The Beauty of God's Grace
"Grace" is defined as "God unmerited favor." We use the acronym of GRACE as God's Riches At Christ's Expense.The beauty of God’s grace is being able to testify to gospel of God’s grace. Paul spoke these words, but we should be able to voice that same opinion. We now know so much about God’s grace that we can tell others about it in a way they can understand it. There are so many more things that can be said about God’s grace.
The word “grace” itself appears in the Bible more than 170 times. And then there is the concept of God’s grace seen throughout the Bible. Almost every New Testament writer attested to the grace of God in some way. Of the 170X the word “grace” appears in the Bible, Paul used the word himself 97 times. Even though Paul endured many hardships and obstacles on his three missionary journeys, he concluded that he would testify to the gospel of God’s grace.
As an English teacher, I find it interesting that the word “grace” is associated with many prepositions. For example: We are saved BY Grace through faith.
- We are to grow IN grace.
- We live in the dispensation OF grace.
- We are not under the law but UNDER grace.
- And whenever we fall FROM grace, God is there to anoint us WITH grace as we become committed TO the grace of God and gain access INTO the grace of God as with walk out our life THROUGH grace.
Grace According to Peter
Peter said we are to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very last verse in the Bible is an encouraging word about God’s grace. It is in Revelation 22:21 that says, The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people.“
It is interesting that as many times as the word “grace” is in the Bible, Jesus never once used the word Himself. Instead of speaking the word, He set an example for grace. Jesus was the embodiment of grace. The grace Jesus possessed was embedded in everything He did. When He said, “Come, follow me” He was saying "Come, follow grace." When He said, "I will give you rest" grace was embedded in the word “rest.”
Grace According to Paul
We say, “Grace is God’s unmerited favor.” Here is something else to think about. Another meaning of “grace” is sufficiency, fulfillment or enoughness. When God told Paul “My grace is sufficient” He was really saying, “My sufficiency is sufficient.” “My enoughness is enough.” And my fulfillment is fulfilled.”
Notice Paul NEVER talked about the thorn in his flesh again. Some thorns God leaves with us because we are better off with the thorns.
Grace According to Jesus
The beauty of God’s grace is that it showed up in the life of Jesus through His teaching, preaching, and healing. As we walk along with Jesus to Calvary’s cross, we witness the grace Jesus demonstrated even as He was mocked, beaten and spit upon. We can endure our pain and suffering much better when we realize that it was the grace of God that enabled Jesus to take the punishment that we deserved.
The beauty of God’s grace at the cross was that Jesus died, Jesus was buried, but it was God’s grace that raised Him from the dead on the third day. And the to us.
God's Grace Is Timeless and Limitless
The beauty of God’s grace is that God’s grace is TIMELESS. There is no status of limitation on God’s grace. God’s grace will never go out of style. God grace has always been and it will always be. It will not be here today and gone tomorrow. It is not like sale items that are only available at a discount for a certain number of days. There is no expiration date on it like a for a carton of milk or a loaf of bread that say, “Best if used by a certain date.”
The beauty of God’s grace is that God’s grace is LIMITLESS. There is not a chance of God’s grace running out. There is enough to go around for everyone. Remember some years ago, when gas was not so plentiful and we had to go to the gas station on even or odd number of days depending on our license plates. That will never happen with God’s grace. God’s grace tanks are always full and ready to be dispensed to those who will accept it, and we don’t have to take turns getting into it.
The beauty of God’s grace is that God’s grace is available to all. No one is left out. God doesn’t issue grace to only the elite. God's grace is available for all and to all at the same time.
Grace of God Instead of Works of the Flesh
The beauty of God’s grace is that there is no amount of work we can do to earn any more or any less of God’s grace and favor. His favor has already been granted to us through His grace which is a free gift. We cannot work for God’s grace just as we cannot work for salvation.
There is a story about a man who dies and goes to heaven. Of course, Peter meets him at the pearly gates.
Peter says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done, and I will give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you’ll get in.”
”Okay,” the man says thinking this would be easy. “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her, not even in my heart.” ”That’s wonderful,” says Peter, “that’s worth three points!” ”Three points?” he says.
“Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithes and service.” ”Terrific!” says Peter, “that’s certainly worth a point.” ”One point? Golly. How about this: I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.” ”Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” Peter says.”TWO POINTS!” the man cries, “At this rate, the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the grace of God!”
Peter says, “That’s right. You got it. You told me what I needed to hear. You’ve got your 100 points. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved. Come on in.”
You will NEVER get into heaven by trying to work for salvation. Your points will NEVER add up to 100. Too often we think we are getting brownie points with God when all God wants is for us to testify of the gospel to the Grace of God.