An important aspect of our preparation is that we must be established in Yahuweh's Grace. To understand Biblical grace, we must first unlearn some of what the theologians are saying. There is no "age of grace," or at least Noah was not aware of this notion. The Bible says Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahuweh! (See Genesis 6:8.) But let us begin with what most of us understand as 'Grace.'
The Scriptures reveal that there are not one, but two aspects of His Grace — one of which has gone largely unnoticed, but which is a vital part of our preparation. Let us Notice the following verse:
Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. (Zechariah 4:7)As we see in the above passage in Zechariah, Yahuweh requires two aspects of His grace to be brought to bear in order to bring forth the headstone thereof. Without both aspects of Yahuweh's Grace, the His habitation can not be built! Thus Yahuweh is bringing His people to see and understand the two-fold nature of His grace, revealed much in the New Testament, and clearly seen in the above passage in Zechariah as 'Grace-Grace.'
We might say that just as there are two sides to the same coin, so there are two aspects of Yahuweh's Grace toward His people. This two-fold aspect of Grace can be seen in the encounter with the religious leaders of Yahushua's day, when the man with a palsy was brought to Him to be healed. Notice Yahushua's reply:
Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. (Luke 5:23-24)Notice in the above passage, that Yahushua speaks of both aspects of Yahuweh's Grace. These are:
Two Aspects of Yahuweh's GraceNotice that the words 'rise up' and 'arise' are both translated from the Greek word 'egeiro,' which is the same Greek word used to describe Yahushua's Resurrection! Here Yahushua is speaking prophetically of our resurrection life — of our "rising up and walking" in daily, resurrection life with Him. Thus we see in the above passage both aspects of Yahuweh's Grace — the grace of His mercy and forgiveness, and the grace He gives us to walk with Him, in His Way. Let us now look at these two aspects of grace, and see how they fit into Yahuweh's plan for the preparation of His People.
1) "Thy sins be forgiven thee" [The grace of Mercy and Forgiveness]; and
2) "Rise up and walk" [The grace given to Rise up, and Walk with Yahushua].
By Grace AloneMany of us have learned that it is by grace that we are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8), and not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us (Titus 3:5). Indeed, works of righteousness are important, but they are the result, and not the cause, of Yahuweh's Grace.
Martin Luther, spearhead of the great Reformation, went through a series of wrong conclusions, seeking Yahuweh with great anguish of soul, before the Holy Spirit illumined his understanding concerning true Righteousness and the Grace of Yahuweh. It was only after he fervently and diligently sought Yahuweh over the matter, that He revealed to him the true nature of justification by faith, the cornerstone of the Reformation. Until the Believers today do likewise, fervently seeking Yahuweh, they will, as did Luther in his earlier years, continue to hold fast to a wrong conclusion [only half the truth] of Yahuweh's Grace.
Thus we must first understand that there is no justification apart from the shed Blood of the Lamb of Yahuweh, which takes away the sin of the world. Anything good that we would do can not add one whit to our justification. In fact, the Word of Yahuweh tells us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6); that is, all our own good works of righteousness, that spring up from our own initiative, as a means of justification, are as filthy rags in the sight of Yahuweh!
We must thoroughly learn that our means of justification is not from ourselves — and that Yahushua alone is our righteousness. Without this basic understanding of Yahushua as our righteousness, we can not go on to fully grasp the meaning of the mysteries of which the Apostle Paul speaks.
There is one passage of Scripture in which Paul speaks of a mystery hidden from ages and from generations — including most of the evangelical Believers of this present generation. Paul tells us that this hidden mystery is "Messiah in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:26-27). It is this understanding of the mystery of "Messiah in you" that we must fully grasp, so that we might be presented to Messiah fully prepared. It is the understanding of "Messiah in you" that will enable us to have an understanding of both aspects of Yahuweh's true Grace.
It was this mystery of "Messiah in you" that the Apostle Paul preached, warning every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom (Colossians 1:27-29). Indeed it is Paul who tells us (Romans 5:9-10) that, after first having been justified by Yahushua's Blood – that is, having been reconciled by His death, and Born Again – much more to be considered is that we are to be saved by His life — the life of Messiah in you.
It is the revelation of the mystery of Messiah in you that unlocks a vault full of treasure more precious than rubies. However, it is in understanding the two-fold nature of Yahuweh's Grace that we will find a Scriptural understanding of Messiah in You. So we see that the two ideas of Grace-Grace and Messiah in You are intertwined.
