Ephesians 2:4 & 5
But God, Who is Rich in Mercy, for His Great Love wherewith He Loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace ye are Saved)Don't you just love how God ALWAYS interprets and defines everything by HIS WORD? In this one verse, The LORD reveals the definition of Grace. All the terminologies we use today for the word grace such as "God's ability in man's inability", or "God's favor toward undeserving man" are all good phrases, but I'm a bible fanatic. The LORD has defined everything IN HIS WORD BY HIS WORD. Praise God!
The definition of GRACE is CHRIST AND CHRIST CRUCIFIED. You just read it in Ephesians 2:5. It was at the cross that God quickened us (made us Alive) with Christ. The Apostle Paul writes, by the Power of The Spirit of God, putting the definition of what HE, The LORD, just Said in parenthesis. The definition of GRACE IS WHAT CHRIST DID AT CALVARY. There is no other definition.
Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with Grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.This scripture tells us that our hearts are established by Grace, nothing else. If Grace is what Christ did at Calvary, then what Christ did at Calvary is all and everything that will establish us. When The Apostle Paul requested three times that God remove the thorn from his flesh, God's comment to him was, "My Grace is sufficient". What Christ did for you at Calvary is enough. God's Grace is all that avails, it is all that empowers, it is all that Saves, it is all that delivers, and it is all that brings provision.
Unfortunately, today many are working theselves to death trying to get God to move in their lives all to NO avail. The Spirit of God is The Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10:29). The Spirit of Grace operates exclusively within the perimeters of the Finished Work of Calvary. All the other things we are involved in other than just believing that Calvary was enough, we will just continue to frustrate the Grace of GOD.
I don't know about you, but it's time to get serious about the things of God. I need God's Grace more than anything in my life. When God sends the two witnesses, they will proclaim the message of the cross and the world will hate them to the point that when GOD does allow their death, the people will give gifts to one another. Which side of this line are you on today? Are you sitting under a preacher of the cross being taught The Word of God in context or are you involved with a group of people with all kinds of things going on that can't even be found in The Word of God? Return to your FIRST LOVE.