Grace is a Place

11 May

IMG_6988Lately, I’ve been diving into another study of God’s grace. Because I like to study with a goal in mind, I may make this the topic of my next book.

Basically you can divide grace into two main types:  Common Grace and Sovereign Grace

  • Common Grace is grace that’s given for all.  Flowers.  Air.  Rain.  Sunshine.  The Bible speaks of common grace in  Acts 14: 15 – 17 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
  • Sovereign Grace is given as God wishes.  

Grace is a place where we stand:  By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.  1 Peter 5:12

Paul is exhorting, or calling to one’s side, and testifying, or bearing witness of the grace in which we stand.  Grace is favor that we don’t deserve and

  • That which gives joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness.
  • The merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.
  • The spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace.

Oh yummy!  God, in Greek, is theos which includes the sense of being about the Trinity.  All three members of the Trinity are giving us grace that we stand in.  Picture yourself playing in a wading pool when you were a child–spashing in the water, the droplets diamonds against the sky.

But here comes the best part.  Standing, or histemi, means to stand as opposed to following.  It is an upright and active position  As we walk, the wading pool of grace moves with us.  You can sometimes get a better sense of the meaning of a word by comparing it to a similar word.  Another word for stand is tithemi which means in a passive or horizontal position.  And it is written in the perfect active indicative tense—which indicates that it is a completed process.  It is finished!  Finished work!

Stand tall in God’s grace.

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