There are many Scriptures that picture the two-fold nature of Yahuweh's Grace, but perhaps the one idea that is revealed more than any other is the parallel connection between grace and righteousness. We see this close connection in the description of Yahuweh's character, as well as in describing how Messiah is to reign within us:
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. (Psalms 116:5)
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21)We see from Scripture that that grace and righteousness are closely connected. Thus we will begin by observing Yahuweh's Grace revealed and demonstrated in a two-fold nature of righteousness.
The Seed of RighteousnessThe Lord has illustrated many Truths of the Kingdom of Yahuweh by use of word pictures, or parables, by which many complicated Truths may be seen and understood. Many of the parables Yahushua spoke reveal the two-fold nature of Grace, and of Righteousness. We recall that many of Yahushua's parables describe seeds, which sprout into plants. Some of these plants do not survive the various levels of growth, and others do; some then go on to mature, and some finally produce fruit. This is a profound Truth Yahushua reveals to us.
Let us recognise that Yahushua — His Word, and His Righteousness — are pictured as seeds, which He plants in the soil of our heart. We are told that Yahuweh is the Gardener, and we are the garden (See 1Cor 3:9; John 15:1). Yahushua plants the seed — the soil does nothing but to receive the seed. In this action of Yahuweh's planting we may clearly see the first aspect of Grace with which we are familiar — the Grace of Forgiveness.
Having forgiven us, Yahushua, by His Grace, plants the seed of His Word, even the Seed of Himself — and thus His righteousness — in our heart. There is nothing the soil must do, except to receive the seed. Notice how Yahushua pictures this planting and sprouting of the Seed of His Righteousness:
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. (Isaiah 45:8)In the above passage we see Righteousness revealed in two separate aspects. First, we see Righteousness 'poured down from the skies' (figurative of the heavens), and sown in the earth (in the heart of man); which corresponds to the truth of imputed righteousness, whose heavenly source is Yahushua Himself.
This pouring down from the skies pictures the Yahuweh planting the seed of His Righteousness — Messiah-in-us — by His Grace. He has imputed His Righteousness to us, by Grace through Faith; and He has placed the Seed of Himself within our heart, that He might dwell within, and mature into a Tree of Righteousness within us.
The second thing we see in the above passage is Righteousness that springs up from the earth, even as a plant springs forth from the seed that has been planted in the earth, and eventually bears fruit. This springing up speaks of the life of Yahushua, as the Tree of Life within us, living by His Grace. Notice in the above passage that both the acts of pouring down, and of springing up, are claimed by Yahuweh to be His own work; and are thus both by His grace — "I the LORD have created it."
This same principle of sowing and reaping can be seen in a passage in Exodus, where Moses asks for more grace:
Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight (Exodus 33:13)Notice in the above passage that the first mention speaks of grace sown [imputed] by Yahuweh; but the second mention is a reaping of grace — it is dependent upon being in Yahuweh's Way, and upon knowing Him. Moses is saying, "if I have found grace in your sight, do this, in order that I may find [more] grace in your sight." Moses knew that Yahuweh's grace, like His righteousness, and like all other aspects of Yahuweh's character, must be both sown and harvested in Moses' own life. And it is the same for us!
To gain further understanding that Scripture portrays grace, and righteousness, as seeds and plants, we will take note of the following passages, with regard to sowing and reaping. A key to understanding the following verses is that the word light in Scripture speaks of Righteousness:
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. (Psalms 37:6)
Light ("Righteousness") is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. (Psalms 97:11)
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so Yahuweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:11)The above passages reveal that the seed is sown for the fruit, and that it is the Yahuweh who causes righteousness to spring forth and produce the harvest. Thus we see again, that both the sowing of the seed, and the springing forth of the plant, are by Yahuweh's Grace alone! For a new Testament picture notice the following verse:
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)In the above passage we can clearly see the same principle of seed (grace) sown for, and because of the harvest (grace).
At this point we might ask, "What is Yahuweh's purpose, that He would plant the Seed of Righteousness within us?" As we will see, Yahuweh has a goal, or purpose in mind. We all understand in the natural sense, that if we plant seeds, it is because we have a purpose in mind. One purpose is that the plant, or tree, might grow and mature. A further goal is that there be a harvest of fruit from the tree. Thus we will examine the tree, and its fruit.
