beings, we humans don’t trust things that don’t make sense. When we come across
something that doesn’t seem to add up, we don’t like it. We look for
alternative explanations and possibilities. If we are going to believe
something, we want it to be logical and rational.
why so many have a hard time with the gospel. When we take the gospel for what
the Bible says it is, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t add up. The gospel
declares that our sins have been forgiven and we have been made new in Christ
without our lifting a finger to make it happen.
logical, so we look for other explanations. We tell ourselves that our sins
will be forgiven only if we commit ourselves not to sin any more. We imagine a
set of guidelines or rules that we must keep in order for God to apply his
forgiveness to us. We try to make sense out of something that doesn’t make
sense to us.
In Romans 5,
verses 8 and 10, we read that God loves us so much that Jesus died for us while
we were still sinners. But that doesn’t add up. Why would God forgive us before
we even repent? So we look for other explanations. Romans 5, verse 6 says that
Christ died for the ungodly. But that doesn’t make sense. Why would God
want to forgive ungodly people before they even promise to stop being ungodly?
So we look for other explanations. We want to see repentance come before
verses 1-10 says that God forgave us while we were still dead in our sins. It
even says he made us alive with Christ and seated us with Christ in heavenly
places while we were still dead in our sins. Verse 9 says, “It is by grace you
have been saved, through faith—and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of
God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
That makes no
sense at all to us. But we can begin to see a pattern emerge. When it comes to
God’s grace, there is a new kind of logic. The logic of grace goes against the
grain of everything that makes sense to us. But it makes sense to God. To God, love is everything, and only his grace generates love in
human beings. Only his unconditional
forgiveness and healing can raise the dead to life.
doesn’t make sense. We just cannot imagine how unconditional love,
unconditional forgiveness, and unconditional healing, can result in anything
but more sin. Why should a person trust and follow Jesus if they’ve already
been forgiven anyway?
that’s how the logic of grace works. Titus 2:11-14 tells us that it is the grace
of God that teaches us to say no to ungodliness. Not punishment. Not
force or persuasion. But grace. Who would have guessed such a thing?
So we can
simply believe the good news in faith that God loves us unconditionally and
that he knows what he is doing even if it doesn’t make sense to us.
Tkach, Speaking of Life.