There are four essentials of grace for every follower of Jesus:
- Grace is unassisted. We can’t assist the work of Christ’s grace without diluting or diminishing it.
- Grace is unmerited. When we detect some unrighteousness in our lives, many of us think we have to pump up our grace again with good works. No—Christ’s grace toward us is totally unmerited, never partially so.
- Grace is unchanging. God’s grace does not apply less on the days we pray less. It doesn’t work that way. Even His warnings against sin are a sign of His loving grace.
- Grace is unending. Neither the Father nor the Son will be unfaithful to the covenant they have made. It will last through eternity, never to be broken, so as we remain hidden in Christ, we remain in covenant with the Father—we are thus safe and secure.
This is the reason Christ had to become fully human, made like us. He completely fulfills the covenant on our behalf—and He invites us to partake of all its benefits. Through Him we are fully cleansed, fully at peace with God and abounding in His grace. We cannot add anything to His finished work—His grace is fully sufficient. It is our role to receive the glorious gift—and to walk in it with joy!