Originally Posted by tig
Mercy simply withholds that which we deserve. Grace on the other hand bestows freely that which we could never earn and could never deserve. Mercy shows leniency. Grace shows magnanimity. Mercy says, Iíll show you compassion. Grace says, Iíll make you complete. Mercy says, Iíll let you off the hook this time. Grace says, Iíll let you live in heaven. Mercy says, Iíll acquit you. Grace says, Iíll glorify you. We are identified at the point of our belief with Jesusí death just as if we were hanging there on the tree of crucifixion right along side Jesus. Did we pay for our sins? No. Jesus alone satisfied the sin issue. We are as fully identified with Jesusí burial as if we were placed right along side him in the tomb. We are also fully identified with Jesusí in his resurrection from among the dead that God sees those who have trusted the saviorhood of Jesus as already ascended with Jesus to the Father. Colossians 3:3, all the Father has in store for the son, he has in store for us.