True Grace to Persevere the Journey

Ever wonder why God chose to place the essence of the Godhead into a human being and then have Him (the God Man) pay the price for sin with His life for the world?  Although we may not understand the mind of God, He has revealed much about Himself in Scripture including His human incarnation which was God’s plan from before the foundation of the world.   Not only would Salvation need to come from a perfect representative of humanity; the ability for humanity to stand firm in the grace of God’s provision of salvation would need to be of divine origin for free will to be permitted.   Have you recently meditated on what “Christ in us” means to us – The Son of God, The Son of Man in us?

Apostle Peter tells us that he wrote the first epistle of Peter to encourage the dispersed church across the Roman Empire (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia – 1 Peter 1:1) that the true grace of God is what enables them to stand fast (1 Peter 5:12).  Imagine: About 30 years have passed since Jesus Christ made atonement for sin as the Lamb of God, and the believers who were either eye witnesses or heard the testimonies concerning Christ’s resurrection and ascension (1Corinthians 15:10; Acts 2) were still waiting for His return.  They were waiting in foreign territories having been scattered and they were the minority in lifestyle, beliefs and demeanour.  The Roman culture was “religious” without personal relationship with their Creator (Acts 17:23); they persecuted followers of Jesus Christ for their allegiance to His Authority/His Kingdom (Acts 8:1; 2 Timothy 3:12).  These believers were aliens in a pagan culture and were longing for the Kingdom of God.  Sound familiar?  (1 John 2:15; John 15:19)

Term References

From the Beginning/Foundation of the WorldPsalms 102:25; Isaiah 40:21; Isaiah 41:4, 26; Isaiah 46:10; Isaiah 48:13; Zechariah 12:1; Matthew 13:35; Matthew 25:34; Luke 11:50; John 1:1-2; John 17:24; Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:10; Hebrews 4:3; Hebrews 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 1:8; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:8; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:13

The Mind of GodIsaiah 55:9; Matthew 11:25; Romans 11:33-34; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16

Like us, these believers did not know the hour of Christ’s return and their world was growing more and more turbulent.  From the garden of Eden to date, all of humanity has had to make choices about yielding to or overcoming the same types of temptations, compromises, and pressures.  Jesus Christ also was tested in every way a human being could be tempted (Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:18; Luke 4:2; 1 Corinthians 10:13) and yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). 

  • What does the bible say about the true grace of God?
  • What enables us to hold on to a long-awaited promise?
  • What does grace have to do with perseverance?
  • Is grace equally measured to each believer?
  • Why do some seem to have more of it?

The answers to these question will become apparent as we consider (1) what the true grace of God is; and (2) how true grace strengthens.

What Is the True Grace of God?

From Scripture we observe grace is associated with forgiveness, strengthening, and perseverance through difficulty.   The term Peter uses in 1 Peter 5:10,12 is χάρις cháris which in Strong’s Definitions G5485 includes the following description: the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life including gratitude, favour, gift, joy.  Grace is definitely unmerited favour and a free gift!   God’s grace is what caused us to be able to believe in Jesus Christ and thereby be regenerated and reconciled – and it was His choice to extend His grace to us. 

  • For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (Ephesians 2:8 NKJV). 

It is God’s influence on our hearts that first draws a person to believe, and then this same grace sustains us.  This grace of God is what grows our love for and knowledge of our LORD; helps us in times of weakness to continue to walk out the sanctification process; and gives us the strength to endure tests, trials, and suffering.    In Peter’s concluding remarks in this first letter, he encourages the believers that God of grace will perfect them and make them steadfast because it is His desire to share His eternal glory with them – in and by Christ. Compare 1 Peter 5:10 from three interpretations:

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 NKJV)

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. (1 Peter 5:10 NLT)

The God who freely deposits His incredible and perfect influence over our hearts guarantees to work with us and thereby enable us to enter His glory starting now and into forever.  His glory is His goodness.

  • So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” … And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. “So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. (Exodus 33:17-19, 21-22 NKJV)

Based on the context (1 Peter and Exodus 33) and the definition of grace, in this earthly existence, we can not void the difficulties that necessitate God’s grace in our lives in an effort to enjoy only the benefits of His grace.   Sin originates in thoughts that arise from desires that are in opposition to God’s perfection; desires that fall short of God (James 1:13-15; Genesis 2:16-17).  Since grace is a part of God’s character, those who abide with God naturally experience His goodness. Sin separated us from Holy God and resulted in unbelief and disobedience. Sin is what necessitated God’s pouring out of His grace towards humanity in order to reconcile us to Him. In our lives regardless of who sinned, it is sin that results in the difficulties we experience. It is often the experience of overcoming these very difficulties that make us better and more like Christ. 

