The Beauty of His Character

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1,2. NKJV.

Stomping through the book of Romans, I stubbed my toe on the opening lines of chapter five. The realization that one’s entire life as a Christian is the result of God’s grace in which we stand-His favor and provision in Christ that we do not deserve. The glory of God is the manifestation of God, the outward shining of His inward being.

I feel as cracked-pots we are privileged to be those earthen vessels who reveal to the world the outward shining of His inward being.

The dynamic of God’s grace speaks these truths: That God has been reconciled to the world through Christ’s sacrifice (vs.10); the unmerited favor, the unconditional acceptance that we receive from God (Eph. 1:6); and the empowerment for a task (1 Cor. 15:10).

Reciving the Beauty

Reciving the Beauty

Combining these truths bring believers to a place of genuine freedom, where we are free to obey God, not to obtain His favor but because He has already given us His favor. Finding ourselves within His unconditional acceptance given us because of what Christ has done, we are freed from the need to monitor our behavior and loosed into the joy of knowing His friendship.

If we focus primarily on our righteousness that only diverts our attention from His loveliness—which ultimately erodes our dependence on Him to produce in us the beauty of His character. Grace emphasizes the generosity of God’s love, highlighting the truth that God does not coerce change by threating us, but instead He conquers by lavishing His love upon on us.

His grace frees from wearying self-generated endeavors and releases us to allow His Holy Spirit within “To will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 18:37:58

    Great verses, Manny.

    We can have peace with God in a sometimes very cruel world. I appreciate your take on this scripture and the fact that we are “privileged to be those earthen vessels who reveal to the world the outward shining of His inward being.”

    What a blessing that He can use a “Cracked Pot” like me.

    God’s blessings my friend…

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  2. Mannyr
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 16:07:22

    Yes, i believe we are called to be what the world terms cracked-pot. There is a definite distinction, in Jesus day unscrupulous sellers of pots would use wax to hide cracks, but wise buyers (Christians) would go outside the shop and hold the pot up to the sunlight and buy else where. True pots do in deed leak by design. 🙂

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