“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23)
The basic form of today’s verse appears 13 times in the New Testament. In Scripture, repetition is not for lack of something to say but the Holy Spirit’s intentional emphasis on something.
God extends His grace to the very creation itself by merely keeping the universe together (2 Peter 3:7), intending thereby to “speak” and supply knowledge (Psalm 19:1-4) sufficient to display His very nature and power in such a way that there can be “no excuse” about His existence and care for humanity (Romans 1:20).
In seven of the 13 times, this “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is focused on “you.” God’s grace is very personal. Everything that He has done is because He loves you and me beyond any grasp of our earthly imagination. No one is beyond the touch of God’s grace: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Once, in contrast, God says some will turn “the grace of our God into lasciviousness” and deny Him who has bought and paid for all the horrible sin that they embraced to spite such grace (Jude 1:4). No wonder the apostle Paul calls such people “abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).
The Lord twice focuses His grace on our spirits, indicating God’s intimate knowledge of our innermost thoughts (Romans 8:26). Paul noted that God’s grace is “exceeding abundant with faith and love” (1 Timothy 1:14), and he insisted that His grace is designed to be “glorified in you” (2 Thessalonians 1:12). Like today’s verse, most of the prayers for us end in “Amen.” And that’s the way it should be. HMM III
From Days of Praise
Apart from Christ we can do NOTHING! and the double-minded receive NOTHING! (John 15:5; James 1:8)
When a person is saved by Grace, God gives him all the necessary tools to get God’s work done.
You would think that all Christians are equal to the task ahead of them.
But not so, we let the world come in and water down the Gospel.
And this Gospel does not save because of our inaction
Sunday morning christians flood the church making it useless !
A growing Christian knocks on doors, gives out Bibles and is involved in weekly church functions.
His love for the Lord is in his daily walk, in season and out of season
Are we servants of the Lord ?
The onus is on us not God ! He gives us the tools to get the job done, are you with me ?
Amen the Lord empowers us to fulfil His commission.
Well said, when the Gospel of God is taught, it quickens our very soul !
It stirs the emotions, the very fabric of our body, this Good News is something we have never heard of before, why is that ?
Not all churches are equal, God’s Word properly spoken does not return void !
For years I never heard of the word Salvation, not in the church I was attending !
But an invite to another church opened my eyes and hearing to my ears !
Praise God !
Thank God for that invitation to the living Church.
The Grace of God – God’s involvement – not the involvement of man. Power from above that changes man morally. Grace produces men and women of God. Grace is the work of God in the human soul. Comes from the Throneroom. Received and must be maintained. A gift.