It’s an awesome topic in Scripture…there are few in the Christian world that are truly Anointed to teach this topic with balance…it is at times misunderstood by those believers that only caught a portion of its teaching…And of course, we need to study it ourselves individually and collectively to capture the essence of the Power of God’s Grace—that’s found in His Holy Word.
Hi Faith-writers, I thank God for this opportunity to be back to share some more Powerful Teaching about “The Word of God”. We are focusing on The Holy Bible (The Scriptures) and the Power it has to radically challenge us to change our lives and be empowered to operate on a higher level of faith on earth in the Kingdom of God. The Scriptures gave us all we need to live a successful life as believers. When we thoroughly research the topics that God places in our hearts to study we will be Divinely given the Revelation of Scripture, then we will be Inspired—to Apply it, and finally we will experience the Manifestation of the Scriptures as they become a spiritual reality in our lives.
Grace is in The Word
When we think of Grace we may quickly remember a hot Babe from High School in our neighborhood that every guy wanted to date and every girl wanted to imitate or hate…Or we may think of it as the prayer we say before a meal. Some Christian couples may have named their daughter Grace… while others have some idea that it’s tied to their Salvation in some way. Whatever knowledge we have acquired about the topic of Grace it’s very important that we understand that God’s Word is defined as “The Word of His Grace” by Luke in (Acts 14:3 NKJV). God’s Word will reveal to us the true definition of His Awesome Grace.
The Definition of Grace
The word Grace is found 39 times in the Old Testament; And 131 times in the New Testament; which is truly amazing when we consider how often it is mentioned.
In the Old Testament, Grace in Hebrew—hen—is graciousness and it is also;
1. Grace—kindness, and favor.
2. Grace—pleasant, and precious.
In the New Testament, Grace in Greek—Charis—is graciousness and it also has a literal, figurative and spiritual application;
1. Grace—is gratifying.
2. Grace—is the Divine influence upon the heart of the believer and its evidence by the believers’ walk of faith.
3. Grace—is God being acceptable in receiving us because of the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus.
4. Grace—is a benefit given to us for Super-natural activities.
5. Grace—is favor granted to us (God’s good-will toward us).
6. Grace—is a gift from God.
7. Grace—is God being gracious to us.
8. Grace—is God’s Divine Joy imparted to us to live joyfully in the Kingdom of God on earth.
9. Grace—is liberality from the law as taught by Paul in most of his letters in the N.T.
10. Grace—is God’s Pleasure directed toward us because of Jesus.
11. Grace—is thankworthy given to us by God because of Jesus and it’s also a display of our conduct when we are grateful for what God did for us.
These definitions we outlined are found in Strong’s Concordance, Vine’s Dictionary and Noah Webster’s Dictionary if you care to look them up yourselves. I restructured the outline to fit in this article so it can be easy to read.
The Law vs. Grace
One of the controversies that rock the Church is the topic of Grace in the area of “Law vs. Grace”. It’s only controversial because younger Christians in the faith have a habit of listening to a small portion of the topic of Grace being mentioned by a minister. And then they try to apply the message of “Law vs. Grace” to many other areas of Christian living that is out of context.
Topics about Tithing, Tattoos and Holy Living are some of the arguments that will drive spiritually immature Christians to debate, fight and outright live reckless and undisciplined lives and their justification is I’m under Grace not the Law. Although it is true that we all sin and we all fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23 NKJV); Paul also said, what shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound? Certainly not! (Romans 6:1-2 NKJV).
What we need to do as Christians is search the Scriptures in all the verses that Paul spoke about “Law vs. Grace” and we will clearly see what Paul meant. What Paul meant in the New Testament about the subject of “Law vs. Grace” is the idea that we should not think that we are saved or could be Born-again by applying the Law, or by being circumcised, or applying the 10 commandments on our own strength, or by not eating certain foods that were listed in the Old Testament, all of these acts will not win over God’s favor or Grace (See, Acts 15:1-12 NKJV, about “Law vs. Grace” on how Gentiles were saved by faith as they received God’s Grace, but the Pharisees wanted them to be circumcised.)
There are more Scriptures we need to look at to clarify Paul’s point about the topic of Grace in the area of “Law vs. Grace”. But to close out this controversy with some Powerful Truth let’s read what Paul wrote to Titus.
Paul said, for the Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (v. 11)
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness, and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age (v. 12)
While we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (v.13)
Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good (v.14)
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you (v.15) (Titus 2:11-15 NIV).
There are several points that Paul made that clearly shows us “the Power of Grace” in action in the life of the Believer. Paul said;
1. God’s Grace brings Salvation to us.
2. God’s Grace appeared to all men (so there’s no excuse as to why we were not touched by it.)
3. God’s Grace (Super-natural Power) teaches us to say “No”—to ungodliness, worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
4. God’s Grace will keep us motivated while we wait for Jesus to return.
5. All Ministers (not just Titus) are to Teach about God’s Grace and the Power it has to motivate us to live a godly lifestyle in the Kingdom of God on earth.
By reading these verses in the Book of Titus we realize that we cannot live reckless lives and say ah, we are under Grace. Grace will empower us to live holy. Grace will motivate us to do the right thing, the godly thing. So we must tap into the power of God’s Grace and we will continue about the Word of Grace in our next article God willing, amen.