“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32
It is the grace of God that gives us hope. It is through God’s grace toward us that we receive everything. By grace, we are saved. It was because of the rich grace of God that Christ came and paid our debt so that we could be forgiven. We have been reconciled to God, brought into His family, and now receive abundant life. We know fullness of joy in His presence, because He has chosen to show us such lavish grace. We are strengthened to stand firm in Christ and hold to the promise that “as your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25)
It is the promise of God’s grace that reminds us He is renewing us daily. We are being sanctified—made more like Christ, brought nearer to Him each day. God is purifying our hearts. We are not who we were, and our future is bright with His glory. And in His abundant grace, He has put His Spirit in our hearts as a seal. So if there is any doubt in our minds, any thought that God may one day go back on His word and grace will run out, His Spirit is our confidence. We are sealed. Our inheritance is set. Our hope is sure. Grace will never run out. God will never fail us. He will never leave us. Fullness of joy is ours forever, because we have direct access to God Most High, our Everlasting Father, for whom nothing is impossible.
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:17-18). The Word of our God is perfect and steadfast. It is the rock on which we can stand without fear of falling. Because even if we stumble in moments of unbelief, it is His right hand that upholds us. All by His grace. If not for grace, we would be lost. There is no hope for us to reconcile or pay our debts on our own. No good acts can make up for the evil in our hearts. But God’s grace made a way for us.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world…carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:1-7