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GRACE — God’s Unspeakable Gift

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“Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

In Gods HandsHow does one describe that which is indescribable? Though my tongue may be the pen of a ready writer (or not), the challenge I undertake is quite daunting. For, according to the Apostle Paul, we will be speaking about something that is “unspeakable.”

Reaching for the words to express his feelings about the abundant grace of God, Paul said, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!”  The word unspeakable means, “incapable of being fully expounded.” Paul found himself in this predicament on repeated occasions.

In his Letter to the Ephesians he calls it “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph.3:8), and marvels that God would give him the great honor of preaching it among the Gentiles. He exclaims in Romans that these matters are “unsearchable and past finding out”(Rom.11:33).

The word unsearchable means, “there are no tracks leading to where this may be found.” How then shall we find it? How may we be sure in our travels to this place named Grace? The Spirit of God must open our eyes to see what our minds can only wonder at, but never fully explain. Such is the case with Grace — it is unspeakable and unsearchable apart from the work of the Holy Spirit.  

How odd that today, in contrast to how Paul felt, we seem content to reduce that which is unspeakable  to “bumper-sticker” catch-phrases. “Grace,” we say, “is God being good to us though we do not deserve it.” As if that were the sum of it all.

And some clever lad came up with this one – “Mercy is God withholding from us what we DO deserve; Grace is God giving to us what we DO NOT deserve.” That sounds all well and good, but it is woefully inaccurate. (For the record, we will talk in detail about Mercy further along in our journey, so for now let’s stay on the subject of Grace).

Grace is the empowering presence of God enabling you to be who God created you to be, and to do what God has called you to do – right where you are.

Consider that Paul himself, an anointed apostle to whom this staggering revelation of Grace was given directly from the Lord Jesus, by his own admission exhausted the fullness of his inspired vocabulary in an attempt to explain it.

He flatly admitted to his inability to express the inexpressible; to utter the unutterable; to speak the unspeakable. And thus he heads the long line of prophets and preachers, poets and minstrels, sages and scholars, authors and orators – a line which stretches in rambling tracks through the winding corridors of the centuries; each in their time attempting to do what has yet proven to be beyond us: to fully speak of GRACE — God’s unspeakable gift.

So, let us press forward — and when we have completed this ambitious hike, I am certain that you, too, most surely will be saying, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!” (2 Co.9:15).

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  1. Sandra Corey
    June 7th, 2014 at 07:47 | #1

    In today’s devotional, there is a quote (?) in the shaded box with no reference. Where did this quote originate from? Thank you.

  2. June 7th, 2014 at 08:57 | #2

    Thank you, James, for this definition! It is the one the Holy Spirit gave to me and I am forever thankful for this understanding. I am continually grieved to see how this precious gift has been trampled underfoot by meaningless innuendos and flagrant misuse…may His light be gracious to show those who are leading His people to see clearly that grace is not permission but enablement.

  3. Jon Winsor
    June 8th, 2014 at 06:57 | #3

    Good morning James thank you again for Hippo just finished it . I love learning about the prophetic feel like a kid in a candy store !
    You have such a great gift of explaining the deeper things of the Spirit in new ways .
    I’ts hard to find people to talk about the prophetic with sometimes it’s just weird to most .
    I guess that’s why I like it so much , I’ve always been one to think outside the box sometimes .

    I have been involved with prophetic people since I was saved 21 years ago , through no doing of my own God did it all .

    I have been very blessed by the writings of Bob Jones , Bobby Conner , yourself , Rick Joyner and many others .

    Grace is truly indescribable especially in my own life as God has lifted me out of many rough situations !

    Thankfully He never changes so unlike myself .

    James I would love to meet you someday , unfortunately I live about 80 miles outside of Toronto , Canada in a little village called Elora .

    Thanks for taking the time to read this post , have a great and blessed day .

    Shalom

    Jon Winsor

  4. June 8th, 2014 at 09:54 | #4

    Actually, the quote is my own. I didn’t feel it necessary to put my name in the quote box, as I use this definition throughout this series. Hopes this helps.