If I had to pick one word from the Scriptures that is power-packed and full of hope it
would have to be the word "BUT." Though often unexpressed in English, yet this word
is behind just about every promise of the Scriptures. Here are just a few:
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God.
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
1Co 10:13 But God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life
2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.
the "but" I want to share with you is the grand-daddy of all "but's.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." - Gen 6:8
GRACE. For a word that is thrown around so freely, there sure seems to beso much confusion as to its meaning. I have heard some people refer to Grace as:
Although that's true in a general sense, the grace I am speaking of is the " the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude" (Strongs #5485). )It is by God's grace that He has divided to each one of us "a measure of faith." This is the basis of our standing with Him. Grace touches so many aspects of our Christian lives. And it is this grace which has been poured out upon all true believers that enables us to live in a way that pleases God. This grace though freely given is powerful enough to override any deficit in our lives and the measure with which it is given is wholly of Christ. Such grace is only made available through a relationship with Him. John 1:16 says that; "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace upon grace."
What a powerful promise! God has given us all ample grace to complete the task He has assigned for each one of us to carry out (Eph 2:10). The grace our Creator freely gives is designed to bring Him the ultimate glory due His Name. It is this same grace that goes to work in our lives making us truly acceptable in His sight. And it is this grace that proves it self over and over, holding up even in the most difficult of times. (1Peter 5:10,11) declares; "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you]. To him [be] glory and dominion."
Listen to how God's Word describes this measure of grace He gives to each of His children. His grace in our lives is said to be: Multiplied (2Pe. 1:2), Great (Acts 4:33), Sovereign (Rom 5:21), Exceeding Rich (Eph 2:7), Manifold (1Pe 4:10) All-sufficient (2Co 12:9), All-abundant (Rom 5:15-20) Glorious (Eph 1:6) and in (2Cor 9:14) Overflowing.
Grace is the reason why we can never remain the same once we have encountered Christ. In fact, the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of grace. And for that reason we are warned in Scripture not to grieve the Holy Spirit by whom we are called into this grace. To this we need to take great heed for we are reminded that "every good and perfect gift cometh from above". This is especially true when we are speaking about grace whether from an Old Testament or New Testament view. Listen to the following Scriptures.
the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good
[thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.... And I will pour on
the house of David, and on those living in Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and
of prayers......Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought
worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood
of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace? ((Psa 84:11, Zec12:10, Hebrews 10:29)
The Scriptures tell us that God is the God of all grace and apart from His mercy we would know nothing of His grace. (Hebrews 4:15,16) declares; "For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." A throne represents the seat of one who is Sovereign. The Throne of our Great God is called the Throne of Grace. As a result we are told we may come with all boldness to our Creator to receive mercy, pardon, even the forgiveness of sins - (Eph 1:7) "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of deviations, according to the riches of His grace."
If it were not for grace God would have to deal with us according to His justice. Jesus coming made known this grace to us. Christ was said to be full of grace. (Joh 1:14) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." For all those who according to the truth would cry out for mercy, recognizing their sinfulness, to those God would show His grace. (John 1:16) "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." Grace came by Jesus, and is unmerited in any form. "But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (Joh1:17; Rom5:15).
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It was by God's grace that Christ tasted death on our behalf. The same grace that
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GRACE PART THREE
BUT WITH SUCH PRIVILEGE COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.Now there's a paradox.
How can Responsibility and Grace co-exist? I've heard it time and again,
those who say they are Believers, yet they use grace as a................................. READ MORE
In His Name And For His Glory,
THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS