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Devotional Gems by Jolene
Created for Bible Study for Kids

 

Riches of God's Grace

Part Three of Four

James 1:17, Ephesians 1:3-8
By J.D. Griffith

Remember the two words that are used to describe a believer’s life? Grace is when believers receive (blessings) which we do not deserve. Mercy is when believers do not get (the justice) we deserve.

The moment you accept Christ into your heart and receive salvation, you are incredibly rich! This amazing treasure comes to us through grace.
Grace is: A) Given by the heavenly Father (James 1:17). B) Given freely (Ephesians 1:6). C) Given abundantly (Ephesians 1:7-8). D) Given immediately. E) Given on Christ’s merit, unearned and underserved by us. F) Given to us forever; nothing can take it away.

Feel rich yet?

There’s more: We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. We were predestined to be adopted sons and daughters through Jesus Christ. We were redeemed (bought with Jesus’ blood). Our salvation was costly; the price was Jesus’ death. We are justified before the Father. That means we are no longer guilty of our sin. We are removed from God’s enemy list; He accepts us as children. That is reconciliation. (Romans 5:10).

But that’s not all: We are forgiven. Colossians 2:13 in the Bible says God does not hold our sin against us. But God will discipline us, as needed. (Hebrews 12:6). We are one with the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He abides in us, and we in Him. (John 15:5). We are joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:14-17). We have dual citizenship: citizens of Earth, and Heaven. (1Peter 1:3-4). God is working all things together for our good. (Romans 8:28).
Do you feel rich now?

Still with me? At salvation, we are set apart for God’s service. That’s what sanctification means. We are continually cleansed and refined throughout our lives. The indwelling Holy Spirit seals us as children of God. He guides and teaches, equipping us to do God’s will. This enables us to approach the throne of grace with confidence. (Romans 5:5, Ephesians 4:20, Hebrews 4:15-16). We’re promised a physical resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:50-52).
Gold at rainbow's end
When you feel poor, think of the riches you already own. Don’t ever say that you didn’t realize you were wealthy beyond measure.

Take Home Nugget

These are incomparable riches of God’s grace. How can anyone argue that being called, justified and glorified doesn’t make you feel special? (Romans 8:30, Ephesians 2:4-7).

Living life is more than playing a game.
Before the world, our heritage we trace--
God’s lavish grace upon us in Jesus’ name.
We’re trophies of His grace!

J.D. Griffith