More Than a Greeting
Have you ever stopped to think what that phrase “Grace be to you” actually means? I think most people just read over it assuming it’s just a greeting of sorts.
Well, it’s far more powerful than that. The Apostle Paul said, “I am what I am By the grace of god!” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Acts 14:3 says that God’s Word is the word of His grace. Then in Acts 20:32, it says that the word of grace is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Man, that is far too powerful to just be a greeting on a letter!
Most believers have treated the subject of God’s grace too lightly. For some reason, in the minds of most people, it’s something vague with no real definition, other than maybe God’s favor, or unmerited [undeserved] favor, as the Amplified Bible says.
It certainly is that, all right, but left with just that, without a vital revelation of its power, it leaves you without understanding of something Jesus died for us to stand in.
The Word says we are heirs of grace. Partakers of it. Built up by it. Justified by it. Made all sufficient by it in all things. Made to abound to all good works by it. Saved by it through faith.
The Word also says we should grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18). No one can grow in anything from God without spending time in His Word (1 Peter 2:2). God’s grace is mentioned more than 120 times in the New Testament alone!
That should be enough to let us know that we should be spending a whole lot more of our time studying and meditating on it. After all, it has been deposited in the reborn spirit of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and made Him Lord of his or her life (1 Corinthians 1:4).
Grace is powerful. It is God’s willingness to enter into covenant with you, authorizing you to live in Him and giving you the right to authorize Him to come live in you, and live out your life through you. Read that over and over until you get understanding of it in your spirit.
Grace is a powerful force that you need to do the things God’s called you to do. So dig into the Word. Let the spirit of revelation reveal it to you. Let it become far more than a greeting on a letter.
Speak the Word
“Grace and peace have been given to me from God my Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2)
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