Saturday, July 21, 2007
Grace is not a "Bar of Soap"
I was looking as some stats and noticed where some "hits" on this blog came from.
And I came across someone using this picture to express what grace was all about.
Truly this person has no clue what the Grace of God is all about.
Grace is not a bar of soap to be taken out only when one sins. That is almost an insult to what Grace is. Grace is the substance in which all things are held together. Some call that common grace, yet there is nothing "common" about it.
God created all things through Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 8)
Since all things were created through Jesus, we must realize that all things were originally created in Grace and Truth as Jesus is full of Grace and Truth. (John 1:14)
So Grace is in its fullness literally Jesus Christ.
From this knowledge of Grace, we now see that God is drawing all things back to Himself in Jesus Christ. For the Bible teaches, "For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all." 1 Cor 15: 27-28)
Grace comes from and is Jesus Christ. It has from the original creation until even now in the New Creation that began when the stone was rolled away.
I searched for a picture that might actually represent what Grace is. I came up with a few... yet, I realized there is only One Picture that truly represents Grace in its fullness. That is the Picture of Jesus Christ. From His preincarnation in the Father... to when the Father began the Great Conversation when he Spoke, "Let there be..." and it was... through Christ Jesus.
To the many stories and antitype throughout the scirpture that are the shadows... to the reality of Jesus' birth, life, death on the Cross... to the Resurrection as His Kingdom was ushered in, to the Ascension and now as he sits in His Glory and we await His return to bring His Kingdom in its fullness.
The Picture of Jesus is the very Picture of Grace itself...
To say Grace is nothing but a bar of soap that we use to wash ourselves on occasion is truly shameful and honestly a sin.
We are washed by the Blood... shed by Jesus... as He being Grace showed us Grace in action.
I hope that no one reduces Jesus to a bar of soap... for He is Life itself and apart from Him there is no Life.