Posted by: SandreS | January 29, 2009

Grace

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Christianity, by placing emphasis on the wrong things, has become, in our day, little more than an ethical or moral system.

Undeserved Grace

Salvation is the transforming work of God for man, not man’s work for God. Grace is the undeserved and unrecompensed favor of God. Grace cannot be withheld because of unworthiness (Romans 4:5-8). Grace ceases to be grace if God has to withdraw it due to man’s sin. Pure grace cannot be exercised where the slightest degree of human merit or goodness is recognized.

Christ has paid for sin; all questions of unworthiness have been banished (Ephesians 1:6). Salvation is by grace alone. Grace cannot be lessened because of unworthiness. Much sinfulness calls for much grace (Romans 5:20-21).

The sin question has been set aside forever. God’s saving grace is without measure. This is not to say that God has ignored the fact of sin, but He has met this issue perfectly and finally, once and for all, at Calvary.

Debt-Free Grace

Grace cannot incur a debt. An act is not gracious if it, under any circumstances, incurs a debt. Grace is the unrecompensed favor of God. That includes any past, present or future repayment. Salvation is a gift, and a benefit cannot rightfully be called a gift if it must be paid for before, at the time of, or after (Romans 6:23). No service is to be given, on the part of the believer, with the thought of repayment. Any such attitude would only cause distress to the giver. These attempts only frustrate His grace (Galatians 2:21). How faithfully we should serve Him, as an expression of love, but never as a repayment.

Grace is not exercised as a payment of a debt (Romans 4:4; 11:6). Grace could never be the payment of a debt (i.e., deserving). All worthiness on man’s part has been disposed of absolutely and forever (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7). Pure grace is neither treating a person as he deserves, nor treating a person better than he deserves, but treating a person without the slightest reference to what he deserves.

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook


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