Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Are You A GraceXtremist?

A fellow Christian brother, Derrick, who first commented on my blog days ago, wrote an article on his blog entitled "Thoughts About The "Extreme Grace" Camp". I am proud to say that Derrick included me as one of those in the "Extreme Grace" camp, which incidentally inspired me to call myself a "GraceXtremist" and form my own "extremist" group (^_~).

However, the main point I want to make today is that I believe the Grace of God can only be extreme, never balanced.

Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

God did not have to send Jesus to die for us. He could easily have destroyed the whole human race and start over. But God did not; He took this extreme step of sacrificing His own Son, His one and only Son, whom He loved, for us!

Christ died for us while we were still sinners. That means that we have done nothing whatsoever to deserve Christ's sacrifice - that is grace! Do you know that there is absolutely nothing you can do which can ever repay what God and Christ have done for you? That is what makes the Grace of God extreme! You can never balance it with your works!

Yesterday, The New Paper reported on a traffic accident in Hong Kong where a minibus driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into pedestrians walking along a pavement. Among them was a trio of girls on their way home after a night out with other friends. One of the girls saw the oncoming minibus and quickly shoved her other two friends out of harm's way. The other two girls were still seriously hurt but their friend who tried to save them did not have time to save herself; she died on the spot.

This girl paid the ultimate price in order to save her two friends. The other two girls, after they recover, can try to be daughters to the mother of their friend but it is not the same, is it? There is nothing the two surviving girls can do to repay their friend's sacrifice; they can never balance the payment.

God paid the ultimate price and you can never repay enough to balance it! But get this, God does not want any payment from you at all; He just wants you to accept His grace. Grace is extreme in that respect!

I have accepted God's extreme grace and now proudly declare that I am a GraceXtremist. How about you?

7 comments:

Malcolm Loh said...

Count me in as an extremist too :-)

Derrick said...

Hi Stanley

Like I said, we aren't going to change our minds, at least for now. I have no intention to pursue this dialogue further.

Let's go back and read our bibles, shall we (I mean it in a good way)? Maybe with more reading and more of God's teaching, who knows, one of us might change and we might actually agree with each other years from now :)

Take care

Angie said...

Me three! Body Soul & Mind! ;D

Stanley Wong said...

Hi Derrick,

I have heard JP and Rev Terry Mize say this before: "The one with the testimony will always trump the one with the doctrine."

Christianpost (S'pore) just published an article about an ex-gangster turned preacher (http://sg.christianpost.com/dbase.php?cat=ministries&id=1250)

It was not mentioned in the article, but the church he was saved in is NCC. His testimony was read out in church months ago.

Hando Ferreira said...

Hi, Stanley.
I enjoy following your blog. I would like to add this. The Grace of God actually means the empowering presence of God. That is why the writer of Hebrews encourages us to come to the throne room of God, where we are seated with Christ, and receive His grace, empowerment, for our time of need. Hebr.4v14-16.
As a recovered addict all I can say is if I do not live in that place of grace, that place of empowerment by God, I would be out getting a fix right about now.
The church is in trouble exactly because we are so focused on doctrine that there is no time to spend with God. We want to do it "right" ourselves instead of through the grace, empowerment, of God and then we are surprised when God does not honor the arrogant work of our hands!
May all of us become gracextremist! In fact may we become nothing but people living out of the empowering presence of God. Believe me, as a pastor I can tell you that it is not doctrine that saves but God.
Here endith the preaching to the converted.

Stanley Wong said...

Hi Hando,
Amen! May the grace of God continue to super abound in your life! You are greatly blessed, highly favoured and deeply loved by Daddy God :-)

The Logical Mouse said...

Wa.

Now Joseph Prince got 2 fathers.

- God
- Victor King

JP should have picked his name carefully. Now somebody climbs over his head !