“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
When you see that word in Scripture, you ask “What is it there for?” The usual answer means on the basis of all that has gone before, what is the conclusion.
For instance, in chapter one, but particularly toward the end of the chapter–some have deserted Paul, and only Onesiphorus had sought him out–Paul calls for Timothy and through him the rest of the body of Christ to deepen their resolve to serve Christ.
--Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. I confess not to know what this means. It’s one of those wonderful spiritualities that we toss around which sounds great, makes excellent material for hymns and uplifting choruses, but doesn’t actually tell us anything. Or, let me rephrase that: After all our singing it and quoting it, we still have difficulty getting a handle on what exactly it means.
I know some of what the “grace that is in Christ Jesus” means. John said the Law came by Moses, but grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). He said Jesus was “full of grace and truth” (1:14). In short, Jesus was all love, pure love, love throughout, from top to bottom, from the outermost to the innermost. He was solidly love. After all, “God is love.”
So, how can we “be strong” in that grace? I can devote myself to Him, constantly draw near to Him, sit at His feet as Mary did and worship Him, and obey His teachings. Is that what this means? Or, is Paul saying: “Now that you are living in the grace of Jesus, stand up tall and be strong”? Be courageous, outspoken, bold, faithful.
Or, is it all of the above?
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