God loved the world so much that he gave His only son Jesus to be that once and for all, final, paid-in-full payment to redeem us back to a right relationship with Him. That is grace – unmerited favor! We didn’t do anything to deserve this tremendous act of love nor could we. But just because God gave, doesn’t yet mean that it is ours. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we receive this gift by faith. A gift is offered (grace) but we must then receive it (faith). And God didn’t give grace just for salvation. All his precious promises are to be received by faith. God tells us in I Peter 2:24 that by Jesus’ stripes we were healed. It is a done deal. Jesus doesn’t have to do anything more for our healing. Do we cry out every day “Oh God save me!”? No. Salvation was provided (by grace) once and for all when Jesus died and was resurrected over 2000 years ago. And we received it (by faith) the day we accepted Jesus as our Savior. We don’t ask Him to save us again and again. So is the same thing true, for example, for healing? We were healed when Jesus took those stripes on His back and then offered Himself to the cross! And…it was finished! All that we need for our healing was already provided. We often times think we have to build up our faith to some massive point that it moves God to do something. Our faith doesn’t move God because He’s already provided for us all we will ever need. Our faith is our response to God’s goodness and grace.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Hebrews 7:27 (NLT)
27 Unlike those other high priests, he (Jesus) does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
I Peter 2:24 – Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins might live for righteousness, by whose stripes you were healed.
Romans 6:10 (NLT)
10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.