Grace is the unlimited life, power, gifts, abilities, and nature of God made available to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the perfect righteousness and the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, because of His love for us and His mercy toward us, to enable us to do all the will of God on earth here and now, with a victorious spirit of excellence, praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto God, thereby overcoming all things in order to go and make disciples of all nations.
Grace is imparted to us through faith, and in grace the plans, purposes, and provisions of God for our life are continually operating. Grace is far more than just mercy or unmerited favor. Grace is the fullness of God operating in our life. Paul’s prayer for the church was that we know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that we might be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
With this understanding of grace, we can see how great a salvation we have available to us in Christ Jesus. It is a great salvation to have our sins forgiven! And that is only the beginning! Through grace, abundant riches of love, life, purpose, power, and provisions are made available to us to accomplish the will of God on earth here and now.
With this understanding of grace, familiar scriptures referring to grace have abundant of meaning poured into them. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Jesus said “My grace is sufficient for thee:” (2 Corinthians 12: 9), and “According to your faith, be it unto you” (Matthew 9: 29), so the more we can build our faith to a lifestyle of believing, trusting in, relying on, and clinging to God, the more sufficiently grace will be operating in our life.
I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get. The good news is that we can learn and believe the Word, and speak and do what the Word says to do, and as we cooperate with God in this way, we can “grow in grace” and “abound in grace”. * That is having God on our side helping every day in every way. Through faith in Jesus Christ daily help is imparted to us through the grace of God. *2 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 9:8 10-21-14