For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:12 ESV)
We know that grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor; however, our understanding of God’s grace needs to be broken down into many, tiny bites, for us to fully digest the reality of what grace is. One of these tiny bites is the truth that grace is the literal revelation of Jesus Christ Himself. Grace is His Person and His work through the cross.
In his letter to the Galatians, the Apostle Paul contrasted the message of grace through the Gospel, with the message of the law. He said that he did not receive the message of grace from any man, but through “a revelation of Jesus Christ”. As with many scriptures, it is important to note what the Bible did not say. The verse did not say that Paul received the message of grace through a revelation from Christ, but of Christ. “From Christ” would imply Jesus taught Paul something that is separate from Him.
Grace is not a revelation from Christ, but of Christ. Jesus is the One grace is all about. His Person, God manifested in the flesh, declares the wonders of God’s kindness, and how far He would go to save humanity. If you want to understand grace, get to know Jesus. Similarly, the knowledge of grace will spark a new level of passion and love for Jesus in your heart.
Was God gracious before the coming of Jesus? Why is the grace of our salvation so intimately connected to Jesus?
APPLY THE WORD
Grace is not a new teaching. It is simply Jesus, the Savior of humanity, revealed. Yearn to know Him more, and see how the knowledge and experience of grace will multiply in your heart.
Thank the Lord for the gift of Jesus. Ask the Spirit to unveil the Master to you in the Word, and to make your life a visible expression of the wonders of His grace in Christ.
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