THE GRACE OF GOD

THE GRACE OF GOD

the word grace written in vintage letterpreThe disciple whom Jesus loved wrote the fourth Gospel.  In the first chapter he introduces Jesus as the Word who became human (“flesh”), and he uses a fascinating phrase to describe what Jesus Christ did:

“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given” (NIV 2011) in verse 16.  He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14b) and He also out of his fullness of who He is – including grace and truth – gave “grace upon grace.”  (The Greek word ‘anti’ can mean before, upon, or alongside depending upon tense and context)

Jesus Christ has lavished His grace upon us when we were undeserving (Romans 5:8) and in desperate need of love and forgiveness.  He restored us to a place of honor when we deserved the shame and disgrace of our wrongdoing.

In our daily lives we experience not only the grace of our salvation and separation from the punishment for our sins, but we also receive grace for living out the life we received as a gift of God.  (Ephesians 2:8, 9)  The Apostle Paul charges Titus that the same grace which was revealed to save all men, is the agent of growth and influence for good conduct and righteous living:

“For the grace of God which brings salvation to all men has been revealed, teaching us to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.”  (Titus 2:11, 12) 

What a great example of grace for our past mistakes, grace for our present situation of life, and grace to guide our future! Grace heaped upon grace, going before us, among us, and around us.   We are given grace to be a people of grace.  We must be ministers of grace in this world.  The message we proclaim is the grace of God demonstrated in Jesus Christ, revealed to the Apostle Paul, and practiced by all His people in this age of Grace.

At Grace Bible College we daily teach and encourage the grace-filled life to be the norm for a new generation of ministers.  Please pray with us for all of our students and faculty and staff to be daily ministers of grace.

Ken B. Kemper
President