For the past few weeks we've been studying understanding grace. We've seen we always have free access before God through grace. In other words Father God has an open door policy for His beloved. Forgiveness of all our sins comes by His grace. We saw how it's by the blood of Jesus we are forgiven not our confession. Under grace we are now free from all fear and any shame.
Today, I'd like to proclaim some to good to be true, but true good news. In this life we may at times sense we are unaccepted or unworthy. Here is the good news, we are accepted in Christ. Beloved, in this grace we have been made accepted.
to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6
What does it mean to be accepted? This word accepted in the original Greek is a derivative from the word Charis, which is the Greek word for grace. This word means to be endued with special honor. To be made acceptable and highly favored.
When we receive this free gift of grace we are endued with honor. In the past we were clothed with rags of shame and self efforts. Our righteousness as filthy rags. Ever see someone try to clean a spill with a dirty rag? All they are doing is spreading the uncleanness around. Before Christ we were unrighteous and unclean in our hearts and minds. After Christ we are cleansed and made whole and given special honor. He gives us His beauty for our ashes.
We are also highly favored. We are not just favored, but highly favored. This means we are esteemed and the rights and benefits the Son (Christ Jesus) walks in, we now have available to us. Believe for the favor already bestowed upon us as sons and not servants.
Because we are accepted we cannot be condemned
Condemnation wants you to look upon your sins, weaknesses and failures. Grace points you to Jesus and His faithfulness and His one time sacrifice for all sins. Condemnation says you are disqualified for service. Grace says the finished work qualified you. Now go forth and fulfill the plan and destiny of God for your life. His grace equips you for all you need to follow God's plans for you.