How Does Jesus’ Saving Work Illustrate His Divinity?
Paul confessed that only through the saving grace of Jesus did he receive eternal life. Because Paul was aware of the depth of his sinfulness (he had been a persecutor of Christ’s followers), he was especially sensitive to the abundant grace Jesus had “poured out” on his behalf
Jesus’ voluntary sacrifice on our behalf demonstrates a key attribute of God: grace. While mercy refers to what God doesn’t give that we do deserve (punishment), grace refers to what God gives that we don’t deserve (life with him for eternity). Throughout Jewish history, God showed his mercy by giving his people more chances to avoid judgment. Ultimately, he showed the extent of his grace by offering his own Son as a substitute for the sin of all humankind.
Jesus graciously and voluntarily became the substitute that paid the punishment for humankind’s unholy rebellion against God. In this way, Jesus’ death also shows another key attribute of God: his love (see
This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.