I picked up a copy of Tripp‘s book entitled, Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy a couple weeks ago at FBC’s Biblical Counseling Training Conference. This work is devotional in nature and works through Psalm 51. It is excellent and highly recommended. Here is a quote from Tripp as he examines verse 5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me“. The chapter is entitled, “Big Grace”:
‘Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God’. (Romans 5:1-2). If the Bible’s description is accurate, then God’s grace is our only hope. Thank God that he has given us big grace! Each one of us needs grace that’s not only big enough to forgive our sin, but also powerful enough to free us from the self-atoning prison of our own righteousness. We’re not only held captive by our sin, but also by the delusion of our righteousness. Resting in God’s grace isn’t just about confessing your sin; it’s about forsaking your righteousness as well. So we all need the big grace that’s found only in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you realize the extent of God’s grace in your life? I am constantly reminding myself throughout the day that God’s grace is not only the pardon I received at salvation, but also the power I must rely on for day to day sanctification. God’s grace is truly amazing.