Grace simplified from God’s perspective

Sadly, we argue and divide over the proper understanding of grace to the detriment of the Lord’s work. Instead, we should see it from God’s perspective, so we can move past our human frailties.

We need to humble ourselves and listen to God, more than we do our own pet doctrines.

God established salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), “according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV).

Christ would be the sole means of salvation (John 3:16). Through the shedding of his blood, we would be justified before God (Romans 5:8-9).

Moreover, righteousness would be designated by light and unrighteousness by darkness (1 John 1:5-7).

God’s plan was settled before time began (Psalm 119:89), so nothing was going to stop him (Matthew 16:18-19).

He wants everyone to be saved (2 Peter 3:9), so he has given us everything we need. All of the saved will be in the Church and will go to heaven together (Ephesians 1:22-23; John 14:1-6; Colossians 1:5).

The Lord needed an entry plan and parameters for his church. Yet, we’re all sinners and God can’t be with sin (Romans 3:23). So grace “appeared” to everyone so we could choose to come to him (Titus 2:11). But we have to accept his will (John 14:15; cf. Joshua 6:2ff).

We exist to glorify Jesus before the world (Ephesians 3:20-21). The Lord’s church must be pure and whole, so God is unrelenting in his demands (Hebrews 11:6; Ephesians 4:17-20; Romans 12:1-2).

We, who are in the light, do his will or we’re removed from the light (Titus 2:12-13). That’s non-negotiable. We’re useful or we aren’t.

We teach, live and speak to his glory or we face the consequences. It’s all about the Lord’s plan. Grace exists to accomplish God’s goals, not ours.

We submit and obey or we work against him. While we’re serving him, we’ll not be lost (Romans 8:1). However, if we choose to no longer be useful, we’ll be back in darkness (Hebrews 6:4-6).

Christ is everything and grace would be pointless if it served to counteract what God desires. It can never promote false doctrine or error. It’s not possible because the Lord never relinquishes control of grace.

Clearly, grace is about Jesus and the sooner we realize that, the clearer the doctrine becomes.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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