Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

I think it is interesting to note that the Bible presents the grace of God both as something we pursue and as something that pursues us. The denominational world has really scarred the Bible’s view of the grace of God by its adoption of the Calvinistic view. In this view, the grace of God has all the responsibility to pursue us. We can do nothing until His grace moves on us to do something.

We can never spend enough time considering the grace of God. Here is a true statement: we are only saved by the grace of God, but we are not saved by the grace of God only. This is the Biblical teaching about grace. We should rejoice everyday in the grace of God in our lives.

By His grace, God has pursued us. He moved in our direction from the very beginning. This move was presented as a mystery from its inception. This mystery is identified as “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). In addition, Paul spoke of “the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God” (Ephesians 3:9)

He continued to identify when this mystery would be revealed to the world: “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church…” (Ephesians 3:10) He intended, in His move of grace toward mankind, to reveal this mystery through the Church that Jesus promised to build before He was crucified (Matthew 16:18).

Finally, we find in Paul’s words the time when all of this was set in motion. He said that this mystery was “from the beginning of the ages” (Ephesians 3:9) and that all of this was “according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:11). Thanks be to God for His gift of grace!