GRACE AMBASSADORS

What the Lord Has Done

By Justin Johnson

The Lord has done more for us than we know or appreciate.

When we believe the gospel of Christ, we receive the riches of Christ.

Our life lived in Christ has the goal to learn about these unsearchable riches and acknowledge them (Eph 1:18). If the god of this world cannot hide the gospel from us, he will try very hard to hide the knowledge of Christ’s riches.

The Riches of Christ

For example, when people believe the gospel that Christ died and resurrected for our sins, they are rarely told about the exceeding riches of God’s grace that are part and parcel of it (Eph 1:18-19, 2:7).

Instead, they are given a list of things they must now do to earn the very riches that have been given to us freely through Christ’s work on the cross.

We are told to continually confess our sins according to 1 John 1:9, but the Lord has already forgiven all our trespasses for Christ’s sake (Col 2:13, Eph 4:32).

We are told by men in high authority that faith alone is not enough for God to save. They say we must exhibit our faith by works to prove our faith. But it is the reality of Christ’s finished work on our behalf that proves our faith real.

Masses of people are told to do acts of devotion to receive greater grace from God. Consider how many rosaries, candles, scapulars, and devotional books are sold each year to people with the hope they will gain an extra spiritual blessing if they do an “act of devotion”.

In Christ we already have all spiritual blessings in heavenly places! What richness we have been given in Christ!

Acknowledging Christ in You

According to the riches of God’s grace, Christ is offering free salvation and much more if we would only acknowledge the Lord’s finished work.

Entire religious industries would crumble if the secret ever got out about the sure hope of glory we all have in Christ the moment we believe.

What’s more is that this treasure we have been given freely is guaranteed by the very one who is above all principality and power. Your riches have been granted by the highest authority!

“And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” – Col 2:10

Do not let anyone rob you of the riches of Christ! When someone would deny you the riches of Christ, they are rejecting the power and grace that is central to the gospel of Christ.

The unsearchable riches of God’s grace are found in Christ Jesus according to the revelation of the mystery.

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. “ – Col 2:3-4

What must we do to have eternal life? To be spared God’s wrath? To have the power of God in you? Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ and his work on Calvary, we do nothing.

Our every day service, then, is not about what we need to do, but about making known what the Lord Jesus Christ has already done.

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Published: December 29, 2012
Last Modified: December 29, 2012
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