Saturday, January 19, 2013

All Grace

Another gem from Pastor Allan Leitner:

"The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." 1 Pet 5:10b NASB

The God of the Bible is the God of 'all Grace'.  I was thinking of that in two ways today.

Grace could be thought of like some rare spice that only grows in one place in the world and needs to be imported out of that place if it is to be had by anyone else.  Grace is Heaven's unique export.

Also, It can be thought of like a smell of something that infuses everything a person owns so it becomes part of who they are.  A candle maker who makes cinnamon scented candles.  His clothes smell like cinnamon and so does the house he lives in.  If he passes you on the street the smell precedes him and lingers after he passes.  He becomes known as the 'cinnamon man'.

I think both thing are true.  God is all grace and He has all grace.

This God has chosen to indwell men.  He has brought the Heavenly into earthen vessels.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" 2 Cor 9:8

Since God's Spirit never leaves us, the supply is never cut off.  The Spirit is the supply of intimacy.  Grace is the basis of an eternal relationship with an eternal being who is ever kind and good.  Jesus is always for us and always knows what we are going through intimately because he suffered just like we suffer and has rejoiced at small earthly comforts like we have.  He smells just like His Father and was brought up in Father's trade.

As God's children we learn the business we have been born into.  Our words are filled with the smells of grace.  We leave it's residue on everything we touch.  We has been baptized and stained the color of grace.  As our mind and Spirit wander through Heavenly fields on it's way to linger in God's throne room and then return back to Earth we carry it with us.

Graceless Christianity must never go to the Throne of Grace to visit the God of all Grace.

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