“For the grace of God, which can save every man, has now become known, and it teaches us to have no more to do with godlessness or the desires of this world but to live, here and now, responsible, honourable and God-fearing lives.” [Titus 2:12, PHILLIPS].
The Message of Grace that the Lord Jesus Christ brought, came to liberate man from the law of sin and death. It is a simple message that ushered in a new dispensation, after many years of the law and bridged the gap between man and God. Now, our relationship with God was not based on a myriad of laws to keep, but on a relationship based on sonship. This message came not because of anything that we could do towards God, but by everything that God could do for us. In that, “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life” [John 3:16, AMP]. This great sacrifice of God’s love necessitated a change in how we relate to God and leveled the playing ground for all men.
Becoming born again is not by works of righteousness, but by God’s grace. Apostle Paul teaches us that “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” [Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV]. No man can claim salvation based on good works, monetary contribution, fame, beauty, strength or health. Simply, there is nothing anyone can do enough of, to be able to buy salvation. That is why all types, races, and kindreds of people, no matter where they find themselves, can be and are born again. Glory to be God that He has made this possible. If not, many including some of us would have been lost. When the law required works to be saved, grace required faith in Jesus to be saved, “for the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” [John 1:17, KJV].
When a person becomes born again, God’s grace can be multiplied in their lives. This grace comes from “intimate knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” [2 Peter 1:2, AMP]. This type of knowledge and intimacy comes from time spent in fellowship with the Lord Jesus in prayer and in the Word. The more you know Him and His Heart, the more His lovingkindness is made evident in all areas of your life. When God’s grace is evident in your life, it enables you to live a dynamic and vibrant Christian life, manifesting God’s Glory, to your world. Your light shines so brightly for men to know that there is a sovereign God, and they, in turn, worship and give Him Glory.
One of the effects of the workings of grace in a person’s life is the divine enablement to live a godly life, even in a dark world. As you grow in the intimate knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, you discover that “For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” [2 Peter 1:3, AMP]. Godliness is godly reverence or piety; in essence, the outworking of God’s righteousness and holiness, imputed to you the day you became born again. Godliness is reflected in the way you live life, understanding that how you live affects your Christian witness. Jesus has made us salt and light to our world, and our witness ought to bear testament to the life that we have been called to, remembering that although we are in the world, we are not of the world. And as we live in this world, empowered by grace, we live knowing that “the grace of God, which can save every man, has now become known, and it teaches us to have no more to do with godlessness or the desires of this world but to live, here and now, responsible, honourable and God-fearing lives” [Titus 2:11, Phillips]. A life lived with godliness shines brighter and bears more witness for our Lord Jesus Christ, than a life lived in ungodliness, which tarnishes the Christian witness. This is why Apostle Paul was adamant that we ought not to continue sinning after being born again, in anticipation that God’s grace will continue to abound for our sins [Romans 6:1-2].
Grace strengthens us and gives us the resolve to go on, in the face of sufferings and persecution. As you pursue godly living and living out unashamed for the Lord Jesus Christ, know that “all who delight in pursuing righteousness and are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be hunted and persecuted [because of their faith]” [2 Timothy 3:12, AMP]. Persecution will come in various forms and from different people; some close and some distant from you. No matter the relationship, there would come a time when it seems like the whole world has turned against you for standing up for your faith. Apostle Paul faced a similar season in his life, and in that seasoned proclaimed, “Three times I begged the Lord for it to leave me, but his reply has been, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. I can even enjoy weaknesses, suffering, privations, persecutions and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For my very weakness makes me strong in him” [2 Corinthians 2:9-10, Phillips]. In your moment of weakness, know that God’s grace is all that you need. When you feel that you have no one to turn to, know that God’s grace is enough and, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]” [1 Peter 5:10, AMP].
Many songs have been penned and sang about God’s grace, but my favorite happens to be that of Israel and New Breed. Indeed, “where would I be, if not for your grace, carrying me in every season”. The Message of Grace is very simple, and it is that God has made it easy for any man to be saved, and all He asks is that when you are saved, live a life evident of that grace in your world, unashamedly. Simply, that is the message of God’s grace.