Grace as Power

Grace works powerfully in those who believe.

2 Corinthians 4.15
For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

Here are some important insights concerning the grace of God. First, grace comes to us from God through many sources, primarily His Word and Spirit (3.12-18). But it also comes through “all things.” The world is charged with the grace of God, like static electricity, waiting to be enlivened by the touch. Because God is in and through all things, and His glory is in all His works, grace may come to us – warming us with His favor and empowering us for good works – at every moment and by many means.

Second, grace comes to us not merely to be known and enjoyed, but to be spread by word and deed. We are agents of God’s grace to the world, and especially to the people around us. Grace is not a commodity to hoard. We must be active and bold in ministering this grace to others.

Third, grace is empowering, beginning by moving those who receive it to thanksgiving, then issuing in good works that spread the grace of God to others.

Finally, as grace accomplishes this work in us, it transforms us increasingly into the image of Jesus Christ, thus making us fitter vessels to receive more grace, and firmer vessels to bear more grace to others.

For more insights to the nature and workings of grace, see my ReVision series on grace, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

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