RICHES OF GRACE!
“…that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
How wonderful the words “Exceeding riches of His grace” are! He shows the exceeding riches of His grace because of the kindness He has placed on you.
During the times of the Old Testament, from Mount Zion, the Israelites were given the law. The commands of that law were very hard to follow. Sufficient grace had not been given to follow them in life.
But in the New Testament, from the hill of Golgotha, God willed to give you a new law. The two new laws which Christ gave in the New Testament are to love God with all your heart and to love our neighbour as ourselves. Not only that but also He gives the grace required to follow them.
The Scripture says: “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The Lord Jesus Christ is perfect in grace. “And of His fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16).
You need not worry or fear because you have been continuously receiving abundant mercy and grace from Christ. Grace supports you. Christ advocates for you and gives you sufficient grace to overcome your weaknesses.
This grace will be continuously increasing within you when you meditate on the sufferings and death of Christ. He made Himself nothing and became perfect in sufferings for the grace to get revealed in you. So, dear children of God, you may also hide yourself behind the exceeding riches of His grace so that you do not lose patience during the times of the sufferings. If you do so, all the sufferings you may experience will keep yielding the grace from the Heavenly Father.
That is why Peter the Apostle points out “…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18). Dear children of God, will you grow and increase in grace? Will you receive the grace? “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Romans 11:33)
“But by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Corinthians 15:10).