Through the studies on the elements of the gospel, you are building the altar of Christ in your heart. When you reviewed the lesson entitled “Understanding the Altar of Christ,” you learned that all 12 elements make up the altar and that each element has a specific boundary or designated expression in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The element of grace gives structure to the altar of Christ when the stone remains whole and unchisseled by philosophy and private interpretation of scripture. This lesson will help you construct a basic understanding of this element.
Grace is the 1st element of the gospel and shares a binary relationship with the element faith. God initiates towards mankind with His grace, and we respond to what God has initiated. Grace therefore, depicts God’s responsibility.
When we talk about God initiating towards man and man responding, what law do we see in action? We see the law of reciprocation. Why did God establish that law? God set that law into the elements of the gospel to establish our contact with Him for increase.
G = God initiates = The law of reciprocation = Contact for increase
F = Man responds
There are three manifestations of grace:
1. Grace for salvation recognized by this symbol G/S
2. Grace for growth recognized by this symbol G/G
3. Grace for calling recognized by this symbol G/C
As we review each manifestation of grace we are going to be looking at three main characteristics of the element: K.O.P.
K = Key definition - The element will be clearly defined
O = Operation - The spiritual function and craftsmanship of God
P = Purpose - The object towards which God is striving