God’s Mercy Brings His Grace to Us

New Jerusalem has twelve foundations with the twelve names of the twelve apostles.
New JerusalemThese apostles portray aspects of God’s work among men. First, everything is of God; second, we depend on God’s mercy; third, mercy brings us to God’s grace.

Ephesians 2:4-5 shows God’s mercy opening the way for us to receive His grace. “God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” We have been made alive to live the Christian life now and to be part of New Jerusalem.

The twelve foundation stones are also a witness of God’s grace….God’s grace is nothing less than God Himself. God gives Himself to us as our enjoyment to meet all our needs. In Galatians 2:20 Paul says that it is no longer he but Christ who lives within him. Again, he declares, “Yet not I but the grace of God” (1 Cor. 15:10). By putting these two verses together, we see that grace is nothing less than Christ Himself. Grace is God in Christ as my strength, my power, my enjoyment. These poor fishermen and a publican could become so important as parts of the foundation of the holy city, not only because of God’s mercy but also because of God’s grace.*

God is rich in mercy and He wants to grace us. Therefore, Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.” Our responsibility is to come forward to Him; then we easily receive mercy and spend time to find grace. This is on our path to New Jerusalem.

* Excerpt from The Vision of God’s Building by Witness Lee, chapter 19, © LSM.

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