His Final Act of Grace

Righteouness through His Grace

The word grace in the Bible has the following meaning:

Unearned, unmerited, undeserved favor or pardon.

Sometimes it seems that we don't fully understand just how much grace Jesus Christ had while He was on this earth. If we look at the Book of John 1:14 (NKJV) it states: 14 And the word was made flesh, and dwelt amoung us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Even before Jesus Christ's ministry or even before His baptism by John, Jesus was full of God's grace. And throughout the four Gospels we see the many acts of His grace demonstrated time and time again. Many of Jesus spoken words were full of grace. Each time He forgave a sin it was an act of grace. Each time He healed the sick, it was a act of grace. When He fed the 5000 with some bread and two fish, it was an act of grace. Each time He raised the dead it was an act of grace.

In each of these acts of His grace He did so not because we earned it or worked for it or because we deserved it. Jesus love us so much that He GAVE His grace to us. It was His free gift to all of us. He pardon the sins of many. He healed the sick as favor. And the list goes on and on throughout the four gospels.

In Matthew 6:33 (KJV) it states. 33 "But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteouness; and all these things shall be added to you."


It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that we receive His righteousness. In Jesus we have seen the Kingdom of God and His righteousnees while He was on this earth. By His very acts of grace we saw what the Kingdom of God is like. This is why God sent Christ to be a man on earth.

So it is when we come to the end of His ministry on earth when we witness His Final Act of Grace, while He is dying on the cross He spoke these last few words in Luke 24:34 (NKJV) which states:

34 Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.


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freedomspirit 4 years ago

very nice. I love that quote, 'Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added unto you'

What a promise of hope!


graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

freedomspirit-thankyou for your comment. I too believe this is one of the most important verses in the bible. I have fallen short many times but I do try to live by it.

Many blessind to you.


graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

William Savage- thank you for sharing, may Gods grace follow you when ever and where ever you go.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I have been studying grace lately as I would like to better comprehend the fullness of His grace. Your examples as revealed in the scriptures is useful and helpful.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Tamarjo

Jesus Christ was the walking, talking and living example of God's Kingdom before and during His ministry on earth. He demonstrated His grace through many different ways. Many believe that God's Grace applies only to the forgiveness of our sins. And that is not the case Grace comes in many forms through our Lord Jesus Christ. First it must be understand that Grace is unmerited, unearned gift from God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the gift of grace is how we obtain our righteousness through Jesus Christ. However we must balance the grace we have received with faith. The reason Jesus had power in His grace is due to His total absence of doubt that He was the Son of God. And all power, authority and grace was in Jesus while He was upon this earth. His complete total of faith rule out all levels of doubt. He knew who he was.

Jesus said in John 18. 37 (NKJV) which states: 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say rightly that I am a King. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world., that I bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.

The truth He was refering to in the above verse is the KINGDOM OF GOD. This is one reason Jesus said in Matthew 6: 33 (NKJV) But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Well we can only receive righteousness through Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus further stated in Matthew 10: 7 and 8 (NKJV) 7 And as you go preach, saying, The Kingdom of God is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely you give.

In verse 8 above when He states " Freely you have received, freely you give. Jesus was refering to the power of grace and what grace can do for others. They Freely where given graces from Jesus, so Jesus expected them to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons, etc. And understand these acts of grace were unmerited and unearned And notice it's relationship to the Kingdom of God in verse 7.

It's not possible to understand the Kingdom of God without it's relationship with God's Grace. They go hand in had with each other.

There are many many other examples of grace demonstrated by Jesus Christ during His ministry if you understand His Grace.

Blessing Tamarjo


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Tamarjo

One thing I did forget to mention about these acts of grace from Jesus, these acts are what He (Jesus) refers to as WORKS.

God Bless.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Thank you grace in us for the further explanation. Your concluding comment is where I have been trying to straighten things out as in Ephesians chapter 2 where His grace is attributed to His work but has enabled us to do His work. It looks great in the text. Just a "work" in progress in understanding what that looks like and how that is lived in practical life. A Good lesson for me to learn.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Tamarajo- you are welcome. Allow me to make one more reference to this issue of grace and works. And I direct you attention to some bible verses that will reenforce the points I am making.

John 5: 8 thru 17 (NKJV) which states: 8 Jesus said to him, "Take up your bed and walk". 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "it is the Sabbath; it is not lawful to carry your bed. 11 He answered them, " He who made me well said to me, "Take up your bed and walk". 12 Then they said to him" Who is this man whosaid to you," Take up your bed and walk". 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a militude being in that place. 14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and siad to him, "See, you have been mad well, sin no more, least a worse thing come upon you". 15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, " My Father has been working until now, and I have been working".

Jesus was basicly saying that good works of healing can be done on the Sabbath. This is tied into grace in that the act of healing is unmerited or unearned favor. A token or act of kindness and love shown towards your fellow man. And this adds up to grace.

Again this is just one more of many example of Jesus acts of Grace.

Many blessing.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hello graceinus, thanks for the invite. Beautiful hub, nice summary of the meaning of grace. Thank you for this hub as we begin the Lenten season tomorrow, leading up to the acknowledgement of His final act of grace. Voted up, useful, and beautiful.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

janshares- thank you for the comment and may God's grace follow you where ever you go.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Deborah- When one takes into account that you do not believe in the New Testament (except for Revelation), then any verse in the NT that I may qoute to you regarding Grace and Mercy would be a mute point. Much of the writing on this subject comes from Paul. But beings you believe Paul's teaching are false it wouldn't do any good to mention them to you. However, a Hubber who goes by CJ Sedgehammer, I believe explains the difference between God's Grace and Mercy very well. He explained " Grace is getting what you don't deserve (gift, leniecy and forgiveness). While Mercy is NOT getting what you do deserve (Punishment)." And that my friend is the difference.

God Bless

And by the way, I don't hate any one.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Deborah- I have no problem listening to what you have to say. I assume you are of the Jewish faith. And that's fine if that is what you want. As a christian I strongly believe in the entire Holy Bible. Including the writings of Paul. For myself, I will not accept the Jewish faith for my own. I fully realize the important role the Old Testament plays in the Holy Bible. It's value and importants can not and should not be ruled out or ignored. To do so would be unwise. I strongly believe that the the Old Testament and New Testament both will play an important role in the Book of Revelation (meaning endtimes). I believe more so than most christians realize. My christian faith is based on Jesus Christ teachings on the Kingdom of God. Which was the main points during His ministry on earth. If one was to take a look at both the Old And New Testament they would realize that both are centered on the Kingdom of God. And Jesus Christ teachings provided the main focus point on the Kingdom. And even many Christians don't understand this. I am seeking the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we should in Matthew 6:33.

You said; "You just refuse to learn from me." Well so far you have not said anything that applies to christians or on the subject of the Kingdom of God. And until then I have nothing to learn from you. And even if you did I would NOT just take your word for it (or anyone elses). I would see what the Bible has to say about it.

I wish you the best.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Deborah- That's fine. you have a good day.

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