Common Grace


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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.


The simple fact is that God is kind and generous to all that
He created. He cannot declare his Creation to be good and then in the next
breath say that it is hopeless. It is a case of intention. Whatever or whomever
has been corrupted may also be restored and redeemed into God’s original idea
for its existence. Or it can forever disappear at the end of its mortality.
Every human breath has the potential to become a call for redemption.


The story of the Kingdom of God is one that will have a new
Heaven and earth inhabited by fully restored humans. So, what are we to
understand about God’s nature toward the person who has not entered into the
life found in Jesus?


Tim Keller said,


“God gives out good gifts of wisdom, talent, beauty, and
skill ‘graciously’–that is, in a completely unmerited way. He casts them
across all humanity, regardless of religious conviction, race, gender, or any
other attribute to enrich, brighten, and preserve the world.”


Theologians refer to this grace that God gives out through
humanity as Common Grace.

The Psalmist said,



Psalm 145:

Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.




Common grace is the unusual kindness of God that he
liberally gives to the world. In a further study of grace, we will see though
that while common grace is universally given, it is not the full extent of His
grace. There is a saving grace that he wants us to come to. The common grace is
beckoning to saving grace. But common grace will not transform you from your mortal
being to immortal child of God.

Romans 2:

you are only a human being, you judge others. But you yourself do the same
things. So how do you think you will escape when God judges you? Do
you disrespect God’s great kindness and favor? Do you disrespect God when he is
patient with you? Don’t you realize that God’s kindness is meant to turn you
away from your sins?




And there it is… God’s unusual kindness and the goodness
that exists in part is a sign pointing us in the direction of Saving Grace.


Repentance comes when our heart is softened by God, and we
experience the beckoning to transformation through Jesus.


If that’s how God changes us, does it not follow that a life
surrendered to Jesus will have the  heart
softening effect that calls people to also see God’s unusual kindness?


Open your heart to kindness… the merciful and compassionate
grace of the Father to send His Son Jesus full of grace and truth.



See also....
Making Sense Of The Miraculous

[1] Timothy Keller

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