Posted by: peebles | May 28, 2013

1 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV) ~ I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.

Consider this:  “His grace given you in Christ Jesus”. Grace is something you receive, which you did not deserve. It is the unmerited favour of God. When we did not deserve forgiveness, when we did not deserve mercy, when we did not deserve His love, He poured His grace upon us. The Greek word for “grace” is, charis, meaning enjoying favour, a gracious gift, kindness and blessing.

We sing of God’s grace in the old gospel song, and it flows off our tongue with such ease. Yet when it is sung with meaning, gratitude and thankfulness to God for His grace, then it takes on a whole new meaning. Those words can be a personal testimony for everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. The song, written by John Newton, is called, “Amazing Grace”.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.

When we do give in to temptation and fall to sin, praise God that He is there for us all. His grace and His love will not let go of us. The Bible says in Romans 5:20 (NIV), “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”. Another Bible translation puts it this way, “His grace increases yet the more!” His glorious grace is poured so incessantly from above; unceasing continuous flow of grace.

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!

Marvellous, infinite, matchless grace, God’s grace this is greater than all my sin.

Indeed, how true are these words which speak of the generosity and love of a Saviour towards us, found in John 1:16 (Darby Translation), “For of his fullness we all have received, and grace upon grace”. We are saved by His grace and love. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:7 to 9 (Amplified Bible), “He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable, limitless, surpassing, riches of His free grace His unmerited favor in His kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves of your own doing, it came not through your own striving, but it is the gift of God; not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands, lest any man should boast. It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.”

A love so undeserving, a gift so free, you lavished on us all.

A peace we could not earn and mercy for the freedom of our soul.

Oh, Lord that’s what’s so amazing about Your grace!

My friend, from our text, we read what the Apostle Paul says to the church at Corinth, which is also being said to us today, from 1 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV), I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus”. The gospel dispensation is finished wholly and entirely in free and glorious grace. There is glorious grace, which shines in every part of the immense and great work of redemption, the foundation of which is laid in grace, the superstructure is reared in grace, and the whole is finished in glorious grace. May His glorious grace be poured in abundance over your life today.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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