In time, the weights of life increase,
God exercises the working soul.
The lifting strains will never cease,
His power you learn more and more to extol.
Burdens remain, the heart discerns
To release them from the inner man.
Though worldly chains may bind the hand,
Upon eternal grace the spirit turns.
Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Col 1.6.
The gospel speaks of Jesus. It is content and communication, the power of God for salvation, “the message of truth” v. 5. As communication, the Good News must be heard and understood. Anyone can communicate it. The Colossians learned it from Epaphras, v. 7. One need not be an apostle to transmit it.
On the lips of many disciples, the Good News bears fruit and grows. It is not limited in its extent nor in its location. It does not depend upon huge financial resources nor upon eloquent preachers. It does depend upon everyone speaking and many hearing. Continue reading
There is true grace and false grace. We can identify them both. True grace includes the suffering for the gospel. We must not avoid suffering as Christians. We must continue firmly in this grace. Give glory to God for grace and truth!
Read 1 Peter 5.12.
God’s grace is generous. He gives freely. Our cup overflows. From him, in Christ, we have every spiritual blessing. His grace inspires generosity in us as well. By Jesus’ poverty we are made rich. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift and for his extraordinary grace!
Religion turned into market, appealing to the lowest passions. People look for churches that allow them to continue in sin or that feed their greed. These churches are not of God and do not lead to salvation.
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1.13 NET Continue reading
When man thinks that he has to arrange his own salvation, the goal is distant and difficult. Many give up because of frustration at the impossible, and others live a false religiosity that proclaims human ability to penetrate the holiness of God.
In contrast with this, the message of the gospel, which consists of salvation by God’s grace, is near and easily embraced. Continue reading
Grace takes care of sin, breaks its power, releases from its condemnation. But some take a lax approach to sin because of grace. After all, God is going to forgive, regardless — so they think. Such an approach comes close to the attitude that Paul anticipates when he writes about grace.
What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase?
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There are very few people who realise what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. —Ignatius
Over on Twitter, Chad asked for a working definition of grace. Since it was Twitter, I asked if we needed to observe the 140-character limit. His Twitter post goes to Facebook, so not so much. But I thought a Twitter-sized limit would be interesting to attempt. Here’s my definition of one of the greatest, widest, deepest, grandest concepts in Scripture. Where does it lack?
Grace is the free gift of God’s salvation in Christ, not dependent upon human merit, but upon its reception by faith and obedience.
Nine characters to spare.
Paul also uses grace as a word for God giving us the ability to serve, ministry, which is not covered above. What else?
Below are a few links by brethren on the topic of legalism. I was doing some research and found these, thought they might be useful to you. Continue reading