And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit (2 Cor. 1:15 KJV)
Grace encapsulates the full gamut of the manifestation of God’s kindness revealed to us in Christ in all its facets. The gift of eternal life is grace as much as the gift of the word of knowledge that brings a blessing to other Christians. The Apostle Paul had purposed to visit the Corinthians so that they “might have a second benefit.” He had told the Romans that he was looking forward to visiting them so that he can impart unto them a spiritual gift(Rom. 1:11). Each time the Apostle showed up, there was an impartation, and the congregation was edified, strengthened and build up.
The KJV translation uses the phrase “second benefit.” This English translation somewhat blurs the meaning of this text as the word “benefit” is a translation of the Greek word “charis”. The ESV gives us an excellent rendering stating that the Apostle wanted to visit them “so that you might have a second experience of grace” (ESV). Grace is not just a doctrine. Neither is it just a favorable disposition from God. It is an experience of God’s kindness on our part. Salvation is not a mere theological understanding. It is a spiritual experience of forgiveness, cleansing, and transformation. The same grace that saved you is still available to help you in your spiritual life, family or health today. Expect to experience His kindness. God extends favor in grace, and we experience that kindness here and now.
Does God merely assume that you are forgiven or are you truly forgiven in Christ?
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Put grace to work in your life. God did not shut up His favour in heaven after we received Christ. That grace is still available in all its glory. The message of grace is not there to solely make you “feel better” when you are going through hard times. It is there to cause a change in your circumstances and bring an experience of God’s goodness in your life! Don’t settle for less. Put a demand on grace through revelation and faith.
Thank the Lord for His wonderful kindness revealed to us in Christ.