What is Grace?
The answer to this question is: “Grace is all and all is Grace”! If you really think about it, it must be right. Who could think he could earn himself, his health, he could work and be with people who love him, and give him the talent to always speak out the right thing to other people etc., etc.? That all is grace. Grace makes our life much happier and easier to live, but who sends this to us? Because we can’t get this on our own. It comes from something bigger and higher. It is God, who forgives and loves His people. With no worries, you can say all the people live from “Grace” from God. God who created the world, looks after His creations, especially humans. (Psalm 103:8) “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
It is not new, that people don’t really believe the word of God. It is deep inside in our nature to believe that our life is in our hands and we can do what we want. We think we do not need God. The witnesses of the old and new testament, they know what it means to have God with them. There are many references to this. The grace of God is for ever and ever, for them who believe in Him. (Ps. 103: 17) “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” His “Grace” is bigger than the sky and his truth is further than the clouds. (Ps. 108:5) “Be thou exalted, 0 God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.” With my grace, I will be with you forever, said God! (Isaiah 54: 8) Again and again comes the prayer and the songs always back to God again. “Save me with your goodness” (Ps. 6: 5) Be forgiving to me. (Ps. 51:3) For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
In the new testament the “Grace” of God is of special quality. In the meaning of God sending Jesus Christ, John said “And the word and flesh living with us, and we see the beautiful and wonderful feeling from the birth of the Son of the Father. Full of “Grace” and truth. And from His giving, we all took “Grace for Grace”. Moses gave the Law to the people, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14-17) That is the answer of the question how I receive grace in God. How can the people get to the right way in God again? The rules of God show us, but it is not enough to live. Again and again, we are overlooking the rules, and the result is in the end, we would die. In Jesus Christ, God gives us the grace to live. If the grace of God would be in us, we would have an uncomplicated life. Now we really will see that grace is a gift. Grace changes the life of people. Believing is free, nobody will push you, to believe in God comes through Jesus Christ. Because He had called us to His word in His “Grace”. If we really believe in God, don’t mix together the Law and grace – they don’t go together. (opposite each other) Then Christ is the end of the law. Who believes on Him, is right.
Paul writes to the Romans in 10: 4 , “So find fulfillment in the law through Jesus Christ”. Grace is grace – nobody can change God’s grace. We must believe strongly in God’s grace. Everyone, including sinners, those lacking in glory, (or fame) and this should happen from God. And without effort from us, grace to release the one who turns to Christ. So we see, we can get good without the law, just by believing. (Romans 3:21) Apostle Paul wrote “You lost Jesus because you believed too much in the law and fell from Grace.” (Gal. 5: 4) Such a blessing that all seems, and we should rejoice about it, but it should not be cheapened. No one is going to throw it to us. Everybody thinks it is God’s duty to be merciful to us. When God stood before Moses then He said “To whom I am merciful, I am uplifting to him. (Exodus 33:19) We can’t just expect that God will automatically send it to us. We have to be prepared to make an effort (Heb. 12:14-15) “Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fall of the Grace of God”.
We should think about what Grace costs God. It was the life of His Son. With this knowledge, then we should think of Grace all our life. If one human is saved from death and allowed to live, we could not think otherwise. I will always sing of the Grace of God with Christ before God all my life and His true love and in heaven. (Ps. 89: 2-3) God will always stand against the proud but give His grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5).
No 33, 2014, Germany
What is Grace?