Cosmic Grace or Cosmic Sin?

by George Hudgins, Denton, Texas



Simple honesty requires each of us to ask these questions: What foundation am I standing on?  Will it endure through everything?  Underneath everything there are only two ways of living.  One is receiving totally the grace of the all-sovereign God.  The other is sin.  It is the crucial cosmic issue.


The first way is true faith. Faith is total, inward submission to God.  It glorifies only God, the total Giver.  His incredibly gracious Gift can only be believed and received freely, “just as you are,” and the total joy of the receiver is forever found in the Giver.  There is no selfish striving in faith.  It   is rest and peace.  It is open and free. It is pure, holy, patient and humble.  It transforms the soul.  It is filled with God, who is love, because it sees His only Son, Jesus, whom He gave for each one of us.


Jesus is God’s appointed Heir, “through whom He made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”[i]


This Jesus obeyed His Father by suffering on the cross for everyone: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”[2]   “…Christ died for the ungodly.”[3]  “…The LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”4


         Jesus is the way of patient faith and submission to His Father.  He is the incredibly gracious Gift of eternal life from His Father.  He is the Truth and the Life.  

He said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If a man eats of this bread, he will live forever.  This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”5   “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”6  Those who believe and receive Him---freely and totally---experience a new birth by His Spirit.  They are empowered to become children of God.7  “…If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…”8



The second way of living is sin.  Sin is submission to lies.9  It is the work of all self-assertion subtly set in independence from God.  It cannot submit to the rule of God.  It does not know His total grace, His rest, His freedom, His purity, His joy or His love.  It is by nature rebellion.  It burns with the fire of hell.  It is the foundation of all the world’s evils and atrocities.  It may even be cloaked   with religion or charisma or great intellect or philosophies or supernatural powers or “freedom”         or “success.”  The wrath of God remains on it forever.  Hell awaits its followers.



What foundation are you standing on?  Will it endure through everything?  Jesus, the total Savior, said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”10  Turn absolutely from sin to Jesus.  Acknow-ledge Him openly as Lord, yielding all to Him forever.  Talk to Him from your heart.  Receive Him.  Be baptized.  Join with other believers.  Imbibe the Bible.  Live His Love.  Find your total joy.11



Hebrews 1:3    2. Philippians 2:6-11    3. Romans 5:6    4. Isaiah 53:6     5. St. John 6:51    6. I Peter 2:24    7. See St. John 1:12-13   8. II Corinthians 5:17    9. See Genesis 3:1-5    10. St. Matthew 11:28-30    11. See Romans 1-8; 10:9-13; 12-15; rest of Bible                                                                                                         


Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Copyright ã1973, 1978, 1984  International Bible Society.                 

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