Thursday, January 8, 2009

Enjoy your gift!

"Since grace is so important, How does one receive grace? First, grace is "unmerited favor" because it offers salvation that we do not deserve instead of the eternal damnation we do deserve. No one receives grace by their own merit or righteousness. This unmerited aspect of grace means it is a free gift.

The fact that grace is a free gift is emphasized in several New Testament Scriptures:
  • We are "justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24)
  • "The free gift . . . the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ" (5:15; cf. 20, 21);
  • "the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:4);
  • "the grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:14, 15);
  • "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:6, 7);
  • "by grace are ye saved . . . it is the gift of God" (2:8);
  • "Now our Lord Jesus Christ . . . hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting c! onso lation and good hope through grace" (2 Thessalonians 2:16);
  • "Who have saved us . . . according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:9);
  • "[God] giveth more grace . . . giveth grace unto the humble" (James 4:6).

These Scriptures and others make it clear that grace and redemption are gifts. "

So enjoy the gift brothers and sisters, dont work for it...cause if you work for it, it aint a gift no more, grace stops being grace and you're left with nothing but the law!!

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