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The Artistry and Craftsmanship of Grace

11/2004
   

“For if while we are God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, it is much more certain that since we have been reconciled we shall be saved through His new life.”
Romans 5:10 (WMS)

Have you ever ponder over what is the greatest salvation of God? The common reply was salvation from eternal damnation. Can a Christian attained perfection in this life? The Charismatic slogan: “Christians are not perfect, only forgiven” is a misreading (wrongly understood). These are the two arresting (striking) and pivotal issues that demanded our renewed understanding of the full redemption of man.

 In close scrutiny of the passage of Romans 5, there is a gulf of difference between Romans 5:9 and Romans 5:10. Simply, the former speaks of the work of the cross saved us in an objective way. The latter speaks of the life of Christ saved us in a subjective way. In other words, the crucified Christ saved us objectively on the cross. On the other hand, the Resurrected Christ within us saves us subjectively by His life. [The margin of Williams’ translation of ‘His new life’ as ‘his resurrected life.’] The former speaks of positional salvation (outward matters of sins – deeds of the flesh) in the past tense. The latter speaks of dispositional salvation (inward matters of sin, our sinful nature) in the future tense, (“shall be,” KJV) our present and tomorrows.

 In reality, Christ didn’t come to save you from hell only. He didn’t merely come to save you from sickness, demons or bankruptcy. He didn’t come just come to offer you the external effects of salvation. He came to manifest this internal enduring reality: He saves you from within. Now, His life is your salvation. The purpose of the indwelling Christ is to perform the greatest deeds of grace inwardly unnoticed by any naked eyes. Salvation is not a thing or an event but a living person!

 We need to receive this internal salvation in Hs life we need the saving in His life from the outward acts of our wayward mouth. We need the saying in His life from the dispositional sins of our temper, moods, attitudes, slothfulness and inclinations of our hearts. Remember grace in the last article defined as our willingness to let God becoming the ‘much more’ in our lives. Grace is God’s ability and Hs willingness to do something freely on your behalf. Grace is like a skilful craftsman shaping us into the likeness of Christ. This is a noteworthy (outstanding and remarkable) saying: He came to save you from yourself!!! Selah. His life in you has one sole objective that is He is constantly saving you from your self life, the old man of the flesh.

 The life of grace is a life of yieldedness allowing His inner grace via His life to work subjectively to impart this holiness into you. God is going to transfuse and infuse His holy nature into our being. His life via His nature will progressively year after year wrought His essence into our disposition, changing our whole being. Christ is still the miracle-worker working ceaselessly within the lives of His people: “The great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, makes you perfect in all goodness so that you may do His will; and may He make us what Hw would have us be through Jesus Christ ….” (Hebrews 13:20-21, NASB) Truly this is the chief aim of the present day ministry of Jesus: “And He is able to keep you from slipping and falling away, and to bring you, sinless and perfect, into His glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy, Amen.” (Jude 24-25, LB)

“There is a perfection which scripture speaks of as possible and attainable … Perfection, as the highest aim of what God in His great power would do for us, is something so divine, spiritual, and heavenly, that it is only the soul that yields itself very tenderly to the leading of the Holy Sprit that can hope to know its blessedness,” – Andrew Murray.

 This is a trustworthy saying: “I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (Philippians 1:6, Amp.)  His grace is the work of perfecting us into His perfection (maturity), His likeness (Christ-likeness). On that day, we shall stand as the beauty specimens of His craftsmanship or workmanship with our grateful testimony: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I laboured even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10) Truly, this is the glory of the manifold grace of God upon our lives.

 

 

 
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