TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GRACE OF GOD

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

LIGHT FOR NOW: The Grace of God cannot be seen until you see what it produces.

 The above text of the scripture is Apostle Paul’s conclusion of his letter to the church at Corinth. He had opened the letter in like manner when he said, “Grace be unto you, and peace from God and our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:3-4). On both accounts, Paul reminded them that the grace of God has been given to them, hence, they should take advantage of it. They should take advantage of all that has been made available to them in Christ. He had reminded them earlier that their sufficiency is in God: “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Corinthians 3: 5). The fact is that the grace of God on its own can’t be seen until you see what it produces. Luke, in Acts 11:23 by the inspiration of the Spirit, explained how Barnabas and Paul went to visit the brethren, and they saw the grace of God. “Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord” What does it mean to “See the grace of God?” It means the Apostles saw an outer reflection of the inner workings of the power, life and nature of God in them – they witnessed the effects of that grace. The grace of God on its own can’t be seen until you see what it produces. And when it reveals itself on the outside, then we can say, just like the early Church, “We saw the grace of God on them.” That’s why Apostle Peter tells us to grow in grace. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ….” (2 Peter 3:18) The word “grow” in the above text was translated from the Greek word “auxano” which means “to give increase to.” Therefore, to grow in grace is to increase in the workings of the power of God in your life. The word “communion” as is being used in our theme text and the word “fellowship” in 1 Corinthians 1:9: “… God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his son Jesus Christ our Lord”, convey same meaning. This is very instructive considering its implication in the life of the new creation. The two words “communion” and “fellowship” are translated “kononia” in the Greek, which means “union” or “oneness”, it connotes essentially an activity that takes place between two people on the same level. For as He is, so are you in this world. Glory!!!  

INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your oneness in Christ.

PRAYER: I affirm that I have come into oneness in Christ, As he is, so am I in this world. Glory!

QUOTE: You have been called into a fellowship with God.

DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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