Grace: abundant life

Jesus as the Son of man was Immanuel, meaning God among us.

Mercy is an attribute of God the Father. When He sent his Son with him came the wherewithal to achieve his purpose. We read that grace and truth were manifest with the advent of Jesus. As Son of man he was among his brethren whose earthly needs were his own. He hungered and felt thirst even as they. But he did no sin. Neither did he know sin. Truth he presented in his ministry. But of Mercy of his Father he did demonstrate and it was meant to make all those who believed in him grow unto perfection.

Grace is continuity like a shower uninterrupted flowing from above through the Son towards us. As it was in heaven he proved with his death in his body the love of God; and in his resurrection and mediatory work we get an idea of its magnitude. What was divine essence the Son of man exemplified by his atoning sacrifice.

Having presented Jesus let us consider an incident from the gospel.When one in the company wanted Jesus to arbiter between brothers he said unto him, “Man who made me a judge or divider over you?” Lk.12:14

He was not there as an arbiter determining who was right or wrong. Covetousness is indeed a human flaw and he was there offering them what his Father, which was in heaven desired of them. To those who accepted him as the Son of man he was offering grace and it was adequate to fix the problem. Jesus was among them but not of them partaking their values in order to be seen as one of them.

Grace was his gift to them and it was meant to make them rise far above the human condition fighting over advantages so one’s supposedly dignity is preserved or got the better of another in material advantages. Abundant life means living in heavenly places where one is willing to concede if his brother took advantage. Forgiving hm knowing that God is able to provide hundred fold for any such loss if it be the will of God.

I shall give a selection from my first book Marginalia.

“Grace unto perfection

Jesus testifies of his Father: ‘…he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Mt.5: 47).’

This quote reveals an aspect of divine perfection. The Law of Moses enjoined an eye for an eye etc. (Le.24: 20), Such a course would have only served to populate the land with more one-eyed than keep peace. Jesus taught instead the principle of mercy. So if one struck you on the cheek show the other cheek as well (Mt.5: 39; Lk.6:29). In most cases it serves to take the heat of a quarrel then and there. In turning the other cheek one is not reactive but proactive. It is the path to peace. In taking that route we are on the road to perfection.

It is his nature to give the good and the evil time to perfect their works so that when God judges everyone according to what he has done no one shall say he has been unrighteous. “For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive…(2 Co.5: 10).” We received grace in due time while the wicked went headlong to their destruction. Judgment on them shall come all of a sudden, like a thief in the night and they shall be taken in their sins. “He that is unjust let him be unjust still…behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be (Re.22: 11-12).”

Only one point we need to make certain: how much of our perfection is our own? In any calculation of it, without grace it is merely sweat and works.

Grace gives our born again experience its vitality to stay the course. This experience is like circadian rhythms, which indicate physical, mental and behavioural changes and follow a cycle, in responding to people around us and in our avowed pursuit of things. How we strive to preserve our born again experience to the end is counted as perfect in His sight. We are sealed by the Spirit unto our day of redemption and are warned not to grieve him.

Thus grace of God has given our weak nature an altogether another dimension. We are of the earth and of heavens: we are in body yet we are with the Lord in hope. Word of God keeps our feet from falling and faith in our heart acquires a certain quickening beat to march with cloud of witnesses that surrounds us. The world and its clamour does not merely disappear but we learn, nevertheless, ‘to march to a different drummer’ as Thoreau would put it. Hence it is imperative we keep our hearts from becoming hardened. Praise is the best lubricant to keep them lively. In our days of pilgrimage a thankful heart can make every step bring towards God than looking back from where it began.

Lot’s wife is a sign.”

Benny

 

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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