The Grace of Christ

When you see a pastor or an evangelist at work, you are witnessing the grace of Christ. However, every believer in Christ has been given a measure of the grace of Christ. In Ephesians 4:7 the Bible says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (KJV). The grace is in proportional to the gift of Christ and it is given to believers for a divine purpose.

When Christ died he defeated death by rising from the dead. In that process, he got hold of captivity and shackled it forever. The Bible says that he led captivity captive, entered heaven and then gave gifts to men. When Jesus ascended to heaven that is when the gifts were given. In Ephesians 4:11 the Bible says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (KJV). This is the fivefold ministry. The fivefold ministry is the variation of the apportioned expression of the grace of Christ with specific goals. The offices of the apostle, prophet, pastor, evangelist and teacher are not ranks. They are not for status, but for function in the church.

The grace of Christ given in these gifts reveal spiritual abilities at varying degrees because of that very grace. Remember that every believer has been given the measure of the grace of God. The purpose of the grace of God is to build the body of Christ and as a believer it has now become your responsibility to edify the body of Christ. You are a gift to the church.

Every believer is really in full time ministry and must function with a certain measure of the grace of Christ. Believers must function in the church according to that grace. They may even function effectively in the church without having to attend Bible College or Seminary. Every believer has the measure of the grace of Christ. As a believer you also have that measure of the grace of Christ.

Paul the apostle according to his closing statement in Philippians 4:23 says, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (KJV). This was not just a saying. It was a known reality that helped to disciple the church to maturity. Paul said this with the understanding that if one did not have this grace, then it would be very hard to effectively lead the church to maturity. As believers we all need that measure of the grace of Christ so that we can edify the church.

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3 thoughts on “The Grace of Christ

  1. I believe Pastor Mmubiana that any woman in the Bible who had The indwelling of The Holy Spirit prayed powerfully, it’s like day and night they go together.

    I believe all Woman are very valuable to God but perhaps you would like to see one of my Power points about Mothers, I will leave the link below for you, it will save a lot of wordage.

    Mothers- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/a-mothers-love/

    My birth Mother was very cruel to me and abandoned me when I was 4, my Mother who adopted me when I was 9, she was an aggro Atheist but I believe this was in Mum’s head not her heart, she had been badly hurt by those who claimed to be Christians including her father. When I started going to Church she told me I had to choose between being part of the family or being with Ron and going to Church.

    I chose Ron and the Church because not only was Ron a very caring man, which was something I had not experienced for a long time from men, I could see something special about these people that I had never known before and I wanted to know more, also my Childhood Sunday School Teacher was part of this Church and she had always been kind to me. I’m not saying the Church understood all of God’s Truth but they Loved Him and others and showed it. Mum never really forgave me for not choosing her and the family and often abused me about my Faith, I constantly tried to reassure her I Loved her and spent as much time with her as I could.

    We remained in this Church for over 20 years, Ron became the Pastor there for a few years before we left to live in Queensland, he wanted to be close to his family, my Mum was very bitter about me leaving her, she just could not understand why I wanted to go with Ron, my Brothers and Sisters were there to care for her so I’m not sure why she reacted that way, Mum died a few months before Christmas last year.

    My own 7 Children are in Heaven, I lost 3 stillborn girls and the other 4 at almost 5 months gestation. But I have had a great deal of contact with Children in my life and still do, I Love them very much and over the years I have been greatly blessed by them.

    Thank you for asking Pastor Mmubiana and for the opportunity to share my heart with you.

    Blessings – Anne

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  2. I believe also Pastor Mmubiana that there needs to be Authority in The Church and this is confirmed in Scripture, Jesus is The Head and we are His Body. We see in the Early Church the roles of men and woman very clearly, Men were in Leadership and woman their Helpmates, this was not an inferior position for woman but was a high calling and one with many blessings.

    It is the same today, woman are greatly blessed in their God given role as men are in theirs when both are empowered by The Holy Spirit.

    Woman are not to Teach in Authority over men, we were created to support, comfort, encourage and be a companion to men, meeting their needs physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and they are to always be in Leadership under The Lord’s Authority, men are also to have the final decision in all maters of importance, which they will be accountable for but a wise man will also seek the advice of his wife or woman in the Church before making a final decision but he must always discern himself with God’s guidance what is best for all under his Authority.

    Woman can teach in Authority, other woman and Children, all ages and also share God’s Truth as empowered by The Holy Spirit, they can correct error and rebuke sin but in the Church they are to be under the Authority of those men in Leadership and in Marriage they are to be in willing submission to their husbands and under their Authority.

    Every time I read how woman are to be treated by their husbands, I realize how great our worth is to God, but then we see this with Jesus’ birth, God chose a woman to give flesh to His Son, yes being conceived by The Holy Spirit, Jesus had God’s seed or Nature, not man’s but He was still born with all the limitations of the flesh, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, Jesus’ birth liberated woman and this is True in regards to Creation too.

    Although God had close fellowship with Adam, He still said it was not good for him to be alone and so He created Eve, Wow we are very much needed.

    In the Church today, regardless of our gender, male or female, we are Jesus’ Arms, Hands, Feet and Voice, to reach out in Love to each other and then to a hurting World, each one of us is important, even those who do not have a high position in the Church, like me, I do what’s needed without fanfare but I do enjoy what I do.

    And I just Love sharing God’s Truth and sometimes as I write which is not easy for me to do normally, with my being Dyslectic, I’m greatly moved by the realization that Jesus is teaching me as I share His Truth with others, often I’m more blessed than those I share with, but I know good seeds have been planted, all glory to God.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Thanks for sharing great Biblical truths. This is truly a river that never runs dry.

      I thank God that mothers have prayed prayers that have changed the course of nations. When men are hurt on the battle field some of them think of people who love and care about them. Some of these people they think about are mothers all because mothers pray. Some of these mothers may not even be Christians, but they still pray. Surely if there is someone who really takes time to pray it is a mother. Do you know of women in the Bible who prayed?

      True authority lies in prayer because that is in what connections people with God in prayer. Ultimate authority is in God. Everyone really has the opportunity to participate in what God is doing in his plan of redemption when he or she prays.

      There is a message I have shared since the nineties and it is about Israel battling the Amalekites. Moses, Aaron and Hur were lifting the rod of God on the mountain and Joshua was in the valley fighting the battle. Joshua saw the bloodshed and Moses and the other two just connected with God. The truth is that they all played a part in the vision that God had for them and they ended up conquering the Amalekites. Men and women have their own part to play in what God is doing. We really all have a part to play in what God is doing today too. As you share the gospel with others you also build you self in the Lord.

      Be blessed!!

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