Grace comes to men by the manifestation of the power of the Spirit of God. In Ephesians 3:7, the Apostle Paul refers to “the gift of the grace of God given by the effectual working of His (God’s) power“. In verse 20, he refers to it as “the power that works in us” – God’s Spirit.
The Apostle Paul makes it clear in v.7 and 8 that the “grace was given“. He simply had received the grace through the manifestation of the power of God’s Spirit. The same grace and power that was received in the life of the Apostle Paul then, is available in the life of EVERY believer in Christ today!
Ephesians 4:7-8 says:
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he (the Psalmist in Psalms 68:18) said, When He (Christ) ascended up on high, He (Christ) led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Though there are differences in the gifts, it is the same God and His Spirit that distributes and supplies the power. The manifestation of His Spirit is given to each individual for the spiritual profit of all (I Corinthians 12:4-7).
I Peter 4:10 instructs “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
With an understanding of how the gifts operate, it makes sense why Jesus emphasized “a Love for one another” in His ministry. From what has been observed, the gifts of the Spirit within the body of Christ are interdependent and for the benefitting of the whole. Understand that every member is part of the self-same body. Unbelievers who are coming to know Christ are just as important, as God has purposed for all men’s lives to come to the glorifying of Christ (Philippians 2:10-11).
Now, we are to walk in Love towards one another, knowing that any action of ill-intent towards another individual is contributing to a loss for ourselves and the body of which we are a part. We ought to serve one another, knowing that our good works contribute to the betterment of the body, and after all, ourselves (as a part of the body). When the gifts of individuals in the body are in manifestation by the grace of God and the power of His Spirit, the entire body experiences the glory of God that is produced. As more parts are in cooperation with the grace of God, greater glory is attained – it is an ongoing, ever-increasing cycle of Glory!
II Corinthians 3:18 says:
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
This is why rejoice in the gift of the grace of God..
This is why we Love one another as Christ has Loved us..