Sunday, February 25, 2007
— By Grace you have been Saved —
4 • But God,
being rich in mercy,
• because of the great love
with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses,
• made us alive together with Christ
— by grace you have been saved —
There is no hope within the system, but God — extraordinary intervention — from whom this world system, our individual selfish lives within it and the devilish hierarchy that claims sovereignty over it, can claim nothing but wrath — God intervenes with the only antidote to death, which is life! So, the greatness of salvation and of the grace of God that saves us is seen in its true colours when held up against that so-great-a-death in which we by nature 'lived' and to which we were condemned to suffer for our sins.
Here is not just mercy, but mercy of the richest quality, unstinted. Here is not just love, but love with which we were loved even when we were dead in our sins. Here is not just life, but life which is shared with Christ. There is no more appropriate summary of such great salvation than to say, 'By grace you have been saved.'
… and no 'buts'.