Triumphs of Grace: Part 1
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”
The foundation of our precious salvation is the grace that we receive through our Lord Jesus Christ. Notice that grace does not conclude at the moment of our conversion, but continues so that believers “stand” in the benefits and comforts of this same grace.
Grace vs. Works
The truth that salvation is not of works floods through the New Testament. In Romans 5:2, we see that we gain access by faith into grace. In Ephesians 2, this is spelled out in a clearer sense, stating definitively that our salvation is not received by our works. Why is it not of works?
Hebrews 9:22 tells us that shed blood is required to provide for the forgiveness of sins. Yet that leaves us with a dilemma. A perfect life must be sacrificed so sinners may be cleansed. It seems the sinful human race would be doomed to the fate they justly deserve. Enter grace.
The Lord Jesus is the only man to live a pure and holy life devoid of all sin. He was the only one who could ever present Himself to God as a substitute for anyone. But He did not just offer Himself for one man. Jesus as both God and man was capable of providing Himself as sufficient for all humanity everywhere throughout all history!
So it is not surprising, when man attempts to work his way to Heaven by means of another option than Jesus Christ, that such an effort should be described as filthy and distasteful. Can any deed compare to the precious blood of our Savior? Such comparisons disgust God.