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Your Grace Is Too Small

In recent years we have been hearing a lot about the grace of God. It would almost seem as though those who speak so much of grace somehow think that they are the first to discover it. It is a good thing that men are speaking and writing about the grace of God, except for one thing – the grace they write of is often too small. It is as if they see in the grace of God nothing more than the forgiving of our sins. We hear such statements as this: we do the best we can and God’s grace takes care of the rest. It is certainly true that we need God’s grace to cover our sins but this is a very inadequate, limited view of grace.

One of scripture’s greatest statements on the grace of God is in the second chapter of Ephesians (Ephesians 2:1-10). In this passage Paul says, “By grace ye are saved;” then again, “By grace ye are saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:5, 8) Does that mean merely that all our sins are forgiven? Certainly not! For while our sins are forgiven, there is much more. A dramatic change occurs in us – a change so radical that it is described as going from being dead in sin to being made alive. The apostle further states that we are God’s “workmanship” so that not only is forgiveness a gift of God’s grace but so also are all our good works as we live our lives under the law of Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:21)   So that all our Christian human effort (and much is required) is undergirded by the grace of God – “It is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Furthermore, this is all accomplished through the gospel – “the power of God unto salvation.” (Romans 1:16)

God’s grace can and will rework our lives if we let Him. But if we refuse to let Him mold and make us but rather continue to yield ourselves as servants of sin, do not expect God’s gift of eternal life but rather the wages of sin which is death. (For a complete statement of this point read Romans 6:1-23)


Grace Teaches Us

I suppose that there is as much said about the grace of God found in the writing of the apostle Paul as anywhere else in scripture.  In one very significant passage Paul writes, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”  (Titus 2:11-12)

While there are several important matters about grace mentioned in this text, there is one thing in particular that I would like to emphasize.  The grace of God teaches us—it teaches us to live.  On the negative side, grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust—that is, to remove these things from our lives.  Then, on the positive side, grace teaches us to “live soberly, righteously, and godly”—that is, live an upright life both morally and religiously.  This teaching us how to live is every bit as much a part of salvation by grace as is the forgiveness of sins.

What about you?  Are you letting the grace of God teach you?  It is not enough just to look to God’s grace for the forgiveness of our sins; we must also let grace lead us out of the practice of sin and into right living.  This is the true grace of God.  Salvation by grace is not to save us in sin, but rather, to save us from sin.