Grace Upon Grace

Published on: 6/10/2023

In this article, we’ll explore the idea of “grace”.

We’ll talk about how by us receiving this “gift”, which is being saved through our faith in Lord Jesus Christ, it initiates our life into grace.

It is this exact thing that starts our flow of grace but it is up to us to be open to receiving it in our lives.

1. Work vs Grace

The idea with “the law” which comes from the Mosaic law is that salvation can be attained by the perfecting works of people.

That is, we can become so perfect or “righteous” by what we do to a level where we can be deemed good for salvation.

However, with grace, this status of salvation is gifted.

It is a gift from God, received through our faith.

It’s the perfecting work of God which is lacking nothing.

Through the works of our Lord Jesus Christ, he “washed” away our sins and transgression by his sacrifice on the cross.

This is done by changing the fundamentals, that is by “putting to the grave” or sunsetting the consequences of sin, and bringing forth a new beginning or a new path — a path of life.

1 Corinthians 15:45-49
1 Corinthians 15:45-49

That’s also the start of our transformation.

Galatians 2:20-21
Galatians 2:20-21

2. Set on things above

So, does that mean once I believe and have faith, I am automatically a saint ?

We know that’s not the case.

That’s just the start!

We are indeed still the same after we believe and have faith, with one difference.

The difference is we now receive the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22
2 Corinthians 1:20-22

That's a big difference because with this, the Holy Spirit helps us to be “set on things above”.

Romans 8:7-9
Romans 8:7-9

Which is why “our heart” that is set on things above initiates this grace but also continues that flow.

3. Living under grace

What is grace exactly ?

It means we don’t deserve it or cannot attain it.

It is only given to us by mercy.

So, this “gift” is received by having faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:16-18
2 Corinthians 5:16-18

This allows us to approach God, and receive it because we have been “washed” by Christ.

We now live under that grace:

John 1:15-17
John 1:15-17

And just as we received “the gift of salvation”, we also receive everything else that comes from God under this grace.

How do we keep that flow of grace ?

Like how we receive any gift, by having an open, and receptive heart.

And just like how our blood needs oxygen, our flow of grace is supplemented by our faith.

Otherwise, we would be rejecting or denying that constant flow of grace that God is giving us.

4. Leaning on God

It is the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us.

It’s the little promptings, nudges and tugs that the Holy Spirit puts on our heart and conscience that lead and guide us.

John 16:13-15
John 16:13-15

Not only do we accept this by grace, but we start to “live under grace” through the Holy Spirit.

Little by little, that flow of grace starts to work in our lives.

Over time, we can witness that in our lives.

And we know God is faithful, and he will bring us to completion.

But we have to be open and receptive to it:

Philippians 1:6-7
Philippians 1:6-7

And that’s a promise from God.

Glory to the Most High