A Fresh Glimpse of Grace (Part 2)

So, I’ve started a little series on grace, trying to get a fresh glimpse of an overly used word that might have become somewhat vague. To summarize the last article, I shared these major points:

  • The throne of God is a throne of grace, not condemnation or contempt.
  • It is the Lamb of God that sits on the throne of grace. This is given to invoke the gentle heart of Christ towards His own sheep. He is also Master, Lord, and other such things. But it is interesting to consider that the throne of grace is inhabited by the Lamb of God.
  • A helpful definition of grace from one theologian – The absolute freeness of the lovingkindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of the Giver.
  • God’s grace accepts, meaning, He accepts us completely as His beloved, and He even thinks about us continually.

To consider these four points is enough to set people free, fill them with tears of joy and shouts of laughter. It is absolutely wonderful. But there is more to drink from…

Whereas I have shared so far that God’s grace accepts, in this article, I want to particularly point out that God’s grace gives. Consider this passage:

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

How great is God’s love that it has been lavished on us. The grace and love of God is plentiful, abundant, and there is no measuring stick whatsoever. Hence, John could say His love has been lavished on us. As sons and daughters of God, we receive the unending measure and full lot of the grace of God.

Let’s consider the earlier definition I used for grace:

‘The absolute freeness of the lovingkindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of the Giver.’

The grace of God finds its motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of God. Again, there is no measuring stick to God’s grace. It isn’t that His grace prevails so long as we do a decent amount of good things today and only a handful of bad things. It is abundant and plentiful, beyond measure.

I know, I know. You know this already, you say. You’ve heard it since your mother’s womb. But, then, why do we get caught up in the lies of the enemy on a regular basis? Why? Maybe it’s because we really don’t know. But moving on…

When considering the word ‘lavish’, I am also reminded of another passage, this time from Paul:

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us… (Ephesians 1:7-8)

This only underlines what we heard from John. Here, it is reiterated that God’s grace is rich and has been lavished upon us. It’s beautiful, it’s rich, it’s lavished upon us. We are soaking in the grace of God, and, for some reason, we can’t seem to get out of it.

I recall John 1:16, which I shared in the last post:

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

I love what one commentator said concerning this verse:

‘The meaning of verse 16 [of John 1] is that believers are constantly receiving grace in the place of grace. One manifestation of the unmerited favor of God in Christ is hardly gone when another arrives; hence grace upon grace.’ (William Hendricksen, A Commentary on the Gospel of John)

As I pondered this verse one day, God began to speak to me about it. He used something right down the road from where I lived to speak to me. I used to live near the beach in Swansea, UK. As I read this verse, God reminded me of the ocean waves and how they have always been crashing upon the shore. As one watches the waves, you notice a consistency, a rhythmic flow. Just as one wave pushes up on the shore, guess what follows right after it? Another wave. And guess what follows that? Another wave. And then another and another and another…And it has been like that ever since God created the ocean and its shores. Not only that, but it will continue doing such as long as it stands there, maybe even into the new heaven and new earth when they are recreated.

And as God reminded me of the waves, He said, ‘That is how my grace is.’ Wave after wave after wave. As soon as one wave of grace comes upon your life, before you can even have time to drink of that wave fully, another wave follows. And then another wave of grace follows, and then another, and then another…

Hence, this is what Hendricksen was getting at in his commentary on John. But, even more, I believe this is what John was getting at in John 1:16:

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

It’s grace upon grace upon grace upon grace. Not only does God’s grace accept, God’s grace gives. It is lavished upon us, it is abundant, there is no measuring stick to the grace of God. Our Father is a giving Father. So, open wide and drink it in.

I’ll share some final thoughts on grace in a few days.

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3 thoughts on “A Fresh Glimpse of Grace (Part 2)

  1. “Grace upon grace.”

    I like that very much. And you could continue that ad infinitum.

    God’s grace never stops. He just keeps on giving.

    My pastor uses this acronym once in awhile:

    G od’s
    R iches
    A t
    C hrist’s
    E xpense

    Another excellent post.
    Thanks!

  2. Yes, ad infinitum. It is continual grace upon grace upon grace with no ending, not even in the new heaven and new earth!

    I used to hear that acronym a lot, but, though it is true, I am not sure it really communicates the ‘richness’ of His grace. Maybe a little too cheesy. 🙂

    Thanks again, Steve.

  3. Scott,

    I think you are right(it may be a bit cheesy).

    His riches, lavished upon us, are, and will be beyond our wildest dreams.

    We don’t really appreciate it yet. But someday we will know it in full.

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