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May 2 – Our glorious position in Christ 

“To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:1b

Scripture reading: Romans 8:1-17

This letter is addressed to all who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The sermons in Acts describe this as repenting of your sins and believing in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Have you done this? If you have not, will you do so, today?

If you have, then Peter tells you that you have obtained “a faith of equal standing with [the Apostles]”! They saw Jesus with their own eyes and heard Him teach. But Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). That includes us! But the key point is that we are as much children and heirs of God as the Apostles were.

This glorious position is a gracious gift of God. Peter says that we have obtained this faith “by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.” It has its origins in “the calling and election” of God, as we shall see later in this chapter. And it is something that the Holy Spirit has worked within us (Ephesians 2:8-9). As the hymn-writer so beautifully expressed it:

Tis not that I did choose Thee, for Lord that could not be;

this heart would still refuse Thee, hadst Thou not chosen me.

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for the gift of faith and our standing in His sight. Ask the Spirit to work the gift of faith in others through our words and deeds.

Rev. Andre Holtslag is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana (2007). At the present time he serves the Reformed Church of Avondale, which is in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and is one of the Reformed Churches in New Zealand (RCNZ). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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