MORE ON GRACE Thank you Richard for your…

MORE ON GRACE: Thank you Richard for your comments regarding grace! For too long many have let others intimidate them into silence in regard to thoroughly biblical subjects. The fact is everyone who is saved is saved completely by the grace of God. The use of the word “completely”, does not rule out man’s response of faith and obedience. The statement simply refers to the basis or ground of our salvation: it is entirely of God. Ephesians 2:8 teaches that salvation is “not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Yet in the same verse Paul also says it is “through faith”, a response man gives. A Calvinist says man cannot have faith unless God provides it. But this disallows man’s free agency. What the apostle is saying is that salvation is a gift and therefore without the grace of God no one would or could be saved. I believe, consequently, it is improper to compare God’s part or side and man’s part or side of salvation, as if each contributes to a man being saved. Cecil May described one congregation divided over whether god contributed 50% and man 50% or God 90% and man 10%. Neither was right! Salvation is of grace; it is a gift. That means it is 100% of God and once we have done everything we are supposed to do to receive this gift (faith and obedience), we still declare, “We are unprofitable servants! Let God receive all the praise and glory!”

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