Many years ago my pastor used to say that Christians are ‘Trophies of God’s Grace.’ What did he mean by this strange statement? A trophy is something that recognizes an accomplishment. By calling ourselves a Trophy of God’s Grace, we are saying God has accomplished something noteworthy both in and through us. He has graciously saved us from our sins.
We are not trophies of our own goodness, but of God’s grace. Without God, we are nothing but sinful. It is only because He has chosen to reach out and help us that we have any hope of being good or doing what is right. If someone should ever see any good in us, they should not give glory to us, but to God. We are simply a Trophy of His Grace.
The grace of God has always been something difficult for many to understand. What exactly is His grace and how does it affect our lives? The most common definition of grace is – “unmerited favor.” Consider these words from the book of Ephesians-
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; 4 for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace… CSB
Down through the centuries many have asked– ‘Why would God create men and women who could sin? Why did He not make us in some way that would make it impossible for us to sin?’ The answers to these questions are found in the verses we have just read.
First, let us understand that man’s sin did not take God by surprise. Before God ever laid the foundation of the world, He knew that we would sin. Not only that, He also made a plan for how He would save us from our sin. Note again-
Ephesians 1:4 for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world…In love 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will…
The concept of predestination is not about God predetermining who He would save, but how He would save them. Before the foundation of the world, God predetermined that He would save mankind through the sacrificial death of His Son. We read from the book of 1 Peter-
1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, KJV
Before the foundation of the world, Christ was ‘foreordained’ that He would be our Savior. Again we find ourselves asking, ‘But why would God create a situation that would require the death of His Son?’ The answer to that question is found in Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of His glorious grace … CSB God knew that we would sin and that it would take the death of His Son to save us. He did this so that when He saved us, we would praise Him for His grace. Throughout eternity, our salvation will make us a Trophy of His Grace.