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.
—1 Peter 5:12 (NKJV)
Peter said that his letter emphasized the true Gospel of the Grace of God. The true Gospel of Grace does not demand our right standing with God. If it did, the work of redemption would place the work of holiness upon us. The Gospel of Grace is a gift given to those who believe by faith in the finished work of Jesus. It is nothing we do. It is all He did. Right standing with God only comes through faith in what Jesus did for us. We are encouraged in this verse that it is the true Grace of God in which we stand.
“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).
Being justified—having right-standing with God—is peace. We can only stand in the true Grace of God—in His peace—when we believe that Jesus gave us right-standing with God. We can only live His righteousness when we believe we have received His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). When we truly know we have peace with God, then we have peace. We choose to stand strong in that peace. We let God fight because we know He will. We put on His armor that by right-standing is ours. And having done all, we stand (Ephesians 6:13).
Right-standing with God—peace with God—only comes through faith in what Christ did for us. True Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and to live soberly and righteously (Titus 2:12). But true Grace also teaches us that it is only by His righteousness we live and have our being (Acts 17:28). When we know our righteous standing with God through the Grace of Christ, we live out of that truth. We rest in that peace.
Faith comes out of our identity. We have peace with God and are His. That is who we are. We are blameless and holy because of Jesus (Ephesians 1:4). Faith comes out of knowing we have peace with God. And having peace with God is the only way we can walk in faith. Otherwise, we are going to try to do something to get God to do something. When we believe the work is finished and has already been done, there is nothing for us to do but rest in God’s love for us.
You have access by faith into this Grace in which you stand. Know who you are in the finished work of Christ, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2). Experience the peace of knowing your right relationship with God, your Father. Where you have peace, you have faith. Follow your faith and peace. And be at rest in God. Having done all, just stand.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher