by John E. Werhan
The word grace touches the hearts of many individuals as they consider their eternal destiny. Truly, God by his grace has set forth the greatest opportunity that people have in this world and that is the way of salvation.
“This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me. For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:15-17).
Through Jesus Christ, God’s grace was made manifest to every individual for all ages. Because of his great love, he set forth the opportunity for salvation.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden sin became a plague on humanity. Paul in his letter to the Christians in Rome noted:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26).
It is sin that separates an individual from God (Romans 6:23) and grace that provides the opportunity for salvation.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Salvation is found only in the grace manifest in God. Without God’s grace the sinner would be doomed to an eternity in the abyss with Satan.