The promise of coming grace:
Zec 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
The glory of grace came as promised:
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The promise of coming grace given:
Joh 1:16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The result of grace:
Rom 3:24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
The future hope of glory brought by grace:
Rom 5:2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The need for grace:
Rom 5:17 If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
The character of grace:
Rom 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
The source of grace:
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
We are sometimes so utterly glib about grace, so totally nonchalant about it, as we undeservingly swagger around wrapped in grace as if it is such a natural thing, something we earned or were owed.
The grace of God is His glory, the one thing that is the very incarnation of Him as love. It was what He had promised and delivered, not because He had to, but because it was His will, born from His character of love. To mistake that for anything other than the very character of God, to turn into some insipid gesture from His part after humans have determined their own worthiness to receive it, is to destroy the very ground motive of God’s visible love.
You cannot earn it or buy it. God gives it freely, as a gift. No human could possibly have conceived of the idea of becoming something less, to bring hope, glory and salvation through self-sacrifice without asking for anything in return, yet that is what God did. Grace brings irrevocable change. It is the gift that turns a man dead in sin into a man alive in faith, glory and hope. It removes sin and death and brings life.
Grace is what separates the Christian faith from all others. Grace is what separates the living from the dead. Grace is what brings hope, salvation and glory to the undeserving. It cannot be watered down or explained away. It cannot be diluted with human effort or merit. It simply is a pure and complete expression of God’s love for His people.
Be sure to accept this grace today. Know what it is. Not some insignificant gesture that can be answered with a nod and a wink, nor an empty human invention focused on bringing glory to humans themselves, but the very expression of love from the Creator of all that is.