under grace we must distinguish the things that differ


Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent (DISTINGUISH THE THINGS THAT DIFFER); that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.


One of the most edifying illuminations a believer can receive is an understanding of the difference between his position in Christ and his every day practice, or his standing in Christ by the grace of God versus his state, his walk, or his condition. Our STANDING is what we are in Christ before God; our STATE is what we are in experience, in our walk, in the world, before others. The difference reflects two different realms we exist in: the spiritual realm and the natural realm; two different aspects of truth: positional truth versus temporal truth. The believer that is able to DISTINGUISH THE THINGS THAT DIFFER will be a very happy Christian filled with joy.


Here are some examples:


We are accepted in the beloved Eph. 1:6 but we are to labor to be accepted of Him 2 Cor. 5:9.


We have peace with God Rm. 5:1 but need to experience the peace of God Phil. 4:6, 7.


We are perfected forever Heb. 10:12 but are not already perfect Phil. 3:12.


Jesus is made unto us sanctification 1 Cor. 1:30 yet the will of God is our sanctification by abstaining from fornication 1 Thess. 4:3.


No works for salvation Eph. 2:7-9 yet works from salvation Eph. 2:10.


We are in Christ Eph. 2:6 yet Christ is in us Col. 1:27.


We are seated in heavenly places far above all principalities and powers in Christ Eph. 1:21-23, 2:6 yet we have to put on armor as we wrestle with principalities and powers Eph. 6:10-12.


We have forgiveness of sins Eph. 1:7 yet if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us 1 Jn. 1:9.


We are called saints 1 Cor. 1:2 by His grace not our merits yet we must walk worthy of our calling Eph. 4:1.


We have forgiveness of sins Eph. 1:7 yet we confess our sins to be forgiven 1 Jn. 1:9.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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