When Paul came to know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, he could not think of anything else. The grace of God established in his life was a witness to the people he encountered. He was always in trouble because he would go to the synagogue and preach that the Law of Moses would not save, but that salvation came from faith in Jesus Christ alone.
Continually living his life in the presence of the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, Paul was able to reach out to people and to give to them the same gift he had. He would come alongside others and lift them up, strengthen them, and pray for them. He did all this for the sake of the Gospel, that he might win souls to Christ.
God sent His Son to live a master life, go to the cross, and die in order to purchase us. When we turn to Him and allow Him to have control of our heart and life, we become co-heirs with Jesus Christ. That means we inherit eternal life because the Father sees us the same as He does His own Son.
God does not justify our sin. He justifies us. We who trust and believe in Him receive the Holy Spirit and the knowledge and strength to live His grace.
Grace is not what saves us, but it is the channel through which God works to show us how He views other people and how He sees things. Once we allow the grace of God to enter into our heart and be established there, and we begin to apply that grace to other people, out of genuine love, then we are living according to the Spirit of God.
One of the biggest problems in the world today is that people do not want to share grace. We need to trust God and apply grace to ourselves and to others, even to the point that we can love people while they are cursing us, and understand the blessing of that. Trusting the Lord for our daily amount of grace and the ability to share it with others is worth more than all the law.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a.m., our Sunday Evening Service at 7 p.m., and our Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.