John 21May 5, 2014
Acts 1May 6, 2014
1 Timothy 1:14
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Paul looked back at his life. He was a “blasphemer, a persecutor, and injurious” (Verse 13). He was doing what he thought was the right thing to do when Jesus arrested him on the road to Damascus. He saw the mercy and grace of Jesus operate first hand in his life.
This grace he experienced was indeed “exceeding abundant.” Apparently according to the Word there is abundant and there is exceeding abundant. The Greek word “hyperpleonazō” is made up of two words—hyper and plenazo. It means to “super-abound”. This is the only place this word is used. Paul saw the intervention of Jesus as exceeding super-abounding grace. It’s interesting that one of the words “hyper” is used as a controversy in the grace movement. We hear the term hyper grace. Sounds like that’s what Paul called it.
How’s this quote? “If you think my grace is ‘hyper’, just wait ’till you see the Father’s.” Jeff Turner
Paul was still amazed at the grace of God these many years later. Jesus had apprehended him as the Apostle of Grace. Jesus had hinted at the grace to come, but after His resurrection, He needed someone to go as the messenger of this important doctrine. Far more than a doctrine, Jesus is grace. Grace and truth came through Jesus. (John 1:17)
You may not have had quite the experience of God’s grace as Paul did. He was hit by a bolt of light that knocked him off his donkey. But it was nothing less than the miracle of God’s grace that you and I were called into this grace—this super-abounding grace. We did not merit His love nor did we deserve it. When we were yet sinners, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus. We may never know the enormity of that love on this side of Heaven.
Each one of us can say as Paul that “the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant.” Because of this we can boldly enter His presence—His throne of grace and find help in time of our need.