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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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  • « Responding to Apostasy by Pastor John Samson | Main | Particular Redemption by C. H. Spurgeon »

    Better Than I Deserve

    A biblical reflection by J.W. Hendryx

    "Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

    Just as the rainbow is a sign which "reminds" God of His promise to never again flood the earth, so the blood of Christ is a covenant sign to "remind" Him not to treat our sins as they deserve. It is only because of God's mercy in Christ that we are not utterly consumed. That means, because of Christ, God does not treat us according to our sin. What we deserve, rather, is His fierce wrath. But because the fullness of His wrath has already been poured on Christ, God is completely satisfied and Christ's atoning blood is sufficient for you for all time. You cannot add or take away from it.

    We have broken his law, cast aside His love, despised and rejected Him with our sin and we should be utterly consumed. Anything else is better than we deserve. But God has shown great mercy to us in Christ, and that mercy fails not. It is new every morning which means that if you have sinned, then God has fresh supply of mercy, so flee to Christ now. If your conscience accuses you of that one sin you committed, go to Christ. He is compassionate and His mercy never runs out of supply because God is already completely satisfied - Christ has paid for that sin. If you are brokenhearted about sin, if you are brought low because of it and mourn over it then God has done a work of grace in your heart. And since God's covenant in Christ's blood is the foundation of your hope, turn your eyes away from yourself unto Him. God keeps his Word so go to Him now to find mercy and grace in your time of need. Our faithlessness does not change God's faithfulness to us since He has already given us His Son and His work is finished.

    Posted by John on March 25, 2006 10:28 AM

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    "Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

    The context of this passage makes it even more "wonderful" to me. The book of Lamentations was written by Jerimiah after the Babylonians had sacked and destroyed Jersusalem and taken nearly every Jew captive. Thousands were killed outright. However, Jerimiah penned this passage after the fact. He had the right view of God. That is, we have offended God by breaking His Law. None deserve salvation. All deserve eternity in Hell. However, Great are His mercies!

    Reflections like this are needed by the Church. We should never allow our view of our salvation to diminish to the point that we take it for granted. The immensity of it should humble us. The Christian who is humble before God is accepted into His intimate embrace. The Christian who is self-focused will not experience that until they repent.

    Thanks John for this reflection on God's grace.

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