Standing gracefully

Marvelous Grace.

The epistle to the Romans can be summed up as the Apostle Paul’s argument that justification is by faith alone. In chapter 5:2a Paul writes that Christians stand in grace:

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand;”

Having spoken to a number of my friends who think on these things this standing in grace is broadly viewed in one of two ways. Standing in grace could be described like this: Picture a long pole planted firmly in the ground and stretching one kilometer high into the sky. It has a diameter of twenty centimeters. Upon coming to salvation, having been justified, the young Christian shimmies to the top of the pole. Reaching that great height he balances, perched like a bird on a branch, hoping not to fall to the left or the right because if he does he will tumble to the ground and have to start climbing all over again. The grace in which he stands is something that he secures by not sinning, not stepping to the left or the right, clinging to a feeble hope that he can maintain a sense of self righteousness which might keep him justified before a vengeful God.

Alternatively standing in grace could be view as this: A massive ocean, only ten centimetres deep and you’re in the middle of it, standing. As you look to the left, to the right, in front of and behind yourself you notice that you can’t see the shoreline. The grace in which you stand is boundless, matchless, infinite and free. This grace isn’t secured by a work that you’ve done but rather the work that he’s done. Jesus Christ alone is the hope that this group has.

No guesses where I put my faith. I love the words to the song “Grace Greater than Our Sin” by Julia H. Johnston:

“Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.”

How do you view grace, the pole or the ocean or something else?


One thought on “Standing gracefully

  1. Hey there…thanks for stopping by my blog. I like this analogy about the ocean. One analogy that I have used that is similar is that we are in the middle of the ocean, treading water, trying to keep our heads above the water when all of a sudden a life preserver comes floating by. Instead of us grabbing the life preserver, the life preserver grabs us and doesn’t let us go. Our struggling to keep our heads above water is over. God’s grace grabs us and doesn’t let us go.

    Thanks for the post.


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