  • And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)
  • Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)
  • But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 NKJV)

While we may not like difficulties and pain, without them we would not develop the endurance required to become Christ-like.  This is hard work and frequently is trying emotionally. This does not justify the terrible things that happen to people; sin and its effect on people is horrible! Thank God for His grace that brings forgiveness, healing, peace and joy.

Scripture informs us that grace is manifold (diverse, more than one side to it):

  • As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10 NKJV)

The true grace of God permitted sinful people to crucify the only perfect human being who was not guilty of a crime so that imperfect human beings could enter into God’s goodness.  Grace was not offered based on how good or bad a person was; God’s gift was given to all of mankind to pay the penalty of sin once and for all.  Praise God!  This included all future sins, because we were not yet born when Jesus paid the price for our sins.  Then on an individual basis, God draws us through His Word (the Son of God incarnated into the son of Man – John 1:1-4, 11-14, 16) extending grace (divine influence) enabling us to believe resulting in spiritual new-birth.

  • But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. … Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, (Romans 5:15, 20 NKJV)
  • And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:2 NLT)
  • God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 NKJV)

When the Son of God took on human form by being conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary (Matthew 1:20-23), He became the first of His kind.  He became a human being that had a human nature and a divine nature.  Not to spoil the end of this message, but I can not contain my excitement at this point.  Praise God – we have the right to become of children of God.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the God ManThe Regenerated Man Indwelt by God
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NKJV)But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13 NKJV)

Praise God for His grace!  The essence of the Godhead was birthed into a human being using both supernatural (Holy Spirit) and human means.  When God incarnated the persona of the Son, the God Man had two distinct natures residing in Jesus’ physical body.  Neither nature blended (not the nature of humanity – nor the fullness of the Godhead); rather they both existed simultaneously in one physical body.  Praise Jehovah God! What hope! No wonder the angels long to look into these things.

Humanity


Jesus the Son of Man/ God-Man
Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35
Jesus the Son of God
Colossians 1:15, 19

Essence of God
Deuteronomy 6:4; Zechariah 14:9; Mark 12:29
BodyLuke 24:39Philippians 2:7-8The Son is God
MindLuke 2:52Philippians 2:5The Father is God
SoulMatthew 26:38Judges 10:16 Job 23:13 Psalms 11:5 Isaiah 53:10-12 Acts 2:31Holy Spirit is God

While human beings are created in the image of God, we are unable to desire sinless life without the indwelling of His Spirit.  Because Jesus Christ (the human) had the indwelling nature of the fullness of God from birth, our God-Man was able to overcome all temptation and live a sinless life.

After Christ’s resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit (free from physical form) was given to those who believed (Acts 2:1-4) which was the promise of the Father (“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— John 14:16 NKJV).  When God’s divine influence, His grace, enabled us to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation, the Holy Spirit indwelled us imparting to us His nature.  If our minds grow in the knowledge of the LORD, we will think of accessing and yield to the One who lives in us more! What grace!

  • Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4 NKJV)
  • Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, …. the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. …, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. … For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:23-30 NKJV)
  •  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:18 NKJV)
  • But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. … Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:20-28 NKJV)

Praise God for His masterful plan wherein:

  1. the Holy Spirit conceived a human body for the Son of God to manifest the 2nd persona of the Godhead (the essence of God) WITHIN (John 1:1, 14; 1 Timothy 3:16); so that as
  2. the only perfect son of mankind (the God Man, Jesus Christ) begotten of the Father (Colossians 1:26-27; Romans 16:25; Ephesians 1:9; Galatians 4:4) paid the penalty of sin for the human race (made atonement) – our Kinsman Redeemer (Job 19:26-27), the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-47); and then,
  3. the Spirit of God resurrected Jesus Christ as the firstfruits of humanity from the dead; so that as
  4. the immortal Son of God within this perfect (now-immortal) human body was again glorified (John 17:3-5, 24; John 3:13; Hebrews 1:3) and has ascended to His throne in Heaven with God (Hebrews 4:14; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 10:12; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 3:21); who sent
  5. the Holy Spirit to dwell within the hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5; Ephesians 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:14) of those who God extends His grace – the influence on hearts to believe on Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11; Hebrews 2:9; Ephesians 2:8); and then
  6. this grace strengthens, teaches, and guides the human heart (1 Peter 5:10) in the sanctification process (John 17:17, 19; 1 Thessalonians 5:23) until time for glorification (1 Corinthians 15:53-54); after which
  7. God will be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28). This perfect true grace of God is His unmerited favour, goodness, power and strength that is WITHIN us that will enable us to stand fast regardless of any circumstance.  Praise God for His manifold wisdom and manifold grace!

