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When Grace became the authority for rewards and exemption

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©  Sophia Lorena Benjamin

A woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus by the teachers of the law and the pharisees.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

Jesus responded.

“All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

John chapter 8 (NIV)

One by one those who brought the woman left, beginning with the oldest, apparently the most experienced and knowledgeable of the law of Moses?

Jesus neither judged nor demanded an explanation, neither from the woman nor those who were ready to stone her.

To paraphrase, Jesus then looked up towards the adulterous woman to ask, what happened? Didn’t any of them condemn you?

‘No one Lord’ she replied

“I don’t condemn you either’ Jesus assured, to her relief, but added ‘Go and don’t do that thing again’

Jesus dealt with the issue. Not by trying to be politically correct,  but rather  by Grace. And, in the presence of Grace no one qualifies because Grace recognizes no merit.

No matter how greater things one has done, Grace cannot qualify those who flash up their merit.

Ephesians chapter two, says – For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Saved, as in delivered or rescued from the trouble which can include the major and the minor troubles of those who come to Jesus by faith.

For those who come and admit their shortcomings by faith in the son of God alone, God offers them great exemptions and rewards by Grace alone.

 

 

2 comments on “When Grace became the authority for rewards and exemption

  1. Prakaash inspiration
    June 30, 2020

    Nice post. Sermons and teaching of Jesus are greatest source of inspiration, motivation and self help in real life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • sophialorenabenjamin
      July 2, 2020

      You are right Prakaash. For 2000+ years the greatest motivational speakers, writers and others have relied on the Words and teachings of Jesus to inspire others.

      Like

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