“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”
John 1:16 NASB
John Newton first called it “Amazing Grace”. Grace is the richness of Christ and the riches of Christ. Grace is initiated in God’s heart, imparted by His love and infused by faith. Grace is something we don’t deserve, but desperately need. Grace gives us power when we are weak, peace when we are troubled and purpose when we are aimless. Grace is one of God’s great gifts . . . we cannot earn it . . . we cannot work for it . . . we receive it. It’s not about anything we have done . . . it’s all about what God has done.
John tells us that we have received not just grace . . . but, grace layered on top of grace. The entomology means grace upon grace, upon grace, upon grace . . . an unending supply of grace. The source is the fullness of Jesus . . . The Savior for sinners who are made saints.
Saving Grace. A. W. Tower wrote, “The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.” God’s initial impact on our lives is grace that saves. It is His life gift that gives lasting acceptance. Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:8-9 ESV)
Sustaining Grace. Grace that saves is eternal while grace that sustains is every day. It guarantees our salvation and guides in our suffering. Peter reminds us, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Pet 5:10 ESV). God gives us a bold invitation to draw near and discover grace. The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16 ESV)
Strengthening Grace. Grace is there when we are weak, weary and worn down. He is the help for our helplessness. Paul confessed, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor12:8-9 ESV). We no longer hide our weaknesses . . . we hold high the power of His grace.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
May we become dependent and desperate for His saving, sustaining and strengthening grace . . . IT IS AMAZING!