The Awesomeness of Common Grace.

Posted: August 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dr. Wayne Grudem’s defines common grace as follows:

“When Adam and Eve sinned, they became worthy of eternal punishment and separation from God (Gen. 2:17). In the same way, when human beings sin today they become liable to the wrath of God and to eternal punishment: “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). This means that once people sin, God’s justice would require only one thing—that they be eternally separated from God, cut off from experiencing any good from him, and that they live forever in hell, receiving only his wrath eternally. In fact, this was what happened to angels who sinned, and it could justly have happened to us as well: “God did not spare the angels when they sinned but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom to be kept until the judgment” (2 Peter 2:4).

But in fact Adam and Eve did not die at once (though the sentence of death began to be worked out in their lives on the day they sinned). The full execution of the sentence of death was delayed for many years. Moreover, millions of their descendants even to this day do not die and go to hell as soon as they sin, but continue to live for many years, enjoying countless blessings in this world. How can this be? How can God continue to give blessings to sinners who deserve only death—not only to those who will ultimately be saved, but also to millions who will never be saved, whose sins will never be forgiven?

The answer to these questions is that God bestows common grace. We may define common grace as follows: Common grace is the grace of God by which he gives people innumerable blessings that are not part of salvation. The word common here means something that is common to all people and is not restricted to believers or to the elect only.”

Systematic theology : An introduction to biblical doctrine (p. 657). (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan).

How has God bestowed such grace upon me?

The Reds in 1st place; Five Guys bacon cheeseburgers; Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”; Daddy Day with my boy; jogging in Maui; “Parliament of Whores” by P.J. O’Rourke; the original “Karate Kid” (not the one that “Hancock” paid for his kid to star in); Kentucky basketball; being baptized by your father in the Jordan River; a dark roast from Starbucks; Season 4 of Dexter arriving from Netflix; Tim Keller; great bad movies like “Roadhouse”; having your son look up at you and say, “You’re so good to me, Daddy”; the Jaco Pastorius fretless Fender Jazz bass; Ohio State football; Tosh.o; kissing my wife; buttered popcorn and a box of Butterfingers at the movies; UFC on Spike TV; The ESV Study Bible; preparing to baptize my best friend from high school; the songs of Chris Knight; “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classics and Yuengling and cigars at night on a balcony overlooking a beach with Jimmy Buffet playing on the stereo.

I don’t deserve any of these things but God is good.


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