BIBLE READING|EPHESIANS 2:1-9
The general understanding in many Pentecostal circles is that grace started in the New Testament (NT). Such understanding appears to limit the grace of God to only a set of people in the bible. It seems to exclude the Old Testament (OT) saints and heroes of faith. This is surely a flawed position. Grace is the totality and consummation of God’s benevolence, sovereignty, compassion and mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23) that cuts across all the ages and dispensations in scripture. Grace is the very nature of God.
The OT has undeniable proofs of the workings of God that clearly show that God is a God of all grace that cannot be limited to the NT. The testimonies about Enoch (Genesis 5:22), Noah (Genesis 6:8); the call of Abram (Genesis 12:1-3); the transformation of Jacob into Israel (Genesis 32:27-28); the use of Rahab, the harlot (Hebrews 11:31) to rescue Joshua’s spies to Jericho are some OT examples that God’s grace was at work before the NT dispensation.
The coming of Jesus Christ, and salvation by grace through faith in Him is the conclusive proof of the ‘trans-ages’ nature of the grace of God.
PRAYER: Thank you God for your grace that saved me while I was lost in sin and did not merit it
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |2 SAMUEL 6-8 & LUKE 15:1-10