Fresh Hope – 14th June 2018

‘Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand’ (Romans 5:1-2).

There are two things that we gain from our faith in Christ – peace with God, and grace.

According to what we’be just read, peace with God comes only through Jesus. It cannot come through someone, or something, or even yourself. If you are working for your peace with God, you won’t find it. It simply says that we find ‘peace with God, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST’. What a relief! Peace implies a deep stillness and rest. We are no longer hustling for the approval of God because we already have His unshakable affirmation through Jesus.

And we don’t just have peace with God we have grace too…and we stand in it! Grace is His UNMERITED FAVOUR. We now stand in His unmerited favour! Emphasis on the word ‘STAND’…we don’t move from this place of grace after salvation. We start in grace, and we finish in grace. We stay in grace.

Many Christians subconsciously believe the grace is for the start of our conversion to Christ, when we are ignorant, didn’t know better, and God is more gracious. Then we should know better with time. We think the grace of God runs out for us, and we should now be mastering the art of earning and deserving in order to become someone who God can love, use, and bless.

This is not what the Bible says. In fact God hates this very thinking that we so easily slip into. Scripture says that our earning acts are like ‘filthy rags’ (Isaiah 64:6). We don’t ever graduate from grace. We will never not need it. We cannot outgrow it. We stand in His grace and don’t move from it.

The religious spirit will always be yelling at us, demanding we move from our post, commanding us to earn our favour, and work harder for approval. But Jesus tells us to stand. Stand in grace and don’t move from it!

Standing in grace means that:

I don’t have to prove I am worthy of God`s love.
God is my friend.
The door of access is always open to Him.
I expect to be blessed.
I am free from keeping score with God. The account is settled in Jesus.
I now spend more time praising God, and less time judging myself.

When Jesus hung on the cross and declared, ‘It is finished!’ (John 19:30), He declared that the need to earn peace and grace is finished. The payment has been made. There is no ‘to be continued’ in the words ‘it is finished’. We stand in grace and we stay in grace, every single day.

Emma Burchell

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