But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.__________________________
Grace is not only God's disposition to do good for us when we don't deserve it, it is an actual power from God that acts and makes good things happen in us and for us. God's grace was acting in the apostle Paul to make Paul work hard. So when Paul says, "Work out your salvation," he adds, "it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). Grace is power from God to do good things in us and for us. This grace is past and it is future. It is ever cascading over the infinitesimal waterfall of the present from the inexhaustible river of grace coming to us from the future into the ever-increasing reservoir of grace in the past. In the next five minutes, you will receive sustaining grace flowing to you from the future, and you will accumulate another five minutes of grace in the reservoir of the past. The proper response to grace you experienced in the past is gratitude, and the proper response to grace promised to you in the future is faith.
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