04 Mar 2018

God’s grace

On March 4 at the Sunday service senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov offered the believers of “Philadelpia” church in Izhevsk to think about the matter of grace, its value and its manifestation in our life.

The apostle Paul often finished his letter with the following words, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. “ (2nd Corinthians 13:13). Grace of Jesus Christ is undeserved mercy that presents itself through forgiveness of all kinds of sins. which used to separate us from God. This is the stem of our faith without which we would be ignorant of the Father’s love and would not come in touch with work of the Holy Spirit.

The pastor reminded that the apostle Jude said once that we should “… contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 1:3-4). Faith can become vulnerable. The apostle Jude said about one of the reasons the following, “For certain individuals… have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality”. Biblical grace is forcefully replaced by the idea of lawlessness. It is crucial not to lose the true meaning of grace because it directly relates to salvation which was undeserved, received as a gift from the Lord. A person who lives in grace acquires a different character and relationship with God and with people on a different level. Grace manifests itself in our lives through righteousness, which covers not only our shortcomings but also helps to look at those who are around us modestly and respectfully without showing off.

The pastor encouraged the church to be sober-minded and to set our hope on the grace of God (1st Peter 1:13), to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2nd Peter 3:18), never letting go of His hand.

Alexandra Badanova


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