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Massively HUGE Grace

August 18, 2015

Greetings,

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”  Colossians 2: 13-15

Wow, very heavy words!  What struck me hardest and most when reading this passage of scripture is that God made us alive with Christ even before we ever repented and believed in Him.  That just opens a huge can of theological worms, doesn’t it?  I mean while we were dead in our sins and all about our sinful nature, that is when He made us all alive and saved us.  All of this occurred before we ever confessed and asked Him into our lives.  According to this passage the cross was triumphant in our lives even before we ever acknowledged Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Can it be that we were actually saved long before we ever knew it?  How does this passage fit in with Romans 10: 9 &10?  There it says that IF we confess and believe we will be saved. However, God is not restricted by time, so maybe the order in which we confess doesn’t really matter.  I still feel that we need to acknowledge Him and the work that He accomplished for us on the cross, but it seems to me that God had us firmly planted in the palm of His hand way before we did anything on our own accord to acknowledge or receive Him.

It seems to me that grace was given and applied well before we ever even had a clue as to who Christ really was.  HIS providence was in effect even before our cooperation was ever considered.  Don’t get me wrong I still feel we need to cooperate and work out our salvation with fear (a sense of awe and wonder) and trembling, but I will also say that the Grace of our Lord is immensely deeper and wider than almost any church has presented it in all of history. My current beliefs still fall a little short of fully endorsing the idea of Universal Reconciliation, but theologically, and socially my beliefs lean further left than they ever have.  I value relationship over doctrine any day.  Is that just because I am getting old, or is it yet another renewal of my heart and mind?  Either way I still say that Christ’s Grace is massively HUGE and we are all so very, very small.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

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6 Comments
  1. janet fowler permalink

    INCONTHIEVABLE! Sorry for the lame movie reference, but it is truly unfathomable, beyond our abilities to understand that kind of Grace. We can get so stuck on what we and others deserve. ITS NOT FAIR!, We cry. But it’s so freeing and where the peace and rest comes from. Thank you again Christopher.

  2. daryl permalink

    Gods’ grace is truly greater than what any of us probably comprehend! Just my 2 cents on universal reconciliation….while the sin question has forever been dealt with by Jesus sacrifice on the cross,men are not saved who reject his sacrifice treating that as just “another sin” that was paid for.Jesus makes this clear in John 3. Having said that,even our believing in Christ is due to the Holy Spirit convicting and the Father drawing us…so there really is no room for arrogance or boasting…..just gratitude and humility and thankfulness. I think our attitude is so important,It is “right” to desire that everyone be reconciled to God,(even though they won’t be). Sadly it seems that many times christians,(myself included),give the impression that we are glad people are lost,treating them as the enemy,rather than victims of the enemy.

  3. Chris, I think you are getting older AND the heart is continually being renewed and refreshed by all the awesome wonders of God. The more we know the more we realize how much we don’t know. God is so h u ge !!! No boasting for us, only in Him!
    Love your blog posts 💕

  4. "BK" permalink

    Over time the Lord has had me ‘re-define’ some of the words I took for granted in my journey through religion into Him. Recently ‘saved’ was added to my ‘take another look at this’ list! (I am referring to how to reconcile what you said with Romans 10:9-10)

    The word ‘saved’. This word has become a word accepted in the religion of Christianity to mean ‘you prayed something called the sinner’s prayer and now when you die you will go to heaven.’ HOWEVER, when I looked it up in the Greek (Strong’s Concordance) I found
    Strong’s Definitions [?] (Strong’s Definitions Legend)
    †σώζω sṓzō, sode’-zo; from a primary σῶς sōs (contraction for obsolete σάος sáos, “safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):—heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

    Hmmmmmmm, what if this means if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus (it does NOT say ‘confess your sins’) we will be ‘delivered’ out of any situation we find ourselves in as we walk this life?
    Just thinkin’, “BK”

  5. "BK" permalink

    Read this to the folk here last night and it was well received. We’ve considered alot of scriptures where it points to Jesus reconcililng us while we were STILL DEAD, bringing life to us but never these particular ones. We were all blessed. Love, “BK”

  6. Ramma permalink

    I am loving this message! This is fairly new to me about confessing the Lord Jesus and not the confession of sins. But professing HE IS LORD OF ALL!! How much this frees up so much that is bound in our lives. Doctrine, religious pressure, etc, etc. When we confess the Lord there is such a recognition of sin and our inability to live without Him, that it’s an instinctive reaction to say, “Oh, Lord please forgive me!” Great post brother!

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