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The Story of God: Grace

Matthew 20:1-16, NRSV

Reflections

We exulted in Christ not because of the fact alone that he made us as equal, but in making us as equal, He revealed something more amazing. He revealed himself. His personality and predilection to see justice ever through the tinted glass of mercy. Through blood-stained lenses of grace. Grace — that mystery and miracle in God that is always in excess of favor deserved. Grace — that condition of congenital benevolence passed down by God on us for the sake of others. Grace — A.W. Tozer, defined it as “the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle,” he said “inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation.” Grace.

— Dr Maurice Wallace

  • Invitation of Grace
  • In the parable, God goes out five times to look for workers
  • God is always in pursuit; it’s never too late for God to pursue you
  • God employs us to His work
  • God pays; there is no bookkeeping, only book of Life
  • God’s extravagance generous grace
  • Insistence of Grace
  • Insist on the last in line to go first
  • So that all will see His grace
  • Judgement of Grace
  • v13-15: In becoming righteous, it limits to end of Grace
  • Mrs Turpin, from Flannery O’Connor’s short story, Revelation

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