Today, I want to talk about God’s overwhelming grace. In the New Testament, the word grace comes from the Greek word, charis. One definition is graciousness of manner or act, especially the divine upon the heart. Another is a showing of kindness, a favour done without expectation of return, an act of mercy. The definition I like the best is God the Father’s overwhelming desire to treat me as though sin had never occurred.
Jesus was endowed with God’s grace. Luke 2:40 says that, “the child grew more powerful in grace, for he was being filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.” (TPT)
Jesus entered His earthly ministry with grace. In John 1:14 we read that, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (MEV)
Grace flowed through Jesus to all of us. John 1:17, “For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
We are saved by grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, MEV.
Grace enabled the apostles to perform many signs and wonders among the people (Acts 5:12). It provided the supernatural power to make things happen. “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.” (Acts 4:33 NIV)
One more wonderful aspect of grace before I close. Through God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness, we reign in life through Christ! I love Romans 5:17 in The Passion Translation: “But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!”
So today, believers in the Lord Jesus, be held in the grip of God’s grace and reign as kings (and queens) in life, enjoying your regal freedom in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. Can we ask for anything better? The answer is a resounding NO!