Wow, that grace is something else, isn’t it? And just when we think that this is the one that takes us down, that grace shows up to lead us on to what’s next. This is the thing that is so great about grace. Grace does not require any reasons, excuses or explanations as long as we are abounding in it. Let’s jump into a natural example for a quick second. If we are in one of those contracts or legal binding agreements between ourselves, and another person or business; and there is a stipulated amount of time given to us after our due date has passed in which we have to make good on our promise, no one cares as to why we needed to apply the grace allowed to us to make good on our promise, as long as we make good before the grace period ends. The person in need of the grace period does not have to explain whatever the reason was that commanded the need of the grace period. And grace is always a thing needed by default; therefore, we just don’t want to have to wake up in the mornings all excited about having to use the grace period every month in order to make good on the promise. No, everyone would prefer to take care of their business on time or early if anything, and not always need to apply the grace period. One of the late great wrappers of all time said, and I quote, “I love payin rent when the rent’s due.” Everyone loves paying their business as well as their personal obligations when they are due. Nevertheless, we are grateful to the businesses, family, and friends for the grace period when provided: there are times when things can just come up that was unexpected to where a little grace can make it alright. So now let’s jump back into the spiritual grace from God, and look at how we should use the grace of God that has been given to us. Grace Knows My Passage Way.
Hey, I am a member of the party, the so happy Christian party for all of the members of the Body of Christ; for we are so happy and so blessed to have the grace of God shed upon our lives each and every day. Now with that being said, just like with the grace provided to us in the natural by businesses, family, friends, and sometimes on the spot strangers; we still just don’t want to have to wake up in the mornings all excited about having to apply the grace of God to every request made known to God for the things that we hope for. No, we the happy Christians of the Body of Christ would prefer to bring to pass the things that we hope for when we need them, or when they are due. It is not all joy to have to go into the grace of God to be sufficient in having all of our needs met every time. There were many things that the Apostle Paul, and most of the other viable followers of Christ that came to know him, who could not always be over run with joy when it was necessary for them to have their sufficiency come from the grace of God. And here is the big difference between the natural grace of man given to us, and the spiritual grace of God given to us. The natural grace of man is given for a stipulated period of time to help get us over the hump for a specific circumstance; and we may also have other ongoing circumstances below the hump, but we may not qualify or even be offered any grace to give us the push to get these other circumstances over their individual humps. Now the spiritual grace of God is given eternally to those who receive Jesus; therefore, it is by his grace that we become a member of his body. So we can not simply qualify for a stipulated period of grace. We are given grace fully from the start with Jesus because it is only by his grace that we are saved members of his Body, the Church. We can think of it like a fish in water, for we are members in full grace without a time stipulation to expire: membership has its lack of stipulation privileges! This is why we have to see spiritual grace periods differently from how we see natural grace periods. Grace Knows My Passage Way.
The grace of God is the standard by which all things in the Body function, and all things in the Body are not the standard by which grace functions. We may have a thing hope for miss the deadline in which we need it, but the thing hope for missing its deadline is not the standard by which grace will function. I have seen many members of the Body of Christ miss deadlines of things hope for, and you have seen it too, but they miss the deadline believing that the grace of God would come through for them. What we have all fail to realize is that the grace of God came through for us the moment that Jesus gave his life for our sins. Now the grace of God is doing the next job that only grace can do; and that is to line our lives up in accordance with the Will of God: everything is done by the grace of God given to each of us. Therefore, the grace of God is very busy making sure that we get lined up in order to fulfill the calling of abundant living to our lives. We know that without faith we can not please God, but did we know that it is according to the standard of grace by which we receive the measure of faith that we will have to please the Father: Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” So according to whatever God has called us to do by grace, and this means because Jesus died to save us, can we even be called on to do anything: no die, no grace. So anything that we can possibly talk about spiritually can not be talked about if Jesus had not died: grace. Look at this next scripture, it is all so clear, then I can move on to the “how then.” 1 Corinthians 3:10, “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” We have to take heed, or I like the term pay attention, of how we build or live our lives upon the foundation that we have laid because of the grace (death of Jesus to pay our sins) given to us. Grace Knows My Passage Way.
So this is what grace is trying to do for all of us now if we will take heed, or pay attention to what comes next. I would like for us to think of the ongoing operation of grace as the corrector of our lives. When we come into the Body of Christ from whatever life we came from, we do not just receive the grace of God ( the membership privileges from his death), and that be the end of the function of grace. Again, grace is the standard, as it is the reason that we even have a season. So since grace has given us a clean slate, grace will continue to cleanse the path in which we were on when we found Jesus. Grace is the only thing that cleanses our past path, and brings us into our new clean path; however, to cleanse a past out of line with God’s will path, will require some, let’s just say discomfort on our parts. We know that we may have to leave things and people from the past behind, and ouch maybe felt at first, but as the song says, grace is here to lead us on. I called grace a corrector to our lives, similar to how the market will correct itself after it has run wild for a while. Once we come to Jesus from running wild for a while, let the correction begin. This is where grace abounds in the long run. There will be some losses felt in the initial correction of the old path to the new path; however, grace is there to cover the losses in the long run to get you to where you need to be. Grace as a function of correcting our path to line up with the Will of the Father, will not be altogether concern about the lost of some things along the way as collateral damage. That is not the function of grace. Here is where grace will need you to know that although you may have a thorn in the flesh from this new path you are on, grace wants you to know that when it is all said and done, the sufficiency of your needs will be covered. Now here is the teaching that you will need to know in order to have what you hope for, now. If it is not the function of grace to bring to pass that which we hope for now, similar to how natural grace can give man the extra time needed to get over the hump say in the thirty days; then where does the responsibility of that function go to? When we accept Jesus’ full grace to us by faith to have a clean slate, we also simultaneously, are made members of his body, the Church. When we become a part of his Body, the Church, we are also placed within the fulness of the Godhead for all the members to dwell within. You see, once you are in the Body of Christ, you are then in the fulness of the Godhead: Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” And once you are in the Body where the fulness of God dwells, welcome to the party of bringing to pass that which you hope for. Colossians 1:18-19, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.” So it pleased the Father that in the body of Jesus, the church, should all fulness dwell. So who are you going to call on when you need that which you hoped for now? You will not call on grace, but you will call on the fulness of the Godhead. Now by the Grace given to you, there is a measure of faith in which you will use to follow the path of grace to get you to your corrected state in God according to the will of God. However, if you need grace time as spoken of in the natural to pay a bill, you will need to call on the Godhead member in charge of that; and that will be the Holy Ghost. It is his function to give you power faith needed, to move on whatever is in your world to give you what you need now, or soon enough. So grace is the big picture, where everything is alright and sufficient no matter what you see. And the fulness of the Godhead is what you are dwelling in as a member of the Body of Christ to bring to pass the now picture. We need to know that yes, it is by grace that my soul is saved, and that my path will be corrected; However, it is by the fulness of God’s power that dwells in the Godhead bodily in which I will bring to pass that I hoped for. Yes, I am tempted to continue this post to show how we move in and out of the Godhead to get that which we hoped for, but it is too much info for one post. I will pick this back up soon, maybe even tomorrow depending on what the Father has up. I will say this before I close this post. We all should begin to identify members in the body of the church in which we attend in order to know who has what gift in the Godhead in case they maybe needed to bring to pass that which is hoped for. Grace Knows My Passage Way.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.