The opening verse speaks of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. What is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ? It says, for we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might be rich. So, how did we become rich? It says the Lord Jesus Christ gave up His riches and became poor that we might be rich. Therefore, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, in a literal sense, is the sacrificial giving of our Lord Jesus Christ; His liberal, benevolent giving. Jesus became poor for your sake; He gave you His wealth, His prosperity, His blessing, His advantage, in order that you might be rich. That’s the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is our enrichment as a result of His sacrificial, generous giving. We may then say there is no grace
without giving, just as there is no love without giving. When we give generously being motivated by love, we create a system of grace, just as God created a system of grace by giving His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. When Jesus Christ came into the world, He gave up Himself and His riches that we might be rich; therefore, creating a system of grace. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is His sacrificial, generous giving; and that’s His grace unto us. Hallelujah!
In that vital exchange at Calvary, there was a vital release of the grace of God to us. Jesus Christ gave up His wealth in order that through His poverty we might be rich. Jesus took our lack and gave us His wealth instead. So, what’s known as grace is someone else’s sacrificial, benevolent giving. Parents’ sacrifice is grace to their children. The children didn’t work for what they are enjoying but their parents did. On the one hand, it is sacrifice; but on the other hand, it is grace. When we give to the work of
God and to others in love, we create a system of grace that causes grace to flow towards us. That’s what grace is and that’s how grace works. Hallelujah!!!
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am a partaker of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, I walk in grace as I walk in love towards others. I give to others and to the work of the Lord cheerfully and generously. Amen.
2Corinthians 9:7; John 3:16.