Ephesians 4: 7-8
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Ephesians 4:7-8
Now this is an astounding statement of truth and fact. It could be heard as both an amazing realization on the one hand and a great burden of responsibility on the other. Here it is. We have all been given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. What is the measure of the gift of Christ? What does that mean? What is Grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ?
First, Christ is measured according to the fullness of God. And He is the express image of God the Father. Everything that is God is expressed in Christ. Now we know that God is without limit and beyond measure. Therefore the gift of Christ is without limit and beyond measure.
We often think of grace as the means by which our inadequacy is made adequate and even more so by God’s favor despite our unworthiness to deserve it. That is the beginning of grace, but even more profound is grace as a word of action as in a) unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
In this sense grace is God’s work in and through us to bring us into the fullness of the nature and character of Jesus Christ. This is His transforming grace. The ability to extend this grace to others is b: a virtue coming from God. And each of us who have been saved, have been so by God’s grace. We are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christc: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance.
But grace according to the measure of the gift of Jesus Christ is overwhelming in its implications for us if we really get a revelation of what that means. Everyone of us who is a child of the living God, saved by grace, walking by faith confessing that Jesus is Lord and being filled with the Holy Spirit, believing in our heart’s that God has raised Jesus from the dead are in possession of grace that empowers us to take hold of the gifts Jesus has given to the church and through them bring the whole body of Christ into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.
The gifts operate in the context of grace according to the measure of Christ. God’s intervention on our behalf through the gifts of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers makes available to us immeasurable power to transform ourselves and thereby release the transforming power of God to everyone, being confident that the same grace that led Jesus to take captive what had held men in captivity is grace that we also posses. His grace released them (us) to freedom to have life and that more abundantly through faith in Him, and then He gave gifts to them (all of us) to ultimately bring us into the perfection of Christ.
The gift of Christ and the measure of His grace go hand in hand. And God has given both to us to empower us for ministry and transform us into the fullness of Christ.