Receive Grace for Grace

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.“  John 1:16.

What, then, is “grace for grace”?

I have always understood this Hebraism by the words of the Lord to His disciples:
“freely ye have received, freely give”. Matthew 10:8.

Churches are full of people every Sunday morning who have received God’s grace, as evidenced by the fact that they got out of bed. Hallelujah!

The body of Christ continue to touch lives by the hands of those who give grace. Who have received grace, for grace.

The testimony of Christian maturity is found in the words of Paul:

Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, “because I have you in my heart”; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel:
ye all are partakers of my grace.Philippians 1:7.

The unmerited favor of God is a theological definition of grace that is universally accepted among Christians.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 2 Co 9:8.

A Holy Ghost definition of grace: the all sufficiency of God that enables us to abound in every good work in service to the body of Christ.

Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. (charity) 2 Co 8:7.

Since it is still better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), continue to freely give, for we have received of His Fullness.

The Mystery of Godliness

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
1 Timothy 3:16.

God was manifested in the flesh,

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14.

Justified in the Spirit,

And declared the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.   Romans 1:4.

Seen by angels,

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1:12.

Preached among the Gentiles,

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.   Acts 1:8.

Believed on in the world,

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12&13.

Received up in glory.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.   Rev 4:11.

Who by Him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  1 Peter 1:21.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  Hebrews 2:9.

Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 2 Tim 2:10.

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.       1 Th 2:12.

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in gloryCol 3:4.

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.  Romans 11:36.

Signs of an Apostle

Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 2 Co 12:12

Give particular heed to the fact that Paul here places patience before signs, wonders and mighty deeds.  And no wonder, for signs and mighty wonders can be falsified and reproduced.

And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceives them that dwell on the earth by  those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast…Rev 13:13,14.

The one thing that Satan cannot overcome is the patience of the saints.

He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Rev 13:10.

So many claim to have a great vision for how they will build up the kingdom of God, but the glory we seek is obtained by patient continuance in well-doing.

To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.  Romans 2:7.

In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:19.

 

I Remember My Song

I remember my song in the night; I commune with my own heart and my spirit made diligent search. Psalms 77:6.

When Asaph speaks of his song, he is not talking about his favorite tune. The word negenah refers to music played to enter into the prophetic spirit. Asaph was chosen by David to minister in this capacity.

Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun who should prophecy with harps, with psalteries and with cymbals. 1 Ch 25:1.

Negenah, a prophetic song, comes from the word nagan, which refers to playing an instrument in tune with the spirit.

And it came to pass when the spirit from God was upon Saul that David took a harp and played (nagan) with his hand so that Saul was refreshed and was well and the evil spirit departed from him. 1 Sam 16:23.

Asaph uses two word pairs to bring forth his prophetic word in this psalm: zakar-to remember and seyachto commune or meditate, which means here “talk through your situation” in an inner dialog. Seyach is translated differently each time used.

I remembered God and was troubled, I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. Psalms 77:3.

Here seyach is translated complained in the KJV, other translations use moan and groan, when commune or meditate on God is all that is expressed. He is troubled, and the translation interprets his inner dialog rather than translate the word and allow the following verses to describe his deliberations. Again, the same word was translated commune in verse 6, used as the main text for this discussion. He then asks a series of questions to God to express his anguish before drawing his conclusions.

And I said this is my infirmity, but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most high.  I will remember the works of the Lord, surely I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate also of all your work and talk of your doings.    Psalms 77:10-12.

In verse 12 we find the third occurrence of the word seyach, this time translated talk in the KJV, meditate in most other versions. When he says “I will remember” in verse 11, zakar is used twice and should read, “I will remember to remember”. Here he expresses the all too common human reaction to trials to forget God’s faithfulness and “stress out”. He then concludes:

Your way O God is in the sanctuary (our place of prayer or seyach) who is so great a God as our God? Psalms 77:13.

He then finishes the Psalm with a memorial to the Lord’s might. So how does prophetic psalms pertain to us in the church today? What if we don’t play an instrument? Is this strictly the gift of the musicians and worship leaders? On the contrary, the Holy Spirit within you is able to provide the same “song in the night” to anyone seeking God. Paul describes this gift in 1 Corinthians 14:

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also, I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also. Verse 15.

How is it then brethren? When you come together, every one of you has a psalm has a doctrine has a tongue has a revelation has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edification. Verse 26.

If a congregation’s worship team is allowed to flow in improvisational prophetic worship, it is easy in this setting to sing in the spirit and be edified. But what about when you are alone in your prayer closet? Do you pray in the spirit and sing in the spirit? You don’t need an instrument, just allow the spirit to move in you the way worship in church moves your spirit, and you will commune with the Lord in the night, and your spirit can make a diligent search. For the way of the Lord is in the sanctuary.