“Grace is the power of God”
We need to see a dimension of grace that we may not have seen before which I believe is important for our walk. Grace is the power of God at work in man. Apostle Paul was speaking about receiving grace. You know, we understand that grace as appeared unto all men
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
So if grace can appear unto all men then Paul made us to know that we can also receive that grace. Then, he puts it this way. We have received grace. He didn’t say we are about to receive it but we have received grace.
Romans 1:5 BY WHOM WE HAVE RECEIVED GRACE and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
We must understand why Paul said “by Whom we have received grace…” the Whom there refers to Jesus. This is because scriptures was clear, it says grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST.
We then understand that grace came by Jesus Christ and we have received it. The question should be for what? Then we see that grace is for obedience to the faith.
Romans 1:5 BY WHOM WE HAVE RECEIVED GRACE and apostleship, FOR OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH among all nations, for his name:
You see, grace is given to us and is received by us to obey the faith. What is the faith? Understand that “faith” is different from “the faith” Faith is your response to God while the faith is what the gospel stands for. It is what Christ bears or the totality of the Person of Christ. The grace we received is meant to obey Christ and to come into all of the Christ. The evidence of receiving grace is seen by your obedience to the faith. You can’t obey the faith without His grace. What you obey determines what you have received. Grace is the way to obey the faith.