“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” James 4:6

In 1992–1993, the Spirit of God used the combination of an inductive study of Galatians and Ephesians as well as the two-volume biography of Hudson Taylor to open my eyes to the word “grace.” The explosion of truth in my heart started a revival journey that has not ceased. I still have much to learn, but this was truly a pivotal point in my understanding.

Have you been awakened to grace?

What’s involved in the provision of grace? The text indicates at least three aspects to this provision.

First, let’s start with the meaning of the word. Several nuances may be noted in the scriptural usage grace.

The nature of grace is a gift. Since God gives grace, then to the receiver, grace is a gift. It is not earned or purchased. To the recipient, grace is a gift in both salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) and sanctification and service (Eph. 3:7). The giver of grace is God. Grace is not something man does; it is that which man receives. The essence of grace is supernatural enablement. For example, grace is described as “the effectual working [energy] of his [God’s] power” (Eph. 3:7). This is supernatural enablement! The agent of grace is the Spirit, and He as “the Spirit of grace” (Heb. 10:29) is the one who graces us. The purpose of grace is to do God’s will. Paul was given grace that he “might preach… the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). Combining the nuances of how grace is used, we learn that grace is the supernatural enablement through the Holy Spirit to do God’s will. Simply put, grace is Spirit-enabling.

Next, the provision overflows when we understand the magnitude of grace. When the text says “he giveth more grace,” the word “more” means great or greater. In fact, the Greek word behind it is “megas.” Literally, God gives mega grace! This implies we need mega grace. God’s supply of the Spirit’s power is abundant. In a day of mega this and mega that, we need mega grace.

Finally, the provision includes the moment of grace. “But he giveth more grace” is in the present tense. He is giving mega grace. This is not future; it is now. Mega grace is a present provision. More than a promise, this is a fact. It is more than a future potentiality. It is a present reality. God is supplying mega grace right now to each of His children.

If grace is a “now” provision, then why are so many powerless? Next time we will consider the hindrances to grace.

John Van Gelderen

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Hello, I’m John Van Gelderen. I am an evangelist and the president of Revival Focus Ministries, an organization for the cause of revival in hearts, homes, churches, and beyond, and for evangelizing. This blog is focused on experiencing Jesus. I believe in order to really live, you must access and experience the very life of Jesus Christ.