2013-04-16 - Mercy
2 John ~ Part 4
Moving on to the completion of John's greeting, we find the familiar grace and peace. But here John includes a third element, mercy. It is God's grace that is the basis of our salvation. He saved us while we were undeserving.
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
He showed us His mercy, by caring for us who are needy and helpless. We needed forgiveness, and we were helpless to do anything to earn it. But God loved us and provided the way of salvation as His gift.
Finally, we are at peace with God. Too frequently, when we talk about God's peace, we focus on the emotional sense of peace that we depend on to get through life. But in this context, the concern is an end of the warfare between God and man. We are no longer in rebellion, but are at peace with God, because of the work of Christ on the cross. How can we experience grace and peace?
To be continued.
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