© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!” But “what was amazing yesterday is ordinary today.” Unless we keep diving deeper into the grace of God, grace will lose its wholesome attraction. And unless we bathe constantly in its reality, we can become comfortable in a quagmire of imitation grace.
“I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it” (1 Peter 5:12). There is genuine grace, and there is counterfeit grace.
The true grace of God teaches us to respond. In Acts 2, Peter proclaimed the hub of grace—Jesus Christ crucified for our sins and risen from the dead. His listeners asked, “What shall we do?” Proponents of phony grace answer, “You don’t have to do anything! You can’t do anything!” Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). “And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation’” (Acts 2:40). In his letter of true grace, Peter issued thirty-four commands.
The true grace of God has a standard. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus invested the apostles with all spiritual truth (John 16:13). If religious teaching cannot be substantiated by the New Testament, it is not the true grace of God.
The true grace of God holds us accountable. What the apostles taught is the sum of spiritual truth. The Bible urges, “Stand firm in it.” Don’t go back to an old way of life. Don’t be lured by something religious advertised as new, exciting, or liberating.
Come dive deeper into the true grace of God with us this Sunday.