By Grace I Am What I Am

But by the grace of God I am what I am,” – 1 Cor. 15:10

Here is every redeemed sinner’s eternal confession.

We are dependent on this grace moment by moment.

His Blood Paid Our Debt

For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” – 1 Cor. 6:20

His blood paid our debt.

Of Him

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in theLord.” – 1 Cor. 1:26-31

But of Him: Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.

Jesus alone gets the glory.

A Fragrance of Christ

Sorry if this is too personal, but what do you smell like?

“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing… ” – 2 Cor. 2:15

God can sniff us out. You ever have that aroma that just makes you so happy? You breathe it in like, “Ahhhhh!” Believers stick out to him like a sweet perfume.

God can sniff out unbelievers just as easily.

Paul continues…

“… to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (v. 16a)

It’s amazing how one smell is pleasant to one person, but stinks to another. For example, some people love the smell of Play-Doh and some can’t stand it. When we speak about the Lord Jesus Christ to the world, they bristle. He is precious life to us, but pungent death to them.

Lastly, Paul asks “who is adequate” for such a tremendous task? (v.16b)

The answer is simple: No one is adequate, sufficient, or worthy. We all fall tragically, hilariously short.

Not one to leave us hanging, Paul tells us how we can ever be adequate: Our sufficiency is of God (2 Cor. 3:6). He makes us competent. He enables us.

And for that I am eternally grateful.

So, what do you smell like?

The Hard Truth

2 Cor. 5:10
2 Cor. 5:10

My posts are generally pretty light. I believe in Jesus’s greatest commandment: Love each other as I have loved you, John 15:12However, I don’t want to shortchange you. So, here it is, The Hard Truth:

If you are not saved, this is the best it’s gonna get. This is your heaven. So live it up. ‘Cause it’s only gonna get worse. A lot worse.

I’m talking Epic worse.

If you are saved, this is the worst it’s gonna get. This is your hell. So keep your chin up. ‘Cause it’s only gonna get better. A lot better.

I’m talking Epic better!

While you walk and breathe, it is never too late to turn back to the Father. He is anxiously waiting on the edge of the field for his child to return, Luke 15:20. But once God sanctions your heart to beat it’s last, then that’s all she wrote. Game Over. No do-overs.

Then there will be judgement. God is all about Love. But, God is also all about Justice. “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2 Cor. 5:10

That’s it. No candy-coated happy-go-lucky froufrou. No God is a pushover that will let me get away with being a spoiled little brat my whole life.

God “hates with a passion” those who are wicked, Psalms 11:4-7. That’s the NIV. The KJV says, “his soul hateth” the wicked. Psalms 5:4-6 says God “detests” the bloodthirsty, the deceitful, and those who tell lies. “Evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in Your Presence. You hate all who do wrong.

Jesus said “If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.” John 15:10. Let us never forget that we serve a Loving God but also a God of Justice. This is serious business.

Sorry for the tough love but tickling your ear doesn’t do you any favors. And you know what, I’m not sorry. So, there.

May God’s Love be with you