Trees of RighteousnessWe must turn our attention to the mature plant — the tree. Now if the seed is called Righteousness, what is the fruit called? And what is the tree called? We know from practical experience that if we want to harvest corn, we must plant corn seeds. Likewise, if we want a harvest of peaches, we must plant peach seeds. The Lord has illustrated this principle to us, and tells us what fruit we can expect from His planting of the Seed of Righteousness:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Php 1:11)
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:18)
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness... (2Co 9:10)We see that from both natural and Scriptural principles, that the fruit is according to the seed. Thus we see that the Seed of Righteousness that is sown in our heart is to eventually produce the fruit of Righteousness. We will deal with the fruit in detail in the next section. Our focus now is the tree. Since we know that the Fruit of Righteousness comes from the Seed of Righteousness, what is the tree called? Yahushua tells us:
For every tree is known by his own fruit. (Luke 6:44a)The fruit the tree will bear is the Fruit of Righteousness — for the tree is known [named] by its fruit. In our simple way of thinking, we have concluded that the Seed of Righteousness is planted by Yahuweh in order to produce a Tree of Righteousness. Let's look at the following passage:
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (Isa 61:3)Beloved, Yahuweh is talking about people that are called trees of Righteousness. He also tells us that these trees are those that He has planted, and established, unlike the tares that have been planted by an enemy (See Matthew 13:24-30). This tree can bee seen in another sense, in the following passage:
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life (Proverbs 11:30a)Our understanding of Scripture up to now has been that Yahushua is the Tree of Life. However, in the above passage we see the clear revelation that Messiah-in-us is the Tree of Life living within us, and He is also the producer of the fruit — the result — of the seed that has been planted and cultivated within a man. We will see this Tree of Life in greater detail, as we further examine the fruit.
The Fruit of RighteousnessAs in any planting operation, our Heavenly Planter has a purpose in mind for planting the seed of Righteousness within His people. Just as we would plant peach seeds in order to obtain the fruit of the peaches; so Yahuweh has a purpose in mind for the seed He plants in our heart. Yahuweh plants the seed of righteousness — Yahushua Himself — in our heart, in order to obtain the fruit of righteousness that He, living within us, wants to produce within us.
Now if we understand that Messiah within us is the Seed; and Messiah within us is the Tree — then what is the nature of the fruit that Messiah would produce in us? Let's notice the following verses:
He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. (Psalms 104:13)
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Colossians 1:10)The more we study Yahuweh's Word, the more it becomes clear that the fruit Yahuweh desires to produce within us are works of righteousness. This fruit, however, is not produced by man — it is produced by Yahushua Messiah, living within us:
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11)The fruit of righteousness does not consist of dead works initiated by ourselves. True works of righteousness can be produced only by Yahushua, the result of Himself being planted within as the Seed, at the moment we becomes 'Born-Again.' Since the Seed is the Word of Yahuweh (See Luke 8:11), the fruit of that Word of Yahuweh must be works of obedience to His Word.
Again, we must state that the true fruit of righteousness is not the result of man's own effort to obey Yahuweh's Word — but it is simply Messiah, living within, providing His grace and ability to obey His own Word. From what we have seen, we may safely conclude that the fruit of righteousness is that which Messiah Yahushua produces within us, by His grace, and with our cooperation, as He lives within us.
Yahuweh's Goal: The HarvestBefore we home in on our main theme of our being prepared for Messiah, let us first summarise what we have seen. Most today have been long familiar with the first aspect of grace — our forgiveness while we were yet sinners. Likewise, most are familiar with the corresponding first aspect of righteousness — Yahushua's own righteousness He has imputed to us, by our faith in His shed Blood. We have seen the that there is a second aspect of Yahuweh's grace, and of His righteousness — that of springing up in order to produce fruit.
We have seen that Yahuweh's goal is that the Seed He plants in our heart should be allowed to sprout, or spring forth, and mature, so that it becomes as a 'Tree of Righteousness, the planting of the Yahuweh.' We have seen that Yahuweh's purpose for this Tree of Righteousness ("Messiah in you," as the Apostle Paul puts it) is to bear the Fruit of Righteousness — for the tree is known (identified, or named) by its fruit.
We might say that Yahuweh's purpose and goal is that the Seed of Light is to be sown in our heart, in order to harvest the fruit of Righteousness, which consists of works of righteousness done by the life of Messiah-in-us, living within.
We have seen that both righteousness poured out, and righteousness that springs up from the earth, are both claimed by Yahuweh to be His creation, hence they are both by His grace. We have seen also in the same passage in Isaiah 45:8 that salvation and righteousness spring up together. This would tell us that our salvation is not in the planting of the seed, but in the springing up, or sprouting of the seed.
We might say also that this Fruit of Righteousness is the 'precious fruit of the earth' for which the husbandman waiteth! (James 5:7.) Likewise, we might say that God's grace is the seed that yields the fruit of obedience, as seen in (Romans 1:5).
