Facets of Grace

Facets of Grace


God’s grace is generally defined as the unmerited love and favor of God. We tend to consider things like redemption and forgiveness as grace.  But grace is much more than that.

Every vantage point of God’s grace reflects a new insight into His resources. With every need there is a different type of grace to meet the need. Grace is inexhaustible, indescribable, and immeasurable.

John 1:14,16-17closeJohn 1:14 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:16-17 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV) closeJohn 1:14closeJohn 1:14 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:16-17closeJohn 1:16-17 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV) 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (ESV) says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…And of His fullness we have all received and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  Grace for grace in the literal translation means, grace heaped upon grace, or grace piled on top of grace.  In other words, it’s not grace as one aspect; it’s the facets of grace.

1 Peter 4:10close1 Peter 4:10 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: (ESV) close1 Peter 4:10close1 Peter 4:10 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: (ESV) 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: (ESV) speaks about the “manifold grace” of God, meaning His grace is demonstrated in numerous different ways.  Look with me into the various demonstrations of God’s grace.

Grace is essential for salvation. No amount of good works will ever make you fit for heaven. It’s by the grace of God and God alone. When you mess up after you’ve become a child of God, thankfully His grace is still there. That doesn’t mean I go out and act crazy or any which way I want – because I love Him.

Healing is a facet of grace. Just like salvation and forgiveness, divine healing is not earned. You have to receive it. You are never going to be good enough for God to heal you.

Peace is a facet of God’s grace. Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you.” No one can give you peace. It comes from Him. John 14:27closeJohn 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV) closeJohn 14:27closeJohn 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV) 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (ESV) says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world would give, give I to you…”

Material supply is a facet of God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 9:8close2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV) close2 Corinthians 9:8close2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV) says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work.” Always, not sometimes, not if the market conditions are right and all the stars line up – always.

Protection from demonic intrusion and attack is referred to as grace. When Paul was periodically and systematically being attacked by an evil spirit (2 Cor. 12close2 Corinthians 12 Paul's Visions and His Thorn 12:1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Concern for the Corinthian Church 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. 13 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong! 14 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. 17 Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? 19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced. (ESV) close2 Corinthians 12close2 Corinthians 12 Paul's Visions and His Thorn 12:1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Concern for the Corinthian Church 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. 13 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong! 14 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. 17 Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? 19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced. (ESV) Paul's Visions and His Thorn 12:1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Concern for the Corinthian Church 11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. 12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. 13 For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong! 14 Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. 17 Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps? 19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. 20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced. (ESV) ), he said “a messenger was sent by Satan to buffet me.” The Greek word buffet is the same word to describe a boxer who pummels somebody. In other words, this demonic spirit comes and beats the fire out of me and I can’t even tap out because he won’t stop. Paul said, “I besought the Lord three times that it would depart from me.” The Lord gave Paul the answer, “My grace is sufficient for you.” The word sufficient literally means to raise or erect a barrier of protection. He said, “My grace will be a barrier of protection around you from this messenger of Satan who has been sent to attack you.”

Every facet of God’s grace is unmerited and undeserved; though it is not automatic. 2 Corinthians 6:1close2 Corinthians 6:1 6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (ESV) close2 Corinthians 6:1close2 Corinthians 6:1 6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (ESV) 6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (ESV) speaks of the grace of God being bestowed in vain. Hebrews 12:15closeHebrews 12:15 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (ESV) closeHebrews 12:15closeHebrews 12:15 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (ESV) 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (ESV) admonishes us not to fall short of the grace of God. Galatians 2:21closeGalatians 2:21 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (ESV) closeGalatians 2:21closeGalatians 2:21 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (ESV) 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (ESV) talks about the possibility of us frustrating or setting aside the grace of God.

So, how do we partake of God’s grace?

1.) Humility – 1 Peter 5:5-6close1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (ESV) close1 Peter 5:5-6close1 Peter 5:5-6 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (ESV) Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (ESV) says, “…and be clothed with humility; for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble…”

Paul wrote two thirds of the New Testament, traveled the known world several times and established churches. Yet in 1 Corinthians 15:10close1 Corinthians 15:10 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (ESV) close1 Corinthians 15:10close1 Corinthians 15:10 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (ESV) 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (ESV) he wrote, “But by the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I but the grace of God which was with me.”

Paul realized that everything he had done in ministry was based upon God’s grace. He said “I worked harder than anyone else but it was the grace of God. His grace gave me the will to keep going. His grace gave me the strength to keep standing. His grace gave me the ability to keep speaking.” It was grace in the beginning. It was grace in the middle. And it was grace at the end.

2.) Boldness – Hebrews 4:16closeHebrews 4:16 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV) closeHebrews 4:16closeHebrews 4:16 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV) 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV) says, “Let us come boldly before the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” To come boldly doesn’t mean I come prideful or arrogantly but I come with confidence because I know I belong there.

3.) Faith – Romans 5:1-2closeRomans 5:1-2 Peace with God Through Faith 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (ESV) closeRomans 5:1-2closeRomans 5:1-2 Peace with God Through Faith 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (ESV) Peace with God Through Faith 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (ESV) says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand…” Faith is the hand that reaches out and takes what God’s hand of grace is freely providing.

4.) Knowledge – Isaiah 5:13closeIsaiah 5:13 13 Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of knowledge;
their honored men go hungry,
and their multitude is parched with thirst. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 5:13closeIsaiah 5:13 13 Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of knowledge;
their honored men go hungry,
and their multitude is parched with thirst. (ESV)
13 Therefore my people go into exile
for lack of knowledge;
their honored men go hungry,
and their multitude is parched with thirst. (ESV)
says, “My people have gone into captivity because they have no knowledge…”. Hosea 4:6closeHosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (ESV)
closeHosea 4:6closeHosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (ESV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. (ESV)
says, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” You can’t partake if you don’t know what’s available to you.

We need to hear about the great grace of God so that we can partake of it. We need to hear more about Jesus because it’s all wrapped up in Him. Knowledge of Jesus is the single most important factor to the grace of God being unleashed in your life.

When you get a revelation of Jesus, His finished work and all that He’s done, you begin to see the various facets of His grace. When you see the various facets of His grace, who or what can stand against you?

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