Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Orange Moon Wednesday, June 7, 2024 "Grace - Beginning and Continuing"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Grace - Beginning and Continuing" 

Part 1 

"We run the race of the Christian life by grace, no less than we received the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ in our new birth."



    Every act of obedience to God involves grace  - His freely given favor in the Lord Jesus Christ - received by faith.  We will comment more tomorrow on this blessed truth of a salvation glorious in its inception - and no less glorious in its continuance.  For today, we list below a few of the Scriptural affirmations and confirmations of the grace that not only began our relationship with God, but also empowers a subsequent life lived by the same dynamic work of God.  Presently, consider the passages carefully and prayerfully.  Then, marvel as the wonder of God's freely given favor in the Lord Jesus supplies power to know His gracious presence as the very Life of our lives.

    "Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16).

    "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

    "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2).

   "He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.  In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:6-7).

    "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved" (Ephesians 2:4-5).

      "Let us have grace, that we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28).

    "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" (II Corinthians 9:8).

   "By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (I Corinthians 15:10).

   "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 2:1).

   "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

   "It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace" (Hebrews 13:9).  

    "He giveth more grace.  Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:6).

    "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord" (II Peter 1:2).

    "But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18).

   Tomorrow, we will consider this freely given favor in the Lord Jesus, provided for our spiritual birth and growth in all things.  For now, let us simply submit that we run the race of the Christian life by grace, no less than we received the grace of the Lord Jesus in our new birth…

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith" (Colossians 2:6-7).

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

(John 1:17)

Weekly Memory Verse

   How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God!  Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.

(Psalm 36:7)


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