Colossians 1:6 says, All which has come to you, as it (the gospel) has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. So, could it be said then that to see the gospel bring forth fruit that we should hear and ‘know’ the grace of God?
What is the Grace of God?
To answer that question, we must attempt to first understand what mercy is. Mercy, in how I see it, is not being punished or being pardoned for an offence committed. With this perspective of mercy, grace is not only being pardoned but also getting something that you did not deserve in the first place. Mercy forgives but the grace of God gives you authority over the offence that you have been forgiven of so you are not just free from what held you bound but you are given authority over it.
The exchange of Jesus for Barabbas is one of the best examples in the Bible of unmerited mercy but that is all that he got. Barabbas received mercy but was a stranger to God’s grace. Jesus took his place even though he did not know Him.
On the other hand, the robber on the cross next to Jesus asks of Him to remember him in mercy but what he received was grace when Jesus said, …“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43. Grace gave him more than he deserved.
In Hebrews 4: 16, it says Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (emphasis added).
When we approach the throne of grace, we approach God because He is grace personified. In other words, it would be safe to say that God is grace since He is seated on the throne. Also consider how we ‘obtain mercy’ and ‘find grace’. Finding grace is an invitation from God to a more persuaded pursuit to knowing Him. When you find grace, you find God!
My prayer for you today is that you would desire to know the grace of God that the gospel might bear much fruit among you.