"Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever.Amen."
Paul, the Apostle of Grace
The word glory means to gaze upon the greatness of God...to stand in awe of how great God is. For all eternity we we will gaze upon God and be in awe of his greatness. We will forever be saying, “Look at how great God is!”
Why will we be gazing upon the greatness of God for all eternity?
Why will we say, "Look at how great God is!"?
One word - Grace!
2 Timothy 1:9 says God gave us grace in Christ before time began.
Most, if not all of us, have said the following to God, "God, I just don't understand." The reason we have said this to God is because something has happened, or didn't happen, that we don't understand.
Maybe this is you.
You have said to God, "God, I just don't understand."
Your heart is hurting. Your mind is confused.
You were told by your Pastor, Bible teacher, small group leader, mentor, or friend that through your faith, through your right believing in the finished work of Jesus, God would bless you with a better job, a restored marriage, a healed body.
The word "gospel" is used over and over within Christianity; yet, in my conversations with many many Christians, I have discovered most have an incomplete understanding of the gospel. I believe with all my heart that our heavenly Father passionately desires that those who have been saved by the gospel understand the gospel that has saved them. So what is the gospel?
In the original Greek language, the word gospel means "good news". We find the word gospel used in the Bible both before the crucifixion of Jesus and following his resurrection.
This grace was given us
in Christ before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through
the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus…
2 Timothy 1:9-10
Christmas is the birth of grace. But to fully appreciate Christmas as the birth of grace, we must first go back to before time began...before God created anything or anyone. We must go back and examine why God created anything or anyone at all.
The Bible says that before time began, God gave us, the human race, grace in Christ.
This grace was given us in Christ before the beginning of time.