Amazing Grace Romans Chapter 8 Verse 1

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Amazing Grace: Romans 8:1

By

Eduardo Diaz

Grace, it is truly amazing!

When I think of the song, “Amazing Grace,” my favorite hymn, I can’t help think how right the words are and the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, it is truly awesome, wonderful and amazing!

In the 33 years since Jesus came into my life time and time again I have seen the wonderful way he has taken care of me when there seemed to be no way out, no resolution to my circumstances, no hope and I am in awe of God for sending his Son to me. I still have this same joyous, childlike wonderment and sense of discovery about him as when I first met him and I praise his Holy Name!

One of the first prayers I ever prayed was asking God to teach me and over the years He has opened doors into Himself through the writings and teachings found in his Word and also those of godly men and women who have come before me whose revelations into the Word and intimacy with God have added to that knowledge and enriched my personal relationship with him. It is as though I have journeyed on a mighty treasure hunt and what I have found were priceless gems along the way! I have been made truly rich!

Over the last year or so I have spent a great deal of time reading and studying, some days I can get so caught up in the process and am so enjoying myself so much that I lose all track of time and the entire day is gone and I haven’t done anything else, what joy!

Lately God has been teaching me a great deal about “Grace” and it is there that I want to go in this teaching and share with you some of what he has taught me. If this study blesses you it is not because of who I am but rather that I have stood on the shoulders of giants and have seen further than I could have on my own. Having done so and seen the beauty that was shown to me I rejoice in the privilege of sharing it with you.

I don’t know what comes to you mind when you hear the word Grace.

For some, it is the description they use to describe what God has done, that is correct but I want to expand that definition by looking at it this way, Grace is a person, it is not just a thing or specific teaching, though it is right to think of it as the favor of God, God’s favor is the person of Jesus Christ and the finished work at the Cross, that is Grace.

It is unmerited favor, you can’t earn it no matter how much you try, we don’t deserve it and it is the power of God for salvation for every single aspect of your spirit, soul and body. To simply define Grace and the subsequent salvation experience as producing solely an escape from hell and access to heaven isn’t a broad enough definition of the favor, the work at the Cross, we need to expand this so we understand that when God gave us favor, his Son, that was the favor , and he, the person of Jesus Christ is the answer to any question, and solution to any problem that we might have in any aspect of our life. Jesus is God’s favor.

Graciousness being an attribute of God was expressed as a favor to all, displayed on the Cross and this favor is the person of Jesus Christ!

We can now interchange the words Grace and Jesus without losing sight or watering down the definition of God’s favor. Amazing Grace is seen in Amazing Jesus! He can save us from anything we experience and can conceive of and Grace can now be seen as an acronym meaning G od R estores A nd C omforts E veryone.

The thing that I find the most wonderful and awesome about all of this is that the favor of God was sent to make the enemies of God his friends that those separated from him can become his children, that is just amazing to me, if that isn’t favor enough for you, nothing else will be.

Romans 5:8- 11 (NKJV) says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (10) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (11) And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

It is a free gift, received by faith in Jesus Christ and it is not available by our efforts but rather through faith in God’s Son and His finished work that is Grace.

Love was God’s motive when he gave his favor to his enemies. God not only forgave our sins, past, present and future, He also poured out all the wrath meant for us and laid it on his Son at the Cross, full payment was made once and for all that we can now be friends with God and adopted children and God now see us through Christ just as if we had never sinned, that it what justification means.

God no longer sees us as we were but we are now covered in the blood and in Christ Jesus that is favor! Hebrews 10:17 says, "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."

Think about that, God will never , ever remember what our past, present and future sins were!

Furthermore, we are now reconciled to God through Christ and God is never now nor will he ever be angry with us since God poured out all His wrath on His son for our benefit which brings me to the jewels I want to teach you today from one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, Romans 8 and specifically one of its priceless gems, verse 1 which says,

Romans 8:1 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation fo r those who are in Christ Jesus.

