I’ve now made two posts and I still have yet to explain the reason for my blog. I have named it “Eternal Graces” for a very distinct purpose. I wanted to share what this title means to me through the story of the Apostle Paul. That’s when I got the idea to write the story that I posted last week. I hope that the story of Saul’s conversion shows where he was at that point in his life. Acts says it like this: “But Saul still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…” This is the picture that Scripture paints; this is where Saul was at in his life when the majestic light of God first touched his face.
I say all this to show that there is grace to cover all of your sin. There is grace because Grace was embodied in the form of God’s Son. David Mathis, in his book Habits of Grace says,
“Grace couldn’t be kept from becoming flesh and dwelling among us in the God-man, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have received grace upon grace… Grace has a face.”
Grace was incarnated in the God-man. Jesus, the Son of God in the Holy Trinity, left His Heaven where He is glorified and praised twenty-four-seven. He lived on this earth for thirty-three years as a human. He was the perfect sacrifice to take our sins upon himself.
Saul did not deserve a divine appointment; instead of Jesus meeting him on the road to Damascus, Saul deserved flames from Heaven to smote him on the spot.
Of course, I cannot point my finger at Saul in judgement. I am no better. My thoughts are just as hateful as his actions were. My desires are often just as confused and out of line as his were. I am often just as prideful as he was. But this is where grace comes out of the sky and snatches us up into God’s justifying and sanctifying work. Paul understood the unimaginable amount of grace that he had received.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Christ didn’t die for the strong, he died for the weak. One of the incredible aspects of grace that has come to my attention recently is that it not only saves us, it keeps us. Everyday that I wake up, I breath, I eat, I work and I am kept under God’s grace. Nothing I do can ever take me outside of the inexhaustible four walls of grace. Nothing that anyone does to me can take me outside of grace. I continually fail each day, each hour but grace keeps me still, even in my darkest moments. Sometimes my depravity overwhelms me, but grace is always there. Grace is eternal.
Grace keeps us from being overcome by our sin, and it brings us into a relationship with the God of the universe. It is only through the Incarnate Grace that this is possible. The grace we are shown will last forever; we will worship in Heaven and enjoy Christ to the fullest for all of eternity because of grace.
Since this is true, we can see grace riddling our lives even down to some of the smallest details (that would be a post for another time). But for now, I have named this blog Eternal Graces because we are shown grace for all of eternity. The life, death, and resurrection of Christ are only one of the ways we are shown grace eternally, there are many, many more intertwined into this greatest grace, that is the gospel. God’s goodness, His Word, His Church, His love, these are all things that Scripture says are eternal and we do not deserve any of them. The only thing we deserve is to die for eternity.
We are continually shown so many graces that will last forever. Eternal graces are bestowed upon you each and every day. Eternal graces are heaped upon your head without ceasing.