Acts 11:18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
It does seem to me that the grace of God is quite remarkable. It’s like a flood of water that seeks to saturate every nook and cranny, cutting off those who harden themselves against the flow; saving those who are pliable enough to be carried away with it; broad enough to reach all who will receive it. Grace saves those you don’t expect, and is rejected by those you thought would receive. Grace is not received by all. Yet grace is available to all.
Those who are cut off are hardened by self righteousness … I can get there my own way … after all, I’m a good person. Those who are taken with the flow are broken realizing they cannot depend on their own righteousness. And so, putting down their self-righteousness, undermined by conviction and carried on by grace they lay hold of the cross of Christ. The flow of grace takes us away from condemnation, immerses us in salvation and takes us into the presence of the Father. Amazing.