What’s the first thing you think about when you consider grace? Getting a promotion at your job? Or is it perhaps the Lord’s unmerited favor to us in saving us for free and that we didn’t have to do anything? That’s true. Amazing isn’t it. We never deserved it. We never had to do anything besides believe; and yet He loved us and saved sinners like us.
But how about we look a little further in the bible where grace is mentioned in a deeper context.
In the book of Galatians chapter 2 verses 20 it shows that Christ is living in us. Christ is actually living in us! But then in the very next verse (21) Paul says “I do not nullify the grace of God”. This grace that he’s talking about here is the Christ who is living in us in verse 20; this is because he’s contrasting grace and the law in verse 21 and how we don’t have righteousness through the law but through grace; who is Christ in us. How could grace possibly be Jesus Christ living in me? Well John 1:17 shows that the law was given to Moses (the law as a thing) but grace came through Jesus Christ (grace as a person). When He came, grace came. Grace is a person, it’s Jesus. For Him to live in us is Him being grace to us.
So at the end of the book of Galatians Paul says “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit”. To you as you read this I say, “grace be with you.”
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