Mercy and Grace

(By David Jeremiah)
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A few scholars have put forward the neat and simple proposition that the Old Testament uses mercy while the New Testament speaks of grace. The truth is more elusive, like the words themselves.
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Think of it this way:
Mercy is God witholding the punishment we rightfully deserve.
Grace is God not only withholding that punishment but offering the most precious gifts instead.
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Mercy witholds the knife from the heart of Isaac.
Grace provides a ram in the thicket.
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Mercy runs to forgive the Prodigal Son.
Grace throws a party with every extravagance.
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Mercy bandages the wounds of the man beaten by the robbers.
Grace covers the cost of his full recovery.
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Mercy hears the cry of the thief on the cross.
Grace promises paradise that very day.
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Mercy pays the penalty for our sin at the cross.
Grace substitutes the righteousness of Christ for our wickedness.
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Mercy converts Paul on the road to Damascus.
Grace calls him to be an apostle.
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Mercy saves John Newton from a life of rebellion and sin.
Grace makes him a pastor and author of a timeless hymn (“Amazing Grace”).
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Mercy closes the door to hell.
Grace opens the door to heaven.
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Mercy withholds what we have earned.
Grace provides blessings we have not earned.
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  1. I’ve been wanting to blog this too. You beat me to it! 🙂

    • ‘Grace’ just keeps coming up everywhere as a theme these days, so just thought I’d throw that back up on the old blog. It’s so good.
      Have you been reading the book? I’ve been reading more lately, but I’m on a fiction kick now. Need a break from the others.


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