Grace Sufficient to Survive Brutal Failure

Many Christians have never heard of grace that is sufficient to survive brutal failure in our performance and nonetheless enables us to find deep joy and peace in the righteousness of Christ.

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 125

And That is Good News Indeed

Announced by his Word and sealed in his table fellowship “in the  midst of us,” this Good News, “Peace be with you!” wells up within us as a message to be proclaimed to others. “Gathered together in one place,” – we are on this side of Pentecost – are also scattered after the benediction out into the world as his witnesses to all that has been done.  “The Lord is risen!” “He is risen indeed!”  We are his people and he is our place, and that is Good News indeed.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 242-243

This Is Not a Subjective Experience

Each week, as I join my brothers and sisters in a public confession of sin and our particular sins to God in silence, Christ’s ambassador declares that I am forgiven in Christ’s name and on the authority of His Word.  Regardless of what I feel inside, God’s external Word assures me that I have peace with God in His Son.  This is not a subjective experience – a peaceful, easy feeling – but an objective announcement.  And precisely because of its objectivity – the fact that it is announced to me even when I am not overwhelmed by it emotionally – I get the experience of forgiveness thrown in as well.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page  224

In the Absence of Christ’s Visible Reign, It Is Easy to Substitute Ourselves or the Church

It is easy, in the absence of Christ’s visible reign in the flesh on the earth, to substitute ourselves or the church.  What we are doing right now on earth becomes the front-page news.  However, we miss the whole point if we fail to see that it is still what Jesus is doing that is the big news.  He ascended to heaven in order to rule and subdue history to his gracious and holy designs, dispatch his Spirit to sweep sinners into his victory parade, and to spread his kingdom of peace to the ends of the earth.

Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 178

The Key to Everything Important in Life Is…

Forgiveness was the focal point in Christ’s teaching because he knew that without profound “to the bone” forgiveness, there is no freedom, no real joy, no peace, and no release from the pain and the root of bitterness that destroys nations, families and individuals.  He understood that the key to everything important in life is forgiveness.

Brown, Steve; Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At YouHoward Books;  New York, copyright 2012; Kindle Edition; Location 884

The Peace of Justification is Not Only External

The peace of justification is not only external.  The deepest longings for inward peace are also met in Christ.  It was St. Augustine who once prayed, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it finds its rest in Thee.”  We all know what it means to be stricken with inner restlessness.  We know the gnawing feelings of emptiness and guilt that come from estrangement from God.  Once our peace is established, that awful emptiness filled, and our hearts may be still.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

Our Peace With God Is Not Fragile

Our peace with God is not fragile, it is stable.  When we sin, God is displeased, and He will move to correct us and convict us of our sin.  But He does not go to war against us.  His bow is no longer bent, and the arrows of His wrath are no longer aimed at our hearts.  He does not rattle His sword every time we break the treaty.

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition