Rejoice, Imitate, Identity – And So On and So On…

by Adam Powers

May 17, 2016

After defining and seeing the great mercy and grace of God throughout the Bible for the past two days, today I ask a simple yet challenging question: so what? To ask the ‘so what?’ question is normally an easy thing to answer, but asking it in regard to God’s mercy and grace it is both simple and challenging.  Simple because the answer is obvious.  Challenging because the answer has no end because one blog post cannot exhaust the infinite depths of the mercy and grace of God.

In light of these challenges, I’ve come up with three points:

a) Rejoice, sing, and be of great cheer, for God in His mercy has not given us the death we do deserve, and God in His grace has given us what we don’t deserve. What a savior, what a King!

2) We’ve received such mercy and grace from God, simply because of His good sovereign pleasure – we ought to imitate such things.

After describing the wonderful mercy and grace of God in chapter 1-4 Paul says in Ephesians 5:1, ‘Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.’ In this manner Matthew 5:7 informs us on how to do this in regard to mercy saying, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.’ In regard to imitating God’s grace we simply treat others with the same kind of grace we’ve been shown by God. Psalm 103:10, ‘He does not deal with us according to our sins…’ that’s our pattern for the Christian life. We give out to others the same mercy and grace we’ve received from God. When we do this the world gets a first hand example and illustration of what God is really like.

3) Lastly, the grace of God gives us a sure identity. 1 Cor. 15:10 ‘by the grace of God, I am what I am…’ This knowledge did not make Paul lazy, rather he ends this verse by saying ‘I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that is with me.’ Grace gives us a firm identity and calls us to diligently labor for the sake of the Kingdom.

This list is unending…what would you add?

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Adam is a gradute of Reformed Theological Seminary and an adjunct professor at Trinity College of Florida.  He is also the senior pastor of SonRise Community Church in New Port Richey, Florida.  He blogs at adamwpowers.com

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