We Are Not Unsalvageable
The term saving grace is generally defined as a “redeeming quality or factor” of an object or a person that prevents them from being judged as completely horrible. Prideful humans as we are, we may be keeping long lists of what we consider as saving graces of ourselves. We have beauty, intelligence, and unique skills we believe that are quite commendable for us. But notice that those lists don’t entirely dig deep into man’s existential and eternal needs.
However, in the case of holiness and worthiness, we cannot offer any saving grace save for the fact that we are not completely unsalvageable. Apostle Paul did not sugarcoat this truth when he spoke about man’s lack of any saving grace, which he wrote in his letter to the Romans:
There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. (Rom. 3:10–12, NKJV)
Now this is an alarming truth. No one is righteous. Not I, not you. We are both heading to eternal damnation.
But again, all hope isn’t entirely lost. We can still be saved. This is where God’s saving grace comes in. Paul further wrote in the same chapter that God’s righteousness is available for us to claim as ours through our faith in Christ Jesus. So when we accept Jesus as our lord and savior, we are also accepting his righteousness and his eternal riches as ours. We receive His grace through faith.
God’s grace is what leads a person to salvation and enjoy eternal happiness and life in heaven by His side. God’s grace frees us from the consequences of our sins, to be free of eternal death in hell and free from the chains of our past. And the price? Nothing we can afford to give.
Grace is an uncanny thing. We are so used to the norm of working to earn what we want and what we need that the very idea of something so expensive or so priceless being freely offered is so alien to us. God’s saving grace doesn’t make sense to us because we know that we are not worthy—at all. We can give nothing back to Him in exchange for His grace.
Indeed, God’s grace is free and is continuously saving us from sin, from hell, from our flesh. It is unconditional. It is abounding. God’s saving grace is always sufficient for all of us.
The book of Psalms is overflowing with broken people’s praises and worship to God about his saving grace.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psa. 130:11–14, NKJV)
This particularly endearing and reassuring psalm means that God chooses to forget our sins, and we should also do the same, for He will not hold these against us. He remembers that we are only dust and that we are quite fragile beings in need of love and care. Notice how the Lord wants to be a father to his children. For it is not the child that He hates; it is the sins of the child.
There will be no circumstance nor great amount of sin that could nullify the power of God’s saving grace in our lives. However, another question, stated in Romans 6:1b, looms from this light: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”
Shall we go on sinning knowing that God will still forgive us because of his unlimited grace? Paul adeptly answers this in the following verses:
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized to his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.” (Rom. 6:2–5, NKJV)
God’s saving grace is not an excuse to sin even more. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14, NKJV). He has freed us, and we should live as the free people that we are. We are a new creation in Christ. This is the power of His saving grace.
How about you? Have you had any experiences when you felt you were too far gone and God’s saving grace just swept you away? Share those stories with me in the comment section below. To read more about God’s saving grace, check out my thirty-one-day devotional book, The Kingdom Moment .