God's Gift of Grace

A loved , yet perhaps the least understood, vital Christian doctrine is the gospel of grace. The Apostle Paul wrote (Eph. 2: 8, 9), "By grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."

What is grace? Webster defines it as "the mercy of God . . a free gift of God to man" and so forth. Thus grace may be construed to be providential love transcending human justice. In God's omnipresence there is no iniquity to be accounted for, no failure to be condemned, no reality to death. Divine mercy goes beyond the necessity to identify blame, to personalize or punish guilt, because God's absolute love banishes supposititious evil just as light extinguishes darkness.

"They need not depart"
October 16, 1965

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