We will now go on to see how the fruit of Righteousness reveals the two-fold nature of Yahuweh's Grace.
Works Produced By GraceWe are told in the letter to the Philippians the following:
"...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Php 2:12b-13)In the above passages, we see that what we must 'work out' is that which Yahuweh has already 'worked in.' We might say that the Righteousness Yahuweh has worked in, we must work out. The Fruit of righteousness, springing forth from the seed planted in our heart, is what some have called the out-worked righteousness — the works of obedience that Yahushua produces within us.
Again, we must be reminded that it is not our own works that qualify as Fruit of Righteousness; these are mere dead works. The true Fruit of Righteousness is simply the works that Yahushua, as He lives within us, produces on His own initiative, with our cooperation, in obedience to His Word! (Philippians 1:11)
We found that these works of righteousness are the fruit produced by the Tree of Righteousness, by Messiah-in-us; which tree had been sprouted and grown from the Original Seed, the Living Word of the Gospel, planted in the garden of our heart. It was by His grace that we were forgiven, and by His grace the seed (Messiah) was planted in the earth (our hearts) by the Gospel.
It is also by His continuing grace that He enables us to walk with Him. Thus it is Yahushua living out His own obedience in us, ("Messiah in us") that produces the Fruit of Righteousness — the "Works of Righteousness" which He has done, living in us.
The writer to the Hebrews, in encouraging and admonishing us, speaks of this second aspect of grace, as bringing forth fruit:
"...looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God..." (Hebrews 12:15a).Notice the context of the above passage (from verse 11 onward) is that of a garden, and of 'Grace' as a crop that could fail. We see from the above passage, along with its context, that we should be diligent to receive Yahuweh's grace that He gives us to produce the crop of obedience to His Word — the works produced by "Messiah in you" — the second aspect of Yahuweh's Grace!
Beloved, we must come to the realisation that Messiah in you is not only your hope of glory, but is your only hope of glory — and your only hope of obeying, of pleasing and of delighting the Father. It is only Messiah-in-us that can do any of these things, so we must allow Him to produce the fruit of obedience within us!
One might ask, "Just how do we allow Yahushua to produce fruit in us?" We might answer that question by considering how we may have been actually preventing the Master Yahushua from producing this Fruit of Righteousness within us. We must come to the realisation that the great majority of Believers within the Body of Messiah on earth today, including ourselves, have been preventing Yahushua from producing this Fruit of Righteousness within them. This is 'crop failure' of massive proportions, even a virtual plague against us. Let's see how this has happened, so that we, as King David, might stop the plague. Let us see what Yahushua would do.
What Would Yahushua Do?Beloved, what do you think? If Messiah is living in you, would He obey the Commandments of the Father any less (while living in you today) than He did when He walked on the earth almost 2,000 years ago? Let us remember — Yahushua is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore He desires to walk 'in us' today — in the same degree of obedience as when He walked on the earth! He kept the Commandments of the Father as He walked in those days — all of them! We must ask ourselves, "Are we allowing Yahushua to do the same today, as He lives in us?"
Beloved, what would we do if we knew there was something in our life that was preventing us from walking with the Master — from really knowing Him? Wouldn't we have a desire to find out, so that we could eliminate that thing? Surely all that have come to Yahushua He will not cast out. Yet today, in this present generation, there is a grievous cancer within the Body of Messiah.
The condition of the Body of Messiah in general can be described in the following way. Our New Master has set us free, but we have allowed the old master (satan) to re-shackle us back into bondage, simply because we have not been fully yoked to the New Master. Notice what Yahushua is saying to us today, in our generation:
"...Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." (Matthew 15:6)
"...laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men...ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition...making the word of God of none effect through your tradition..." (Mark 7:8,9,13)According to the above Scripture verses, it is Traditions and Doctrines of Men that prevent Messiah Yahushua from fully living out His life of obedience in His people. Just as it was true for the Pharisees in Yahushua's day, so it is true for us today.
Beloved, we must remember that under the Grace of the New Covenant, we are under no obligation to keep any of the things that please or delight the Father. The only motive for any New Testament action is our love for our Father — and our desire to avoid what Father hates, and to do what pleases Father — and to choose that in which Father delights (Isaiah 66:4).
So it was with Yahushua. You would not have seen Yahushua keeping the Father's Commandments out of a sense of duty or obligation, also called legalism. You would have seen Him, however, doing the mystery of the will of the Father — because he had been instructed by the Law [Torah], and because He loved His Father, and desired to abide by Father's House Rules! (Romans 2:18).
