THE GRACE OF GOD WAS UPON HIM
Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:40
When Christ came into the world, He came as a newborn babe. He developed through childhood as the obedient ward of natural parents. "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him." It could not be otherwise! How could the Beloved One possibly fulfill His mission, were it not for the grace of God being upon Him? "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17).
Paul writes to young Timothy, "Who [God] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought, life and immortality to light through the gospel" (II Timothy 1:9, 10). He saved us according to His own purpose and grace; and that grace was given us before the world began!
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul sums it up well: "The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (I Timothy 1:14, 15). The grace of our Lord! "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16a). See what God hath wrought: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of re- generation, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour" (Titus 3:5,6).
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