We haven’t only been saved or called by grace, we need also to have understanding and awareness of the true grace of God that has come to us through Christ. The Father wants us to be steadfast and persevere in this grace. We must stand firm in it. The reason is, grace is freely given, but it is not automatically enjoyed. By faith, we have access into THE GRACE IN WHICH WE STAND with the confident expectation to experience the Father’s glory in our lives.
1 Peter 5:12(Amp)
12 By Silvanus, a true (loyal, consistent, incorruptible) brother, as I consider him, I have written briefly to you, to counsel and urge and stimulate [you] and to declare [to you] that this is the true [account of the] grace (the undeserved favor) of God. BE STEADFAST AND PERSEVERE IN IT — Stand firm in it!
Notice that through Christ Jesus, we have access by faith into THE GRACE IN WHICH WE STAND, and not just into the grace that is available to us. The word stands in the verse of scripture above is translated from the Greek word histemi. Stand in this context means to continue, endure, or persist.
2 Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) IN WHICH WE [FIRMLY AND SAFELY] STAND. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.
It is very important for us to be consciously aware of the grace which is available to us in Christ, and continue or be steadfast in it. Barnabas, the apostle, who was nicknamed the encourager and Paul saw the need for this and persuaded the men in Antioch in Psidia to stand fast in the grace.
Acts 13:43 (Amp)
43 And when the congregation of the synagogue dispersed, many of the Jews and the devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked to them and URGED THEM TO CONTINUE [TO TRUST THEMSELVES TO AND TO STAND FAST] IN THE GRACE (the unmerited favor and blessing) of God.
God has made the true grace available to us in Christ, but WE MUST CONTINUE IN IT for us to benefit and grow in it. Sadly, we haven’t been steadfast and learned to persevere in the true grace of God. We have a section of Christians who live by a mixture of the law and grace. And there are others who don’t know anything about the true grace that is provided to the Church for them to stand in or walk in the awareness of it — John 1:17;1 Peter 1:10-12.
Let’s have an understanding and awareness of the true grace of God. Also, we must make the conscious effort to remain firmly established in this grace.
–By Peter Collins Obeng
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