Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unshakable Grace

UV 665/10,000 Unshakeable Grace Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear. Hebrews 12 v 28 The kingdom of God cannot be de-stabilised or shaken. All other kingdoms of man can be shaken and have been shaken. All other kingdoms will be destroyed. The kingdom of God alone will endure. Hence, as citizens of the kingdom of God, we too cannot be shaken or unnerved. The image is one of God holding a sieve in His hand and shaking all the people of all nations. The chaff will be blown away and only the wheat will remain in the sieve. People who do not serve the Lord, regardless of their status, position, talent or wealth are living meaningless, purposeless and powerless lives-hence, they are compared with chaff. The people of the kingdom of God are compared to wheat as they satisfy their spiritual hunger and thirst and they satisfy the hunger and thirst of others too. We can always exercise grace that is seen in the hope we have, the love we show to others, the confidence we have in God, the trust we place in His Word, the zeal we have for His work. Grace is a supernatural outflow of faith. We are called to serve God in every way we can. Our service must be acceptable and pleasing to Him. We begin our spiritual lives with fear and reverence of God and we conclude or complete it with love of God. Reverence for the awesomeness of God will produce a constant sense of grace and wisdom in our lives. We will cling to what is good and let go of what is evil. The uni-verse puts the act of receiving the kingdom in the present continuous, implying that the receiving has begun in this lifetime when we believe but is confirmed or completed or consummated in heaven. The kingdom of God implies that God rules over each of our hearts as a mighty and benevolent King. All our thoughts, emotions and decisions must be focused on pleasing Him. The Word of God is the edict or written instructions of the King. The Earth is a vineyard He has given to us to care for some time. We are like the tenants who cultivate the farm. When we follow His written instructions not just in letter but in spirit, meaning wholeheartedly we please the Lord. By imputation from our faith in Jesus, we have fulfilled every jot and letter of the Word by grace. To the others, He is a consuming fire or a fire that can judge, chastise and punish but to us, He is a consummate fire, meaning that He places walls of fire on all sides of our fields to prevent any foe or adversary from entering. While others are caught up in a race or a competition for perishable rewards, we are living in grace for eternal and enduring rewards. Prateep V Philip

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