Weekly Pursuit – Week 5 of Mar.

Mar 31, 2014 by

Verses:

Gen. 25:5 “And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.”

Gen. 26:12 “And Isaac sowed in that land and gained in the same year a hundredfold. And Jehovah blessed him.”

Acts 4:33 “And with great power the apostles gave testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.”

Excerpts:

The matter of grace has been hidden, concealed, and veiled throughout the years. What is grace? Grace is something of God which is wrought into our being and which works in us and does things for us. It is nothing outward. Grace is God in Christ wrought into our being to live, work, and do things for us. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul says, “By the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace unto me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” This word is quite deep. Paul did not say, “By the grace of God I have what I have. I have a good car, a good job, and a good wife by the grace of God.” He did not even say, “By the grace of God I do what I do.” It is not a matter of doing, having, or working; it is absolutely a matter of being. Hence, Paul says, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” This means that the very grace of God had been wrought into his being, making him that kind of person. In Galatians 2:20 Paul says, “No longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” If we put this verse together with 1 Corinthians 15:10, we see that grace is simply Christ living in us. It is “not I, but the grace of God,” “no longer I…but…Christ.” Grace is not outside of us or beside us. It is a divine person, God Himself in Christ, wrought into our being to be the constituent of our being. Because of the lack of revelation, Christians have misunderstood and misinterpreted grace, thinking of it as something outside of them. But grace is just the Triune God wrought into our being to be what we should be and to live, work, and do things for us so that we may say, “I am what I am by the grace of God. It is not I, but the grace of God.”  (Life-study of Genesis, pp. 848-849, 828-829)

Further Reading: Life-study of Genesis, msg. 65

 

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