Too Good To Be True?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 (NIV)
Recently we met several used car salesmen and they are all the nicest people in the world! It’s funny how our car was not worth much, but of course they were offering an excellent part exchange against the car we wanted, so the deal was almost too good to be true.
So what has this got to do with the Gospel? The Gospel is good news—Jesus has already died to pay the penalty for our sin. There is nothing we can do to earn it and nothing we can do that will take it away. We have to believe this to be the case in order to experience and benefit from salvation. This is God’s Grace, or undeserved pardon as it’s sometimes called.
Some say that grace is ‘too good to be true’ and don’t believe it can possibly be that simple. Let’s have a look at a few misconceptions and see what the bible says:
- You have to be perfect for Jesus to love you and die for you? No, Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He took away our sin so we stand clean before God and this life is the transition, which will end up in our ultimate transformation, into a spiritual body.
- You have to work really hard to be good enough for God to Love You? No, Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Even the faith we need to believe is a gift. The gospel really is good news.
- Once saved, you have to be careful you don’t mess up and lose out? No—let’s see what it says in John 10:27-30: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand…”
- Is God only interested in those who believe right now or does he want everyone to believe and be saved? No, 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise… Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
So is grace too good to be true? God loves us despite ourselves. He will not let anyone snatch us away from Him and, not only that, He does not want anyone to perish. Grace is a gift for all and we pray that all people will ultimately accept that gift and have eternal life.
Dear God, thank you for your grace and mercy. It seems too good to be true for some people but the reality of your love really is wonderful!
Study by Gary Glenister
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Gary Glenister is an Elder for the Cardiff & Llanelli congregations of Grace Communion International in South Wales (known locally as Welcome Christian Fellowship), mainly serving the Llanelli church plant.
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