by pastor david
First Corinthians 15:10
“But by the grace of God I am what I am”
On December 6, 2019, I will celebrate my 60th spiritual birthday. On December 6, 1959, in the Sunday evening service at the Welch Avenue Free Will Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, Christ came into my life as Lord and Savior. I was only eight years old and yet I knew, without a doubt, that I was one of God’s children. It was One Glorious Moment of Grace.
However, when I think of all of God’s dealings with me, I realize that there have been and continue to be numerous Glorious Moments of Grace. They started back before time began when “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4).
These Moments of Grace continued as God created mankind, in order to enjoy sweet fellowship with those who were made in His likeness.
Moments of Grace were obvious as God lovingly and patiently dealt with the wayward and wicked Israelites He had chosen to be His own special people (Deuteronomy 7:6).
No one would question that Christ’s death on the Cross for all the sins of all the world for all mankind for all time was a Glorious Moment of Grace!
God continues to demonstrate His Glorious Grace each day as the gospel continues to be spread around the world. (Titus 2:11) “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”.
Every time we fail the Lord, doing what He forbids or failing to do what He commands, He pours out His Glorious Grace in loving forgiveness to those who demonstrate genuine repentance. (1 John 1:8-10) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
This Glorious Grace will be evident when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
These Glorious Moments of Grace will reach their pinnacle when God’s people are ushered into “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1) where “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain” (Revelation 21:4). Oh, what One Glorious Moment of Grace that will be!
Take a moment, right now, to thank God for His Glorious Grace – His unmerited favor poured out on undeserving sinners.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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