A message of Grace

A message of Grace for Thanksgiving – Happy Thanksgiving (posted on Thanksgiving 11/26/2015 on Facebook)

Hebrews 12:28
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

We all need this “Grace to serve God” and it is a worthy and necessary point of prayer and thanksgiving.

“Grace, whereby we may serve God.”

Ask God for it daily and Thank Him for it always.

Jesus said, “without me you can do nothing.”

(John 15:5 [AKJV])
I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.

Jesus also called His Grace “His Strength” and Paul called it “the Power of Christ”.

(2 Corinthians 12:9 [AKJV])
[Jesus Said,] “And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” [Paul said], “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest on me.”

So yes! “let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”

Without the Grace of God we would have no pure fountain from which sincere and divine motive and inclination flow to do the will of God. Without Grace, we would have no strength to bring forth fruit unto God.

Let us have Grace.

Maybe you know the phrase, “But for the Grace of God there go I.” Let me put it in other words,”If it weren’t for God’s power, I would be just like that poor fellow”. People used to understand that the Grace of God referred to the very Work of God on a soul. The very enabling and transforming power of God on one’s life. With the Grace of God I can do this or that but without the Grace of God I will surely fail, was the understanding among Christians.

How did grace get so watered down, even altered to mean mercy. How did Grace come to be misunderstood to mean that God gives you favor in the face of your corruption, so don’t be concerned because the grace of God has you covered?

The struggle among those who seek righteousness has always been as Paul described in Romans 7. We want to do the right thing but keep doing what we don’t want to do. Therefore we rejoice at the great news that not only is there no condemnation but now, having received the Spirit of God, we can overcome because we no longer are relying on the flesh but rather upon the Spirit of Grace and Resurrection Power! (For more on Romans 7, see also Romans 7:14-25 Does Not Teach That Paul Was a Sinning Apostle)

Let’s keep the definition of mercy on the word mercy and the definition of Grace on the word Grace. The writer of Hebrews did, why would we want to change that?

(Hebrews 4:16 [AKJV])
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

obtain mercy – – – find grace to help.

Grace to help in time of need.

We are even told that if we humble ourselves we get Grace from God. But if we hold onto our pride, God is against us. How much strength can you have if God is against you?

(James 4:6 [AKJV])
But he gives more grace. Wherefore he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (also 1 Peter 5:5-6)

I’d say we do have a lot to be thankful for. For those who love Christ we can be thankful that God moved upon our hearts in such way as to incline us toward Him. We can be thankful that as those inclined toward Him, a way has been made for us by the eternally valuable and holy sacrifice of Christ who died in our stead making atonement, sparing us from the wrath of God, and at the hands of the sinners He came to save, shedding the only blood that has Power for the remission of sins and that cleanses us, making us suitable vessels for the dwelling of the Spirit of God; that same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead on the third day; that same Spirit by which we may walk worthy of God and the calling He has given us.

(Zechariah 4:6 [AKJV])
. . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the LORD of hosts.

Looking upon the poor soul trapped in His sins, looking upon who you used to be, you can say, “But for the Grace of God there go I”.

God has not only forgiven you, He has Empowered you. And we will be held accountable for how we steward, how we manage, how we respond to this holy and divine gift of the Grace of God; the manifold grace of God.

(1 Peter 4:10 [AKJV])
As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

From Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries

GRACE

GRACE G5485 χάρις charis (khar’-ece) n.
1. graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act
2. (especially) the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life
3. (also) gratitude
{abstract or concrete, literal, figurative or spiritual}
KJV: acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace(- ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank(-s, -worthy)

 

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