I have heard all of my Christian life that grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Is that the only thing that grace is? Or is it more?
That statement is true, but NOT the entire truth. The death of Jesus, the Messiah, on the cross is part of the definition of grace. I believe our finite minds are not able to grasp the entirety of grace in this life on earth. In all of eternity, we will still be digging deeper to discover the wonders of God’s grace. I am not trying to belittle what Jesus did on the cross for us, as it is the only means of salvation for all of mankind. I realize without it we would be lost forever. He is the only means of true salvation! (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
Did Jesus only come to die for our sins? Or did He come to give us the power to do God’s will in this life on earth?
The same power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave is the power that brings us to salvation (1 Peter 1:3-5). But does it stop there? Not only are we brought to salvation by Jesus, but “we are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be reveled in the last time.” Also, in 1 Corinthians 6:14, 17, we are reminded “God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power…” because “he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (compare Romans 6:5; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Ephesians 1:19-2:1)
Along with the power to do His will comes the ability and understanding to know what His will is. Without knowing Jesus, “we can do nothing.” (John 15:5; compare 2 Cor. 3:5-6). Furthermore, God has given us the ministry of reconciliation which is for us to proclaim His gospel to others (2 Cor. 5:18-21). God will give us the power to do His will in life.
Several years ago, God called and anointed me to write a book for His glory. I spent 3 years arguing with Him that I was not able to do what He was asking. How foolish! If God was calling me to accomplish this task, this means He will give me the power to do it. God never calls us to do what He will not provide for us. He was calling me to be the instrument that He would use to get His book out. God was wanting to write a book through me to bring Him glory. This is GRACE!
Furthermore, when I was about 20 years old, I was driving peacefully down the highway minding my own business when I had a thought, “Pull over into the right lane and slam on the brakes.” I thought, “What?”
In a split second, the truck which carried an asphalt machine on a trailer came unhooked from the back of that truck and was thrown into my lane, completely occluding that left lane. I did as my thought had said and I skidded down the highway many feet before stopping only a fraction of an inch away from this massive machine. If I had hit it going 55 miles an hour, I would have been killed. It was taller and heavier than my car, Praise God, He spared my life. This is the grace! He gave me the power, ability, and understanding to accomplish His will at that moment.
Grace is Jesus working in and living mightily through each of His saints.
The entire gospel is found Colossians 1, particularly verses 13-29.