‘Grace’ is a much talked about word in the Bible. This is a big concept and I dare say no one will ever know all there is to know about it, it is that big!
Honestly, I’m not sure that many people who are talking about grace really understand it. I have to admit that I haven’t completely understood what it fully means. At times I get confused when I read articles about grace. We hear a lot of words about hyper-grace, forgiveness grace, grace myths, grace truth, grace vs law, grace
vs works and so many others. What people say before they eat is called ‘grace’. When I look at how God uses the word, things start to clear up. When you get grace straight, peace in your heart follows!
Paul encouraged Timothy:
1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:1-2
What does it mean to be strong in grace that is in Christ Jesus? I could look at the Greek words and try to come up with some idea of what it is saying. If you just look at what it says simply, Timothy was encouraged to be strong in the whole concept of a risen Messiah. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, In that one event, the opposition to God took a huge blow. That is how salvation is promised in Romans 10:9-10.
On the day of Pentecost, a recorded in the Book of Acts, 3000 people received the gift of holy spirit which empowered them with strength and their response was:
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour (grace) with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46-47
These 3000 believers were sharing grace and they were praising God. As they received the gift and the spiritual abilities the gift bestowed, they were changed. Timothy was encouraged to teach faithful men who could teach others. Paul, in the church epistles, taught more about what they had received. The whole idea was to spread the word, thus enabling others to have the same power.
God gives grace. It is evidence of how he loves. He wants to empower those he loves. In Ephesians, the word ‘grace is used 12 times. Check it out. It is all about God’s salvation and wholeness in our lives.
* Grace rules: Eph 1:2,6,7; 2:5,7,8; 3:2,7,8; 4:7,29; 6:24