THAT AMAZING GRACE
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
The human heart is heretical by nature.
Popular religious beliefs should be checked carefully against the Word of God, for they are almost certain to be wrong.
Legalism, for instance, is natural to the human heart.
Grace in its true New Testament meaning is foreign to human reason, not because it is contrary to reason but because it lies beyond it. The doctrine of grace had to be revealed; it could not have been discovered.
The essence of legalism is self-atonement.
The seeker tries to make himself acceptable to God by some act of restitution, or by self-punishment or the feeling of regret.
The desire to be pleasing to God is commendable certainly, but the effort to please God by self-effort is not, for it assumes that sin once done may be undone, an assumption wholly false.
O the blessedness of sins forgiven, knowing that God no longer counts them against us. The amazing grace of God!
O Christ, I could never atone for my sins. You have done it. I receive the forgiveness You give. I glory in Your grace.