I think about grace a lot. I've read several books about grace and am currently reading three books about grace. I enjoy reading websites and blogs that are primarily focused on grace as well as listening to podcasts and audio teachings about grace. Almost every free moment in my waking hours is spent reading or listening to something about grace.
One of the things I've learned is how little I actually understand about grace. I was thinking about that today so I said a quick prayer asking Father to give me a revelation regarding grace. I have a great job since I can spend time reading books and still be doing my job. Following that prayer, I picked up "Growing in Grace" by Bob George and began reading. He was discussing that, as believers, we have a new identity.
Then, he told a story about a man who was almost legally blind who received the eyes of a man who had been executed for murder. He emphasized that those eyes now belonged to the recipient. They were no longer the eyes of a murderer. They had been transplanted into the body of another man just as we have been transplanted into Jesus Christ. He then quoted Romans 6:3-4 which says:
"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Transplanted organs have no identity of their own. They now belong to the recipient. The union is complete in a successful transplant and the organ and recipient are now one. While the organ does a particular job to support the body, it now receives its life from the recipient.
All of a sudden, it made sense. We've been transplanted into Christ. I hadn't been able to connect with the picture of baptism but a transplant makes sense to me. It's something I can wrap my mind around and allow to grow.
I feel as though this has been a major obstacle on this journey of understanding grace that I am now passed. I know there will be other hurdles ahead but somehow things now seem a little less confusing.