What does it mean to continue in grace?

Continue in the grace of God. (Acts 13:43)

In the New Testament we are exhorted to…

  • continue in God’s kindness (Romans 11:22)
  • continue in the faith (Colossians 1:23)
  • continue in the teaching of Christ (2 John 1:9)
  • continue in what we have learned and been convinced of (2 Timothy 3:14)
  • continue in the grace of God (Act 13:43)

What does it mean to continue and how do we do it?

“You’ve got to continue in God’s kindness or be cut off from Christ,” says the preacher of works. “You’ve got to work at being holy, produce fruit, depart from sin, or you’ll get the chop!”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Don’t buy into any message that says you must do A, B, and C to please the Lord or earn his blessings or prove your worth. Anytime you are tempted to indulge the flesh with dead works, look to Jesus who did it all on your behalf.

To continue in the grace of God is to continue in Jesus. It’s trusting him from start to finish.

Does this mean you will be a lazy, passive Christian? Far from it. Those who know their Lord do great exploits – just look at Paul and Barnabas.

Instead of filling your life with dead works, fill it with praise and thanksgiving for your Father in heaven.

Instead of occupying yourself with activity, occupy yourself with him.

Then stand back and marvel at what he reveals to you and does through you.

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By Paul Ellis

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  1. The last few lines are so wonderful but many find hard to accept. Instead of activity occupy your time with Him. Wow!

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