Many are the benefits of God’s grace. If God extended nothing but mercy for our sin, forgiving our sins on the merit of the once for all paid sacrifice of His Son that would be more than enough to thank Him for throughout eternity. But God, in His great love, has determined to extend more than mercy.
Mercy but primes the pump of abundant, over-flowing grace. Forgiven, yes! But then clothed with the righteousness of another? Sealed with the Third Person of the Godhead? The curtain removed so that we might access the holy of holies? Invited to not only worship in His presence but to abide with Him in intimate communion? Yes! Yes! Yes! And Yes! And more! Many are the benefits of God’s grace.
And this morning I was reminded of another of those benefits as I read in Matthew 13.
Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And He answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance . . . blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:10-12a, 16-17 ESV)
Said TO Jesus’ disciples. Recorded FOR all those who would become disciples through faith in the gospel. And so, this morning, I’m feeling like a man of blessed eyes and blessed ears.
Add it to the list of the benefits of grace. Eyes, once blind to the things of God, that now perceive the glory of God all about — in both creation, and in situation. Ears once stone-deaf to the sounds of life beyond this earth, now attuned to the rhythm of heaven as it calls us to consider things above even while we deal with things below. Once registering a zero KQ, Kingdom Quotient, now given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven . . . and that, in abundance!
Blessed eyes . . . blessed ears.
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a persons thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. (1Corinthians 2:9-12 ESV)
We have been given eyes and ears to understand the things freely given us by God. And the more we take in . . . the more we receive and believe . . . the more which will be given. And, says the Lord, we will have “an abundance.” Not because of who we are . . . but because of who He is. Not because of what we can do . . . but because of all He has done. All as a result of over-flowing grace.
Many are the benefits of God’s grace. Eyes that see and ears that hear being among them. Amen?
To God be the glory!