Gospel of Grace

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The mission of this website is to extend God’s grace to a troubled world by expounding upon the grace of God which is encapsulated in the Good News of the Gospel.

God’s grace manifests in innumerable ways:

First, of course, is the free gift of salvation into an eternal life of peace, love and joy in Heaven

But in the here and now, God’s grace also is revealed through forgiveness of sins, supernatural healing, divine knowledge and wisdom, sanctification (i.e. becoming holy like God), the provision of needs, and so much more

Many have sought to succinctly define God’s Grace, but it is really so vast that it is virtually indefinable.

Perhaps the best of these attempts is captured in the acronym – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense

Jesus died so that all the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven are available to true, born-again believers

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. (Ephesians 1:7-8, 17-19)

Receiving God’s grace only requires faith in Him:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

As seen in Ephesians 1:19 above, God’s grace is also the conduit through which His power manifests in us:

This is the same power which, “He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”(Ephesians 1:20-21)

This power enables us stand firm against all the powers of the enemy, but more than that, it enables us to do good works for the Lord:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

It doesn’t matter how weak we think we are, His grace and power are sufficient to meet any need or task:

My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

The amount of grace and power we are capable of receiving can be increased as we grow in the Lord:

You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2Peter 3:17-18)

So how do we grow in grace? By assiduously becoming more and more like Jesus:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.. (2Corinthians 3:18)

What stands in the way of growing in grace? Selfishness, pride, bitterness, trouble-making, etc.

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. (Hebrews 12:14-15)

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

Growing in grace means becoming humble like Jesus:

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)

And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

Without humility, we will not receive God’s grace and power:

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  (James 4:6)

Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith. (Romans 1:5)

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