Humanity miscalculates the wickedness of sin and the purity of holiness, and the enormous cost of God’s grace that spans the chasm between us and Him, between us in our sin and Him in His holiness.
When we miscalculate just how wicked sin is and how pure holiness is, our perspective on life will be skewed and distorted. We will consider our sin to not be that bad, that God’s grace (His delay of judgement providing extra time and the means for us to repent and change) isn’t really all that big of a deal, and that God’s holiness is just one or two notches better than a pretty good person. We will view God’s judgments on average sinners to be too harsh and unloving, and we cannot fathom how a loving God would send “pretty good people” to hell for their sin.
When we read in the scriptures of the riches of God’s grace, we don’t comprehend the “riches” part of His grace, we tend to think of the term “riches” to be just a flowery attempt at poetic creative writing. Instead, due to the almost infinite void that is the difference between sin and holiness, God’s grace really is rich and magnificent. When He forgives us (at our request) He separates us from our sin “as far as the east is from the west,” the chasm’s size between sin and holiness.
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
~ Psalm 103:10-12
The price for settling our sin-debt is far beyond anything we could ever afford to pay, even the sacrifice of our very life is not enough because our value has been so greatly diminished by our own sin. This is why there was a need for a sinless and perfect sacrifice, the cost to settle our sin-debt required the life’s blood that has not incurred any sin. Jesus was that sinless and perfect sacrifice, perfect in holiness and perfect in value! He said,
“This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
~ Matthew 26:28
It has been asked, What kind of God would send His own Son to be murdered as a price for the ultimate and final forgiveness of His murderers? Again, this is humanity’s miscalculation of the purity of God’s holiness and the enormity of His love. His love for us extends even far beyond releasing His own holy (sinless) Son to lay down His own body as a means for “buying back” His created people who would love Him in return.
“… in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…”
~ Ephesians 2:7-8
The next time we are reminded of the “riches of God’s grace” let’s remember the utter bankruptcy of our lives and just how evil our sins are, even our “white lies” separate us from the glory of God as far as the east is from the west. And thanks be to God, when we turn to Christ and ask of Him the forgiveness of our sin, He takes us from our place of sin on one side of the universe and transplants us on the other side of the universe, seated with Him in His holiness in the heavens.
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”
~ Ephesians 2:6
Let’s recalculate our concept and measure of the difference between sin and holiness.
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