Grace In All Its Truth
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen..“ 2 Pet 3:18
Grace is the sweetest word next to Jesus in the Bible. Apart from grace we cannot know, understand or relate to God. Grace is the face that God puts on when He looks at our failure, faults and flaws. Christianity cannot be understood apart from an adequate grasp of grace. In acrostic fashion we had been taught to define grace as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” – Grace.
Grace is a part of the character of God. God is a God of all grace and He desires to make this known not only to men but also to the angelic host. Eph 1:5-12 Grace is epitomised by the baptism and death of Jesus on the cross.
We cannot grasp the grace of God except in the light of Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
While grace has always existed as a part of the character of God and was epitomised through the baptism and death of Christ, its truth is expressed in a wide variety of forms.
- Common Grace is that benevolence which is poured out upon all men, regardless of their spiritual condition. Matt 5:44-45 God is gracious in making provision for the salvation of all men. He is also gracious in delaying judgment, thereby giving men ample time to repent. 2 Pet 3:9
- Saving Grace is that generous provision of salvation rendered freely by faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection for those who believe. Acts 15:11
- Securing Grace is that manifestation of God’s benevolence by which true believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness are kept secure in spite of sin. Rom 5:1-2 Just as a lost man cannot obtain salvation through any good work of his own, neither can the believers maintain his salvation by doing good works. Salvation is obtained and maintained by grace alone.
- Sanctifying Grace is that grace which work within a true believer of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness in such a way as to bring growth, maturity and progress in the process of becoming Christ like. Acts 13:43; 1 Cor 15:10
- Serving Grace is the enablement to minister in such a way as to manifest the life of our Lord through the saints as members of His body. Eph 4:7; 1 Pet 4:10 Its specifically refers to spiritual gifts. The term ‘gift’ is a derivative of the word ‘grace’.
- Sustaining Grace is a grace given at special times of need, especially during adversity or suffering. 2 Cor 12:9; Heb 4:16
Grace seeks us and saves us. Grace keeps us secure. Grace enables us to serve and endure the tests and trials of life. Grace will bring about our sanctification in this life and will ultimately bring us to glory. From beginning to end we are the object of divine grace.
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