Monday, June 1, 2009

I believe in grace, but...

"Anyone who says, "I believe in grace, but I do not think it should be emphasized too much because that leads to careless living" has totally failed to understand God's work of grace on behalf of mankind. Even among believers who accept grace as the only means of salvation apart from any works or merit on the part of man have neglected the fact that the spiritual life can only be sustained, developed, and brought to completion by the operation of that same grace. Growth in the spritual life comes only by the grace of God. II Peter 3:18, "But GROW IN GRACE and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; to whom be glory both now and forever. Amen."

There is a great need for a fuller presentation of the grace of God. Not only in the concept of salvation, but in the area of Christian living. It is very important that Christians realize that the very same grace that saved them, is the grace that teaches them how live a life pleasing to God."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

i dont think u have lived long enough to know what u are talking. neither do i think u know enough people to make sense of what you have been taught or the world you are living in

in short, happy ranting

Craig Glenn said...

Thanks for your comment Anon...but...i believe you are wrong on all points...

anyhow, as you can tell, i just love ranting about grace!

PS...so did Paul the Apostle who penned (through the Holy Spirit) three quarters of the new Testament...

Joel B. said...

Amen to this post! (I don't have a clue where anonymous is coming from here). :)

Indeed, grace is not only for salvation, but it's the very essence of the entire Christian life! Paul went on and on about how all the work he did wasn't even himself - "it was the grace of God which was at work in me." In one epistle he spoke of he and his friends in this way: "we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God" (2 Cor 1:12).

Everywhere we look, it's grace, grace, grace!