Undeserved Privilege - Sunday, July 8th 2012
1 Corinthians 15:2
"It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you-unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place."
I cannot picture a more beautiful thing than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fallen humanity stands before God covered in filthy garments stained with sins. We desperately try to wipe off each stain but in the process, we only make it worse. All hope seems lost until the God of all creation, in the perfect act of love, comes down among us. He removes our garments and they are nailed to the cross... along with Himself. We didn't deserve it. We didn't do anything to earn it. It was simply the act of a loving God.
Romans 5:1-2 "Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory." NLT
Now if we believe in what Jesus did and stand in faith, we can be granted forgiveness and everlasting life. This undeserved privilege is given by grace from a God who desires that none should perish. Even as we walk this life with Christ, we will stumble and fall, but we can confidently stand back up understanding that His grace covers all our sins. Are you in this place of undeserved privilege? If so, then rejoice in Christ and share Him with others. If not, then come to Him now and find rest for your soul.
Life Lesson: We receive forgiveness only by grace. We stand or continue in our faith only by grace.
I know that I have sinned and I thank You for the forgiveness offered through Jesus. Because of Your grace I am able to live in a place of undeserved privilege. It is here that I am strengthened to share Your love with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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