The Three R’s of God’s Grace
I would encourage you to do more than simply read this message. Rather...
- I would encourage you to ponder it.
- I would encourage you to reflect on it.
- I would encourage you to pray through it.
- I would encourage you to let it shape your heart and your thoughts and your attitudes.
What I share with you this morning is a “declaration of faith.” But this declaration of faith is not merely something we agree with or simply sign our name to.
Rather, it is a declaration that guards our hearts and directs our paths and shapes our lives.
Here it is: By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, we are redeemed, reconciled and ruled.
Ponder the Three R’s of God’s Grace
Redeemed: This is an “economic” term that means that we were bought out of slavery and set free. Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 1:19 that we were redeemed, not with silver and gold, “but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”
We were enslaved to our sin – the penalty and the power of sin – but now through Jesus and his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead, we have been set free from sin and death.
Sin no longer controls us. Death no longer has victory over us.
Colossians 1:13-14 – “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Reconciled: This is a term of “relationship.” Jesus said in the beatitudes, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The reconciled become reconcilers.
For all of eternity, God has existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has existed in perfect love and community. Imagine that, perfect love.
When we come in faith to Jesus Christ, we are brought into the love that exists within the Triune God. “God is love.”
That love is demonstrated and made visible through us, the church. God loves you! We demonstrate that we belong to God through our love.
1 John 1:3 –“that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
Ruled: We now live under the good rule of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps the idea of being “ruled” doesn’t sound too attractive. But the one who made us knows what is best for us. By giving us his Holy Spirit, he is transforming our hearts to love and desire the things that are good for us.
So, it is not the mere conformity to outward “rules” that is the focus here. Rather it is the “fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. These are the things the Spirit of God forms in our hearts as we live under his good rule in our lives.
Matthew 6:33 –“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Go back and read this again. Ponder these things. Ask the Spirit of God to impress on your heart something from this “meditation” that you need to hear and receive.
Through faith in Jesus Christ, you are redeemed, reconciled, and ruled.
How does that form your heart? How does that shape your day?