The first thing we need to notice about studying God’s Word is that no one verse can be seen apart from its context and if we remember this we will have a deeper understanding and revelation regarding the Word. That being true, the same concept applies to chapters.

Although the word “therefore” is where the chapter begins the word is a connecting link between something previously written and what the author Paul is about to reveal next.

Now we might think that the natural connection to chapter 8 is found by going to the previous chapter 7 and seeing what Paul had written but that isn’t where the connection is made. The connection to chapter 8 is found at the end of chapter 5 and as we will see, chapter 6 and 7 are more Paul’s attempt to answer his critics, to answer certain objections to his teaching but which are not a continuation of the thoughts expressed in chapter 5 nor are they necessary for us to continue.

At the beginning of Chapter 5 there is another, ‘Therefore’ and let’s turn there.

Romans 5:1-2 (1) ¶Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Notice what Paul is saying, we have peace with God, not war, not anger, not anything but peace, we can rest in this fact, we are at peace, we accept this by faith because of the Grace, the favor God sent, Jesus Christ. I want to emphasize this because there are many in the churches that do not have peace because they don’t fully understand all of what God did. What did God do? Verse 2, by Grace we have been given a favor and the result of that favor was Peace. The Grace of God is all inclusive and covers every single aspect of our lives no matter how big or small!

Many do not have peace because they feel condemned, guilt, shame not knowing that they can be free of this, it has already been dealt with and they can be at peace and enter into his rest because we are his beloved.

The desire for Peace was initiated by God because we are so loved. That was his purpose before there even was a Universe. God made all the provisions and plan of salvation and took the steps to become our friend and our God, Abba Father, Daddy God, that we can be called children of God that we who believe by faith can become his sheep and be at rest in peace, dead to ourselves, alive in Christ.

Jesus Christ secured once and for all and made the full payment for God’s plan of salvation and now the Holy Spirit works with all believers applying this plan into every facet of our lives that we his sheep might enter into his rest because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Notice I didn’t say we will become or we will work at or we will obey till be get there, no, but rather that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus . Not by our obedience but by his at the Cross!

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him .

So here we tie the 2 chapters together as one continuous thought,

Romans 5:1-2 (1) ¶Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:1 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

In other words we can be at peace with God, we are no longer nor will we ever experience God’s wrath, his anger, and there is no condemnation now or ever again! This is the power of Grace! This is what Jesus has done for us!

Nothing and I mean nothing, now or will ever separate us from this love of God and when God looks at us in Christ he sees us just as if you had never sinned, this is explanation of being justified by faith and not being condemned is the resulting attitude of God towards us . Our condemnation , shame, and guilt has been secured and the divine exchange made at The Cross.

What does this all means?

The Christian must never allow himself to feel the condemnation brought about by the Law.

Why?

Because we are not under the law, which Paul describes as the ministry of death, we are under Grace, the person of Jesus Christ and his blood.

2 Corinthians 3:7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone (The Law) , came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, (8) will not the ministry of the Spirit (Grace) be even more glorious?

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Notice here in these verses that the Law was given by a servant, Moses, but Grace and Truth came through the son of God Jesus Christ. Not only is the finished work of Christ superior, it is more glorious.

We easily forget that the purpose of the Law was to point to Jesus Christ and the finished work at the Cross, the Law was never intended to be kept but rather as a means for God to lead man to the end of himself and his efforts to attain righteousness by works. Only Jesus could keep it for us on our behalf, we can’t.

The law made impossible demands of us but never lifted a finger to help us fulfill it, Grace was lifted up on the Cross and fulfilled the Law, it is finished on our behalf; it is by faith in Jesus that we now receive!

Go back and look at Romans 5:1 again,

Romans 5:1-2 (1) ¶Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (2) by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Notice it refers to the end, “ in hope of the glory of God

This makes reference to the absolute guarantee, the blessed assurance in the total and complete salvation of the Christian and it shows that nothing can prevent it and that is the theme in chapter 5 which continues the thought in chapter 8.

