Saved by Grace

September 16, 2018

Luke 11:13… If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?

            This morning when I read this I noticed something that I have missed in the past... “You, who are evil.” He does not say, “You who do, or have done, evil things.” Jesus did not look over His crowd to be sure He wouldn’t mislabel, and thereby offend someone. All humans are evil. It is not just the ones who act evil. We look round and see people who act evil. God looks down at His creation and sees that all are evil; there is none that are good… not even one. I have said, “I am not as good as the best but I am better than most.”That is so wrong. Jesus says, “You are evil.” Will I accept what the Bible says? It also says, I am saved by faith; by the grace of God. I am not saved because I am finally worthy. Are you doing enough good things to be worthy of everlasting life? Do you ever fail? Sorry, you had a bad hair day… you are out.

            God gave us the best gift He could, His Holy Spirit. And He is leading us. Where? To the Truth. Our walk,  before salvation, was a walk of fear and trepidation. Our walk, after salvation, is a walk of love and transformation. The difference between our before walk and our after walk is the leading of the Holy Spirit. He is, as I have said, leading us to Truth… or more accurately, “into” Truth. He does not lead us to a mountain of truth and say “Here it is.” He leads us to Truth and says, “This is the way; walk in it.” Being evil, we, none of us, knows how to walk in Truth. God graciously gave us Himself to guide us. It all began with the gift of his Son, and now it continues with the gift of His Spirit.

He and Jesus are leading us to the Father. That leads us further to a grasp of a word that is not in scripture… “Trinity.” God is more complex and more intricate than the word can describe.  We had broken hearts. God, in essence said, “I will give you my heart.” He put within us a new heart. (Ezekiel 36:26)We have had a heart transplant and God was/is our donor. We have a different future than the lost, not because of good works…  but, because of God’s love. Without Him, we are evil.