Grace for Every Need
Grace is defined as the unmerited or undeserved favor of God. While mercy is not giving us what we deserve, grace is giving us what we don’t deserve. He gives grace for every need.
Scriptures on the Grace of God
In Christ we have all received His fullness of grace – grace upon grace, upon grace. There is enough favor in God’s storehouse to meet all our needs.
John 1:16 – “Of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”
Ephesians 2:7 – “So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Grace for Salvation
Ephesians 2:8-9 – “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
We are saved by grace through our faith in Christ. Our salvation is unmerited, undeserved and unearned. There is nothing we can ever do to earn the salvation that has been so freely bestowed upon us. It is “not of works, lest any man should boast.” If we could do anything to earn it then we would be able to stand before God and say, “I did this, now give me the salvation I so rightly deserve – what I have earned, that which you owe me. Look what I have done.” Paul said, “Now to him who works, is the reward not counted as grace but of debt” (Romans 4:4). God is debtor to no man.
Grace Makes Us His Masterpiece
Ephesians 2:10 – “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Grace makes us God’s work of art. The word workmanship is “poiema” in the Greek. Poiema means “something made” from which we get our English words poem and poetry. We are made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). By God’s grace we become His masterpiece, His handiwork, His work of art. We are custom designed, tailor-made by the hand of the Master.
Charles Spurgeon put it this way, “You have seen a painter with his palette on his finger and he has ugly little daubs of paint on the palette. What can he do with those spots? Go in and see the picture. What a splendid painting! In an even wiser way does Jesus act toward us. He takes us, poor smudges of paint, and He makes the blessed pictures of His grace out of us. It is neither the brush nor the paint He uses, but it is the skill of His own hand which does it all.”
Grace Makes Us Workers
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 – “I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain, but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “We were created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Grace makes us want to work. Have you ever noticed the people who work the hardest for the kingdom were often the most notorious sinners prior to giving their lives to Jesus? This was true of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with her tears.
Luke 7:37-39 – “And behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, ‘This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.'”
Jesus’ response was, “I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little” (Luke 7:47). This women’s love was displayed through her actions (1 John 3:18). The more we are forgiven, the more we love and do. The Apostle Paul had done much in his attack against the church prior to his conversion. As a result, after he was saved on the road to Damascus, he gave his all in service to Christ (1 Corinthians 15:9-10). True grace produces workers. It’s not really us but the grace of God working through us.
Grace Cleanses Every Sin
Romans 5:20 – “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
The greater the sin, the greater the grace to cover it. There is no sin too bad for God’s grace to handle. Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve messed up, or how many times you’ve fallen, God’s grace is sufficient to cover and cleanse you from all sin.
1 John 1:7 – “The blood of Jesus, His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Romans 3:25 – “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”
Psalm 103:12 – “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Micah 7:19 – “You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”
Grace to Stand
Romans 5:21 – “That as sin reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When we fall into sin, God’s grace picks us up and places our feet on solid ground. “To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4). The Psalmist said, “He also brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (Psalms 40:2, Galatians 6:1).
Grace for His Abundance
2 Corinthians 9:8 – “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.”
God gives us financial grace. As we look at the context, the more we sow financially the more financial grace abounds to us.
2 Corinthians 9:6 – “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
The purpose of financial grace is so we “may abound to every good work” and that we might have “all sufficiency in all things.” If we are not blessed, we cannot be a blessing (Genesis 12:2-3).