Higher Thoughts, Higher Ways – Part II

In our previous issue we examined God’s purity relative to mankind’s, as we are infected with a sinful and rebellious nature. As we contemplate on Isaiah 55:8-9 again this week let’s delve into the abundance of God.

There is a webpage which illustrates the size of our ‘big blue marble’ in comparison to other planets in our solar system, and then on to our sun and other stars. The URL is http://www.rense.com/general72/size.htm. This illustration should help to demonstrate our less than significant footprint on the universe. It may also help us begin to grasp the greatness of our Creator.

Now if I may, let me use this size comparative illustration to bespeak of God’s abundance. “Abundance of what”, you may ask. I think first of the abundance of His grace. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul expounds on this premise of ‘higher grace’. (Rom. 5:12-21) The point is made that whatever was done by sin, and through sin, was outdone by the grace of God. If it was possible for death to get such a foothold through one act of selfishness so as to reign on earth, it must be equally possible for eternal life to reign through the matchless act of self-denial which shines from the cross. If death came to all men through the trespass of one sinner, grace must come to them more abundantly through the gift of righteousness by Christ Jesus. It was never tit for tat. The icon, the symbol of our salvation was never the balancing scales, but the cross.

There is no comparing our forgiveness and God’s. We may not measure His by our own. We say we forgive if – if the trespasser were more contrite, if the trespass weren’t so blatant, so willful. Or we will forgive – but we won’t forget. Our forgiveness isn’t prompt, and we often remain unloving, though possible civil in our relationships with the offender.

Now, as we ponder these flaws in our own mercies, is it any wonder we cannot realize the completeness of God’s forgiveness, nor the full meaning of His assurance that He will remember our sins no more? As the prodigal plodded homeward he expects only a stinted pardon and a servant’s ration. But the father runs to him, embraces him, kisses him, clothes him with the finest, and seats him at his table with the most royal provision. That is the difference between man’s notion of forgiveness and God’s

We must abandon our standards of grace, whether of your own forgiveness or that of others; they are of no help here. Our fathometer is useless, our estimates fall short. We look again at the planetary comparison – and find that even that comparison is wanting, inadequate.

When God forgives, He ceases to remember; He blots out our iniquities as a cloud; “as far as the East is from the West…” He does not just treat us as pardoned criminals, but takes us to His heart as beloved sons, heirs to His throne. (See Psalm 103:1-13)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived. . .” (1 Cor. 2:9)

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