Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Because of God's Grace, Our Cup Runs Over

"5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." (Psalm 23: 5)

The hardest thing for us in our walk with Christ, we have to realize that He is our walk, as well as the way and the truth and the life:

"20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Galatians 2: 20-21)

We do not live in and of ourselves, but we live because of Himself:

"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." (Matthew 8: 17)


"25Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24: 25-27)

Now, with Jesus Himself, we receive all things:

"31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 31-32)

That word "freely receive" is really "to be favored with" or "to be graced with".

In fact, we have already been made gracious in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1: 6)

Furthermore, God our Father keeps on inviting us to receiving and keep receiving the gifts of righteousness and grace:

"15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)

When we understand how gracious God is to us, then we can start being generous to others, too:

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11: 33)


"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;" (Ephesians 3: 3)

For this reason, Peter would write to all Christians:

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3: 18)

The grace of God is more than what Jesus did, but what His Work is still doing. How else would we keep receiving His gifts of righteousness and grace?

With the superabundance of God's grace crystal clear to us (Romans 5: 20), we can understand the joy of David, when he declared: "My cup runneth over!"

Because of Jesus, we find all things brought to us, and every need meet, and so much more!

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