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Taking Their Stand (1) - Extracted From "Jottings"

There are a number of Scriptures on the matter of "standing" and failing to stand for God.

The first form of standing, in the figurative sense in which we are using the word, is found in association with the gospel:

The gospel ... wherein also ye stand (1 Corinthians 15:1); through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand (Romans 5:2).

There are many who stand in grace and in the gospel who have not gone further in God's good will to be found standing in "the true grace of God", of which Peter writes when he says, "This is the true grace of God: stand ye fast herein." Thus Peter sums up the contents of the epistle to the elect sojourners of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Though these were scattered throughout these five Roman provinces, yet they were together, "built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood" (1 Peter 2:5).

Such words as "A spiritual house," otherwise "The house of God," "An elect race," "A holy nation," "A people for God's own possession," "A holy priesthood," "A royal priesthood," "The flock of God," all describe how truly these saints were together in collective testimony and were standing together in God's true grace, which involved more than standing in the gospel.

When men have taken their stand it is well that they should know that there are no seats for either soldiers or priests.

The soldiers in the good warfare are exhorted to "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." "And, having done all, to stand." "Stand therefore" (Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14). There were no seats in the tabernacle in the wilderness but one, the Mercy-seat, and of the priests it is written: "Every priest indeed standeth day by day ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices" (Hebrews 10:11). Whether the service is Godward or manward, priests must stand to serve. Paul, concerning his royal priestly service, could say:

"Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand unto this day testifying" (Acts 26:22).

A weak brother may find great difficulty in keeping on his feet, but "the Lord hath power to make him stand" (Romans 14:4).