I didn’t post anything yesterday about Halloween and Christians because, frankly, I think it’s a silly issue. Take that to mean whatever you like. Here’s something I think is worth thinking and talking about at length:
I struggle with believing that God has enough grace to cover me.
I continue to sin. Some of the ways I sin have persisted for years. Often times, when I pray for genuine repentance and for forgiveness I have a very hard time believing that God will grant it. Why would he? Who (even God) would continue to forgive someone for committing the same offense against him again and again and again. At some point, one would think that the damage to the relationship has been done and the offender and offended must necessarily part ways.
Our relationship with God, again and again in Scripture, is portrayed as a marriage involving a groom (Christ) and a bride (his people). The book of Hosea, for example (and Hosea’s marriage, for that matter), is intended to demonstrate that we are an unfaithful bride, and that our disobedience to God is tantamount to adultery. Now just think on this for a moment: I cannot conceive of any husband who would endure being made a cuckold again and again and again by an unfaithful wife – especially a wife who is so outrageous as to have the audacity to say that she loves him, and to sing to him that he is beautiful and glorious and all-satisfying, and is her only desire. Who could possibly repeatedly forgive such a spouse?
This passage from Communion with the Triune God was comforting to me this morning:
“When [Christ in] his humanity is inseparably united to the infinite, inexhaustible fountain of the Deity, who can look into the depths thereof? If, now, there be grace enough for sinners in an all-sufficient God, it is [also] in Christ… . If all the world [were to]…set themselves to drink free grace, mercy, and pardon, drawing water continually from the wells of salvation; if they should set themselves to draw from one single promise—an angel standing by and crying, ‘Drink, O my friends, yea, drink abundantly. Take as much grace and pardon as shall be abundantly sufficient for the world of sin which is in every one of you”—they would not be able to sink the grace of the promise one hair’s breadth. There is enough for millions of worlds, if they [exist], because it flows…from an infinite, bottomless fountain.
This infiniteness of grace, in respect of its spring and fountain, will answer all objections that might hinder our souls from drawing nigh to communion with him, and from a free embracing of him. Will not this suit us in all our distresses? What is our finite guilt before it? Show me the sinner that can spread his iniquities to the dimensions…of this grace. Here is mercy enough for the greatest, the oldest, the most stubborn transgressor.” (161-2).