Grace for Grace – One Blessing After Another

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By Rev. Barbara Jenkins
Jul 2012

John 1: 14, 16, 17

(14) And the word became flesh and dwelleth among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth.

(15) John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said. He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me (16) From the fullness of his grace we have all received “Grace for Grace”, one blessing after another. (17) For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth through Jesus Christ.

Yes, God’s Grace and Mercy, a gift to us through Jesus Christ. His Grace is for all of us – that “unmerited favor”. It is nothing that we have done to receive this gift, but by the “Gift” Himself – Jesus Christ.

For God’s Grace abounds, He is able to make all grace abound to you. So that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (II Corinthians 9:8). We have this mercy and grace from God when we have fallen and sinned and come short of His glory. But God and His unconditional Love for us, gives us His grace through forgiveness. Oh! We do not deserve this grace/mercy, but God in His unsurpassing graciousness still gives grace.

In spite of our deeds, thoughts and words, He still is there for us. God still is merciful — still we have “Grace for Grace” – Blessings one after another.

He still opens our eyes each day, waking us to a “brand new day”. It may seem like just another day, but it truly is a brand new dawning.

You see, He didn’t have to do it. He didn’t have to let us live to see, to hear, to speak or to pray.

God’s amazing Grace – He looked beyond our faults today, all our shortcomings, all our rude and boastfulness and gave us “Grace for Grace.” He let me live. I’m blessed and so are you! Because some days I feel like I can’t make it; every day I pray that God will cover me with His Grace.

God presented Moses with the Book of Law, but Grace and Truth Jesus Christ. For Christ Our Savior is the The Way, The Truth and The Life.

Apostle Paul writes to remind all Christians that our relationship with God is a gift of Grace. No gift, no work, nothing that we have done can earn us this gift, only through Christ are we saved. His grace abounds over and over again. When there seems to be no way out, when there seems to be no joy, no peace, no love – God is there!

God’s Grace is really amazing. Psalm 103:12 reads as far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our transgressions. For He has cast our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. He has set us free.

The Hymn Writer John Newton said it this way:

Oh Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now I’m found. I was blind, but now I see, Twas grace that saved me, taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils and snares, I’ve already come Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures. He will my shield and petition be as long as life endures. Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil a life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun bear to shine; but God, who called me here below will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

For God has through his Son Jesus given us “Grace for Grace.”

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Rev. JenkinsRev. Barbara Nicely Jenkins is a native of Warren County, Georgia in the rural town of Norwood. In 1974 Rev. Jenkins joined the United States Air Force where she served her country for four years. She received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of sergeant in 1978. Rev. Jenkins graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and a minor in criminal justice. Rev. Jenkins was employed by the Georgia Department of Corrections where she served faithfully for 30 years and retired in December 2011. In 1994, Rev. Jenkins was called by God to preach the gospel. She later received her ordination of Itinerant Deacon and went on to receive her Itinerant Elder’s ordination in 2000. Currently, Rev. Jenkins serves faithfully at St. Mark A.M.E. Church in several capacities.

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