Updated: Oct 13, 2020
1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” It was God’s Grace that allowed Paul to get the highest education and rise to prominence as a Pharisee, and it was God’s Grace that took all that away when he met the Lord Jesus Christ in the road to Damascus. God's Grace saved Paul, and called him into service as the Apostle to the Gentiles. It was God’s grace that did forebear while Paul was persecuting the saints, condemning many to death, and destroying families. And it was God’s grace that called him to suffer, knowing that God would give him the strength to endure and to glorify him through the process. All these factors in Paul’s life were God’s Grace, to help him know God and to mold and shape Paul into a man of God.
The power of God's Grace is the same today. It is God’s grace that finds man in his lowest state, to lift him from the depths of his depravity or brings him down from the loftiest heights of his pride, to meet Him where he is and bring him to the point he seeks God’s redemption through Jesus Christ.
It is God’s Grace that forgives, justifies, and shows mercy when man is at his lowest point of despair. It is God’s grace that edifies, encourages, and purifies man, to help him live godly for Him. And it is that same grace that gives the peace that passes all understanding as man goes through trials and tests, pain and persecution, sorrow and suffering, and ultimately to take that final walk through the valley of the shadow of death and meet Him face to face.
This is the grace that saves, and it is only possible through the blood of Jesus Christ poured out upon the mercy seat in heaven. It is the finished work of the cross. This is the fullness of salvation, made possible by God’s Grace. This is the POWER of GRACE.
Author: Zac Costilla