What Is The Grace of God?
Dear sister, Warm greetings.
My name is shynu. I am now residing in Bahrain (Middle east). I read ur blogs. Amazing revelations given by God. Sister, these days i was mediating on " Grace". We are not under law but under grace. John 1:17 ' For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. I have learned that grace is unconditional favor of God. Grace strengthens us ( 2 corinthian 12:9 ) , grace supplies all needs ( 2 corinth 9:8 ), grace teaches us ( Titus2:12 ), grace is power ( acts 14:3). In Galatians 5:4 says " You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempted to be justified by law: you have fallen from grace.
Can u please tell me , "what is Grace of God"? " How to stay in grace? As a believer, it is very important to know these things.
Thanks. Waiting for your reply
Blessings in the name of Jesus Christ!
It looks like you have been having a wonderful study of grace and what all that it entails. I was encouraged reading your email and observations. I am always amazed at God's grace! It is very important to know what it includes so we can operate in it on a daily basis.
I believe you have pretty much already defined grace... which is God's unmerited favor and kindness toward us in the person of Jesus Christ. It is not getting what we deserve, rather it is getting what we do not deserve... favor, peace, forgiveness and a right standing before of God. I was just reading yesterday in Romans and I believe chapter 5 gives us some instruction on how to stay in the grace of God. I was reading it in the Amplified version which says, "THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God's favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God" ( Romans 5:1-2 ). The truth is that as believers we are already are in the state of grace, nothing from God's perspective or on his behalf, disqualifies us from this position because of Jesus and what he secured for us.
However, a couple of things we do can disrupt us from experiencing grace and the peace that comes from being justified and declared not guilty ( Romans 5:1 ). The first thing, is focusing on past sins or mistakes. Romans 8:31-39 basically says that nothing can separate us and neither God or Jesus will condemn us, however having a sin consciousness will keep us in a state of condemnation and condemnation will keep us from approaching God with confidence as he desires ( Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 10:19-23 ). This is why the apostle John says in I John 3, "whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God" ( I John 3:20-21 ). So letting the truth of scripture that we are forgiven and in right standing before God needs to sink deep into our hearts and always be at the forefront of our minds to remind us that God accepts us and we can approach him in faith. Grace is how God responds to us, Faith is how we respond to God.
Secondly your observations from Galatians is the other thing that can affect us remaining in the grace of God. (I'm not referring to losing one's salvation, rather choosing to live removed from a state grace and put back under the law). We are either justified by grace or justified by the law... it is one or the other not both. So it makes sense that the same is true after salvation. If we try to work and earn (or maintain) our standing with God through the law (the things we do, or works), it makes the gift of grace ineffectual in our lives ( Romans 4:13-14, Galatians 3:2-3 ). Therefore, it is important not to do thing merely to please God or earn his favor, but rather we do things because we already please God and it is a natural response. So I think to avoid a legalistic mentality (not remaining in the grace of God) we must live from a personal relationship with the Father by letting the Holy Spirit direct our actions.
Lastly, to remain in the grace of God for daily living, we must know who he is and have a spiritual revelation of his character ( Ephesians 1, II Peter 1:1-4 ). Grace and peace are multiplied through the knowledge (deep interworking) of God ( II Peter 1:2 ). When we understand who He is, and how He loves us, then the circumstances of life are hard pressed to bump us from this position of grace.
Anyway, these are a few thoughts, by no means an exhausted list. I hope this help and encourages you as you continue studying what the Word says about the grace of God.
Be blessed my friend,
In Jesus' name,