READ: What It Means To Be Under Grace - Part 1 by Apostle Raphael Macaulay



 
Romans 6:14
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.
 

INTRODUCTION

The grace of God is the freedom from the law and sin. Sin loses its grip where the grace of God is. Nothing handles sin like the grace of God. Nothing disgraces sin like the grace of God. If God’s grace can’t handle sin, nothing else can and will. But thank God for the grace of God that deals with sin in its entirety. Hallelujah!

The word ‘grace’ occurs 69 times in 67 verses of the Old Testament books. It is the Hebrew word ‘chen’ (khane), which means kindness, favor, beauty, pleasantness, precious, well-favored.

In Genesis 6:8 the Bible says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD”; that is, he found favor in God’s sight; he was precious to God. He was singled out during the flood. That’s what grace does; it saves from destruction. Hallelujah!


NOT LIKE THE GRACE OF GOD

Sometimes, man would give something to attract the favor of another, like the case of Jacob to Esau.

Jacob said, “And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight” (Gen. 32:5).

Esau responded, “And he said, What [meanest] thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, [These are] to find grace in the sight of my lord” (Gen. 33:8).

Eventually, Jacob found grace in the sight of his brother Esau, not because of the gifts he sent ahead of him, but because Esau was already blessed. In fact, Jacob literally forced Esau to collect the gifts and he did collect them. Now this is not so with our heavenly Father. He loves us because that’s who He is. He favors and blesses us because that’s who He is. Grace is God’s character toward us. God does not attempt to be gracious toward us, it's who He is. Hallelujah!


GRACE AND ITS GIFTS

The word ‘grace’ occurs 156 times in 147 verses of the New Testament books. It is the Greek word ‘charis’ (khar’-ece), which means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, lovingkindness, favor. You could see that the implication of the word 'grace' didn't change in the New Testament. It's because God has always been the same, but man in his finite mind, couldn't grasp Him, and so, misunderstood Him.

Now, from the word ‘charis’ which means grace comes the word ‘charisma’ which means gift(s).

In 1 Corinthians 12, the 'gifts' of the Spirit is the word ‘charisma’, and charisma means a favor with which one receives without any merit of his own; the gift of divine grace. In other words, the gifts of the Spirit are products of the grace of God; not worked for, but given on the bills of Jesus' blood. No man takes credit for what grace does. Instead, we boast in what the grace of God makes possible through us. Hallelujah!


BEING UNDER GOD'S GRACE

What does it mean to be under the grace of God?
What happens when you are under the grace of God?
What is the benefit of being under the grace of God?
What does the grace of God accomplish in our lives as believers?
What is the purpose of God’s grace in our lives?
What did we receive grace for?
Why did we come under the grace of God?
What difference does it make to be under God’s grace?

All the above questions will be answered in the course of this teaching. However, one thing we should know is that, grace is given as empowerment for accomplishment.

To receive grace is to be empowered to live above sin.
To receive grace is to be empowered to carry out our kingdom duties.
To receive grace is to be able to stand before God blameless.
To receive grace is to be able to walk the life of righteousness.

You are blessed!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you. Amen.

Say this…
I triumph always!
I win always!
I rule! I reign!

Jesus is Lord!


Apostle Raphael A. Macaulay

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