Is there some condition we must be in to receive God’s Grace?
Our Father's love is described all through His word, and His gift of His Son is given to human kind despite the disposition of our natural sinful human nature. This does not say He does not care how each of us respond to His gift of love. His love through Christ changes our disposition. How we respond and demonstrate our love in return does matter to Him.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinner, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from his wrath through him! For if when we were God’s enemies we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life. Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
This scripture says For God’s sake and Holy name His grace that brings salvation as “appeared” to all human kind, but it does not say all will “hear” or “see” Him who gives His grace.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
He is the gift for all mankind that has appeared to all mankind, and he has appeared to all, to save all. Clearly not all see Him, hear him, or believe in Him so it is us that respond to His saving grace and love differently due to whatever we are letting block our ears or our eye sight. This must have something to do with the “condition” we are in, if some believe and others do not. God gives us the answer to this question through Paul to the letter to the Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age (world) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that display the glory of Christ, who the image of God.
This scripture tells us two reasons the god (Satan) of this world has blinded the minds of believers so they cannot see the light of the gospel. The first one is the message must be the gospel message.
The message of Him being crucified as a sacrifice for us, and us crucifying ourselves in faith as a sacrifice for Him daily, His resurrection, and Him resurrecting in us by faith in Him daily because we are crucifying ourselves daily through faith while we carry our own cross by all He gives us of His presence to carry it.
If we do not hear that gospel message, and hear another gospel message our minds are being blocked, and we can’t see the light of Him, and His truth.
The second reason the god of this world has got our ears blocked is because we would rather belong to the world, keep what we like rather than give up our rights to ourselves willingly we don’t want to believe we are too busy gratifying our sinful natures, and the world.
God will bring each of us to our broken spirit through the circumstances and relationships He arranges in our lives. Everyone will experience a trail that brakes their spirit at some point in their lives. That is why we have no true peace in our hearts without His presence giving us His faith. That is why without him we are moved and grow by our own feelings and understanding through our experiences and each relationship and circumstance we face. We begin feeling like tossed waves going back and forth because we have no wisdom from Him.
James 1:6 If any one lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to Him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
We learn from Him through our experiences, and we learn from Him in our relationships that is what separates us from the wise in the world which He makes look foolish. So, what condition do we need to be in for us to receive His faith, mercy and grace through His presence?
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. O God, you will not despise.
He tells us in this statement one who has a strong human spirit, self-seeking, selfish, or thinking they are their own god then they will not receive the knowledge of who He truly is. He despises a prideful haughty human spirit that thinks their natural soul and spirit is their own god, but a spirit that knows it is broken and contrite within itself that comes to Him, He will not despise, and those kinds of people will be blessed by Him.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
These words of Jesus reveal to us the person who knows their spirit is poor in making them holy and true He blesses them by His presence that opens His Kingdom for them.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
These words of God through the Son of God reveal to us that a person who has a pure heart for Him alone and does not mix other voices, teachings, people and things above Him, including themselves will see God.
Another Scripture I found that many may getting the unconditional message through is this one.
Colossians 3:11: Here there is no Greek or Jews, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all.
Paul is speaking to the church in Colossians, and He is saying “here” in this body of believers all who have come to the cross whether you are Greek, Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, all of them had the opportunity to give all of themselves to Christ so all of Christ could be in all them.
Clearly His love comes through the gospel message of the Cross without human-kind having to be righteous when they can’t be, but knowing they are poor and broken is the key to receiving his grace that opens their unbelief from them being a sinner into His saving grace. If we want Him to manifest His sanctified presence in us, and living through us for others through His presence, denying ourselves daily, and carrying our own cross we have to be poor in Spirit, before He will do it.
God is love and He has given it to all men, and He will never change wanting to save us from the sin that holds us captive to our sinful natures, and this world. His love changes us daily when we are willing to give Him ownership of ourselves through the faith His presence reveals so His Son’s Spirit can continue to work in and through us.
Our hearts and its condition does matter to Him in how we respond to His love. Not our gender, race, or ethnic origin. He calls all to the Cross. It does not matter to Him if we are naturally morally good, educated, in poverty, wealthy, wicked or evil, His love can change us if we are willing to let go of all things that are blocking us from receiving His.