Up until now, the project, “The Gospel Untempered” has only seen writings that can be described basically as reflections; reflections of a Christian as inspired by the Holy Spirit. However, from the architecture of this website, one would easily discover that this project also includes lessons and studies based on selected topics and books of the Bible. The first of such studies is this which is centered around the subject of grace. And as the word, “study” implies, it will be perfect to approach this issue with a pen in hand, a Bible and a notepad on the table.
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GRACE
The Bible makes us understand in several portions that grace is one of the most important pillars of the Christian faith. Therefore, if we must truly enjoy and relish the reality of life in Jesus, it is only expedient that we have a balanced understanding of grace. For us to begin to have a holistic grasp of the concept of grace, we must return to the garden of Eden. For it is in this place and time that the earth, mankind and every reality that we see today were defined. The fall of man as we see it in Gen 3:17-19 catapulted man to a place of great disadvantage. The curse in the last lines of verse 17 is the most pertinent here, “In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” Many might not understand the extent of this declaration until we look into Eccl. 2:22&23, “For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome.” So, the King Solomon discovered, after years of meditation, that man can by no means of his toil, attain any joy or fulfillment. If man were to live only by what he deserves, his life wouldn’t amount to much. It would be vanity! But God realized this from the foundation of the world – that the disadvantage of man was inescapable because of his disobedience. So, in His benevolence, He made an arrangement to salvage this catastrophe. And this arrangement is the establishment of grace.
HOW GRACE WORKS
God, being a sovereign Being bound by law and order, couldn’t offer help to man for no just cause, even though He desired to. Because sin had forever alienated God from man, a mechanism had to be invented to afford God the opportunity of helping man legally. Otherwise, man cannot survive a day without God’s help. Whether some acknowledge it or not, this is the truth. Now, when we think of grace at times, we like to describe it exclusively as a New Testament concept. But this wouldn’t be completely true. The Bible makes us understand that men like Noah and Moses found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Gen. 6:8, Exo. 33:13, KJV). So, though the provision for the legal establishment of the facility of grace was only fully met in the death and resurrection of Jesus in this 3-dimensional world, we know that the lamb of God was “slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8)
In essence, there is no man that has ever had a thing that can be truly called good that didn’t receive it from God. The fact that a man has a thing without seeking it from God does not mean that it has not come from Him. “For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matt. 5:45) In very simple words, grace is the divine mechanism/facility that qualifies wretched men to receive precious gifts.
THE SPIRITUAL SUBSTANTIATION OF GRACE
It is totally impossible to understand the free gift of grace without beholding the person of Christ. For it is only in Christ that the essence of grace is both revealed and accessed. The full articulation of the substantiality of grace in the person of Christ is found in John 1:14-17. From this passage, it becomes clear that grace is;
- The first component of the double fold revelation of Jesus Christ (vs. 14);
- The means of accessing the fullness of God;
- The indicator or facilitator of the New Covenant.
It goes without saying that the topic of grace cannot possibly be exhausted in a lifetime, talk less of one publication. In the future, we will consider some salient truths and misconceptions about grace. We hope that this blesses your spirit. If yes, kindly subscribe, share and leave a comment below. Shalom!