Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power (Ephesians 3:7 KJV)
God’s grace has many parts (1 Peter 4:10). Therefore, to understand grace, it is essential to know its varied expressions or dimensions in our lives. When we discussed the Anatomy of Grace, we noted four distinct dimensions of its meaning. Today, we review three spheres of operations of God’s grace: identity, Christian living, ministry.
First, grace begins with our identity when we receive Jesus at salvation. God adopted us into His family and changed our identity from sinners to children of God. Think of the various things that happened when Christ entered our hearts at conversion: our sins were forgiven, He washed us, the old man died, the Father recreated us and gave us His Holy Spirit. This dimension was just the beginning of grace added upon grace! (John 1:16).
Second, grace operates in the sphere of our everyday Christian living. Contrary to how we often perceive it, grace does not stop at salvation. It is not as though God used grace to bring us in and then abandon us to figure out our way forward. No! Just as Christ saved us by grace, so he will give us the strength to live the Christian life!
Third, grace functions in the sphere of Christian ministry. Paul says in Ephesians 3:7 above that grace worked mightily in him to fulfill the ministry God gave him.
In summary, grace has us covered from start to finish. We are graced from salvation, daily Christian living to ministry!
Read more: I do not frustrate the grace of God.
What are the three spheres of the operations of grace discussed above?
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Living the Christian life and ministry will be a breeze if we allow grace to do its job! God has made provisions for His Spirit to support us throughout our Christian journey here and now. It is easy for us to depend on Christ at salvation and then on ourselves to live daily or function in ministry. Dwell in grace always!
Ask the Father to help you constantly depend entirely on grace.
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