“Grace to Grace” is the title of the new Hillsong single, which was released just last week. This song has been on repeat, both physically and mentally, the French version that is. Ok enough with the shout out haha. The question that I have today is, what does “from grace to grace” mean for me?
Mon Sauveur règne victorieux
My Savior reigns victorious
Brisant mes chaînes
Breaking my chains
Il pris ma place
He took my place
M’offrant la vie
Offering me life
De grâce en grace
From grace to grace
(Now I realize that this song has English lyrics already, but I just love the French, so work with me.)
The grace of God began the moment he didn’t destroy humankind after the sin of Adam and Eve. (Genesis 3:13-15, Romans 5:16) His love for us was so great that he constructed a plan to reconcile us to him. In fact, this last weekend we celebrated the great plan of God. Jesus, who is the Son of God, came to earth, lived among us, and then fulfilled all the prophecies that were foretold many years before.
“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
It amazes me that God loved me so much that he was willing to send his Son to earth, to be human, to be tempted, to experience what we do, and then to die so that I (and you) could have the chance to live. In this one act we were shown grace: the free and unmerited favour of God.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
“While we were still sinners.” Wow, those words express not only God’s great love, but also his grace for us. We were sinners when Jesus came. The Jews had to sacrifice unblemished animals as reconciliation for their sins, and gentiles were excluded at this time. But in these moments where the gap between God and us was at its greatest, he sent Jesus in our place. Jesus was the unblemished sacrifice, and through him both Jew and gentile are accepted.
By Jesus’ blood we were cleansed, made whole – healed. (Isaiah 53:5) Healed not only in a physical sense, but also in a spiritual sense. His blood became the covering that made us holy in the sight of God. However, it was not his blood that conquered death. Three days after his death, God raised his son, Jesus, from the dead. This gave us life. The resurrection of Jesus bridged the gap between life and death. You see we need both the blood of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus. With the blood of Jesus, “…we have been made right in God’s sight… he [Jesus] will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.”(Romans 5:9), and with the resurrection we have life. (1 Corinthians 15:21)
“And that is not all. We are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of him, God has brought us back to himself.” (Romans 5:11)
This is what “from grace to grace” means for me. It means that before God sent Jesus there was a plan for freedom. (Romans 6:23) He showed us favour by sparing us destruction. Nonetheless, he was not willing to stop there, because he sent his Son to die and then rise again so that we are not only made holy, but also given eternal life so that we may live forever with our Father, Creator, and God. I am found in his grace, in his favour: unmerited, undeserved. This gift is too good to be true, but it is true, and it’s mine.
If you don’t yet possess this gift of life, it is there for you to receive. God doesn’t ask us to be perfect before coming to him; he doesn’t wait for the impossible. He already met us in our imperfection, “while we were still sinners.” If confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you accept the free gift. (Romans 10:9) No fine print. C’est tout! That’s it! (Ephesians 2:5) He showed us grace before the cross and his grace was renewed after the cross – from grace to grace.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)