Monday, Dec. 22
There are two words that sum up redemption—mercy and grace. These are used extensively in the New Testament, often in the same passage. Rom. 8:3-4 is one of them. “For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man,” (verse 3). He took away the penalty of sin so we are not condemned. “in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” (verse 4). After removing the judgment of sin and freeing us from the bonds of sin and Satan, he then pours out on us multiple blessings, including all the tools to live a righteous life and giving us a home in heaven. That’s grace. These two words, mercy and grace, tell the whole story of redemption, all out of God’s love for us. Our indebtedness is two fold and so should be our gratefulness and worship. It’s impossible to overstate the need to worship God—and the rewards of doing so.