Standing in the True Grace of God

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1 Peter 5:12

12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.

The Bible is under attack.  Satan has attacked the words of God since the Garden of Eden when he caused Eve to question what God really said about not eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Today, the Bible is still under attack.  So, when Peter ends his letter to his dispersed congregation he confirms to its readers that everything in it is true.  Peter and Paul and John knew that what they were writing came from God. They knew that being inspired by God to write their letters gave these letters the same authority as the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament.

Peter might have known that someone was going to question the necessity of following what he wrote.  He might have known that standing firmly in the grace of God would be difficult and those who were doing so needed an extra boost of truth.

Every religious system in the world is works based.  Judaism, which practiced the Law given to Moses, or tried to, was a works-based, not a grace-based, system.  Those who kept it better were well respected while those who failed to keep it were looked down upon.  Is that not true of every religious system?  If you want to be a good whatever all you have to do is keep their minimum requirements.   Easter Sunday is proof of that for churches all around the world will have more people on Easter Sunday than all other Sundays because going to church on Christmas and Easter is the minimum requirement of their systems.

Peter wants us to know that we stand in the true grace of God.  We do not stand in our baptism, our confirmation, our church membership or our church attendance.  We don’t stand in our parents’ religion.  We don’t stand on our own goodness.  The only place we stand before God is in the true grace of God.  Until we understand this and place all of our faith in the completed work of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t stand before God at all.  God is not a universalist who saves everyone in the end.  No, God only saves those who stand before Him in His true grace.  He gives us grace and faith and we stand in His grace by His faith which He gives us.  Don’t let anyone or any system alter Peter’s words here.  Stand with Peter in the true grace of God which he wrote about.

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