By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:3 New Living Translation
We established in the previous post that BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND as stated in our text scripture. As we moved further along we also established that BY FAITH WE SEE!! We talked about the truth that Pastor Bill Winston mentioned many years ago that “we don’t see WITH our eyes, we see through them.” As you grow in the truth of God’s Word especially these days you will come to understand and value the importance of GRACE. GRACE and FAITH work together ALL THE TIME!!! You need to get that! GRACE and FAITH work together ALL THE TIME. Let’s look at this is The Word of God.
For by the grace have you been saved in time past completely, through faith, with the result that your salvation persists through present time; and this [salvation] is not from you as a source; of God it is the gift, not from a source of works, in order that no one might boast; for we are His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus with a view to good works which God prepared beforehand in order that within their sphere we may order our behavior. Ephesians 2:8-10 Kenneth Wuest Translation
I will go back to the popcorn analogy from our first post. You owe it to yourself to take the above scripture and eat it one by one and absorb the power, deliverance and favor that is in it. These verses are infused and saturated with THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST. The scripture above reveals that GRACE is what SAVED you thought FAITH. GRACE is the water flowing thru the conduit or pipe of FAITH. GRACE IS THE ELECTRICITY and FAITH is the wire it is traveling on or thru. Let’s look at GRACE again in this powerful scripture in 2 Timothy.
“….the One who saved us and divinely summoned us in the sphere of a holy summons, not according to our works but according to His own private purpose and grace which [grace] was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,…” 2 Timothy 1:9 Kenneth Wuest Translation
I cannot emphasize this enough. GRACE Who is Jesus HAS ALREADY been given to you. This scripture tells you when. It was GIVEN to you BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME!!! Oh His Goodness!! I want to jump up and scream right now but their are others around me. Based on what this scripture says GRACE IS NOW YOURS and that GRACE IS TIMELESS!!! It’s not bound by time and cannot be affected by time if you take all that it includes by FAITH.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 English Standard Version
Now this scripture sounds like this is something that God is able to do instead of something God has already DONE!!!! If you look up that word able it is used in the connotation of God and His I AMNESS. I AM is present tense. That means now. It is the word Greek word dynateo where we get our word dynamite from.
dunateó: to be able, be powerful
Original Word: δυνατέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (doo-nat-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I am powerful, able
Definition: I am powerful, have power, am able, am mighty.
Cognate: 1414 dynatéō– to exert overwhelming unstoppable power.
Now look at this version of the scripture.
For it is in the power of God, to make all good abound to you, so that ye may have, at all times, and in every thing, what is sufficient for you; and may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthian 9:8 James Murdock Perishitta-Aramaic NT
Stop and look at the first 6 words.
For it is in the power of God,….
Now look at this verse.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. I Corinthians 1:24 New Living Translation
Do you see that? CHRIST IS THE POWER OF GOD!!! Is Christ in you? Do you have Christ? Does Christ have you? The scripture above says, ” For it is in the power of God, to make all good abound to you, so that ye may have, at all times, and in every thing, what is sufficient for you; and may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthian 9:8 James Murdock Perishitta-Aramaic NT
YOU HAVE IT!! CHRIST IS THE POWER OF GOD and it is IN the power of God to make all good abound to you, so that ye may have, at all times, and in every thing, what is sufficient for you; and may abound in every good work.
I didn’t say that. The Word of God said that!!! That power was given to us before time began in GRACE and we access that GRACE Who is Jesus by FAITH. BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND!! BY FAITH WE SEE! GRACE IS TIMELESS. BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH all good abound to you, so that ye may have, at all times, and in every thing, what is sufficient for you; and may abound in every good work.
All the blessed to you! Shalom!!!