I had the privilege of hearing Bellarive sing this on Wednesday. It was a beautiful time of worship!
If any should complain that humanity, under the fall, is too weak and helpless to obey these high commands of God, the reply is in order that, through the atonement of Christ, man is enabled to obey. The Atonement is God’s Enabling Act. That which God works in us, in regeneration and through the agency of the Holy Spirit, bestows enabling grace sufficient for all that is required of us, under the Atonement. This grace is furnished without measure, in answer to prayer. So that, while God commands, He, at the same time, stands pledged to give us all necessary strength of will and grace of soul to meet His demands. This being true, man is without excuse for his disobedience and eminently censurable for refusing, or failing, to secure requisite grace, whereby he may serve the Lord with reverence, and with godly fear.
There is one important consideration those who declare it to be impossible to keep God’s commandments strangely overlook, and that is the vital truth, which declares that through prayer and faith, man’s nature is changed, and made partaker of the Divine nature; that there is taken out of him all reluctance to obey God, and that his natural inability to keep God’s commandments, growing out of his fallen and helpless state, is gloriously removed. ~E. M. Bounds, “The Necessity of Prayer“
The People of the Second Chance‘s new post is up. You can see it here: We Are the 100%. In the midst of the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy movement, I’ve learned about all sorts of percentages that people say they are a part of. I’ve learned that I’m a member of the 99% and that I belong to the 53%. But the percentage that I most identify with is the 100%.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23
In case you needed clarification, all is 100%. Everyone. Me. You. But we take this verse out of context. The whole sentence gives us hope.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:22-24
I am the 100%. I am part of the group that sins, that needs God grace. And praise God, that through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, I am never beyond God’s forgiveness.