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Salvation By Grace, 7

“And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor 6:1)
I want to summarize the previous six devotionals on grace and add a few closing thoughts.Grace isn’t something we should take lightly. Grace is only possible if God’s justice is upheld. Without the death
of Christ, our salvation would be impossible. God would not uphold His justice or holiness if he
forgave sin without Jesus’ sacrifice. Nothing we can do will make God indebted to us. God owes us nothing.

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Salvation By Grace, 6

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God.”   (Heb 12:15).

Falling from grace, or coming short of the grace of God means a Christian may so sin as to lose
his/her salvation. But we need not listen to those alarmists who teach we fall out of grace every
time we sin. James wrote, “For we all stumble in many ways” (James 3:2). God sees a difference between stumbling through a weakness, and a habitual practice of sin. Paul sees an inconsistency
in one who is saved by grace yet continues living in sin (Rom. 6).
What about our sins as a Christian? Every competent Bible student knows that the grace of God
covers a Christian’s sins, even those of which one is ignorant (Eph. 1:7). Don’t we pray daily that
the Lord forgive our stumbling as well as sins of ignorance? Some expect grace to cover sins of the flesh, but not the imperfections of ritual or church theology. They minimize their sins, and demand perfection in church matters. Grace is claimed for sins of breaking God’s moral code, but not the church practices. God must weep at such displaced focus.
God certainly is interested in form and practice, but there are weightier matters of the law
(Mt. 23:23). If perfection is demanded in externals (ritual) or internals (morals), we are hell
bound. And if we demand perfection in the externals for others while imperfect in the moral realm ourselves, we are equally hell bound. “Who are you to judge the servant of another?” says Paul
(Rom. 14:4).
Often, we lose sight of the divine plan for us to be “conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). Instead of focusing upon the very reason we are saved, we get lost splitting hairs over things that
don’t help us to be conformed to the image of His Son. While I will not compromise my convictions
in such matters, I dare not judge those who disagree with me. What matters is that grace covers
both imperfections in rituals and in morals.
If we demonstrate a cavalier attitude towards any commands of God, whether external commands,
or moral commands, we displease the Lord. Grace will cover the imperfections of Christians who humbly strive to learn and practice what they learn, but it will not cover rebellion.
Hymn: “Oh The Depth And The Riches Of God’s Saving Grace”
Mighty God, merciful Father, the God of all grace! May we grasp the intentions of Your saving us
by grace, Your unmerited favor. Help us to see Your plan before time’s eternal was for us to be “comforted to the image of You Son.” In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com

 



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Today’s Scripture: Mark 7: 15 – “There is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes
into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.”

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