2 Corinthians 5.21 – 6.1
The epitome of grace is found in 2 Cor. 5.21 where we are told that God the Father made “Him who knew no sin to be sin so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him.” This is known as the doctrine of imputation. God’s righteousness is imputed to us who believe in Him, Jesus Christ our savior. This is undeserved favor bestowed upon all who believe. It’s unfair, it’s grace.
So what? What does it mean to us that our sins are gone, that we are new creatures, that we are born again, that we have a heavenly hope, etc.? A head knowledge of facts about anything is pretty useless if, in fact, we don’t really believe it, or use it.
Having worked on scaffolding projects over the years puts the concept of faith or trust into practice when it comes down to life and death .Trusting things like scaffolding stages, ( long aluminum planks) that may be as long 30 feet long and 16 inches wide. To trust it will hold your weight, that it won’t slide, or twist is easy when it is 6 feet above ground, but it is another story when it is being lifted by a crane 100 feet in the air and used as a bridge between two towers of scaffolding. A man on each tower locates the stage to it’s position, ties it down, and then one man walks to the center to remove the cranes cable so that work can continue. Trust comes into reality at that height. You trust that the stage won’t fail, your fellow worker has positioned it properly, tied it off securely, the scaffolding itself will hold, you won’t loose balance, the wind won’t pick up, and the crane operator will respond to your signals. This is one of the rare times where we have no place to secure our safety harness. A head knowledge is not enough up there, you have to be absolutely sure that all of the engineering put into these temporary structures is correct, tested and tried. You put your life on the line with your fellow workers who have been trained as well as you, and no foolishness is allowed. It is serious business.
So is Christianity serious business, our lives are at stake for eternity. Studying the scriptures for a complete understanding of God’s love, devotion, and faithfulness to us, and taking advantage of His grace is the ground work for faith in Him. He has proved Himself trustworthy throughout time, providing salvation, and setting up a throne of grace for us to run to in times of trouble. 2 Cor. 6.1 is a favorite of mine, ” at the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you, behold now is the acceptable time, now is that day of salvation.” God is always listening for us and is ready to rescue us at a moments notice. Don’t receive the grace of God in vain, but call on Him day and night, talk to Him, trust Him first. He has been tested and tried and proven faithful by many others who have put their trust in Him. God is way more secure than a scaffolding stage. John 3.16