God’s Grace in All Its Truth

by Scarlett Stough

I found myself asking, “Do I understand God’s grace* in all its Truth?” I suspect I have become complacent in thinking that I do. Without forgetting God desires obedience to his instructions (Colossians 3:5-10) as well as trust in Jesus as the way of salvation from sin and death, I want to review the grace of God as revealed in the gospel--the good news. Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:

All over the world this gospel** is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth (Colossians 1:6b.)

In this letter we are given a summary of the gospel that was preached by Paul and the other Apostles:

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation--if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant (Colossians 1:21-23.)

Before we can understand God’s grace in all its truth, we have to hear the gospel, believe it and obey it (Romans 10:13-15.) The good news is: we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:4-9.) Jesus is the One who brought grace to us (John 1:16-17.)

Because of Jesus we are not condemned to perish without hope (John 3:14-18; Romans 8:1-4.) In Jesus we can be a new person and live a new life (Colossians 3:4-10.)

"Grace be with you (Colossians 4:18.)" May the gospel be bearing fruit and growing in your life.

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: This is the Gospel.

 

*Grace, 5485 charis: “Grace indicates favor on the part of the giver, thanks on the part of the receiver.”

**Gospel, 2098 euaggelion: “In the NT it denotes the “good tidings” of the kingdom of God and of salvation through Christ, to be received by faith, on the basis of His expiatory death, His burial, resurrection, and ascension, e.g., Acts 15:7; 20:24; I Peter 4:17.”

Both of the above definitions are from The New Strong’s Expanded Concordance of the Bible.


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