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Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ - James Bell

It is said that God's grace is more than His gentleness and kindness toward us: It means His undeserved favor. This means He owes nothing to us, and we deserve nothing from Him.

Ephesians 2:8 reads: "For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."

Our salvation is totally unmerited and came solely by God's grace. We didn't earn it by good works, and we did not pay for it by anything we have done. It is truly the gift of God.

Our title comes straight out of the Holy Bible. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Grace can be defined as "God's riches at Christ's expense." This means that Jesus paid for all our sins by His death on the cross. When we repent of our sins and pray for forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ, God honors our prayer and forgives our sins.

I love the verse in Hebrews where God says: "I will forgive their sins and remember them no more (Hebrews 8:12). Some of our sins are so bad we cannot forget them, but our Great God forgives and forgets -- only God can do this.

Why would God decide to send His only Son, whom He loved dearly, to earth to live and die for sinful man? Because of His infinite love and mercy, His compassionate heart toward mankind. The work of grace was Christ's death on the cross.

Picture in your mind Jesus nailed to the cross -- a rough, splintered wooden cross, which cut him badly just by touching Him, His body beaten nearly to death, bleeding from the soldier's spear piercing His side.

Seeing this scene fills my heart with sadness because of Jesus' pain and agony. It causes me to see the depth of God's love for a sinful world. What a price God paid to see His Son dying on such a cruel cross so that, by His beloved Son's death, sinful man might be saved.

Somewhere back in time, even before God created the world and Adam and Eve, He knew He would, some day, sacrifice His Son, whom He loved more than we are capable of understanding. He would require His Son's royal blood to empower His great plan of salvation for all mankind.

This is Amazing Grace!

Since our God paid so much through the death and agony of His sinless Son to provide for our salvation, shouldn't we all quickly put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and sincerely repent of our sins?

Shouldn't we be loyal to Him and determine to live by His teachings, and thank Him for all He has done for us? Every Christian owes a great debt of gratitude and thankfulness to the Lord our God, and we should all live lives that are pleasing to Him.

I hope and pray that some lost sinner reads this column and is convicted by the Holy Spirit to come to Jesus and be forgiven for his sins. I have a greater hope that many Christians would be convicted to share these truths with some lost person they know, and to pray with them to repent and be saved.

I know we all love our precious family members. Are you sure they are all saved? Please take the time to talk with them and be sure they will go to heaven when they die. Do you have friends that are unsaved? Do you love them enough to share your faith with them?

I pray you will.