The below diagram attempts to assist us in understanding how the tabernacle was a shadow and type of Jesus Christ who is the preeminent One, the Highest-One, the Exalted-One of the firstfruits.  It depicts how the Holy Spirit who is one (in perfect unity) with the Son of God and the Father resides WITHIN the regenerated heart of a human being making us like our God (the Son of God) and Brother (the God man).  WOW – humbling!  Doesn’t this grace make you want to be more obedient to the declared Word of God, our Kinsman redeemer; the God-man.  This is incomprehensible matchless grace!

  • For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, (Hebrews 2:10-11 NKJV)

Term References

Temple of the Lord: 2 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Hebrews 9:11, 24; Matthew 27:40; 1 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21-22; 1 Peter 2:5

The entire counsel of Scripture provides the meaning of the true grace of God and the effect on those who have received it. The free gift of grace must result in a positive change away from the prior attitude and way of living.

Grace Word Study: Hebrews 10:29; Hebrews 12:15; Hebrews 2:9; Jude 1:4; Luke 2:40; Nehemiah 9:31; Numbers 11:11; Proverbs 13:15; Psalms 84:11; Romans 12:3; Romans 15:15; Romans 16:20; Romans 5:15; Romans 5:2; Ruth 2:10, 13; Titus 2:11; Zechariah 12:10; Genesis 6:8;

1 Corinthians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 2 Corinthians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 6:1; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 2 Corinthians 9:14; 2 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:12; Acts 11:23; Acts 13:43; Acts 14:26; Acts 15:40; Acts 20:24; Acts 20:32; Colossians 1:6; Ephesians 2:8; Ephesians 3:2, 7; Exodus 11:3; Exodus 33:12-13, 16-17; Exodus 34:9; Ezra 9:8; Galatians 2:21; Genesis 18:3; Genesis 39:21;

How does True Grace Strengthen?

Peter experienced grace having been forgiven for betraying the LORD and being restored (Luke 22:31-34 and John 21).  If an additional a study tool on Peter’s failure and restoration is desired, please feel free to review our blogGuaranteed Security Within the Boundaries.

After receiving grace, Peter became a strong leader and highly effective at evangelizing (Acts 1:15-26; Acts 2:14-47; Acts 4:5–31; Acts 10:42-48; Acts 15:6-12); remembering the grace we have received inspires us to tell others because of our love for the LORD. Peter had been imprisoned, beaten, threatened and all the while he became stronger in the perservance of his faith given him by the grace of God/influence of the Holy Spirit in his heart.

In this first epistle of Peter, he identifies that to operate in the fullness of this grace or His divine nature within us, believers are to participate with the LORD.  The Holy Spirit will not force a believer to do anything because His love is kind and does not behave rudely nor seeks His own (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) above the will of the human being; this is where the LORD permits freewill to His commanded will. The consequence of being unyielded is a lack of peace and whatever trouble arises from persisting in one’s own way. The conflict experienced internally is conviction which is of the LORD but condemnation is of the enemy (Romans 8:1). His influence in us will convict us back into unity.

Peter’s letter to these scattered believers was one of encouragement to remind them that God’s indwelling influence is empowerment that is all-sufficient to achieve Godly lives; and to be able do so with joy, they should remember they are aliens of this world.  This is to intentionally set the mind to eternal things above rather than the things of the earth.  We do have the power to stop thinking a particular thing. Peter reminded them that just as they were foreigners where they were now residing, as followers of Jesus Christ, they belonged to the Kingdom of God.  We need to remind ourselves of this daily. The word Peter used was παρεπίδημος parepídēmos which means an alien alongside, i.e., a resident foreigner: —pilgrim, stranger.