Going back to chapter 8 Paul continues the theme from 5 and begins with the statement,

Romans 8:1 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Having made this assertion, the remaining verses in chapter 8 are written to work out what he had claimed and he does so by making 7 affirmations, arguments if you will, to state his case.

Similar to climbing a ladder to reach for something beyond our grasp, Paul now takes chapter 8 and verse by verse will climb to prove the assertion that is stated in verse 1.

Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son (God’s favor to us) in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us , who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So the first argument that Paul makes to support the assertion that there is now ‘no condemnation’ is by saying we have nothing to do with it, Why? Because verse 2, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Jesus made us free from the law, How? He fulfilled it once and for all, His favor to us , we don’t have to, simply by believing in Him, we have met the requirements by faith and God sees us as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It is not through our efforts, obedience, works or anything else, it is by faith. To say otherwise would negate the work of Christ on the Cross and place the responsibility and subsequent glory on man and his flesh, this is not of God’s Grace, and it is simply pride and self-righteousness. Any act, work, or obedience done to attain righteousness by man’s efforts are not only futile but not of God.

What the Law and works failed to do, Christ has done it for us that was God’s favor to us that is Grace. It applies to every single aspect of our life.

It also shows the Trinity at work in that God purposed and sent us favor, Jesus secured it for us and we receive God favor when we believe, and the Holy Spirit now applies God’s favor in every aspect of our life for favor covers it all!

Paul’s second argument to support his claim is found in verses 5 thru 13.

Romans (5) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (6) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (8) So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (9) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (11) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. (12) ¶Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Having secured our salvation, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to apply God’s sanctification , the process of being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ and delivering us from all the traces of sin, even to include those evidenced in our bodies as well as guaranteeing that our salvation is complete in Christ.

The third argument Paul states appears in verses 14-17 which are a very, very powerful reminder of who we are by Grace.

We are God’s beloved children and we have been given a great inheritance!

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (15) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (16) The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The presence of the Holy Spirit within us applies God’s favor that Jesus secured to the extent that not only are we forgiven, and no longer now nor will we ever be under condemnation under any circumstance, we have been elevated from the bondage brought by the law and the fear it brings to now being in a position of sonship, adoptive children of God who are not only saved but we have a godly inheritance that are the promises of God found in his Word, ‘we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ’ . Notice that carefully, we are heirs of God . In this statement we have equality with Jesus as to the riches of God as our inheritance and if that were not true we couldn’t be joint heirs , equal to Jesus because by definition, joint heir means an equal heir! In other words, all the treasures that are Jesus’ are ours! Wholeness, prosperity, healing, deliverance, and anything else you can think of!

1 John 4:17b (NASB) ... as He is, so also are we in this world.

God does not condemn his children, now or ever and will provide for them equally out of his abundance, not lack.

Philippines 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Jesus and His Word are the promises of God’s favor. How do I know the promises are valid and true? Because they have His name on it, Jesus and the Word are one and the same.

John 1:14 says it perfectly ; The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

What further evidence do I have that God honors his promises to us? Because they have His Son’s name and if there is anything I know for sure it is that God honors His Son!

Philippines 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, (11) and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God’s favor towards us has changed everything in our relationship and raised us up to a position of being called ‘children of God’ , with all that involves, our salvation cannot possibly fail!!! Now, that’s what I call a Favor!!! That is the argument in verse 14-17.

The next argument that Paul makes, his fourth to support the assertion in verse 1, is found in verses 18-25 which read as follows:

Rom 8:18 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (19) For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. (20) For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope (21) that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (22) We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (23) Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. (24) For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (25) But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

What is Paul saying here?

