Gospel of Grace

Mike was in a car accident. As the car behind him slid and slammed into the bumper of his vehicle, he was pushed forward, hitting the car in front of him. Still feeling the impact of the collision from behind, he was thrust forward at the contact with the vehicle in front. Suffering from pain in his neck and back, and not able to work, Mike readily accepted the prayer over the phone. Having put him on the speaker-phone, six of us lifted our voices in prayer, releasing God’s goodness. After short prayer, Mike, who was originally from Iran, a country of Muslim faith, declared his complete healing, feeling 100% better.

“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth.” – Colossians 1:3-6

In 3John 1:2 we read: “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health just as your soul prospers.” Third John was composed as a private letter to encourage and strengthen Gaius, and to commend the party of Christians led by Demitrius, who were strangers to the place where he lived. John prays this amazing prayer in response to brethren testifying of how they are walking in truth in verse 3, and to their love before the church in verse 6. The daily walk in truth of these New Testament Christians, the love that they have extended to all, were indications of the prosperity of their souls. And seeing that, John prays the prayer that “as your soul prospers”, from the Greek word “euodoo” – to succeed, you will succeed in every aspect of life including well-being and health in your body. The word “prosperity” in the business world means an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment. This implies a continuous sense of increase and growth of His abundance of provision for us, of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life, and of wellness in our body and our mind.

“Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing , even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth,” Colossians 1:6. The gospel we preach is the gospel of the grace of God. In Acts 20:24 we read “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God”. The word grace literally means free and unmerited favour or beneficence of God. So the gospel of the grace of God is the gospel of His free and unmerited favour, of the undeserved act of God’s kindness toward us, of His unearned love for us. A testament to how much He loves us, how precious we are to Him, how He thinks of us as His treasure for which He paid the absolute highest price. So how much more will He heal you and heal through you, touch you and touch others through you!? How much more will He give the miracle you need in your life and release miracles through your life!?
“Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands”, Acts 14:3. When you speak of His grace, testifying of His unmerited love, His undeserved favour, signs and wonders are granted to be done by your hands. The Greek word here is “didomi”. It means to bestow, to bring forth, to have power. In other words, grant is to give right to, to give the opportunity or permission, to give as judged due on the basis of merit, to allow it in an official capacity. When we speak of His goodness, He shows up. And when He shows up, good things happen. For He is good and what He does is good! We don’t seek the hand of the giver, we seek the Giver. We don’t seek signs and wonders, we do signs and wonders!

When we preach the gospel of grace, God himself is testifying. Hebrews 2:4 said, “God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His will”. Signs and wonders are His way of showing the world how much He loves them, we read that in 1Corinthians 14. It’s His way of showing how much He loves His people. “Stephen full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people,” Acts 6:8. The Lord wants to do this for you, among you, and through you.

In 1Peter 4:10-11 we read: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracle of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Peter describes the grace of God as manifold. From the Greek word “poikolos” meaning “many colours”, “many sided”, “diverse”, and “many faced”. It shows that there is no situation in life that God’s diverse grace cannot meet and far surpass. It is indeed sufficient! Functioning like an unseen barrier against anything that opposes it, breaking every wall that stands in its way, bridging every canyon in our life. His grace is able to penetrate into every aspect of our daily life. Manifesting His love for us and those around us through healing our bodies, meeting our needs. Bringing signs and wonders to testify of His goodness and point this lost world in the right direction.

“My grace is sufficient for you!”, God declares this to each and every one of us.


About sergeimakarenko

Husband, daddy of three girls with another baby on the way, musician, associate minister
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One Response to Gospel of Grace

  1. jsnapp62 says:

    Isn’t God so good?

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