They sum up our complete salvation in Jesus Christ. The death of Christ was enough to pardon us in mercy, but it took the resurrection to effect our justification.Grace is the foundation of our redemption, mercy is the manifestation of our redemption, and peace is the consummation. He “was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Rom. And now, by faith, we have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. [Our Lord] took death upon Himself On that cruel cross of pain, And those who look in faith to Him Eternal life shall gain!What is more amazing is that like the apostle Paul we are all sent out by the King of kings to the world (Matt. Let’s recognize with humility that we don’t deserve such a commission either.
Paul often referred to himself as ‘an apostle by the will of God’ (1Corinthians 1:1, 2Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, see note Colossians 1:1). No one is getting saved.’ So Jeremiah decided to quit prophesying, to quit sharing—until he realized that the Word of God was like fire in his bones and that he could not keep quiet (Jeremiah 20:9).
In this case, however, he says, ‘It’s not just His will for me, it’s His command that I am to be an apostle—one who is sent out, one who shares truth.’ The things that we have been commanded to do can sometimes become wearying when we find ourselves in situations we weren’t anticipating—like prison. Maybe like Jeremiah, or perhaps like Paul, you feel imprisoned and are tempted to throw in the towel, to quit sharing the Gospel with people since none seem to respond.
To keep from falling, we need to keep a grip on three rock-solid truths: grace, mercy, and peace, the words the apostle Paul often used to begin or conclude his letters. We are given our salvation as a gift of God's grace.
His wrath is withheld from us because of His abundant mercy.
And His peace enables us to stand in quiet confidence when the howling gales of adversity swirl around us.
They will give us security during our spiritual mountain climbing experience.
‘Before you were born, I knew you and ordained you to be a prophet,’ the Lord replied. If Paul had a business card, it would have identified him as an “apostle” (1 Tim.
‘I will put My words on your lips—and you shall go.’ So Jeremiah did. 1:1), meaning “sent one.” He used this title not out of pride but out of wonder.
The Bible encourages us to “love from a pure heart … Hypocrisy is a common sin That grieves the Lord above; He longs for those who’ll worship Him In faith and truth and love.
—Bosch God desires that our actions be a reflection of a pure heart.
We may attend church, speak in “Christianese,” and mingle nicely with others.