THANK GOD FOR GRACE - PART 3
WEDNESDAY 19 JULY 2023
If anyone thinks that the grace of God is to be taken for granted, let them rethink and remember that grace is not styled eternal; the design is only for time realm, not for eternity. In other words, just like the heavens and the earth, including the whole visible creation - are transitory, so is the grace of God. When Christ returns, grace dispensation will expire, and then, the wicked who ignored it will be condemned eternally and doomed in hell fire.
Reference: Ephesians 1:6 New Living Translation (NLT) "So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son."
Let us practise praising God for the gift of grace. When we do so, grace will definitely have greater effects or impact in our lives. Whatever we are employed about, let us do everything in the name of God's grace, believing and depending on it. Those who are conscious of divine grace and do all with that regard, will never lack in the matter of thanksgiving to God because of the quality of their outcomes.
Apostle Paul says, "Christ has also introduced us to God's gift of undeserved grace on which we now take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God" (Romans 5:2 CEV). Beloved, having studied this particular Scripture carefully, it is indeed, a glorious truth that the redemption and justification which God has given us in Christ only survives in the realm of grace; this is the reason we must take our stand on it.
The grace of God is the cornerstone of our union with the Divine, which is frequently seen as being the main subject of Pauline epistolary expressions. It is grace that enables us to experience and enjoy the glory of God, plus the manifestation of His excellencies and power in our lives. Therefore praise God and constantly rejoice in it. Abide in it and stick to it, so you can remain standing on it.
Grace is indispensable in our faith walk with God and it preserves the truth in us. We can never function without it. Salvation and righteousness in Christ are the substantial evidence of God's grace. Manifold wonder 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV) reads, "He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time."
In other words, although the grace of God appeared on earth at the fullness of time, it was given us in Christ Jesus ahead of time realm or before the beginning of time. Grace is the parent meaning of Agape, which denotes the love of God for man, and it is influential and instrumental in initiating us into God's family circle.
When we are so full of the Word both in heart and the mouth, we are giving utterance to the grace of God. When the Bible says in Colossians 4:6 (NIV), "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone", it simply suggests that we should be enriched with the Word of God, and express it generously - in love.
People find grace to help in the rhythms of our exhortation, in hymns of instruction, in godly admonition, in encouraging words we utter and in praise and worship. So, the more you praise and thank God for the influence of His grace in your life, the more you give vent to it by the lips, because it can be expressed as an active, transforming voice. Stay tuned for part 4. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Ephesians 4:7; 2 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 4:10.
Guided Prayer: My Lord and Almighty God, I thank you for the gift of grace given to me through the glorious gospel of Christ. I function in like manner. As a result, all things appear gracious, lovely, fair, and sweet in my life and world and I boldly rejoice with the expressions of the thankfulness and sacrifice of praise, thereby living with the consciousness of your goodness and mercy upon my life, in Jesus' Name, Amen!