LIVING IN HIS GRACE
Eternal life is not a reward that you earn. It's a gift
"Since thou hast given him power over
all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom
thou hast given him."
Divine life. Life that casts no shadow. Unmixed with any
There is a Spirit in you that will never die,
never be afraid,
never hate, because
This is eternal life: that they know thee
If you have come into a living relationship with God --
a living relationship with
Christ - you have eternal
- Lives are healed.
- Prison doors fly open.
- The powers of Hell tremble.
And even when the arrows of the Evil One begin to fly, the
On the other hand, if you know all about the bible, live
- You speak the right words - but nothing happens;
- You quote scriptures - but only death comes of it.
Eternal life is to know God today - not to glory in some
The Lord is my light and salvation, whom
The Lord is the strength of my life, of
Not was my strength in better days,
That's eternal life. It's new every morning,
fresh every hour.
Even as this body of flesh and blood gets older, the life
from God increases - goes from strength to strength.
- It doesn't get discouraged.
- Doesn't go flat.
- Doesn't have moods.
- Doesn't get depressed.
- Doesn't sulk.
It shines on in the darkness and the darkness cannot
over come it.
And the doorway to knowing God this way is exactly where
of Heaven may be
Suddenly you wake up one day and realize that you're in
- God is dealing with you.
- God is calling you to account.
There you stand in the glaring light with every pretense
The hearts that you have wounded.
The beautiful image you always used to see when you
"0 God! If this is what I am, please
0 God forgive! 0 God be merciful!"
If there are people reading this who have never experi-
Then, when you lift your face from the dust; instead of
- The painful light that exposed your
- The sky overhead is black, and framed in
that sky is the bleeding body of a dying man nailed to a cross.
And, for the first time in your life, you know what that
- your self-righteousness
- your hardness of heart,
- your adultery,
- your homosexual trip,
- your phony church-going front,
laid on the holy, innocent, Son of God.
And somewhere overhead is a voice which rings with such
"My child, your sins are forgiven".
And with the sound of that voice all the stains are gone,
Thank you, Father!
Thank you, blessed Lord Jesus!
May your name be praised!
have eternal life and you know you have it. The shadow
Now comes the next step. And here's where so many people
stumble. You have received the grace of God, now live in
the grace of God - live in that grace.
- Not in the old ways of your flesh.
Not down those old paths of hate and lust
but in God's grace!
Not just God's grace when I say my morning prayers, but
God's grace when I kiss my wife and say good morning to
- God's grace on my job.
God's grace ruling my attitude toward the boss.
- God's grace when I drive,
I get on the bus,
God's grace when temptations come walking by.
"But that same servant, as he went out,
me, and I will pay you". He refused and
This man was given God's grace, but he isn't living in
gave eternal life to all who would receive it,
"No one shall pluck them out of my hand."
made very clear that the price of keeping this
Not everyone who says, 'Lord, Lord', shall
He who loveth not his brother abideth in death.
"You wicked servant! I forgave you all that
(And, my friend, if you are going to
pay all your debt there is only one
place you can pay it and that's in Hell.)
So also will my heavenly Father do to every
The message to those who have never received the grace
of God is; it's yours today. Jesus will give you eternal life
- deliver you from that bad conscience,
- fill you with His very life,
- Ask Him.
- Turn yourself over to Him, and a
And to those who have long since tasted the grace of God,
the message is: live in that grace.
- it's not just that Jesus comes into our life friend,
- you come into His life,
- you abide in His presence,
And this means, above all things, that we show our fellow
Let's not be measuring other people's mercy but concen-
Eternal life, for us my friends, is to do something about
- that grudge,
- that thing you have against your husband,
- that mean, miserly way you get out of helping
- that attitude against blacks or whites or
Radical discipleship, yes - a radical commitment to
promised it and gives it to
Jesus wasn't exaggerating when He said "seventy
- Let an unforgiving attitude get hold of a fellowship
and you've got death in that fellowship.
- Let an unforgiving attitude harden in your
so, if you are offering your gift at the altar
and there remember that your brother has
something against you, leave your gift there,
before the altar, and go; first be reconciled
to your brother, and then come and offer
Make friends quickly with your accuser while
accuser hand you over to the judge and the
God will show us what we have to do.
But His Spirit is making clear that the time to start