I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
Note from Kip…
Grace is a powerful word in the context of our faith. So much so that we really cannot fathom its power or depth.
When we truly grasp the depth of what the Grace of our Lord Jesus is it places us in a sense of awe just as the expanse of the Universe does.
Infinite is something we find impossible to wrap our minds around and yet to contemplate it both engages and leaves us abandoned in space; anticipating the next celestial body we might mark reference to.
Grace is like that, but even more so. The Grace of Jesus Christ is infinite. It has no boundaries and no limits. There is not any situation, that His Grace doesn’t cover.
Yet, we find ourselves at time attempting to justify ourselves on the basis of what we may do. As Paul said here, ‘I do not nullify the grace of God’. I simply cannot. Even if I execute every commandment and provide all attention to detail in my service; it doesn’t affect how much He loves me. Nor does anything I do. After that single, everlasting, continually redeeming Grace was applied; I was and am redeemed.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (HCSB)
It’s not about me. There is nothing I can do to initiate or energize this grace. It is definitive, it changes us in an instant from that which can never be justified, to that which can never be condemned. Because we are redeemed! Grace through faith propels us from what we could never escape, to what we could never achieve within our own abilities.
Grace! God’s Grace. Perhaps the only thing stronger than this Grace is God’s Love. The love that he imparts on us.
So, there is nothing I can do, that exceeds what it does for me. The work of God’s Grace ‘is finished’; in me. It’s work is completed, I am redeemed and because of His Grace applied to me I am stamped with His justification.
That isn’t to say that the Holy Spirit isn’t busy at work in us. Far from it, we were bought with a price; a possession of Him who gave His life for me and bestowed on me His Grace. He continues to call us to more depth, more fullness, more obedience to His will.
In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself.
James 2:17 (HCSB)
Faith without works is dead; but we are alive because of what Christ has done for us. Paying the price for the sin of every man woman and child and imparting His Grace upon us.
And if we are alive the the evidence of that faith and the Grace that was placed on us as a result, is evident in all that we do. You see, Grace is complete, but its work in me is not. Because I remain in the flesh. He provides the power to overcome my flesh and I must strive everyday to use the power He places in my hand to triumph over my flesh.
So, Grace is the causation for everything that I may accomplish, without that grace, anything I might have done would be in vein. A waist of energy and time. But because of that Grace:
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (HCSB)
Through Christ, I am empowered. Without His Grace I am nothing.
All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (HCSB)
For I, Yahweh your God, hold your right hand and say to you: Do not fear, I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13 (HCSB)
In the same way, the victor will be dressed in white clothes, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels.
Revelation 3:5 (HCSB)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.
Hebrews 12:14-15 (HCSB)