The Story of Grace
The good God desired both a relationship and a fellowship with the man, but because the man had died on the inside, he could no longer have a relationship with the good God. The evil man no longer deserved to continue to exist, but the good God gave him MERCY allowing him continue to exist anyway. The good God also GRACIOUSLY gave to the man a book of written laws that man might know the difference between good and evil. However, the man, even with the book of laws and the knowledge of what was right, found that he was unable to keep the laws. Again, the good God, reached out to the man with GRACE to come Himself in the form of a man and take man's punishment for evil upon Himself that he might offer to the man the power to become a new person on the inside and be set free of evil if he would only believe.
However, the new man was still free to try live by his own ABILITY. If this happened, the new man would fall flat on his face and do evil just as he had before he received the GRACE to become a new man. If he did this, he wouldn't cease being a new man, with the promise that one day he would live with the good God in Heaven, but he would fail to receive all the other additional blessings of GRACE that the good God would offer to him.
Therefore, the good God also came to
show the new man how to live by the GRACIOUS ability that he could
receive from the the good God. You see, the good God not only wanted
to make the man, a new creation on the inside, he wanted to enable
the man to live a good life, so that he could receive the GRACE of
fellowship with the good God and also the GRACE of blessings of righteousness,
peace, joy, rest, healing, prosperity, and success.
However, we don't have the GRACE of God to do every good thing that we may want to do. Even as Christians, we may try to live outside God's will and God's power, not realizing that God may even remove His GRACE of protection from us. We end up failing, frustrated, exhausted, and even sick. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30). We only have Grace to do what God directs us to do.
Paul wrote, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (I Corinthians 10:13). God will NEVER EVER ask us to do anything that He doesn't give us the GRACE to do!
Paul also said, "But by the grace
of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not
in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the
grace of God which was with me" (I Corinthians 15:10).
Grace is not only the gift of God to be a child of God, it also
the ABILITY to live as a child of God. Paul said, "For
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure"
(Philippians 2:13). We are not made to live by our own will or our
own power, but are to surrender our will to His will in us
and by faith live by His power, then the Christian life become EASY.