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LifeGrace

February 13, 2007

LifeGrace

“Saved by grace.” It’s a truism. A bare restatement of the obvious:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Eph. 2.8, 9; ESV)

Okay. But what about the rest of my life?

It’s still grace, all of grace (Spurgeon), nothing but grace.

Grace sustains me:

Through [Christ] we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. (Rom 5.2)

My faithfulness cannot increase my standing with God, nor can my faithlessness make it less. Because it’s all of grace (Arno Gaebelein).

Grace also strengthens me:

You therefore, beloved, . . . take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 3.17,18)

Peter is warning (v. 16) about the subtle influence of those who “twist” or “distort” the truth (the Greek word means to “torture on the rack”!) for their own desires and to their own destruction. Lest we fall under their sway, we must grow in grace.

Question: How does grace produce growth?

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