GRACE – God’s R— at Christ’s Ex—

I saw the word ‟GRACE” defined as an acronym.  First, I saw it in a blog post, then I saw it somewhere else that I cannot remember.  I apologize now for not truly giving credit where it is due.   But it was one of those things that sticks in your mind and does not disappear.  It has been sitting in this mind for over a month.

So, what was that acronym?  Something like – – having  “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”.  I am not for sure that was the correct wording.  Again, I apologize for not saving a link.  As I prefer to see it, my acronym would read:  “God’s Rewards at Christ’s Exposure”!

When I read the first one it struck me as negative.  I am not saying that is how the writer intended for it to be taken, and I will admit ‘mood’ could have had an effect on how I read it.  I have no clue what my mindset was at the time I first saw it.  Again, it struck me that maybe that is not how we should look at receiving grace.  Is GRACE not a blessing from God?  Is it not how we should act?  I want to dissect each; the remembered acronym, and my acronym.   First let me thank the original posts for getting my mind ‘going,’ and letting me ponder the word.  Ready?

Riches are:  assets, fortune, wealth, money,  abundance, treasures, etc.

Rewards are:  bonus’s,  awards,  honor,  pay,  compensation,  acclaim or applause for behavior or work;  or bounty for return of a lost item 

Expenses is:  a cost,  or a charge.

Exposure is:  revealing or openness

So, by looking at each of the changed words we can have similar meanings.  But with the second, we can have a more purposeful meaning.  Grace is given to us.  It is our salvation.  It is something we should pass on. 

If you look up “GRACE”,  Biblically,  you can find several uses of the word itself.  It can cover the way we should present ourselves.  It covers that it can be like a virtue, it is assistance given us, it is reprieve, it is a sense of rightness. Then we even tag on the meaning of a prayer before a meal.  Looking it up, in my pre-1970’s handy dictionary, it says:  1) beauty of movement; 2) refinement; 3) skill at avoiding being clumsy; 4) a disposition to be generous; goodwill or mercy/clemency;  5) a favor rendered by someone who doesn’t need to give it.  Then add:  6) divine love and protection, or the state of being protected or sanctified,  or an unmerited gift from God.

We even use the poor word as blasphemy by saying, “By the Grace of G-d.”  when we are frustrated.  Yep, no grace there. 

Let us look at verses:

James 4: 6
… Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,  but giveth grace unto the humble.

Zechariah 12:10 
And I will pour upon the house of David,  and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,  the spirit of grace and of supplications:  and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,  and they shall mourn for him, ….

John 1
16   And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17   For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Romans 3
23   For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24   Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

I feel the need to look further into the two words of “Riches” and “Rewards”.  Our riches tend to give the connotation or reflect that we earned them, or that they are ours by our hands or actions.  Any savings I have in the bank is part of my riches.  The richness of pleasure I feel  with my children are because they are my children.  My riches enable me to purchase stuff, for lack of a better word.  So “riches” are mine!  I either worked for, stole, or cheated to get them. Yes, the emotional riches are sometimes given by others and yes, sometimes we are gifted riches.   But a reward is something that was given by someone else.  An example is that when we go to work, we are rewarded by someone else for showing up and doing the job.  It also could be from something I did, but not in a financial air.  Such as: I can watch TV as my reward for cleaning the stove.  Or my reward for staying on my diet for 6 days is a slice of chocolate cake.  Yes, the gift of salvation makes us rich, but it is a reward for having faith in the Lord.   Continuing….

The reason I do not feel comfortable with the words:  “at Christ’s expense,”  is that – – if I were talking about myself and said those words; what would I be saying?  Well, if I said, “you got that at my expense,”  then, I would mean it negatively.  It meant you got it, but I did not give it to you willingly; or it cost me something.  It means I lost something, and do not accept that I lost it.  I feel like “you” stole it from me.  Is that how we are to feel about our salvation?  Our Salvation is a gift!  Yes, it took pain and suffering.  Yes, it took loss.  But those were given freely.  The Lord could have said “no,” and called down angels to destroy everyone, but  ….  He chose not to!  Amen!

Let me tell you why I like the word “exposure” better.  If I was not lucky enough to have been exposed to the Messiah, then I would not have been lucky enough to have my salvation.  Think about it, if you had not seen a Bible, gone to some type of service, or any form of ‘someone telling you’ about Christ – – would you have your grace now?  If you know nothing about what this grace is, then take a moment and speak with the Lord, ask that He send someone your way to expose you to the Word.  You can find some help with this in my post:  January’s Thread #3: Your First Prayer

I guess what I am trying to say here is: by “grace” we are saved and we should look on this gift with grace.  Humbly accept that grace.  Be positive in the gifts the Lord gives us.

Ephesians 2:
4   But God, who is rich in mercy,  for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5   Even when we were dead in sins,  hath quickened us together with Christ,  (by grace ye are saved;)
6   And hath raised us up together,  and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  …
8   For by grace are ye saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves:  it is a gift of God:

 

Instead of my ending with a prayer, I would like you to work on your own prayer by using the words, “riches”, “rewards”, “expense” and “exposure”.  Don’t forget to add “grace” in the prayer. 

 

 

 

 

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