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๐Ÿ‘‘ The Paradox Of Grace

In โ€œthe gospel of the grace of Godโ€ we find a striking paradox: God Himselfย condemning the righteous and justifying the wicked; forsaking the perfect and helping evildoers.

Behold the spotless Lamb on Calvary as He cries,ย โ€œMy God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?โ€ย  Judas kisses Him in base betrayal; wicked men spit in His face, mock Him, smite Him, scourge Him, crown Him with thorns and nail Him to a tree!ย ย And God, the Judge of all, does nothing to stop them!

And this is not all, for on the other hand Godย savesย Saul of Tarsus, Christโ€™s bitterest enemy, โ€œa blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious,โ€ his hands dripping, as it were, with the blood of martyrs.ย  Toย himย God showsย โ€œgraceโ€ฆexceeding abundantโ€ย andย โ€œall longsufferingโ€ย (I Tim. 1:13-16).ย  Indeed, Heย sends him forthย to proclaim openly to all men that:

โ€œTo him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousnessโ€ (Rom. 4:5).

How can all this beย right?ย  The answer is that the One who died in agony and disgrace at Calvary wasย God Himself, manifested in the flesh.ย  There, at Calvary,ย โ€œGodย was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto themโ€ย (II Cor.ย 5:19).ย  It was the Judge Himself, stepping down from the throne to the cross to represent the sinner and pay for him the full penalty of his sins.

And who will say this is injustice?ย ย Injustice?ย  It isย perfectย justice and more.ย  It isย grace!

Under the terms of the Law we find Godย โ€œshowing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandmentsโ€ย (Ex. 20:6).ย  But grace is infinitely more: it is the riches of Godโ€™s mercy and love to โ€œthe children ofย disobedienceโ€ฆthe children ofย wrathโ€ (Eph. 2:2-7), paying the penalty for their sinsย Himselfย in strictest accord with perfect and infiniteย righteousness! source

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Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. — Matthew 22:37-39

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