Hoekstra’s Day by Day by Grace (December 4th)
Even More on Continuing in the Word of His Grace
I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able…Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed”…For this reason I have sent Timothy to you…who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church. (Acts 20:32; John 8:31; and 1 Corinthians 4:17)
God’s grace characterizes His word: “I commend you to God and to the word of His grace.” This permeating presence of grace in the Scriptures is what makes God’s word so able to effect godly changes in our lives: “the word of His grace, which is able.” This is why the Lord wants us to continue in His word: “continuein the faith” (Acts 14:22). Also, continuing in the word allows the Lord to remind us of things pertaining to grace, things we need to hear over and over again.
Jesus called professing disciples to continue in His word. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide [remain, continue] in My word, you are My disciples indeed’.” It is impossible to truly live as a follower of Jesus without continuing in His word. The Christian life is lived by grace. The Bible is “the word of His grace.” We cannot follow Jesus by grace apart from hearing regularly of His grace. A natural bent of humanity (including, the flesh of true believers) is toward human works and law performance. This is one reason why the Lord wants us to hear of His effective grace day by day.
The ministry of reminding is part of this process. The Apostle Paul sent out his ministry partner, Timothy, to remind the saints of matters that he himself had expounded upon in all the churches. “For this reason I have sent Timothy to you…who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.”Later, after Timothy had become a pastor in Ephesus, Paul wrote urging him to remind the saints of some basic elements of grace (matters pertaining to the faithfulness of God). “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Remind them of these things” (2 Timothy 2:11-14). Such vital truths need to be repeatedly considered. The Apostle Peter knew that to neglect the import of reminders was to be spiritually irresponsible. “Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you” (2 Peter 1:12).
O Lord of persistence and patience, I confess the need to hear of Your grace day after day. I long to be a true disciple, living by grace. Please remind me of the necessity to be in the word of Your grace consistently, Amen.