And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 1:14)
Some people have a one-sided view of grace (charis in Greek: the gift of goodness freely given from God to man, or between man and man, without claim or expectation of return) and do not understand that grace is constantly working in the life of the disciple. To think the gift of grace is only appropriated when dealing with the legalities of the initial act of the salvation is to not understand the continuous gift of grace given in the continuous act of salvation (or sanctification which will be discussed in detail later in the blog) to the disciple. Grace is given so we can live by the leading of the Holy Spirit and stand on the promises of God. For examples in Scripture see Titus 2:11-15; Ephesians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:6-7 and 12:9; and Hebrews 4:16.
Listen to the exhortation of the writer of Hebrews when he says,
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29, emphasis added)
The grace to serve is given so we can accomplish the tasks of disciple making and teaching as commanded in the Great Commission.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13, emphasis added)
Our strength comes from Christ alone. If we try to work in our own strength we will fail. The Revolution will be successful when we rely upon the power of Christ. We can do all things, including disciple making and teaching. No excuses here. The will of God will be done and you can be used of Him to accomplish great things through His power and might.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 Corinthians 2:14 emphasis added)
The first century Christian would understand perfectly the picture of the triumphal procession of the Roman army. Notice the word always. The word means always. When we go into battle under the authority of Christ, being obedient to His commands, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and strengthened by Him we will be victorious. We can count on His promises as given in the Ministry Manifesto. We have no excuse to not be making disciples and teaching as commanded in the Great Commission.
Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
Once again the promise is given that in all things we will succeed in completing what has been commanded of the Conquering General in the Revolution for the Kingdom. The picture of the conquering Roman again is used by Paul to show, like Rome in that age, we cannot be defeated in battle. We have the assurance of Scripture to stand upon.
The question that needs to be asked at this point is, “Are you an active member of His army or are you disobedient to the Lord’s command to make disciples and teach.”