The first description of our Savior as a child is that He was strong in the spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of Yahvah was upon Him. (Luke 2:40) John said that Yahshua was full of grace. (John 1:14) The apostle Paul said his calling was to dispense or administer the grace of Yahvah. He also said that we are actually saved by this grace, and we are supposed to be filled with it. Even our words and our singing are supposed to be affected by this grace. Paul said that it was the grace of Yahvah that empowered him to be what he was. He did not take credit for the abundance of his labors but acknowledged that it was due to the grace that he had been given. Paul went on to say that he had actually been called by divine grace. (Gal. 1:15)
So what can we do to grow in grace? What does it mean to do despite unto the spirit of grace? Is there anything we can do to acquire this grace? Does it require maintenance? Can we actually fall from grace? Is it even possible to serve Yahvah with reverence and fear without grace? (He. 12:28) Could we receive the grace of Yahvah in vain? 2 Cor. 6:1
First of all we are to come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need. When we sin it is appropriate to ask for mercy, but when we feel tempted to sin we need to ask for this grace which can help us resist temptation. Grace is actually translated from the Greek word “charis” which has to do with the divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in the life. If we don’t have this divine influence then we are powerless to resist the devil. But if we first submit ourselves to Yahvah He will give grace to the humble and we will have power over the enemy.
Some people believe that when Yahshua died that the whole world was delivered from the law and entered into the “age of grace”. I strongly disagree with this concept. Notice Paul’s letter to the Romans is specifically sent to those that are called of Yahshua, called saints. Keep in mind that being “called” here has to do with being “invited” or “appointed”. (Romans 1:6, 7) Then he says in chapter 6 that we only become servants of righteousness when we are made free from sin and that grace and sin are not compatible in any way. In Galatians he said that when faith is come then we are not under the law. If faith has not come to you then you are still under the law and its condemnation. The only way to be free from that condemnation is to walk in the spirit so that the righteousness of the law can be fulfilled in you. (Rom. 8:4)
In Acts 4:33 we read that great grace was upon them all. What was the evidence of that? They had great power and great love for one another. It would have been impossible for them to hide the divine influence in their lives. Phillip saw the grace of Yahvah demonstrated in the lives of the believers in Antioch and it made him glad. I can relate to that, because nothing brings me more joy than to see people operating in the supernatural power of the Almighty.
The surest way to fall from grace is to rely on our own strength thereby allowing his divine influence to die out in our lives. The liberty that we have been given can only be maintained by serving one another. When people use this liberty for an occasion to satisfy the flesh, then heartache is sure to follow. Paul reminded Timothy to stir up the gift of Yahvah that was in him and to make sure not to neglect it. This word “gift” is translated from a Greek word “charisma” that is almost synonymous with the word that is translated “grace”. Have you been given divine influence- supernatural power? If not, then you have not yet connected to the vine. If so, then make good use of that gift and do not take it for granted.
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