Hebrews 12:28 – Therefore, receiving an unshakeable Kingdom, let us hold on to grace through which we can serve God acceptably with reverence and awe.
The grace of God that has been given to us is a divine empowerment enabling us to do those things God has purposed us to do. It is the grace of God that has brought salvation (Titus 2:11-12). This grace is more than just divine favor, it is divine ability supplied to us by the Holy Spirit.
There are some translators who translate the word ‘grace’ in this passage as “being grateful.” This is certainly not without merit from both a linguistic and contextual position. Certainly, if we are going to look to the Spirit of God for the ability to serve God acceptably, then we are going to remain positive and thankful about our relationship with Him and His commitment to strengthen us and help us do that which is pleasing. If we will allow the Holy Spirit His proper place of leadership in our lives, then He will show us the things to come (John 14:15-18; 16:12-14). We will be allowed to taste of the power of the world to come. He will reveal Jesus to us, and we will be struck with the splendor and beauty of His goodness and love. With such revelation from the Spirit of God, we will find ourselves in awe of Him.
God’s Kingdom will stand forever and ever. Through the redemption in Christ Jesus, we have been brought into this glorious Kingdom now (Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 1:11; Romans 14:17; John 17:14,16; 1 John 4:5-6). We are presently under the kingly rule of the King of Kings and are being taught by the Holy Spirit the manner, culture, and servitude of this unshakable and eternal realm. Let us give ourselves to such exceeding great and precious promises and not neglect so great a salvation (2 Peter 1:3-11; Hebrews 2:3).
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen