THE GOD OF MERCY
Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Psalms 103:8
Possibly the most comforting passage of God's Word to the believer in this dispensation of His grace assures us that "God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us [made us alive] together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) and hath raised us up together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-6a). What confidence, what assurance and anticipation is ours! Our position is already in heaven, " ... from whence we look [expectantly!] for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20).
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us ... " (Titus 3:sa). But forthe mercy of God, there would be no salvation for sinful man. Neither good deeds nor moral conduct can attain unto redemption. Keeping of the law cannot effect acceptability to God. Tribal heritage is of no consequence in attempting to gain entrance into the family of God. God is not willing that any should perish ... but will have [desires] all men to be saved (ref. II Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4). But salvation is not to be achieved; rather, it must be received!
The God of mercy has made man savable. Our apostle explains. "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures... was buried... and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (I Corinthians lS:3b,4). "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them ... Be ye reconciled to God" (II Corinthians S:19a, 20b). God in Christ did the work; all that remains is for man to believe. "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (II Corinthians 9:1S). "The Lord is merciful and gracious!"
The simplicity of the Gospel - Les Feldick
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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