Saturday, July 28, 2012

Growing and Grace and Knowledge with Abraham: Identified in Grace

In our walk with God, we learn not only to see Him as a source for our needs, but the source of every good and perfect gift in our lives (James 1: 17)

Eventually, we find ourselves transformed by his grace, changing from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3: 18)

For Abram, it was the grace of God which then transformed him from an "exalted Father" to " Father of many".

"As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. " (Genesis 17: 4-5)

By adding the letter הָ֔ "He", the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the letter of grace, God graced Abraham with a new identity. He expected his servant to identify himself complete with God's promise.

For every believer in Jesus, we identify with Him in name and power, for God has made us of the same righteous standing in Him through His name:

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:" ( John 1: 12)

By the name of Jesus, everyone of us is saved:

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3: 18)

In His name, we can ask God the Father for anything that we need:

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14: 13)

In Him, we stand and receive His grace and power:

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

Jesus came to us, full of grace and truth. Now that He lives in us by the power of the Holy Spirit, He wants us to know that we have the same grace and truth in us!

God provided this transformation by changing his name, by transforming the identity of the faithful Patriarch. Let the Lord Jesus do the same for you!

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