believer in disparate search of the Lord and His righteousness. How strange that we becalled BLIND AND POOR. What a beautiful parable to illustrate the meaning of GRACEAND AGAPE LOVE. Behind the grace of God is AGAPE LOVE. It is the agape loveessence that bestows the favor upon those unworthy.
The problem with modern man isthat he is so arrogant he thinks he is worthy of salvation.
He claims his worth is somuch that Christ came and died just for him. That is in reality the perversion of grace. It places the value on the object of grace rather than on the GRACE GIVER,the act of grace, or grace itself. GRACE IS ALWAYS UNMERITED FAVOR.MANKIND HAS NO MERIT. HIS PRIDE AND ARROGANCE ONLY BETRAY HIMINTO ETERNAL RUIN. Man attempts to claim a value, and modern Christian theologyattempts to place a high value upon man. God does not. Most of what He does, He doesto protect HIS NAME, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is for the sake of mercy, of agapelove, for THE GOOD NAME OF THE LORD, that HE ACTS. Do a word study on theword SAKE, and you will find it is true. A few examples of this would be I Samuel23:10; Psalm 23:3; 25:11; 31:3; 79:9; 106:8; Isaiah 43:2; 48:11; and Ezekiel 20:14.In all of these God acts for
HIS NAMES SAKE ALONE.
It has nothing to do with thevalue of man. It is only when the
SOVEREIGNTY AND THE MAJESTY OF THELORD IS UNDERSTOOD CAN GRACE HAVE THE IMPACT IT IS SUPPOSEDTO HAVE.
We have no value before the Lord. NONE, ZERO. Man attempts to bringGod down to his level, to deal with Him as an equal, or if higher, only by a small degree.This blindness as to the true nature and position of the Lord negates all fear of the Lord.When fear of the Lord departs, all sorts of perversions enter in to the gospel of salvation.Modern theology has been written in an era of
NO FEAR OF GOD, IT ISPRESUMPTUOUS, ARROGANT, IGNORANT, DANGEROUS AND THEHEIGHT OF STUPIDITY.
It comers from a blindness of ones true POSITIONBEFORE GOD. It ends up in eternal ruin.The entire planet of earth lives because of the grace of God. Every breath you take is because of the grace of God. If God turned His face away, the universe would instantlydissolve. It is sustained and nourished only by the agape love of God, and from thatessence flows GRACE. If man has no value, then who does?
CHRIST ALONE, GODALONE, THE HOLY SPIRIT ALONE.
The act of bringing Christ into the world toredeem man was the supreme act of GRACE. It was done simply and only because GodAGAPE LOVED US. Grace and agape love cannot be separated, they are essentiallydifferent faces of the same essence. Agape love calls for action, for deed, for works thatDEMONSTRATE IT.
GRACE THEN BECOMES GRACIOUS.
Christ coming hereand dying is a demonstration of an unfathomable LOVE AND GRACE. IT WAS THESUPREME ACT OF GRACIOUSNESS. Christ was God. CHRIST LEFT HISPOSITION ON THE THRONE FOR US, NOT FOR OUR VALUE, BUT TODEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF HIS LOVEIt is then easy for us to say, SEE THE VALUE WE HAVE IN THE EYES OF THELORD. WE MUST BE OF EXTREME VALUE FOR CHRIST TO HAVE DONE THAT.That is the rational of man,
it is not the rational of God.
It is not man that has the value,it is the
AGAPE LOVE OF GOD, AND THE GRACE OF GOD THAT HAS THE