Grace is many-sided and, like God, has three active components. Grace leads to life eternal, but many do not understand how grace works. Jesus wants to help us in every area of our lives and his ministry on earth demonstrated that, repeatedly. The shedding of His blood and His death on the cross gave the benefits of his finished works to everyone. When He was raised from the dead and stood before men, whole and complete, He showed the world that we have the same blessings and promises available to us.
"Jesus was Full of Grace. He is Grace Personified." (John 1:14, 17)
The same grace that forgives our sins helps us to resist it. The grace of God is not just for salvation, but also for transformation. Grace is also given to work through us, to touch someone else’s life and bless them. There is a difference between saving grace, standing grace, and serving grace. Saving grace is God working for us, doing things we can't do on our own. Standing grace is God working in us, to help us improve ourselves and resist temptation and sin. Serving grace is an example of God working through us, using us to bless someone else.
We cannot save ourselves
We are saved by grace, not by works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). This grace is manifested by faith. Another way of saying it is that we are delivered from judgment through free grace, which is a gift from God, not through our own striving (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is unmerited, undeserved favor from God and is manifested by faith. Therefore, we are saved by grace. This makes us partakers of all the good things we do not deserve.
The Gospel is the power of God, which leads to being born again, wellness, wholeness, healing, deliverance, and prosperity.
This is available to all who believe. We are not justified or made righteous by the Law, but rather by grace (Galatians 2:16). We are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ, who is grace personified. By grace we are everything that Jesus’ blood purchased for us. By grace we are all of the finished works of Jesus Christ.
Grace and faith are both powerful, but they shouldn't be confused.
After Jesus died on the cross, three days later He appeared publicly, very much alive (Acts 4: 9, 10). We can have the same wholeness as Him, Who is Grace, if we have faith in Him. Paul preached the Gospel of grace, Who is Jesus (Acts 14:9). This grace leads to faith, which results in healing. It is by grace that we are healed, delivered and made to prosper. Faith is the product of grace.
We cannot ever qualify for God’s blessings, no matter how hard we try. We must have faith in the blessings, not in our qualifications for those blessings. The thought that we can lay hold of God’s blessings through faith without grace can leave us feeling discouraged. Accepting God’s grace increases our faith.
Jesus will bless anyone and everyone who trusts and believes in Him. When the blind men came to Him for healing, He first established their belief in Him. Then their healing was manifested (Matthew 9:28, 29). The woman who had bled for 12 years was healed because of her faith in Grace (Mark 5: 25-34). The Canaanite woman received healing and wholeness for her daughter. She persisted and praised Jesus even before the healing was manifested (Matthew 15: 22-28).
Even when we do not deserve His blessings, Christ makes us alive from sin and death (Ephesians 2:1-9). Even when we are behaving at our worst, He still shows us His best (Romans 5:8). God loves us so much, He didn’t even spare His own Son. Trust Jesus and believe Him, and experience manifestations of His goodness (Romans 8:32).
Scripture for further study
John 1:14, 17
Ephesians 2:8 AMP
Acts 4:9, 10
Matthew 9:28, 29
Mark 5: 25-34
Romans 5: 8
Written By: Jeffery Parks
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