Grace

brandenburg-gate-417890_6402Corinthians 8:9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 

Jesus releases his grace to us to ease our life. He told Paul: my grace is sufficient for you because my strength is made perfect in your weakness. That means the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ comes as strength to for Paul (2Corinthians 12:7-12). And whatever you need, the grace of Jesus becomes it.  That is the way it works.

Anything that comes from Jesus and we enjoy as benefit is his grace. Even the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our life is the grace of Jesus.

Jesus is the one who released him into our lives (Acts 2:33), the one called the helper (John 14:26). And his presence is like a continual generator of grace in us as the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:29).

Everything about Jesus is grace. John said it this way: the law came though Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus (John 1:14).  In other words: Moses was the embodiment of the law, while Jesus is the embodiment of grace and truth.

From the focus verse, we see the necessity of knowing that grace; i.e. experiencing and embracing God the Word it in all his essence as “Lord”, “Jesus” and “Christ.” We would explore the meaning of grace in the context of those three words.

Lord

There is a grace associated with his lordship. It is the grace to dominate like he does, the grace to live a spiritually elevated life.

When God made man, it was to dominate on the earth (Genesis 1:26-28), over the birds, the animals and the fishes, bearing the image of God. And the grace of the lordship of Jesus means we get restored to the place of dominion, changed by it from being lily-livered to roaring like the lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).

The grace of the lordship of Jesus Christ infuses us with confidence, makes us fearless because he is. And we no longer feel weak but powerful. Paul called Jesus lord and when he went to the mission field, for the harvest of souls to the kingdom of God, he expressed dominion by manifesting the lordship of Jesus.

He casted devils out, healed the sick, caused a man who resisted the gospel to go blind. Jesus’ authority was expressed through him.

Paul operated in the mandate of Jesus who during his time healed the sick, raised the dead and cast our devils and he did the same things.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus declared that all authority has been given to him, but because he is all about releasing his grace, i.e. making what he has (and who he is) available to us, He sends us with that authority to preach the gospel to all creation (Matthew 28:18-20), to make disciples of all nations. We are trusted with his authority which we bear by using the words of our mouth and our lives to communicate his love, and draw men to him.

God made man and gave him dominion. And now in Jesus there is a restoration of what was lost in Adam since he is the second Adam (1Corinthians 15:45). In him we are raised up to seat with the right hand of power over principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:19-2:6).

Jesus

The grace of Jesus is all about freedom from sin, because the word “Jesus” means saviour. He saves us from our sin (Matthew 1:29). The very argument that Paul made that we can walk free from sin was premised on the fact that we now have the grace of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-4).

Jesus came to save us from our sins, from the dominion of it and the penalty for it. He walked in dominion on the earth and he also gives us that grace.

The bible says being himself tempted in the flesh, Jesus is able to support, help, those who are tempted to overcome sin. And we can come to the throne of grace to receive help against falling into sin (Hebrews 14:6).

Sin is tricky because it is not a person that you get physically ready to battle, but with the life of Jesus through whom we get to walk from sin when we tap into his grace, our lives will be alright.

The grace empowers us to live life above sin, but we must be aware of that grace, for it to benefit us. When we embrace the law, we reject grace (Galatians 5:4). When we embrace grace just as Jesus walk on earth free from sin, we get to experience the same as part of his body.

Those who call upon the name of the lord Jesus, shall be saved (Romans 10:13) and we read that the name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run into it and they are saved (Psalm 18:10). Among what we are saved from is sin, because of which we need to run into the name of Jesus so that we might be saved, so that we might be kept away from the flood of sin around.

Jesus says that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12-13)” but we have an antidote, it is the grace of Jesus.  The bible says that there is no other name under heaven by which we might be saved but the name of Jesus (Acts 4:11-12).

Christ

This the grace of our lord Jesus for service. Christ means the anointed one and we have been anointed for service. God, talking about a man he had empowered to make the materials for the tabernacle in the wilderness, said he is filled with the Spirit, which is anointing to make that the materials needed, to offer the right service (Exodus 31:1-3).

Before the disciples started the work as witnesses to Jesus they were endowed with power from above, the Holy Spirit power (Acts 1:8). They had a mission that goes to the ends of the earth, to telling the people that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. It would not be by physical power or mental or metal might but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). The Holy Spirit impresses on us the need to serve Jesus because that is what his own mandate is- to manifest Jesus (John 16:13-15).

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