The Manifold Grace of God – Part 1

20130528-175641.jpg“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10 NKJV)

A lot has been written lately about grace, specifically, God’s Grace. People have a number of different ways to define His Grace, the most popular being “unmerited favor”.

Could it be possible, barely possible, for His Grace to be beyond definition and comprehension? Could it be His Grace is exceeding, abundantly above and beyond our ability to ask, think, reason, define, or discuss completely?

I think so.

With that in mind, I’m going to devote several blog posts to the theme of God’s Grace. I won’t attempt to explain everything there is to know regarding the subject of Grace (I know I don’t know everything about His Grace), but I hope to stir your heart to where you find yourself hungering to know the God of Grace more and more. My prayer is for you to know the manifold riches of His Grace; the breadth, length, depth, and height of His immeasurable Grace!

Immeasurable? Yes! Beyond our understanding? Yes! Beyond our ability to experience?

NO!

Even with all of the teaching on Grace in the church today, I believe the church has a condition called “Grace Deficiency” (I’ll explain what I mean on a later post).

A definition I will be using throughout these posts is “Grace is God’s willingness, to use His divine power and ability on behalf of those who could not, can not, make it on their own.” In short: Grace is God’s WILLINGNESS to help us, though we could never earn His help. We need His ability!

Grace = God’s Ability

For instance, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8 ESV). Another way of saying it? “For by God’s Ability you have been saved…” “By His willingness to use His power and ability on our behalf…”

Something else to think about: if Grace is unmerited favor, how does one grow in it? If you can’t earn it, how does it increase in a person’s life? Peter wrote, “but grow in grace…”. Scripture says of Jesus, “Jesus increased in stature and in favor with God and man.” Also, the writer of Hebrews wrote, “By Grace, Jesus tasted death for every man.”

There’s much to learn AND experience where God’s Grace is concerned. So, get ready to study, and discuss with me using the comment section of this blog.

Grace is needed in every area of our life! And He’s willing and able to help.

Here’s an old hymn to read as I end this post. May the Lord encourage your heart as you meditate on the words.

Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Julia H. Johnston
public domain

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Refrain:
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?