September 23 – Undeserved Credit

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” – Jude 20-21 (ESV)

As true believers we can all be thankful that we have a sure foundation and cornerstone in Jesus Christ. This foundation is ours through the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. The truths of our Christian faith are found in the teaching of the apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20). It is by the Word of God that Christians can build themselves up. Praying in the Holy Spirit is not a call to some ecstatic form of prayer, but simply our call to pray consistently in the will and power of the Spirit, as one would pray in the name of Jesus Christ. This imperative establishes our responsibility to be obedient and faithful by living out His salvation, while God works out His will through our lives (Philippians 2:12-13). It means for us to remain in the place of obedience where God’s love is poured out on His children. We are to wait in eager anticipation of Christ’s second coming to provide eternal life in its ultimate, resurrection form, which is the supreme expression of God’s mercy on us to whom Christ’s righteousness has undeservedly been credited to our account (imputed) by His mercy and grace.