Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of Grace (2 Corinthians 1:15 ESV)
Grace is God’s unmerited favor indeed. However, it is tempting to think of Grace as mere favor in the heart of God or God being favorably disposed towards us. The favor of God as described in the New Testament brought by Christ is not just divine goodwill towards us. It is something tangible that God does for us, which we receive or experience. Grace is an experience of God’s favor or kindness. That is, it is what happens to you after God pours out extravagant goodness on you!
In 2 Corinthians 1:15 above, Paul wanted the Corinthians to have a second experience of Grace! Grace to Paul was not merely a doctrine that God has forgiven or blessed us in Christ. It was the experience of forgiveness or blessing that is called Grace!
When you received the gift of the Holy Spirit and became a child of God, that experience was Grace. When you got baptized with the Holy Spirit’s power and had the gifts fo the Spirit operational in your life, that experience was Grace. When God heals your body or mind from a disease, that healing is Grace. When God opens doors for financial opportunities, that wealth is Grace!
Grace is not merely a doctrine to believe. It is not limited to God’s good heart towards us. It is the practical experience of enjoying His kindness in Christ, in every area of our lives until it overflows!
In light of the devotional above, what does receiving “grace upon grace” mean form John 1:16?
APPLY THE WORD
The Lord does not want you to know and believe a teaching or doctrine about Grace. Grace is an experience of His kindness in Christ. He wants you to experience what life feels like when He lavishes kindness upon you with bountiful extravagance. I am serious about this! Christ’s death must not be in vain in your life. He suffered to bring you into glory ( 1 Pet. 1:11).
Ask the Father to bring you into the full experience of Grace in your life, the greatest of which is a rich intimate fellowship of His presence.