The Grace of God: The Amazing Grace
“Through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand.”
Romans presents one of the most astounding messages throughout scripture. In chapter 5, Paul presents the depth of God’s grace in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. For all the devastating results of sin, Christ provided the full and final remedy. When Adam and Even first rebelled against God, sin entered the world and as a result death became engrained in the human experience. Even when God provided the law to teach us how to live, instead of responding in obedience, we further rebelled. But the more our sin increased, the more God’s grace multiplied (verse 20). The result is a picture of God’s grace that seems to boarder on the absurd. The more we acted out in rebellion against God, insisting that we go our own way, the more God was moved with compassion and grace. Thus, the more we sin, the more Christ made his grace available to us. As A.W. Tozer points out, that, ‘when we return to God, even if our sins were as great in number as all mankind’s put together, still God would not count them against us, but would have as much confidence in us as if we had never sinned.”
Nevertheless, it is important to understand that the grace of God was not just realized at our salvation, but now we live in the realm of God’s grace. In verses 1-2, Paul states that because of Christ we now have peace with God and a new relationship with Christ by grace. Furthermore, we now live permanently in the realm of his grace. In other words, we are permanently enveloped and surrounded by his grace. This brings us joy and confidence even in the face of adversity. In a surprising statement Paul uses the same word to describe the joy we have in the hope of glory (vs 2) and the joy he has even in the face of tribulations (vs 3). Because we are surrounded by God’s favor and his deep concern for our helpless condition, we know that tribulation and trials are not a threat to our spiritual well-being. Because we stand in his grace, we stand securely regardless of circumstances around us for not only are we saved by grace, but we are kept secure by his grace. For if Christ demonstrated his grace by reconciling us back to him when we were his enemy, then how much more will he keep us by his grace now that we are in a loving relationship with him.
In this time when a silent and invisible threat is all around us, image being wrapped in a protective bubble so that no matter where we went and what we did and who we saw, we had the absolute assurance that we were completely protected. When Paul states that we now stand in his grace, he reminds us that in our relationship with him, we have his protective grace completely surrounding us and guarding us so that even in the most trying of times, our position with him is secure. Such is the nature of his grace.
When you are feeling the pressure of the struggles of today, remember God’s grace is enveloping you and when you become the most desperate is when God is most active. His grace assures us that he will he will not only completely forgive our sins, but he will respond to our needs each and every moment. Such grace is truly amazing.