Friday, September 2, 2016

STRONG IN HIS GRACE - By Robert E. Hanna

Robert E. Hanna

Scripture Reading: II Timothy 2:1-3

The apostle Paul offered much counsel and sound advice to his son in the faith Pastor Timothy. One of the strongest examples of his wise guidance is found in our text: "Thou therefore, my son, BE STRONG IN THE GRACE THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier in Christ."

Paul prefaces his instruction with "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." Whatever the believer does or says is done or said by means of exercising God's grace which is instilled in us by the indwelling Christ. The grace that is in us is the grace that is in Christ. The grace of God that saved us, also gives us the ability to walk pleasing to Him. ." For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11, 12)- hence, Paul's words of encouragement to Timothy.

The apostle offers his own testimony to the above. In his Philippian letter he declares, "I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). He exhorts Timothy to call upon the grace that is in Christ to faithfully proclaim and teach the doctrines taught him by Paul, to instruct others who are faithfully committed, and to willingly suffer the inevitable sacrifices and opposition to be encountered in his ministry. May we, as fellow saints, accept the same challenge as ministers of reconciliation!

 Transformed By Grace  -
Kevin Sadler

Transformed By Grace #1 - Unity in Christ
Transformed By Grace #2 - One Body in Christ
Transformed By Grace #3 - The Apostle of Grace
Transformed By Grace #4 - The Gifts of Christ

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