“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.”
in which you stand
If the Christian is to be strong, he needs to stand in grace. Grace is both a gift and a responsibility. Grace is the provision God gives for the Christian life.
It is not enough to have the grace of God; we must stand in the grace of God (5:9). We need to dig our heels into grace. If we operate under the illusion that we have something to offer God in ourselves, we lose our orientation to grace. The tendency to fall back upon our merit and worth is a persistent evil. The Devil continually tries to persuade us to take pride in ourselves and our accomplishments.
“Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43).
“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).
“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Corinthians 6:1).
“Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled” (Hebrews 12:15).
The operating principle for the Christian life is grace.
We not only need grace to live the Christian life, but we need to stand on grace to be an effective Christian. It is one thing to accept God’s grace occasionally. It is another thing to make grace the central operating principle for our lives.
The Christian stands eternally in grace. This grace is unalterable because of Christ.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).
When God disciplines the child of God, it is an issue of grace, not punishment. Discipline is remedial, not punitive. It is God’s process of educating believers. As a faithful Father, He refuses to let us get away with sin. He will not allow us to get away with something that will hurt us. When a believer recognizes this, he moves toward stable Christian living based on grace.