Stand fast in the true grace of God. 1 Peter 5:12

Continuing the study of  1 Peter, we are in chapter 5.  Peter is nearing the conclusion of his first Epistle to those who follow Christ Jesus.  He began the letter with these words:  “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” 1 Peter 1:2

Here he says:  “With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God.  Stand fast in it.”  1 Peter 5:12
He began with ‘grace – he is concluding with ‘grace’   Grace –  “God’s free and unmerited favor for sinful humanity”.  “The love, and mercy,and favor of God toward mankind.”
Grace has a face.  It is the face of Jesus Christ.  When we look at grace, we see Jesus.  When we look at Jesus, and the finished work on the cross, we see grace.  Luke, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said of Jesus as a child, “And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the ‘grace’ of God was on Him.”  Luke 2:40
 The Apostle John wrote:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of ‘grace’ and truth.”John 1: 1,14.
Grace was ‘on’ Jesus.  Grace and truth was ‘in’ Jesus. When we accept Jesus as Christ, and Lord of our lives, He enters into our heart and soul, and brings in Father’s grace and truth, and love and mercy. It is in us.  It is on us – spirit, soul, and body as we are born again by the Holy Spirit into a new creation. We are sons and daughters of God by His grace.  We grow to love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind, and strength through time spent with Christ Jesus.
God’s grace is powerful, and above anything man can do.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2: 8,9.
God’s grace is life changing, and brings a desire within to be the best we can be. We often miss the mark, but the desire is there.  It brings a desire to help others with their needs.  “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.” Acts 4:33  “Needs” come in many different forms, but God’s grace covers them all.
Let us stand fast in the true grace of God.  May we never take it lightly, or for granted.  Grace is love at the highest level. It is power from on High.  It is unearned, unmerited, bought and paid for by the blood of our Redeemer.  It is a gift offered to all.
As Peter wrote, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”  Ours to have if we choose to.  May it be so in each of our lives.
I love you, God’s Beloveds.  My Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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