Theme: THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF HIS GRACE
DAY 27, Read 2 Corinthians 13:14
THE CROSS: THE BATTLE GROUND OF GRACE
Key Verse: “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by who the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
Our daily reading for today outlines the responsibilities within the Godhead in bestowing blessings upon the Church. Grace comes through our Lord Jesus; love and peace comes from God the Father; while communion and intimacy is the work of the Holy Spirit. Other texts in the Scriptures which support this idea of shared responsibilities within the triune Godhead include Romans 16:20 and 2 Thessalonians 1:1
All through the Scriptures, the blessing and work of grace is always attributed to no other than our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is why grace has been defined as God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Grace could not have been but for the death and sacrifice of Jesus. It cost the life of God’s only begotten Son, Jesus to obtain the blessing of grace for mankind. All the blessing of grace came through the sacrifice of Calvary. The cross is the symbol of grace; it is the birthplace of grace; it is the place where grace was fought for and won. No blessing of grace could have been outside of the cross and the death of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul stresses the significance of the cross when he declared in Galatians 6:14 thus, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Four verses after this statement, in verse 18 he now declares, “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen”
Through Christ’s death, we are justified. “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24).
Through Christ’s death, we received the gift of righteousness. “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).
Through Christ’s death, we have been reconciled, “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans. 5:10).
Through Christ’s death, we have obtained forgiveness of sins, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
PRAYER: Father, thank You for allowing Your Son, Jesus to die for me, I now enjoy the full blessings of Calvary.