Misunderstood Grace in Salvation
One of the most common scriptures with the word ‘grace’ isEph. 2:8,9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
GRACE is most commonly called "unmerited favor", or undeserved favor of God. Grace is what God offers to fallen sinners through the salvation. The forgiveness we receive in Christ is through no works we ourselves can do, it is why we call it "unmerited favor".
It is said that "Grace" has been a much used, much misused, and much abused word and concept in Christian theological thinking. The Biblical word "grace" for many Christians is an almost meaningless word, or a word with misconceptions and inadequate definitions.
When we become saved God gives us one or more gifts. These gifts are given to us to use for His glory. As we see in Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. He has before-hand planned out good works which we are to do, especially with the gifts He has given us.
Grace is something we have the responsibility to develop by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let us consider Grace in Salvation
How Big is our God?
We know He is all knowing, powerful, everywhere present, etc. The Bible said in Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Consider how big the earth is, then think about the size of our solar system and all the galaxies out there. Then consider how everything is intrically perfectly timed together.
Now consider the great works God has done down through time, with the Flood, parting of the Red sea, Consider the stories of Moses, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and many others and how God orchestrated many events. Also that Jesus came as a baby from the virgin Mary and died for our sins.
This is a big God and how big is His grace toward us; that we should take grace so lightly.
First, is Salvation Easy as promoted by some?
1 Peter 4:18 Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
Scarcely saved points to the fact that there is difficulty to salvation. If it is not difficult then why are so many unsaved?
The Bible says in John 5:40 "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous.
We see that the natural eye is blind to Heavenly things, but God alone can open man’s eyes.
We are dead in trespasses and sins, meaning we cannot make the fist move toward God unless he draws us. John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Also see John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out, and John 6:65 And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father."
God works out salvation like in Rom. 8: 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
All that God predestined, those are whom He saves; then He calls them by drawing them to Himself. All those He calls, all these He justifies or saves and these will also in the end by glorified to Himself.
Matthew 7:14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it
Luke 13:23~28 Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able
To strive literally means to agonize. If the unsaved person really knew where they were heading they would be literally kicking and screaming for God to open their eyes, to save them from eternal damnation. Because people are spiritually dead and their eyes are blind to spiritual things, they do not see or understand; that is why no one reaches out to God to save them; why there are so few that are saved. It is only when God draws and calls someone that they see the truth and call on Him to save them.
Matthew 7:23 "And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Depart from me, a phrase you will not want to hear; but you will if you never come to the Lord.
Matt. 25:41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
Some aspects of Hell as found in the Bible are It is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, an everlasting fire, weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is said in the story Jesus told of the rich man & Lazarus in Luke 16:19~31; that He was tormented in this flame, there is a great gulf fixed, meaning there was way of escape, it is permanent and forever.
Also there is remembrance; all those there will remember all the times someone told them about Jesus but would not listen. They will also remember all the things they said and done against the Lord and His chosen people.
John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."