As believers of our Lord Jesus Christ, we sing the amazing grace of God because of His great mercy that saved us, wretched and pitiable sinners. We were lost and helpless in our sin, deserving death–eternal death.
We were so hopeless because of God’s judgment against sin, which is eternal misery under the wrath of God. No one who understands its significance would remain in it and under it, but since every person born in the world is by nature ignorant of his miserable condition, oblivious of his frightful destiny, it takes the power of God and the grace of God to set him free from his pitiable plight.
God has revealed in His Word His gracious act in saving man from sin. He has sent His Son as man’s substitute redeeming him from sin and its penalty. Christ Jesus is God’s expression of grace because He endured the wrath of God for us in His suffering and death.
As we trust God to save us from His righteous anger through our Lord Jesus Christ, we have the assurance that there is now no condemnation for us who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1). Jesus has pacified God’s wrath and satisfied God’s justice for us by His atoning and sacrificial death. So instead of condemnation we now receive peace and pardon from God by His grace. Through faith in our only Savior and Redeemer we are now counted righteous and adopted children of God.
The Spirit Himself who has been given to us and now dwells in us has poured the love of God into our hearts making us willing and ready to live for God. The same Spirit testifies to our spirits that we are children of God and heirs of the glorious inheritance in Christ (Rom. 5:5; 8:16-17).
Such spiritual blessings of grace in Christ are far more valuable than the riches of this world. Thus it is utter foolishness to disregard or despise the former while striving hard in pursuit of the latter. Those who have been blessed by God with eternal treasures and granted peace in Christ are the ones who pursue peace and holiness in the eyes of God. They know that without holiness, without the fruit of the Spirit, without sanctification, no one shall see the Lord (cf. Heb. 12:14).
So, with confidence, we can look forward to the day when Christ shall come again to take us to be with Him forever. By then we shall be completely delivered from the presence of sin. Sin will be no more. Eternal bliss shall be our lot in the glorious presence of our Triune God. Hallelujah!
Rev. Vic Bernales is an ordained minister in the Pearl of the Orient Covenant Reformed Church. He pastors the Davao Covenant Reformed Church in Davao City, Philippines. He earned his Master of Divinity at Mid-America Reformed Seminary at Dyer, Indiana, U.S.A