Again, we must be reminded that under the New Covenant we are under no obligation of any kind, even to obedience. This is the Grace nature of the New Covenant — we all have a choice of what we do, and Yahuweh simply urges us to repent, and choose life. There is a thin line between the yoke of bondage to a letter of death (legalism) and the yoke of bondage to the Master — the bond(age) of love. In many ways the two appear the same. In this regard Yahushua has reminded us, "If ye love me, keep My Commandments..." (John 14:15).
Yahushua spoke those words long before there was any written New Testament. Therefore, the idea of New Testament Saints keeping Yahushua's Commandments was easily understood by His disciples in that day to mean keeping the Commandments of Yahuweh — as written in the Law and the Prophets — what we call today the 'Old' Testament, or Father's House Rules for His children.
In any doctrinal matters or questions, we must ask ourselves, "What would Yahushua do?" In what ways would Yahushua have kept the Commandments today? Let us be assured of this one thing: In every way we see Yahushua in Scripture keeping the Commandments of the Father, He desires to do likewise living in us Today.
Many pastors and Bible teachers tell us today, that because of various and sundry theological reasons, we as Believers today are not supposed to do a particular thing. Many Bible scholars today are teaching that various doctrines or practices are only for a certain group, or a certain era, and not for Today's New Testament Saints in a 'Time' of Grace. To that we should respond in our hearts, "What would Yahushua do?"
Messiah In YouBeloved, there are many Doctrines of Men that we have accepted as 'truth' that are actually hindering and preventing "Messiah living within us" from His own obedience to the Father. The Grace of Yahuweh is present, waiting to enable us, as soon as our doctrines will allow us to obey. Yet many of us are still living our spiritual life as the disobedient son in the parable of Matthew 21, by not keeping the commandments of the Father. We continue to refuse to keep all His Commandments, simply because we have been taught serious error concerning matters of grace and of the New Covenant.
However, a real adventure begins after we discover, for ourselves — that it was Yahushua that gave the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai [He calls these 'MY' Commandments!] — and after we repent of disobedience, as did the first son in the Matthew 21 parable!
Beloved, we should be undergoing our full preparation for coming into the presence of THE KING! We should choose to allow ourselves to become equally yoked [the yoke of bondage to Yahushua] through our daily repentance, and full obedience to His Commandments. We must ask ourselves — why did the apostle Paul on many occasions call himself a 'bond' slave or servant of Yahushua? What is significant about the bond(age) of love? Paul reminds us also that we were reconciled by Yahushua's death, but much more we are saved by his life (Romans 5:9-10). According to Paul in this passage, our abiding, daily life of walking with Messiah, with "Messiah in us," is much more to be considered, than simply our reconciliation — our forgiveness!
Like the Israelites, we have been brought out of Egypt by the Blood of the Lamb of Yahuweh. The Israelites had been brought out, but failed to enter in because of disobedience. Yet we must still enter in to the Promised Land by obedience — by "Messiah in us" living out His own obedience within us! Let us recall this passage:
"...To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:" (Colossians 1:27-28)Thus we see in the above passage "Messiah in us" is our only hope of being presented perfect, and our only hope of [entering into] Glory! For two thousand years the 'Come-out' ministries have ministered the grace of salvation to the Believers. Today there is very small number of 'Enter-in' ministries, who are to locate the very small remnant of Overcomers, and prepare them to overcome, even as did Joshua and Caleb, who alone were able to enter in!
Beloved, we who hope to enter in, must focus all our energies into seeking Yahushua, and learning the Fear of Yahuweh, that we might say, with Paul, "...Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Messiah liveth in me...." Paul came to the place in His walk with Yahushua that he exhibited "Messiah in him."
Let us also be followers together of Paul, as we have Paul for an example. Let us seek to take Yahushua's yoke upon us, and learn of Him. We shall then be prepared to be Awakened to Righteousness, even as a tree is awakened in Spring, ready to bring forth fruit.
For those who hope to enter in, we must choose to focus our full attention on those things in our lives that Yahuweh reveals to us, first in matters of obedience, then in matters of pleasing and delighting Him. If you and I are not walking as Yahushua did while He walked on the earth, from the same motives He had ["walk as He walked," as John puts it (1John 2:6)], then according to John we are not yet abiding in Him, even though we think or say we are. Thus we are under the same warning that Queen Vashti was under (See Esther 1:12).
Beloved, Yahuweh is building His Habitation, the Mountain of Yahuweh. The building process requires not only his grace of forgiveness from above, but also His enabling grace from within — from the Master Yahushua Messiah living within us.
Truly it is grace-grace, in both its aspects, that will very soon bring us into His presence!
"If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief,
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)