The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

 (2 Corinthians 8:9)

God wants us to know His grace. He wants us to learn about it, and then experience it at work in our lives. Grace has rightly been described as “unmerited favor.” The acronym, “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” catches more of its majesty. Grace is God freely providing for us (as we trust in the work of His Son) all that we will ever need, all that we will ever yearn for and all that He has commanded us to walk in that we could never deserve or produce on our own. Grace is God making all of Himself available to us through Jesus.

This grace is found only in a person, the Lord Jesus. It is the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Thus, it is accessible only through an ongoing personal relationship with Him. Grace was made available to us by Jesus’ willingness to take our bankruptcy upon Himself that we might partake of His richness. For our benefit, Jesus voluntarily became poor. He who was adored above became despised below. He who created all things was slain by those He created. He who existed in eternity past died in time. He who was holy took our sin upon Himself.

Through these workings of His grace, all who believed in Him would become rich, even those whose righteousness were as filthy rags have become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21). We who once were not a people are now the people of God (1 Peter 2:10). Now, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

My Declaration And Confession: Dear Lord, I thank you and praise you for your great grace toward me. As I increasingly walk in grace through a growing relationship with you, today I walk in the consciousness and reality of the grace you have lavished on me through Jesus.

Ignite Thought: Grace offers what every human desperately needs, but only God can provide.

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