Growing in Grace
By Mark A. Finley
Jesus invites us to come to Him just as we are. It is not necessary to change before we come; as we respond to the invitation, by the convicting power of His Holy Spirit we will be changed. We come to Jesus just as we are, but we don’t stay as we are. The same grace that pardons us empowers us; it’s all of grace. His grace enables us to grow as Christians. There’s no such thing as a genuinely committed Christian who is not a growing Christian. Jesus daily imparts the grace we need to grow. In this lesson we will study how to keep growing in grace.
1Read 2 Peter 3:17, 18. What solemn warning and earnest appeal does the apostle Peter give to each one of us?
2As a result of Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden, our planet was plunged into sin. Read Romans 5:17, 20. What does Jesus offer to counteract the ultimate consequences of the Fall?
What incredible good news! God’s grace is greater than our sin. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds much more. Through grace the chains of sin are broken. Through grace Satan is a defeated foe. Through grace we are victorious over the wiles of the evil one. Whatever hold sin has upon us, as we daily grow in grace the stranglehold of sin is broken.
3Read James 4:6. What is one of the basic conditions of receiving God’s life-changing grace?
Humility of heart is a fundamental prerequisite of receiving Christ’s transforming grace. Pride shuts us out from His grace. It is our acknowledgment of our basic need for Jesus and His grace that prepares us to receive it.
4Read Titus 2:11-14. According to the apostle Paul, what does this grace of God, which has appeared to all humanity, accomplish in our lives?
5Read Romans 6:14; 8:14-17. How is the bondage of sin broken in our lives? What does it mean to be under law? What does it mean to be under grace?
God’s grace breaks the bondage of sin in our lives. We are no longer under the condemnation of the law we have broken. To be “under the law” means to be under the law as a method of salvation. If this is true for us, we will daily feel the pangs of guilt over breaking the law; we will be in bondage. Filled with condemnation, we will feel hopeless of ever being saved. But if we are under grace, it is a different story altogether. To be under grace means that grace is our method of salvation. His grace pardons us, empowers us, and transforms us.
6Read 2 Peter 1:2-4 and James 1:21. When will we grow in grace daily? How can growth in grace take place in our daily lives?
God reveals His grace in His Word. As we fill our minds with the Word of God, His grace will flow into our lives. As we meditate upon His Word, we will have fresh glimpses of Jesus and His life-changing power.
7What promise does the apostle Paul give about receiving His life-changing grace in 2 Corinthians 3:17, 18?
As we behold the glory of God in the selfless sacrifice of Christ upon the cross, our hearts are changed. We cannot remain the same in the light of God’s love streaming from Calvary. Growth in grace occurs as we spend time with Jesus. Beholding Him, we become like the One we most admire. Why not make a decision today that you will spend time with Jesus every day and watch what He does in your life?