Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
We know the grace of God in truth works in us as we wait on Him with great hope.
Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. (Colossians 1:6, NKJV)
We have previously touched on this verse when meditating upon Colossians 1:6. Let us now consider this Scripture specifically as to working in us by the grace of God. By the grace of God we are all born anew to the Spirit. But we tend to forget it is grace by which we continue to live in the Spirit. We should meditate upon the wonderful word grace (Charis in the Greek) which in this passage is applied in truth. Charis according to R.C. Trench, “…is first of all that property in a thing which causes it to give joy to the hearers or beholders of it…and then, seeing that to a Greek there was nothing so joy-inspiring as grace or beauty, it implied the presence of this…” Grace in the classical Greek dealt with the beauty or quality of a thing. The word took on a religious use by the Christian writers of the first century. Trench continues:
“Charis implied ever a favor freely done, without the claim or expectation of return – the word being thus predisposed to receive its new emphasis, its religious, I may say its dogmatic, significance; to set forth the entire and absolute freeness of the lovingkindness of God to men…St, Paul sets charis and erga (works) over against one another in directest antithesis, showing that they mutually exclude one another, it being of the essence of whatever is owed to charis that it is unearned and unmerited…”
God’s grace is His beautiful unmerited favor for both salvation and for discipleship. The
Truth we have received through waiting upon God is His glorious gift to us. We do not earn it by waiting, but the Father in His goodness bestows it upon us because we are His children and He wants to supply us with the empowerment for living lives in the character of His Son.
The amazing fact this passage before us tells us is grace is heard and can be known through the gospel of truth. Which has come to you is the gospel which the Colossians were first taught by Epaphras to them. As it has also in the entire world, and is bringing forth fruit shows us the gospel divinely reproduces itself, producing great fruit. As it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. The fruitfulness of the gospel of truth was producing fruit in the Colossians from day one; first by hearing of the grace of God and then by knowing it. Knew in the Greek is to know fully; as an inceptive verb, to come to know, to gain or receive full knowledge of, become fully acquainted with.
Grace, the gift of God, can be known in its fullness as we wait upon the Giver of Grace through the gospel of truth.