When Scripture says “God shall make all grace abound unto you” it simply means you aren’t left to try to produce a godly life apart from God’s grace. You aren’t a severed branch straining to bear fruit apart from the vine. What the Lord’s Supper affirms for you is that God’s grace to you isn’t some intellectual exercise for theological wonks. Rather, it’s a tangible sign of this abounding grace.
This bread was once grain ground into flour, then it was mixed with water & yeast, baked in an oven, and now set before us. This wine was once grapes on a vine, crushed, aged, and then poured out before us. God oversaw the grain & grapes which turned into this bread & wine. How then could you doubt His promise to supply all of your needs according to His grace?
This is bread & wine of grace. This sign confides to us that the mighty power of Christ dwells in us. It dwells there because he begot living faith in us. Just as bread strengthens you for your daily work, and wine cheers your heart to endure earthly sorrows, this table is laden with strengthening grace & intoxicating joy.
This bread & wine aren’t empty signs of full grace. Rather, these are overflowing signs of abundant grace. Grace to walk by faith when doubts assail. Grace to comfort when sorrows surround. Grace to rejoice in all things, and for all things. Grace to trust in Christ alone. Grace to persevere.
God knows the feebleness of our faith. And so, He gives you grace to hold in your hand, and pass to your brother. Grace to taste & drink. Grace upon your tongue, to assure You of grace in Your heart. The response to all this is to receive it all by faith, the faith which grace gave you in the first place.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…