The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

Two words bounce out in that statement above from 2 Corinthians 13:14, the first being that Jesus is “Lord,” and the second that the Lord is all about “grace.”

So over this earth right now we have a Lord, a King, Jesus Christ, who will continue to “reign until he has put all enemies under his feet,” 1 Corinthians 15:25, and “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power,” verse 24. Scripture is clear that Jesus is in charge, and he has been ever since he was “raised from the dead” by the Father and “seated at (the Father’s) right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come,” Ephesians 1:20-21. He is “the LORD” Jesus Christ all right.

But where does “grace” fit in with that? It sounds like Christ is a violent Lord, throwing his weight around until all challengers are crushed to pulp. And how is that different to the rulers of the earth right now, who try to preserve their power and office by belittling their opponents in parliament and in vicious attack ads leading up to elections, or by killing off the opposition literally by assassinations and brutal violence?

But the enemies Christ is crushing aren’t people, or even opposition by people. The enemy is the influence of evil that so easily turns the human heart against God. Evil caused “sin to enter the world, and death through sin,” Romans 5:12, bringing with it “condemnation for all men,” verse 18, and an era when “Sin reigned in death,” verse 21. From Adam to Christ humanity lay helpless under the vicious reign of evil that ruled by the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

At the resurrection of Christ, however, the reign of grace began, that did a real number on King Evil, because “where sin increased, grace increased all the more,” Romans 5:20. Every time evil condemned someone to death, the person was immediately released from all charges against him. The only hold King Evil now had was blinding people to the all powerful reign of “God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness” bringing “eternal life” to humanity “through Jesus Christ our Lord,” verses 17 and 21. So Christ has his church out there in the world ripping the blinders off so people can see that because of “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” King Evil has been dethroned, so that humans not only escape condemnation by King Evil, they can also escape evil’s influence.

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