Originally posted by duecer
describe garce, and how it appears in your life; I'm interested in different opinions.
Grace is a Person. The law of Moses was given. Grace came
with Jesus Christ. When the Person of Jesus came to me grace came to me in Him.
"For the law was given through Moses; grace came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17)
Grace is the spontaneous working of the Person of Christ in every area of my life where I allow Him Lordship. He empowers. He enables. He supplies ability.
On one hand this is the grace with my innermost being, my spirit -
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers ..." (Galatians 6:18)
On the other hand the grace with my spirit is simply the enjoyment of the Lord Jesus Himself -
"The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you" (2 Tim. 4:22)
Put these two truths together and they confirm my experience. The Lord is with my spirit. Therefore the grace is with my spirit. Grace came to me when Jesus the Lord came to me.
Grace to me is Christ giving His life to me to empower and enrich my life - "the last Adam became a life giving Spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45)
His grace to me is Him giving Himself to me. When He gives Himself to me He overflows in my reactions and in my actions. He is one spirit with me:
"He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17)
Meaning my innermost being has become one with His being. As He grows and matures in me it is no longer I that live by Christ that lives within me.
"I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me ..." (Gal. 2:20)
His living in me is His grace living and working in me.
"I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I but the grace of God which is with me." (1 Cor. 15:10)
One side of the experience is "not I but Christ"
. The other side of the experience is "not I but the grace of God"
So grace is really the enjoyment of this Person Christ. When He came, grace came.
I have to turn prayerfully within to touch this grace which is with my innermost being-
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit" (Phil. 4:23)
Since Christ lives in my spirit and is one spirit with my spirit His spirit also bears witness with my spirit that I am one of the children of God:
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8:16)
The grace of God is the enjoyment of this living Person Christ. The grace both brings salvation to me and trains me to live soberly and and godly.
"For the grace of God, bringing salvation to all men, has appeared, training us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present age..." (Titus 2:11,12)
This grace is sufficient for all kinds of trials:
"And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you ..." (2 Cor. 12:9)
His grace with me is His power made perfect in the midst of my weakness_
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness" ( 2 Cor. 12:9)
Therefore the grace of Christ is an empowering grace to me:
" ... be empowered in the grace which is in Christ Jesus" (2 tim. 2:1)
I can enter into the realm of the Person of Christ as grace and make my stand in Him, remaining and standing empowered in Him -
" ... this is the true grace of God; enter into this grace and stand in it." (1 Pet. 2:5)
Standing firm in this realm of the living Jesus God becomes to me the God of all grace developing me into His eternal glory to express Him -
" But the God of all grace, He who has called you into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus ..." ( 1 Pet. 5:10)