The Mystery of Grace
God’s grace is not dispensed apart from an instruction that requires both understanding and obedience. In these days when there is a tendency to ‘stampede’ folks into the church, with a minimal comprehension of what they are doing, this is a crucial matter to emphasize. The reception of God’s grace is conditional. More
The access to God’s grace is by means of an objective body of revelation. Paul noted: “For the grace of God hath appeared...instructing us...” (Titus 2:11-12). Isaiah, speaking of the messianic age, exclaimed: “...he will teach us of his ways...” (2:3). Jesus himself declared: “It is written in the prophets, and they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard from the Father, and has learned, comes unto me” (John 6:45).
God’s grace is not dispensed apart from an instruction that requires both understanding and obedience. In these days when there is a tendency to ‘stampede’ folks into the church, with a minimal comprehension of what they are doing, this is a crucial matter to emphasize.
The reception of God’s grace is conditional. Noah, by faith, obeyed the Lord, and so was blessed. While God extends grace, human beings must be willing to “receive” the favor (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Grace is accessed initially at the point of gospel obedience. It is shocking that so many sincere people are unaware of the fact that ‘grace’ and ‘obedience’ are not enemies. Paul affirmed that grace is accessed by faith (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-9). It is not, however, a faith void of loving response to God; it is a faith that acts (James 2:21-26).
The concept of God’s “grace” is thrilling beyond words. It shines its brightest when well understood and utilized.
The state of grace must be embraced continuously; otherwise one will fall from divine favor, and his initial reception of Heaven’s grace will have been “in vain” (2 Corinthians 6:1, 1 Corinthians 15:10).
It is incredible that many, who identify themselves with Christianity, should contend that it is impossible for the Christian to fall from God’s grace.
If one cannot fall out of grace, why did Paul urge his fellow-believers to “continue [present tense—sustained perseverance] in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43)? The Scriptures warn of certain Christians who attempted to revert to the Mosaic regime for salvation. As a result, they were “severed from Christ” and “fallen away from grace” (Galatians 3:26-27; 5:4).
Grace is a soul-thrilling concept; it must be deeply appreciated, but never manipulated or distorted.
This book unravels the mysteries behind the workings of ‘grace’ and presents you with the requisite guidelines needed to enjoy the grace that flows from God’s throne of grace.
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