God's Grace

May it be that we begin and end each day reminding ourselves that it is God’s grace that sustains us, and it is God’s grace that will finally “lead us home.” We will live our whole lives and still not completely fathom the full nature of the grace of God. But let us attempt each and every day to get a glimpse of it, and then share what we can of that glimpse with all we encounter throughout the day. For this world is a challenging place even on the best of days, and sometimes downright overwhelming. So meditate upon the words of Martin Luther printed below from, “Day by Day We Magnify You,” and let the grace of God wash over you once more, and then go live the day.

The Water of Rebirth

He saved us, according to his mercy through the water
Of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:5)

He calls the washing a rebirth, a renewing in the Holy Spirit, in order that the greatness and the might of grace may be perfectly expressed. So great is this thing that no creature can do it, but the Holy Spirit alone. Indeed, how you, St. Paul, do spurn the free will, the good works and the great merits of the proud saints! How high you place our blessedness, and yet you bring it so near to us, even within us! How purely and clearly you preach grace! Therefore, however you may work to renew us and change us, it is only possible through the water of rebirth, through the Holy Spirit.

This is truly preaching freely and fully of the grace of God. No patching with works avails, only the complete changing of the nature. Those who truly believe must endure much affliction and must die in order that grace may demonstrate its nature and its presence.

God’s grace is a great, strong, mighty, and active thing. It upholds, leads, drives, draws, changes, and works all things in a person and is really felt and experienced. It remains hidden, but its works are manifest. Works and words point to where it is, just as the fruit and the leaves show the kind and nature of the tree.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ‘tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
(John Newton, 1725-1807)

God's Grace and Peace to you,
Pastor Ellingson