As I have promised, I want to give you this teaching on the grace of God.
Yet I feel that I must break it down into 2-3 teachings. Godís grace is important to fully embrace and have working in your life to be more effective witnesses for the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Grace defined is ďGODíS FAVOR AND ABILITY WORKING IN YOU TO ATTAIN TO THAT WHICH IS UN-ATTTAINIABLE.Ē If you can get it with your name or mind or strength, then itís not Godís grace. Now I know that you have been taught that grace is (Godís unmerited favor). Thatís good, but everything you get from God is unmerited lest any man should boast. Others define it by taking each letter and making a word like this:
Expense I like this one too, but my favorite is the one I gave first.
To understand grace, letís review the 3 Greek words for power. Exusia which is delegated authority or energy; dunimus which is the explosive power given by the Holy Spirit; but the last best describes Godís power of grace. It is Kratos! Kratos defined is Godís creative power and might. Less than a handful of verses in the bible use the Greek word (kratos) . I like to think that this Greek word is used to describe Godís grace. This is Godís power from His glory: (Col 1:11; Eph. 1:19; 1 Tim. 6:16; Rev. 5:13) Grace is Godís ability that is the essence of His glory!
Before I get completely lost in the Spirit, let me introduce grace with verses. According to Eph. 3:2, we are living in the dispensation of His grace. Each man is given grace according to the gift of ďChrist in usĒ. Then 2 Pet. 1:2 tells us that it is multiplied unto us by obtaining knowledge of God. James 4:6 indicates that God resist the proud and gives (more grace) to the humble.
John 1:14-17 says that our Lord is full of grace and truth, whom we receive from ďgrace to graceĒ. We sing with grace; Col. 3:16; speak with grace; 4:6. We are strong in it, 2 Tim. 2:1. The New Testament church was great in it; Acts 4:33; they continued in it, Acts 13:43; they testified with it, Acts 20:24. Godís word was the word of His grace, Act 20:32 .
TOO LATE!!! I AM LOST IN HIS GLORIOUS GRACE. I WILL SOON GIVE YOU THE THREE KINDS OF GRACE.