THE GRACE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST
THURSDAY 23 DECEMBER 2021
Grace originated from God Himself. It is not based on following a particular pattern or set of rules and regulations, as it was in the case of the old covenant. It is the gospel in which the mystery of Christ is revealed, as already in existence in God's foreknowledge. It is the revelation of God's eternal plan for the redemption of mankind in which both truths - God's predestination and man’s response to this call by faith are emphasised.
Reference: 2 Timothy 1:9-10 New International Version (NIV) "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, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."
When we believed in the gospel, God saved us by His grace to live right and blameless before Him. And this includes anyone who would yet come to the knowledge of Christ. Nobody can take credit for this because grace is a gift from God. So its not by merit or works, which means that we can't boast about it. Its entirely by His grace, which is so wonderful and amazing because its beyond human comprehension in the sense that we were not saved because we looked good and beneficial to God and therefore, He probably avoids saving those that appear so evil and wicked. No! The grace of God is for all mankind, for Titus 2:11 says, "God's marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation for everyone" (TPT).
Beloved, grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. That means the mystery of the gospel of grace which Paul and other apostles preached about was preordained. And this grace was revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, in the flesh. Galatians 4:4 acknowledged that when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son born of a woman to introduce the dispensation of grace. John 1:14 (NIV) clearly noted, "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
Now according to referenced Scripture, Jesus came in the flesh, destroyed the works of the devil and death and then, brought life and immortality to light through the glorious gospel of grace. 1st John 3:8 (ESV) equally reads, "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." Therefore as we celebrate His birth this Christmas season, we must bear this reason in mind and advance the knowledge by sharing it with unbelievers in our world, with the purpose of bringing them to the knowledge of Christ through salvation. As we do this, we extend the same grace that located us to them.
Someone may ask, "Who are the unbelieving ones?" They are those living without eternal hope and without God in this world. They are described as the "natural man". Their heart is sick because of sinful nature and they're unable to discover the light of day because Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded their minds not to believe. So they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News because they don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God (see 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT). Unbelievers manifest Satan's nature, which governs them to walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is working in the sons of disobedience (see Ephesians 2:2-3).
However, an understanding of the message of the mystery of the gospel is only by God's grace and purpose. Therefore, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus - the Saviour of mankind, let us remember to share His sacrificial love with others and extend His grace to the lost, by introducing them to the glorious way of life on earth because indeed, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is alive forevermore and acknowledge Him as Lord over all. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - John 5:24; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:9-10; Revelation 3:20.
Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for demonstrating your precious and unconditional love toward mankind by sending Christ as a perfect sacrifice for sin. In Him I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of trespasses, according to the riches of your grace. This special revelation of grace has granted me insight into the mystery of Christ, thereby ushering me into the realm of victorious life, full of love, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Hence I'm forever grateful for the truth of the glorious gospel in Jesus' Name, Amen!