1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The grace of God is the very heart of the Gospel and what makes Christianity different than all man-made religions. When a person comes to Jesus and is saved, he becomes a child of God, born again. That event took place in their life because of their faith, yes, but also because God has chosen to deal with mankind in terms of grace, or a grace covenant. We are saved by grace. We come to know the grace of God in salvation, or the grace that saves, but getting saved is only the beginning of our Father dealing with us by grace. Our entire life is now to be under grace and to be a further uncovering and unveiling to our hearts of the exceeding riches of His grace. First Peter 4:10 describes grace as manifold which means varied, diverse, and of various kinds. We might even describe it as multi-faceted. Like a diamond that is examined under light refracts the light into varied colors of the light spectrum so the examination of the Word of His grace refracts the multifaceted light of the grace of God.
Our relationship to God in terms of grace is not to end at salvation, but only to begin. There are dimensions of grace most Christians do not know, as the following verses unveil:
Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I LABOURED more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
2 Corinthians 8:7 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 (giving) also. V. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty MIGHT BE RICH.
2 Timothy 2:1, “Thou therefore, my son, BE STRONG IN the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 12:28, “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, LET US HAVE (HOLD FAST) GRACE, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”
Hebrews 13:9, “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart BE ESTABLISHED WITH GRACE; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.”
James 4:6 But he giveth MORE GRACE. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
2 Peter 3:18, “But GROW IN GRACE, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
Notice the manifold grace of God: A standing, laboring, giving, be strong, find grace to help, hold fast, be established, more grace, and grow in grace. All imply a revealing and experiencing of grace beyond saving grace. Our God is the God of ALL grace: saving grace; strengthening grace; laboring grace; gift grace; lifestyle grace; giving grace; financial grace; helping grace; dying grace; …. I believe one of the greatest hazards a Christian can face after salvation is not knowing grace. It will affect all that you are and do if you do understand it, and it will affect all that you are and do if you do not understand it. Grace is sufficient for all of life.