We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith
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Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:21-26, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 18-19, John 10:27-30
BY Guest Writer
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:21-26, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 18-19, John 10:27-30
“In the matter of Samuel Ellis Gibson…”
My husband and I sat in a conference room with a notary named Janet, listening to the judge’s voice coming through the speakerphone. The judge sat on her bench somewhere in Florida, and as she spoke, we strained to hear every word. The journey to adopt our son had begun long before he was ever conceived. Now, he was seven months old, and a judge was making a final judgment in his case.
She looked at the facts, asked us her questions, and evaluated the progress he’d made since coming into our care. In the end, she made the final adoption decree. From that point forward, she said, it would be as if “the blood of Patrick Gibson and Claire Gibson were running through his veins.” I burst into tears—shocked at the beauty and finality of that legal language. This little child, who had no idea what was going on, had just had his life changed forever.
This is God’s grace to us. When we were weak, He left everything behind to come find us, save us, and adopt us into His family. At the cross, a final judgment was made on our behalf about our family, about our future. In essence, the gospel decrees over us: “From this point forward, it is as if the blood of Jesus were running in their veins.”
What occurred at Calvary is a mystery—beautiful and scandalous and hard to understand. But throughout Scripture we are given word pictures to help those of us in the physical world understand what Jesus accomplished for us in the spiritual world.
It’s like an adoption (Galatians 3:26–4:7). We were lost but Jesus transferred us legally into His family, forever making us His brothers and sisters with access to the Father’s great riches (Romans 8:17; Colossians 1:12).
We were like lost sheep (John 10:1–18), but Jesus guided us gently to safety. We were once helpless, but Help came to rescue us.
We were once dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1–5), but Christ made us alive again.
We had failed (Romans 3:23), but Christ gave us His perfect record as a substitute for our own. Grace is the lifeline we couldn’t throw to ourselves.
All of these metaphors are mere pictures of what we will one day experience fully, in His presence. But in the meantime, Jesus invites us to live our lives as His children. We can trust the final word of our great Good Judge. What He says sticks. We are children of God, saved by grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:5). This is our standing both now and forever.
Thanks be to our good and gracious God.
Claire Gibson is a writer whose work has been featured in publications including The Washington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine among many others. An Army kid who grew up at West Point, New York, Claire is currently growing roots in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Patrick, their son, Sam, and their dog, Winnie. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, will be published next year.