Sovereign Saving Grace
Do you find
the topic of grace boring?
Someone asked me, Dont you ever get tired of
preaching on grace? My response was no, because every other doctrine in
the Christian faith is build upon and related to Gods sovereign grace.
something that is charming and beautiful. Once you have come under the strong grip of
Gods saving grace you can never be the same person again. And neither can you ever
be a base ingrate, either.
Paul was dumbfounded, absolutely astonished, that there were people who
professed faith in Christ who were turning to a counterfeit gospel. They were so
quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel
(Galatians 1:6). They were turning to a teaching and philosophy that was no gospel
at all (v. 7). They were changing their minds and deserting the message of grace in
Christ. It is a strong word Paul uses meaning to desert or revolt in the military. They
had changed their religion.
were being lead to believe was really no good news at all. It was a heresy, a cult of
mans making. It was diametrically opposed to the Good News in Christ.
If you are
saved by grace, it is no longer on the basis of mens deeds. Because salvation is by
the unmerited favor of God, it is not at all conditioned on what we have done, and never
deceived believers were being led astray and turned from the message of grace to the
message of the Judaizers who were teaching you had to become a Jewish person and be
circumcised before you could become a true Christian.
their kinfolk in our day who teach similar philosophies. They add some private man made
teaching to the message of grace. Instead of salvation by grace alone through faith alone
in Christ Jesus alone, they add a human teaching. Cults add to and pervert the message of
pure grace. Do you add circumcision, baptism, good works, a religious system, etc. to the
atonement of Jesus Christ? If you strive to please men, you are not a bondservant of
Christ (v. 10).
grace through faith is unmerited and freely bestowed by God, and is offered to sinful men
out of the pure generosity and love of God. There are no strings attached to it. It is
always offered as a free gift to be accepted with open, empty hands of faith.
accept Gods free gift of salvation by faith we are in the position of objects of His
everlasting favor. Then why in the world would we ever want to change that relationship
for a man made philosophy of religion?
the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ for something of a different kind? Modern cults are
turning from the true Gospel of saving grace to a false teaching of human works. Grace
glorifies God alone. Good works to earn salvation glorify sinful men and religious
leaders. It is not only different in character from the Gospel of Christ, but it is
essentially evil. A salvation by works message is no good news for the lost sinner. It is
not good news; it is a terrible distortion of the finished work of Christ. It is the exact
opposite of the saving message of Christ. It is a perversion of Christianity. Anything
that changes the message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ for a good works
message is a perverted message that sends people to an eternal hell without God and
without eternal salvation. The apostle Paul said, If it is by grace, it is no longer
on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace (Rom. 11:6). If it is by
grace, it is no longer on the basis of mens good deeds.
works are mutually exclusive possibilities in regard to salvation. Either we are
saved by Gods grace alone or we are trying unsuccessfully to save ourselves by our
own works. There are no other possibilities. However, God has created us precisely
to do good works as a result of being saved by grace alone. God prepared these
works in advance for us to do. We are a part of His eternal purposes and if we are not
producing good works to please Him we fail to be all He wants us to be and are not
building His kingdom.
is the object of the sovereign choice of God for salvation. In grace, the spontaneous
overflowing love of God bestows the gift of salvation upon undeserving sinful people who
deserve eternal punishment. Because we are elected by the sovereign grace of God all human
works are entirely excluded from the question of salvation. Salvation is a gift from God
with no strings attached to it. It can never be produced by sinful man or earned by him.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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