Because we are children of God, we are destined for an inheritance of his Glory, which is not only promised but God is preparing for us and all of creation. This is an awesome statement and one we probably have not thought of before. Since the fall of man as written in Genesis 3:14, God has been graciously working out his plans with the final act of this cosmic play being the full restoration and establishment of his Lordship not only in the Earth but throughout the entire Universe as originally planned before sin entered therein. We need to realize that there is absolutely nothing we have ever seen or will ever see that hasn’t been marred by the effects of sin irrespective of how beautiful, pleasant or lovely it may appear to our distorted vision in these corrupt bodies. Paul is basically telling us that we have not even begun to see the Glory that is our inheritance and this Glory will impact the whole of creation including human beings, the animals, all of nature and any inanimate object you can conceive of is being affected as well. What we think of as beautiful, lovely, pleasant or any superlative we might care to use all fall short of the Glory that we his children will see, a Glory that is part of the inheritance in Christ Jesus that will impact the entire cosmos and our salvation is just a part this Amazing Grace he is revealing to us. Creation is groaning like a woman in childbirth as the timeline of his story reveals itself before the completion and he returns to his rightful place! Last time he came as a child, this time he will come as King of kings and Lord of lords! He came before meek and mild having left his glory behind, he is coming in ALL his Glory, ALL his splendor, ALL his majesty! Our Lord!

These verses I not only find awesome but they bring me joy and laughter as well. What amuses me is that when I read in the Bible where God says, ‘My Grace is sufficient’ I think of those words as meaning they will be enough where he Paul shows us here that not only is God Grace enough, it overcompensates superabundantly provides more than all we can think or imagine. As if seeing a need to put out a very small fire on a match he now drowns the flame with an ocean and then understates what he did by saying, ‘it is sufficient!’ I love God’s humor and understated response that not only are we saved, but the entire universe is affected by Grace as well! What a mighty God we serve!

In light of this, I can now understand even deeper what took place at the Cross and his love for us and that ‘there is now NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus!’ God provided not as if he exhausted Himself doing it, but rather out of abundance and still having excess supply left over to cover the whole Universe as well, I like that, and then very calmly saying, ‘that is sufficient!’ Knowing that God’s ‘sufficient’ covers the entire Universe, obviously something much greater than my mind can comprehend, I find the statement joyful and it brings laughter and I can’t help wonder that if this is His definition of ‘sufficient’ I can’t wait to see what he calls ‘plenty’! . This brings me great and abundant joy and I know my enemy is defeated and we are victorious forever! His joy brings me laughter in celebration, Praise God!

If I were to stop here, we would have more than enough evidence of God’s graciousness but He being abundantly super gracious, continues with the next set of verses that make up the fifth argument supporting the statement, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:26 (NIV) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (27) And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Previously I painted a picture, simplified though it is, of the Trinity at work and here I want to expand on that masterpiece of God’s artistry and workmanship.

Although the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, by this word I mean the three persons of the Godhead: Our Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Three persons, though we sometimes forget that the Holy Spirit is a person and think more of Him as a thing we need to become more conscious of His part in our salvation.

God the Father purposed the plan of salvation , Jesus secured it and the Holy Spirit applies it, if you can remember this you can somewhat explain the workings of the Godhead . God foresaw and conceived in his own mind and heart a great painting of his Son Jesus at the Cross and the Holy Spirit are the brushstrokes used to create the finished work entitled, “Grace”, given to us as a priceless masterpiece.

Here, beginning in verse 26 and 27, Paul gives us further evidence but this time from a more practical point knowing full well that as long as we are in this world we will have troubles. Paul knew this first hand and at this latter stage in his life he had been through beatings, persecution, prisons, rejections, and countless other troubles but God had been with him all along and delivered Paul time and time again, here he tells us and gives insight as to how.

