PRAISE AND POWER                            STRONG IN THE GRACE                              August 31, 2019

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 2:1) This exhortation is to be strong in the grace. Not in the law. Not in one’s own works. But strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus! It is often easy to consider grace for oneself but not for others. Grace applies to every born again believer. “For by grace are ye saved through faith [the right way of believing]; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: …” (Ephesians 2:8) We all have grace because none of us could have never qualified to earn our salvation. We are saved by grace.

Every Church epistle opens with a declaration of grace. Let’s consider the epistle to Romans. “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7) Believers are beloved of God and called saints, meaning sanctified [set apart] ones. Believers are set apart from the common place by God. Because of God’s grace, believers are saved and sanctified. Along with God’s grace believers also have peace from God. Salvation, sanctification, God’s love and peace from God are all the result of God’s grace. “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9) A person cannot work for these things; for salvation, sanctification, and peace, they are all by God’s grace.

Romans 3:24 adds another benefit that believers receive by God’s grace. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: … .“(Romans 3:24) So now we can add justified freely and redemption to sanctification, God’s love, salvation, and peace. For a person to be justified means he or she is acquitted of all his or her sins. Because of being justified, a person is made the righteousness of God. This is all by grace. II Timothy 2:1 tells us to be strong in that which allows people all of these benefits from God.

In Christ Jesus believers have this grace and these many benefits. Look at what Romans 5:2 says regarding grace: “By whom [by Christ] also we [believers] have access by faith [believing] into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”  Believers have this access into this grace wherein we stand by believing. Believers are exhorted to stand in grace and to be strong in grace. Another benefit that comes with grace, says we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.   

“For if by one man's [Adam’s] offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) Because of the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, we reign in life by Jesus Christ. God’s grace goes beyond the things we have already noted. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7) Not only do we reign in life now because of this grace wherein we stand. But also, in the ages to come God will show us the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness through Christ.

“For we are his [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) We are God’s workmanship! This workmanship from God was not earned by us. We did not become good enough. This workmanship is because of God’s grace to us. Salvation is by grace. Redemption is by grace. Sanctification is by grace. Righteousness is by grace. We reign in life by grace. As we accept these benefits of God’s grace, we can begin to live the blessed and empowered lives we have; because of God’s grace.

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 2:1)

*******************************************************************************************************************************“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  083119 ENB



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