Summary: Of redemption of grace, which saved a suffering world and its people from death.
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (September 10, 2015)
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (II Corinthians 8:9, King James Version [Liberality and thanksgiving]).
Greetings In The Holy Name Of Jesus,
My brothers and sisters, what a pithy shame that someone could say, “there are no redeeming virtues” when speaking of man (woman). You know what I mean, don't you? If it were not for the love of God, then the world would not receive Christ Jesus. Is this why Apostle John witnessed to us,“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (3:16, KJV). If it were not for the grace of Christ Jesus, then man would die. Is this why Apostle Paul witnessed to the Ephesians, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (4:7, KJV). Therefore, if it were not for the grace of Christ Jesus, then we would not have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers like Apostle Paul who was struck blind and called to serve on the road to Damascus in Syria as he witnessed to those in grace from prison about their exalted position in Christ, their relationship with God and the church (4:11, KJV).
Most importantly, your struggle does not go unnoticed because the grace of Christ gave you help “for the perfecting of saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” to live a life of redeeming virtues such as was the case of pious Job known for his patience in long-suffering (4:12, KJV). Howbeit then did he criticize his children or not feel confident that they, too, ardently believed in God?---”for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually” (Job 1:5, KJV [Job doubts]). So, if even a pious man such as Job experienced a time of doubt in a weak conscious surely we know we are prone to the same temptation in confidence but the redeeming grace of Christ Jesus made it possible for Job's redeeming virtue of patience to save him each day until God restored unto him all that he had plus more.
More importantly, how many of you feel you are worth your weight in gold? How many of you feel you have redeeming virtues worth great value? Accordingly, Proverbs said, “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool...The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth” (10: 18, 20, KJV [Moral virtues and contrary vices]). Why is it your mirror image of yourself is greater than how you feel about being in the image of God---wicked lies hiding the practice of hate in your heart is not as hidden as you think or would like it to be---for as hidden as you imagine your hate---you are in full view of God, Christ Jesus and all who know of you and all who see your imperfections in the spirit---all who see you are indeed in a delusional state, hopefully not imprisoned in the delusional state by God but able through Christ Jesus to be set free. Are you worthy to receive the word of Christ Jesus to save you?