Grace makes no sense to a person who believes they are innocent. Grace makes no sense to the person who thinks they must accomplish something great in order to gain God’s favor. Grace makes no sense to the person who is convinced that their good works is earning them salvation.
Until someone acknowledges their guilt, until they see their wicked heart, until they are convinced they have nothing and can do nothing to be in good standing with God, then grace will not make sense to them. Grace is not amazing to them.
If I could earn God’s grace it’s no longer grace. If I can pay for a gift, it’s no longer a gift. If I could purchase my salvation then I would have reason to boast, but since salvation is only through Christ, He gets all the glory.
Fallen man is so sinful he would rather keep his pride than humble himself and trust in God’s grace. I’ve heard some good definitions of grace such as, “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” Another one is “the unmerited favor or God,” and, “God’s goodness toward those who deserve only punishment.”
Most people don’t see their need for God’s grace because they are convinced they are a good person. Proverbs 20:6 says, “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness.” That is called being “self-righteous.” Men will even scoff at the idea of God’s grace because they see themselves as a “good person.”
But it’s pretty obvious that no one is good, only Christ is good, only Christ is perfect. Who hasn’t lied? Who hasn’t had lust in their heart? Who hasn’t hated someone or called them a bad name? Who hasn’t stolen something or dishonored their parents? Who hasn’t made a god to suit themselves? Who hasn’t been selfish, greedy, or covetous? Who hasn’t taken God’s name in vain?
We’re all guilty! Be honest. Admit your sin. Sin against God is a big deal. Ezekiel 18:4 says, “The soul who sins shall die.” If our sin wasn’t a big deal, than Jesus died in vain. It was Jesus who said in Luke 16:15, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
I used to think I was a good person. Now I know that I’m a wretched sinner. Paul said he was the worst of sinners, well, I’m second in line. If I were alive in Jesus’ day I would have been in that crowd yelling, “Crucify Him!” But it was because of my sin that Jesus died on that cross. He paid my fine. He took my punishment. What I deserved was poured out on Him.
The only perfect One was condemned, while I, the wicked sinner was shown grace on absolutely no merit of my own. I got to live, while Christ chose to suffer and die on my behalf.
But I was never thankful for God’s amazing grace until I acknowledged my sin, and realized that sinning against God meant death for me. I deserve hell.
But man loves to deny his sin. Man loves to suppress the truth. And man loves the idea that they can contribute to their salvation. But there isn’t one verse that suggests we can earn our salvation. Christ paid it all on the cross. It’s a cross of justice and grace!
So God’s grace is amazing because I’m not only forgiven, I’m not only declared “not guilty,” I’m actually declared to be righteous! Because of Christ, God now sees me as righteous! There’s not a thing I can do to make myself righteous. Only His grace can make me holy!
Titus 3:3-7 says, “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Before someone is saved the Bible says they are, “an enemy of God in his mind through wicked works.” (Col. 1:21). John 3:36 even says, “The wrath of God abides on them.” The Bible also says in Psalm 7:11 that “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
God’s grace is amazing because I was once a blasphemer. I loved myself and my sin more than Christ. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While I rebelled against Him, He died for me.
Grace is also amazing because we deserve punishment, wrath, and death, but instead we are shown mercy, love, and sheer grace. That’s the reality. God is holy and just. He cannot overlook one sin.
But Ephesians 2:3-5 describes the good news of the gospel! It says, “We all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
Grace is also amazing because we were spiritually dead. We were lost, blind, and selfish. And it was God alone that pursued us in order to rescue us from death. God took the first move; in fact, He takes all the moves to save us. Even our humility, repentance, and faith in Him are gifts of His grace to us.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Grace is not amazing to the proud of heart. Grace is only amazing to those who humble themselves as a sinner before the Savior, and place all their trust in Jesus Christ alone.
Romans 4:16 says, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace.” The power of justification comes from God’s grace, not our faith. But faith in His Son is the only possible response to such an amazing act of divine loving kindness.
Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Grace is amazing because it can only come from God. Man can’t do anything to merit salvation.
Instead of getting wrath, Christ died for me! My sin is awful, but His grace is truly amazing! The only way you and I could be justified in God’s sight is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone!
Christ paid a heavy ransom to redeem you. With holy justice satisfied, you can now rest in God’s amazing grace for you. You don’t have to live on the treadmill of life always trying to be better or do more. Stop it; even your best days are never good enough. Rest in His grace!
His grace is more than sufficient to forgive you, cleanse you, redeem you, sanctify you, and get you home to heaven! Remind yourself daily of God’s amazing grace. It never gets old, and it never loses its power.
And don’t forget to thank the Lord for His amazing grace. You can even sing about it: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”