"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." - James 4:6

Receiving Grace: Faith

by Nathan Rambeck on

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God… Ephesian 2:8

Paul tells us in Ephesians that grace is the free gift of God by which we are saved. We are saved by grace which is an offer made for free without any obligation. However, the gift of salvation by grace isn’t just applied to every person automatically. It has to be received and God tells us that we receive the gift of God’s grace through faith.

Receiving Grace: Humility

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God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6

The Bible tells us that grace is God’s offer of righteousness and salvation for free without any works or other obligation to keep. But an offer will only ever do you any good if you receive that offer. In Ephesians, we are told that salvation is by grace through faith, but before talking about faith I think it’s important to consider one other prerequisite to receiving God’s grace: humility.

Grace is not God’s apathy

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One of the most pernicious views of God’s grace is the idea that God doesn’t really care about sin in our lives at all. This view almost always comes from those who rarely, if ever, read the Bible for themselves. It’s a common view among the nominally religious, or those who consider themselves more liberal or “progressive” in their faith.

Grace is God’s righteousness accounted to you

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Some people seem to think of God’s grace as just His willingness to forgive sins, but the truth is, God has always been willing to forgive sins, even before He offered grace as a means of salvation.

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:5

Under the Law of Moses, God’s commandments were to be strictly obeyed, but God made a provision in the Law for when His people would fail to diligently keep his commands. A priesthood was setup for administering a year-round system of animal sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins.

Grace is not law

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For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14

Wow. That is a powerful statement and there is a lot in there, but I want to focus on one thing: the distinction between law and grace. They are not the same thing. In fact, they are totally different and the Bible regularly explains grace by contrasting it with law, like in the verse above. Some of you might be saying, duh, of course they are not the same thing. But I want to tell you that there are millions of Christians across the world who believe that law and grace are the same thing. And there are millions more who mix the two to some degree. Is it possible that you could be mixing law and grace as well?