Tuesday, 25 August 2020

The Grace In Christ (1)


This is a continuation of a post I wrote defining grace. So there is a grace that is available to everyone in the land (Christ). As long as you are a believer you have access to this grace. However, there is another grace that is given to us individually, based on what part of the body of Christ we belong to.

"The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part." (1Cor 12:12-14).

Yes, the body of Christ has different part and each part is alloted with a special grace in order to enable it carry out it's unique role in the body.

"And he has generously given each one of us supernatural grace, according to the size of the gift of Christ." (Eph 4:7).

Each one of us have been given grace based on the part of Christ we belong to. However, it is important that the body of Christ know the difference between the grace of the land and the individual grace. There have been a lot of confusion between this two, and it is causing serious problems. One of the problems that have arise as a result of the inability to differentiate between the two grace is subjection to immaturity. Yes, many of us have been subjected to immaturity because the body of Christ have not been able to differentiate between the two grace.

Alright, the first question we must answer is what is the grace of the land? Part of this grace is the ability to live above sin. Another is forgiveness and total cleansing of sin. Everybody who is in this land have no sin stain or record of sin. In this land, we are all like people who have never sin before, our slate are completely clean, and we don't even know how to sin.

"And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin... Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God." (1John 3:5,6,9).

"He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross." (Col 2:14).

Another part of the grace of the land includes the nature of God.

"Grace... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (2Pet 1:2,4).

Inside the grace of the land we have been made partakers of God’s nature, and this nature enables us to live above the corruption of this world. Another part of the grace of the land is victory over the world.

"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." (1John 5:4).

As long you belong to this faith, we are partakers of the grace to walk victoriously over everything that is in the world.

"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1John 4:4).

The general grace of this land also includes everything pertaining to life. In Christ we have access to everything we need as we live out this Christian life here on earth.

"Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power." (2Pet 1:3).

"I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:12-13).

In Christ, our heavenly Father has graciously given us everything we need to survive here on earth and live the Christian life. In Christ we are strong enough to face anything and overcome them. Another grace we enjoy in Christ is that we all have become co-heirs with Christ.

"Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ," (Rom 8:17).

"For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (1Cor 10:26).

"... whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you" (1 Cor 3:22).

That is our inheritance; everything that belongs to God now belongs to us. The whole earth and everything in it, is all ours. They all lies under our authority and we are meant to exercise this authority. God has given us a throne by his right hand. He has raised up with Christ and cause us to sit with him on the throne. He wants us to rule together with him.

"and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," (Eph 2:6).

Lastly, the grace of this land enables us to have supernatural manifestation of God's power in our lives.

"And these signs will follow *those who believe:* In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:17-18).

"I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father!" (John 14:12 TPT).

That Jesus' own words in those scriptures, and in both of them he didn't say the special ministers will do these miracles. He said everyone who believes in him. In the subsequent verses of the latter scripture I quoted, Jesus explained that he would do these mighty works through any and every believer just for the sake of bringing glory to the Father. So as long as you are a believer you have come under the grace to be used to do mighty works in order to bring glory to the Father, it is now left for us to learn how to work with that grace or grow in that grace. Yes, grace can be grown.

"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." (2Per 1:2).

The more we grow in knowledge, the more we would grow in the grace of this land. The old creation (the natural world) is a shadow of the new creation. In the natural world, the grace that is available to us can only be utilized when we grow in knowledge. This is why we developed science so that we can use it to grow in the knowledge of this natural world, and then use this knowledge to access the grace that is available to us in this natural world. It is knowledge that enables us to annex the power of the sunlight—which is available to us all—and generate electricity.

There is so much we can invent or extract from the things we see all around us. But we would never be able to do this if we do not grow in knowledge. So also, in Christ, if we do not grow in the knowledge of this land (Christ) then there is so much we would miss out on, even things already promised to us in Scripture. God promised Israelites the land of Canaan as their inheritance, yet they have to fight for it. Just because these things are in Scripture doesn't mean it will just jump on you. You have to fight for it, you have to violently seek the kingdom, you have to develop faith, and faith comes by knowledge. Now do you see why knowledge is important?

"So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given... The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2Pet 1:5,8).

We must understand that getting knowledge is not the end. We are to use this knowledge to build on the grace that we have in this land. This way we would be able to enjoy everything w ritten in scripture concerning the grace we have in Christ.


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