Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see. O the story of God’s amazing Grace. It changed the world and it changed my heart, but so few truly understand Grace. If I asked you, “what is Grace” could you confidently answer the question?
Grace is truly amazing, yet many misunderstand and misrepresent it. So much so that many (if not most) proclaiming it’s goodness, don’t even have it, and don’t even know they don’t have it because they don’t know what it really is. It’s become some obscure magical word with no backing, understanding, or real relevance. It’s given attributes that God never gave it, and lost the ones He did. This is very frustrating to God to say the least, and many times is all out blasphemous.
So what exactly is grace? The word translated to Grace in the original Greek was “charis” which means, God’s favor, God’s power, and God’s divine influence. So the story of Grace is this:
God came to a sinful world to save sinful man from His sin. Man had acted pridefully, desiring to be his own god and eaten of the fruit in the garden when promised by the serpent that it would make him “as God“. From that point on man continuously and pridefully tried to prove his own abilities, logic, and will to be just as good “as Gods“. So God in is wisdom decided to show man that the serpent had lied to him and he was not “as God“. God gave man a simple test to prove this. This test was called “The Ten Commandments”. A set of ten simple rules that are natural and inherent to the holy, righteous, and divine nature of God. Man, for all his prideful trying could not pass this simple test and failed continuously to keep these commandments and just be good, “as God” is good. After all, how could they, as Jesus said for there is non good, only God.
So after many years of trying to prove that they were as good “as God” and realizing that they just couldn’t do it, the lie that Satan had told in the garden that we could be “as God” began to weaken. So Jesus Christ (the chosen or favored one), came full of divine power in the body of mortal man, He humbly submitted to God’s divine influence in all things, only doing what God told Him to do, even to Calvary’s Cross. By humbling Himself, He humbled us and showed us how wretched we truly were, that we were not like Him, we were not “as God“, and that we needed to repent of our pride, acknowledge who He is, that He is God and we are not, and beg Him to forgive us. Upon doing this, when men began to stop believing the lie of the serpent, humble themselves, and put their trust (or faith) in God and His power, then God did something amazing. He not only forgave those that believed, but He rewarded them with His Grace. When men give up their pride laying down their faith in themselves and putting it fully in the superiority of God, God then favors them, sending His Grace which is His Power, His Authority over the enemy, and His influence which changes their heart, leads them, teaches them, and overcomes sin in them by causing them to love what He loves, and to hate what He hates. Only through humility toward God can faith truly be released because only when we come to truly understand and believe we are not “as God” can we lay down our pride and put our full trust (or faith) in God and receive His grace.
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6
You see, the final irony of this story is that God through grace gave us what the serpent promised but could not give, the power (through humility) to be like God, (not to be God but to be like Him), to walk in His power, in His Authority, to be Holy as He is Holy, and to tread on serpents and not be harmed. Not in our own power, but through God’s Grace, which is His Favor, His Power, and His Divine Influence, and through that power (or grace) Satan was demoted and defeated yet again, checkmated in his own game, by his own pawns, who being crowned with grace became kings, queens, and priests. O Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” -Revelation 1:5-6
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:5-8
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” – 1 Peter 2:9