The Gift of Grace is the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call.The grace Gift moves us to participate in the life of God and moves us to begin and sustain a relationship with our Creator.The grace Gift not only assists us in living the Christian life through purification of our hearts, it literally changes our souls by infusing divine life to heal the wounds of sin. Grace is wrought through the work of the Holy Spirit, and grace is what initially moves our hearts to conversion and repentance.
What Jesus does at the marriage feast is the symbol of what he will later
accomplish through his passion, death and resurrection. The water stored
in the jars is the symbol of old Adam, of solidarity in human in completion
and sin. Jesus takes this water and transforms it into wine not
just into new water, but into something totally new! The sparkling, heady
character of wine is the symbol of the experience of refreshment, enthusiasm
and exhilaration that characterize the fruits of the Spirit.
The jars of water were required for purification according to Jewish custom, before, during and after the meal. Notice that each jar contained twenty to thirty gallons when filled to the brim. This is about a thousand quarts. After the miracle, there was enough wine to satisfy an army! The implication is that there is no limit to the new
Human experience shows that people often have a tendency to draw toward evil and selfish passions. This misplaced love for the things of our natural world is a result of the original sin of mankind and the continuing temptation of Satan. In order to help humanity choose God over selfishness and temporal happiness, the crucifixion of Jesus brought forth a new gift:
Only through Jesus Christ we are offered grace, a free gift. This is contrary to human nature, which in pride says I can do it myself. Our attitude is, "my life is my own and I will do with it as I please." Jesus says yes I gave you life and I gave you power to choose, it is your choice. So we choose love and give our life to Jesus and rest in Him, or we choose pride becoming God's enemy, trying to work and climb up to heaven another way besides through Jesus. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The deeper I get into knowing and experiencing God one thing becomes more and more clear. That is, all that I am, all that I ever have been, and all that I ever will be is totally one hundred percent a result of God's awesome grace. Every failure I experience causes me to humbly become more dependent upon God's grace, causing me to decrease and Jesus to increase in my life. All and every success I have is not mine but rather a result of God's grace at work in me. Spiritual success has nothing to do with me or the things that I do or don't do; except for the choice to both accept and live in grace, or reject the free gift by rejecting God and His Love. I can't add anything to grace and I can't take anything away from it.
Without Christ Jesus, we would not have the Gift of Grace. The Grace of God comes only through Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that He made on the cross. Without that sacrifice who could ever know or receive the Gift of Grace.
A fact that all agree on is that we cannot by ourselves or through our own means obtain the favor of God. Man cannot forgive himself of his sins. No work done by man alone can ever remove one sin, or gain eternal salvation. This was the point that Paul was making in that most famous verse.
Eph. 2:8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
It is by Grace that we are saved. It is not by anything that we have done apart form God's word. Paul tells us that it is the "gift of God." Grace, then, is the "gift of God." If we know what the "gift of God" is, then we shall know how we can obtain the benefits of the Gift of Grace.
The Gift of Grace was Jesus Christ. Through Christ, God has shown His love, favor and mercy toward humanity. Through Christ we have the hope of salvation. We see this from the words of our Lord to the woman at the well in Samaria.
"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." (John 4:10)
Paul teaches that we all have sinned and come short of God's glory Rom. 3:23.
As such, we are in our sins and in need of salvation. Our salvation can come only through Jesus Christ cf. 1 Thess. 5:9;
... Acts 4:12. To receive the Gift of the Grace that God offers, we must go to Christ
The Gift of Grace has come by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus Christ died is significant. If that is all He did, then we are void of God's Grace. It was through the resurrection of Jesus Christ that God's Grace became effective. Peter says it aptly.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.1 Peter 1:3.
.......The Gift of Grace.....
Without the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we all would be without hope or salvation. Grace, as it relates to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, is a theme that Paul develops in his letter to the Romans. Paul proved that all are guilty of sin, and that by one man's disobedience sin came into this world. In chapter five this theme is well developed. Paul also noted that it was by one man's obedience that all have the hope of salvation. This theme is summed up in one verse.
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.Rom. 5:19