This is really quite powerful.  When we remember that true grace strengthens us to be able to live victoriously for the Kingdom of God, it puts everything into perspective.   Since this life is just temporary and our true residence is in God’s Kingdom where He fills all in all, we can endure hardship knowing our inheritance that Jesus Christ shares with us is both eternal and fulfilling

Throughout Peter’s letter, he reminds the believers of 5 key behaviours that are needed in order to successfully and joyfully complete our stopover in this place that has become strange to our reborn spirit.  As we review these categorized behaviours, let’s ask ourselves some questions:

  • Who am I seeking to please in my daily life and long-term goals?  (Galatians 1:10)
  • Am I fulfilling the will of God for my life? (Romans 12:2; Psalm 119:9)
  • Am I armed with the Word of God and active in my prayer life to withstand the pressures of life and enemy attach? (Ephesians 6:10-14)
  • Am I prepared to share the Gospel regardless of the outcome? (Ephesians 6:15)
  • Do I love my brothers and sisters in the LORD more than I love others (Ephesians 6:15, 18-19; Galatians 6:10; John 13:13-17; John 13:13-15; Romans 15:5; John 17:20-21)
  • Are the things that I do motivated by the love and grace of the LORD or am I trying to earn something? (Romans 4:4; Romans 9:11; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:14; James 2:14)
Key Behaviours for Joyful this Stopover

Prepare Your Minds for Action (Do Not Be Idle)

  • gird up the loins of your mind, be sober (1 Peter 1:13A NKJV)
  • desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:2-3 NKJV)
  • always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15B NKJV)
  • Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin (1 Peter 4:1NKJV)
  • But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7 NKJV)
  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV)

Hope Fully on the Grace of Jesus Christ (Do Not Function from Self/Works)

  • rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13B NKJV)
  • casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV)
  • But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 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. (1 Peter 5:10-12 NKJV)

Be Obedient to the Word (Do Not Be Conformed to the World)

  • as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; (1 Peter 1:14 NKJV)
  • Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (1 Peter 2:1 NKJV)
  • But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts
  • that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2 NKJV)

Love One Another the Body of Christ More (Do Not be Hypocritical nor Shallow with Fellow Believers)

  • Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, (1 Peter 1:22 NKJV)
  • Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV)
  • And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:8-10 NKJV)
  • If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11 NKJV)

Be Determined to Live Holy (Do Not Join in Worldly Behaviours and Customs)

  • but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; (1 Peter 1:15-17 NKJV)
  • Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12 NKJV)
  • But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” (1 Peter 3:14 NKJV)
  • But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. (1 Peter 4:15 NKJV)
  • Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (1 Peter 5:6 NKJV)

Family of God, when I think about Peter’s life and even my own, I can see how the power of God’s grace gives us Christian liberty from the law and it empowers us to fulfill the perfect lawIt’s not one thing – it’s manifold.  As written in Scripture:  But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. … But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22, 25 NKJV).

Our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18, 24) and yet glory to God, His grace is the strength we need, the perfect influence on our hearts, to help us be doers of the Word for it is His Word that He watches over to perform.  His divine nature if us, helps us to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30). What a marvelous mystery. We are in Him and He is in us; we are His body. Out of our love for the LORD and by His grace, we need to and can make decisive breaks from the former worldly ways of doing thingsWhatever we prioritize, we worship; and, we become like whatever we worship.  Let’s be strategic in the choices we make understanding where our permanent home is. 

The opposite and negative of being seated with Christ in His Kingdom is being an “earth-dweller”.  A simple search for this term provided the following cautioning ScripturesRevelation 3:10; Revelation 6:10; Revelation 8:13; Revelation 11:10; Revelation 12:12; Revelation 13:8, 12, 14; Revelation 14:6; Revelation 17:2, 8. 

The opposite of an “earth-dweller” is the positive “alien, sojourner, foreigner”.  Praise God; everyone who overcomes this world by being alien to it, inherits everything in the Kingdom (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; Revelation 3:5, 12, 21; Revelation 21:7)

As children of our Holy God, let us join with the Psalmist and Peter who were waiting for the LORD to come; they said Hosanna which is to say, “Save now, I pray, O LORD; …. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD“:

Jesus is the Spiritual Rock, Living Stone

We are the living stones

Matthew 21:42-44; Isaiah 28:16; Isaiah 48:21; Daniel 2:34, 45; Isaiah 8:14-15; Acts 4:11-12; 1 Peter 2:7; 1 Peter 2:5; Exodus 17:6; Psalms 105:41; John 4:10, 14; Colossians 2:17; 1 Corinthians 10:4-7; 1; Corinthians 11:24-25; Revelation 22:17
  • I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 118:21-29 NKJV)
  • Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV)
  • 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. For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29 NKJV)

Thank you, LORD, for Your True Grace!

Published by OneBranch

OneBranch believes the Word of God is effective for fashioning a heart committed to loving God and loving others. As such, internet content is published with the intention of motivating others to read Scripture for themselves. The content is created from personal devotional/study time in the Word of God and can be viewed as an online journal in the life of one of the branches in the LORD's fruitful vineyard. Readers/listeners are encouraged to validate all Scripture and concepts using the Holy Bible and prayer.

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