “Roots” was well received in part because it was a story of that search. In the Bible, you will read a lot of the genealogies of various people. Ok, maybe you skim through those like I do, but for the Israelites, those genealogies established the credibility of the people involved. We love discovering the past.
When we think of how God deals with us, how far back do we go? Some think that there’s a line between living under the law and living under grace. They will go back no farther. “This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:9b-10)
The grace we have now in Jesus Christ has been around since the beginning of time. When you look at the history of Israel you see a pattern of God’s grace in choosing them, in delivering them, and in maintaining them. Grace is not the new kid on the block, grace has always been the plan of God. It was in the appearing of Jesus Christ that the full nature of God’s grace was revealed. It is this grace that has destroyed death and its power over us and brings us into true life with God.
Living in grace is freeing. We no longer live in fear that we are going to do something to make God send His judgment against us. Many people who do not have Christ live in fear that they are going to do something wrong and that God will punish them. As followers of Christ, we live in the joy that when we do something wrong we receive grace and forgiveness and that God will still love us. This is why we speak of such amazing grace.
Lord, how amazing is Your grace! You have shown us great love not because of who we are, but because of who You are. Let my life reflect Your grace to others.