“GRACE be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” Ephesians 6:24
Except for Romans, every one of Paul’s epistles ends with the GRACE OF GOD. In this, the first of my ‘Sunday Thoughts’ for 2015, I want to remind us all of this wonderful GRACE.
We are all “Saved by grace” Ephesians 2:8 and we are all kept, whilst we are standing in the GRACE OF GOD.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein WE STAND, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” Romans 5:1-2
Our great God is a GOD OF GRACE. He showers us with His grace day by day.
“And the WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of GRACE AND TRUTH” John 1:14
“And of His fulness have we all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE AND TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:16-17
“GRACE FOR GRACE” Means “One grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift” Amp Version.
I could go on, quoting scripture after scripture, but I feel that the above verses are sufficient to show that our Great God is a God of GRACE.
It is good to go into this new year knowing that the GRACE OF GOD is with you, and that we are STANDING IN THE GRACE OF GOD.
We should not be chasing after works to impress our God as many do today and as many will boast of doing before His throne one day. (Matt 7:22) I know plenty who like to make a name for themselves, and who like to appear important in Christian circles. We are to follow after works because God before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10) but not WORKS to bring glory to ourselves but works that bless others!
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto ALL MEN, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:10
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
“Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.” Galatians 6:6
So my prayer for you all is that you will stand in the grace of God throughout 2015 and beyond if He should delay His coming further. And that ,providing you are truly saved, seek to bless others with good works, in the name of our Saviour Jesus. AND remember, Jesus is returning soon to collect up His true Church, maybe this year, 2015? KEEP WATCHING, KEEP PRAYING! (Luke 21:36)