Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012

The Power Behind the Words

They are such simple words, “grace” and “faith.” “Grace” comes from the Old French “grace”, meaning “pardon” or “mercy.” This word was taken from the Latin “gratia.” “Faith” came from the Old French “foi”, meaning “belief” and “trust.” “Foi”, in turn, stemmed from the Latin word “fides.” Such simple words, aren’t they? But “grace” and “faith” are two of the most powerful words in Scripture simply because of the God-breathed way in which they were put together. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Powerful stuff!

I often think we cannot even begin to comprehend God’s mercy and love, the far-undeserved lifeline He threw out to us by making such a beautiful statement. “By grace through faith” is such an amazing and revolutionary concept . . . and, in the case of our early Protestant ancestors, it was to die for. The Reformers had nothing but praise for this most merciful offering. Martin Luther said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” 

Amen and amen.

(c) 2012 Joyously Saved

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