Don’t Rush Past Grace
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
28 We maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
2 Tim 1:9
19 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Grace alone saves.
When we start to talk about salvation by grace alone, we can often run by the nature of grace in an effort to get to the safety of our theological position (Like many of you are doing now :). I think in this rush to explain grace as an unearned gift; we never really allow ourselves to feel the weight of grace.
It is this bolder of grace that has rolled down Calvary’s hill crushing the self-righteousness of men and women through the church age. Yes, our good works can shine a light in a dark world (Matthew 5:16), but that fruit should NEVER be our focus. Our focus is on the vine. Our focus is on the source. Our focus is on Jesus and His Good News of Grace.
In his book, Prodigal God, Tim Keller said, (I’m paraphrasing) that at the cross sinners must repent of their sin, but (self) righteous people must repent of their righteousness. The God of eternity has made a way for us to reconnect to Him. The way of salvation is made through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. God is offering to us a relationship that is undeserved and unearned. The fact that we are called to Him for salvation does not reflect how smart, talented, or good with are. Our “abundant” life is reflected in the face of a God of grace, who while we were still sinners
Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Everything else in this world: your education, hobbies, employment and most relationships will be graded by your performance. When you come to God, it is revealed in the scripture that you are coming not because your performance deserves salvation, but because of His amazing grace. His grace alone!
Questions To Ponder
What does God’s word tell us we cannot attribute our salvation to?
Who is to get the credit for this work of grace known as salvation?
Why is this important?
Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”