Now, brothers, I entrust you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build up, and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32
This is a great verse! First of all, the Greek for “word” is logos. It’s the same word that is used in John 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. . . . Through him all things were made. . . “
There is power in a spoken word. God, through Christ the WORD, spoke the earth into existence. And in the same way, there is power in the WORD of grace. As Acts 20:32 says, it will build us up!
The word for “build” here is the same one used in the gospels about the wise man who built his house on the rock, and in Luke 14 about the men who wanted to started to build a tower and were not able to finish it. It describes the physical development of a structure.
Hearing the WORD about God’s grace will develop us, strengthen us, transform us, work in our hearts and characters to build us into the people God created us to be.
What was the WORD of grace that Paul preached?
(Jesus talking to Paul) “I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.” Acts 26:17-18
I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen– that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:23
Paul’s WORD of grace was that we can:
- Receive forgiveness of sins.
- Become God’s very own, his beloved children.
- Be resurrected from the dead, just as Christ was.
Notice too, the wording in Acts 26:23. Jesus came to “proclaim light.” He had the WORD of grace.
Let us be built up as the heart of the gospel sinks down deep into our hearts — the realization that our relationship with God was broken and He sacrificed His very best to forgive our sins so we can be restored to His embrace for eternity.
It is simple. It is all we need.
Let it become our core, the passionate motivation for all that we do.
I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. I Cor 1:12