Friday, June 7, 2013

The Gift...

Grace starts as a gift. The Giver imparts of Himself, of His very nature or essence, 
to the receiver; and furthermore, whereby the receiver responds dynamically 
by taking that very nature of the Giver as his own nature, assimilating it, and 
being imbued by it. Grace describes Christ, via His Holy Spirit, coming to dwell 
in us, we containing Him, and letting Him permeate all aspects of our beings!
It is the expression of His life made possible by the work of the cross.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, 
Christ lives in me; the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God 
who loved me and gave himself up for me. 

Christ permeates us, moment by moment, attitude by attitude, thought by thought.
Grace is His very nature birthed and flowing out of a union with Jesus.

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: 
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature……

Grace is much more than a "gift" that Christ gives us.
It is a dynamic living relationship with Him, to be worked out in actual practice 
through our yielding to His Lordship moment by moment.
He does not impart to us divine abilities rather, He imparts Himself to us.
The abilities and gifts that we have are an expression of His very life!
Grace operates in our heart. His life is as a seed. When we expose it
to the proper environment it will grow into the fullness of the measure
of the son that He has called us to be. 

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, 
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, 
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