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Daily Bread - October 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 October 2017 09:03
1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and His
grace unto me has not been in vain; rather, I worked harder than all of
them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Grace is the active power of God at work in us. One may begin to catch a
glimpse of this truth as Paul points to grace as the source responsible for
all that he was, and was able to accomplish (1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians
2:9; Ephesians 3:7). God's grace is an operative power, not a passive one
(Ephesians 2:8). It was operative to change Paul into a new creation in
Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17-21); it was operative to work through him
producing all of the signs, wonders, and demonstrations of the Spirit to
preach the gospel (Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians
12:12). It would continue to be operative to eventually raise him from the
dead at the time of the first resurrection when the dead in Christ shall
arise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Paul told Titus about the active work of grace in such a way that grace is
almost personified -making it identical in its work to that of the Holy
Spirit. He said that the grace of God had appeared to every man, teaching
them to live soberly, righteously, and godly (Titus 2:11-12). Grace is the
divine ability to live in the ways of God and walk in the Spirit. This
supernatural power of grace transforms our lives in an instant, making us a
new creation through Jesus Christ our Lord (John 1:12-17; 2 Corinthians
5:17). It can only happen this way because the grace and truth came by
Jesus (John 1:14,17). It is through this grace that comes only by Jesus
Christ that we have an unlimited access to the majesty and glory of God,
which enables us to receive all of His fullness (John 1:16; Ephesians
3:16-21).

The functional and miraculous power of grace may also be demonstrated
through the saints of God. One example would be Stephen, who was full of
faith and power, and great grace was upon him; and as a result, he did
great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 4:33, 6:8). Paul testified
that each man was able to function in various manifestations of
supernatural power based upon the measure of grace that they had received
(Romans 12:6; Ephesians 4:7). Also, we come to recognize that it was the
great grace that was poured out upon the church that produced a
demonstration of great power (Acts 4:33). As grace abounds in our life, its
effect will be to produce everything that we need both spiritually and
materially (2 Corinthians 9:8; 1 Timothy 1:14).


Song of the Spirit given in this Sunday's meeting:

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever,

Oh, the glory and the majesty, when only Jesus Christ is seen,
Oh, the glory and the honor, when the Holy Spirit takes control.


Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 13:14)
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