We sang “Your Grace is Enough” Sunday morning which got me to thinking, is God’s grace enough? For that matter, exactly what is grace? When you hear the word grace, what comes to mind? For me, the first thing that pops into my mind is amazing but that’s probably not the best definition of Biblical grace.
Is it a pre-meal blessing?
Johnny, say grace for us please.
Is it style and elegance?
She lived her life with grace and dignity.
Is it favor?
He had stayed in the coaches good graces most of the season.
We sing songs about grace (His Grace is Sufficient, My Chains Are Gone , Your Grace is Enough) but do we understand the significance or the cost of God’s grace? We have acronyms for it, God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. We explain it as God’s favor and also receiving from God what we don’t deserve, (namely salvation through the sacrificial death of Jesus) but do we really comprehend the depths of grace given that someone died in order for us to receive it?
Furthermore; if our understanding of grace is incomplete, we might be confused and mistakenly believe that God’s grace is not enough to cover the multitude of our sins, that we need to somehow work off some of our own debt, attempt to make amends, or we may give up because we not understand God’s grace has sufficient power to provide forgiveness to a wretch like me. Ephesians chapter 2 explains grace:
Ephesians 2: 1 In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God.2 You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. 3 Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else.4-5 But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. 6 God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. 7 God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8 You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. 9 It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. 10 God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are.(Contemporary English Version)
God is good and kind (grace) to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. But while God’s grace is a free gift to the believer, there was a price paid for it:
Matthew 27: 26 Pilate set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.27 The governor’s soldiers led Jesus into the fortress and brought together the rest of the troops. 28 They stripped off Jesus’ clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They made a crown out of thorn branches and placed it on his head, and they put a stick in his right hand. The soldiers knelt down and pretended to worship him. They made fun of him and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!” 30 Then they spit on him. They took the stick from him and beat him on the head with it.31 When the soldiers had finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the robe. They put his own clothes back on him and led him off to be nailed to a cross.(Contemporary English Version)
So is grace enough? Is it sufficient? Is it greater than all our sin?
Romans 5:6 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. 7 No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. 8 But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.9 But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s anger. 10 Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life. 11 And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.(Contemporary English Version)
Yes, God’s grace is enough for me……….and for you!