Having saved us, God knew we would need help so He sent the person of the Holy Spirit for the expressed purpose of helping us and comforting so we are not left alone and that we may fulfill the expressed purpose for which we were created, namely, glorifying Our God. The Holy Spirit is applying the plan of salvation, how? By working within us to be a comforter, a guide, teaching and applying the Word to our life and circumstances and praying as an intercessor even to the point that sometimes we utter words that seem incomprehensible to us but that he and Father God fully understand. This isn’t a one time or occasional thing, it is continuous relationship and not only magnifies the love of God for us but solidifies that we are not under condemnation for had we been, God would not have done so much for us. It is through the Holy Spirit that we come into a deeper and richer fellowship with Jesus Christ and as we respond to his love, sacrifice and the finished work of the Cross, we glorify Our Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit and we will see unmerited favor, his Grace poured out into every aspect of our life and the power of God displayed. This is the plan.

The previous verses and my explanation of God’s plan prepares us for the next argument that Paul makes, his sixth , and this begins with verse 28

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ( 29 ) For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. ( 30 ) And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. ( 31 ) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ( 32 ) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ( 33 ) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. ( 34 ) Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

God’s plan is perfect, totally inclusive and specifically custom made for each of us. It is motivated by Love and it is Good. Good not as we think when we compare ourselves with others, Good as an absolute, perfect and the best for each of us. Before there was a Universe, before there was anything created either seen or unseen, God loved us and planned the best for each of us. We were then as now and forever an eternal thought in the mind and heart of God and he has already accounted for and planned for each and every step we take from birth to the grave, God’s plan is that complete. Even before man sinned, God planned the rescue. God announced it, secured it, applied it, it is finished and it cannot fail. God being for us, it doesn’t matter who is against us and there is no condemnation now or ever again!

If that isn’t enough Paul goes on to say that the plan is so perfect, as if an absolute could be magnified by adding the word so, so motivated by His love for us that he went to the extreme and look at this verse 31 again, ( 31 ) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ( 32 ) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ( 33 ) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. ( 34 ) Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

This is awesome, not only is he a holy, eternal, righteous God who has all the power in the Universe, he guarantees our salvation by not sparing his son for us! ‘ He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all How inconceivable then would it be that a holy God who would not withhold his only begotten son for us would now condemn us? A condemnation that would nullify what was done on the Cross.

God planned at the onset the death of his son for us; it would be inconceivable that God would now allow anything to cause it to fail.

We have not only God’s character guaranteeing the plan, he now finalizes it with the very best he has and nothing God has can be better than ‘His only begotten’, beloved, perfect son who came into the world deliberately to die for you and me. The ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’!

Having made these six bold and powerful arguments Paul now presents his summation to us in the seventh and final affirmation to settle the issue, should there be any doubt remaining, before we render the verdict, and he does so by beginning with two questions made both to stir and bring us comfort.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ( 36 ) As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” ( 37 ) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. ( 38 ) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, ( 39 ) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The great Apostle and master teacher sums up everything and asks, ‘ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? and then proceeds to answer the question, no one can, ‘ Romans 8:1 (NIV) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Nothing can separate us, (37) No , in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. ( 38 ) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, ( 39 ) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How can we be more than conquerors? Because we receive the benefits of the victorious Jesus not unlike a bride receiving the spoils of war from her conquering husband. Jesus, our groom, having conquered now brings us the victory he secured, he endured all the pain and suffering that we might receive all the benefits rightful his, we are joint heirs, we are heir to God’s treasures and nothing now or ever again can separate us from that love! Wow!

The great seal of completion, isn’t the plan of God or his purpose, it is the Love of God, it is that which completes and settles the issue, it is love that settles and led to the rest for ‘God is Love’ and ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…’

It was not the power of God but the love of God that drew me to him, it wasn’t a plan I didn’t understand at first or his Word which I have come to love, it was his love for me and I know now and forevermore that nothing can separate me from that love, nothing!

I am certain and have total confidence, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6) and because Heb 10:17 says, " Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." I can rest in the assurance that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I am at peace, I enter into His rest!

Grace has done its mighty work in me!

Praise God!

Eduardo Diaz

September 14, 2013