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July 2020

    One of the major topics in Scripture is God’s grace. We find that the word “grace” is used 170 times in the Bible, and translated literally means “favor or blessing.” Grace is one of the underlying themes we see throughout God’s Word as he deals with mankind.

      From the very beginning of time God has extended grace to man. When Adam and Eve transgressed God’s one law and ate the forbidden fruit, it would have been his right to destroy his disobedient creation immediately. But he didn’t. When Adam and Eve hid and sewed leaves together trying to cover their sin, God could have killed them where they stood. But he didn’t. Already his grace was evident!

      In fact, even as the curse was proclaimed, God made the ultimate promise of grace. In Genesis 3:15, we read, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” God promised a Messiah to make the permanent payment for sin and conquer evil. What marvelous grace!

      Yet, in spite of this matchless, astounding, never-ending grace, man has been trying to cover over his sin apart from God’s grace from that very moment. We see this happening in the very next chapter with Cain when he tries to offer a sacrifice his own way, and mankind hasn’t stopped trying since! Paul records God’s answer so clearly in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” What this guilty, sinful world needs is to experience the wonderful grace of God in His Son Jesus Christ!

      As I thought on the topic of grace, I could not help but remember a few lines from the hymn “Grace Greater than All our Sin” by Julia Johnston: “Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt… Grace, grace, God’s grace; Grace that will pardon and cleanse within… Grace that is greater than all our sin.” What a blessed truth! May God’s grace be evident to you today.


Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6


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