“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
The word written in 2 Timothy 2:1 tells us that Jesus, who has become
Christ by dying, shedding His blood on the cross, by rising from the
dead and saving people is the grace and you should never lose the grace.
That is to say, when the grace of Jesus Christ is in you, you have to be
strong, as much as you defeat sin and win the victory over yourself
and the world. Those who are strong in the grace keep the grace so as
not to hurt the grace given by God, nor be stained with sin.
“give thanks in all circumstances” (1Thessalonians 5:18).
It is an earnest request to keep the grace by checking that you have
grace in all circumstances. Those caught by the grace keep it by knowing
how much they are favored so that the grace can rule, conquer and
reign in them.
Such a person keeps the grace that they received even in
a flood of culture of the world and depraved material civilization of the
world advancing inexorably. They try to win by fighting against the
world shedding blood. Because of the grace, they can give up their
lives and money and everything in their lives.
However, if they are not strong in the grace, they are not touched when they receive the
grace and cannot keep the grace but are deprived of it. Such a person
doesn’t want to go to church or meet people and makes an excuse
not to saying that they are feeling hurt.
Actually, they never enjoyed the grace even though they said, “I received grace”. When you stay in
the grace, you don’t get out of the grace. If you are favored, you must
keep the grace to the end, not letting it go and be stronger in the grace.
That’s how you can testify to the faith.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #419 (Jan 17, 2015)