The Grace of Jesus Christ is with Your Spirit

New JerusalemJesus said, “I will build My church” and He made us living stones for this building. Acts 20:32 says, “And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who have been sanctified.”

Building up does not refer to strengthening me as an individual believer. Rather it refers to our being joined/fitted/united/tied/knit* together in the body of Christ.

In the prior post, coming to Jesus (John 5:39-40; Hebrews 4:16) is a key to experiencing the word of God’s grace for our building up. Another key is our human spirit. Consider these verses:
• Hebrews 10:29 “…the Spirit of grace.”
• Galatians 6:18  “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers.”
• Philippians 4:23  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”
• 2 Timothy 4:22  “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.”

The Spirit of grace conveys grace to us. This divine Spirit made our human spirit alive when we were born again (John 3:5-6). Because this Spirit of grace is now one with our spirit (Romans 8:16), grace is with our spirit.

Grace supplies us for the New Testament building work. To know this grace, we must know our human spirit. We can pray simply, “Lord Jesus, cause me to know my spirit. Bring me to realize and appreciate the grace which is with my spirit. Grace me for Your building work. Thank You, Lord.

See also The Secret of the Christian Life—Living in the Mingled Spirit.

* Various translations in Ephesians 2:21 and 4:16, thanks to

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  1. Receive the Word of God by Prayer | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View
  2. Receive Grace and Give to Those Who Hear | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View
  3. In Christ Jesus We Are Being Built Together | New Jerusalem – A Biblical View

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