Grace upon Grace

January 24, 2015

praying mom

Grace Cannot Be Lessened Because of Demerit (part III)

        God cannot propose to do less in grace for one who is sinful than He would have done had that one been less sinful. Grace is never exercised by Him in making up what may be lacking in the life and character of a sinner. In such a case, much sinfulness would call for much grace, and little sinfulness would call for little grace.

The sin question has been set aside forever, and equal exercise of grace is extended to all who believe. It never falls short of being the measureless saving grace of God. Thus grace could not be increased; for it is the expression of His infinite love: it could not be diminished; for every limitation that human sin might impose on the action of a righteous God has, through the propitiation of the cross, been dismissed forever.

        God does not ignore or slight the fact of human guilt and sin; for He has met these issues perfectly and finally for all men in the death of His Son. There remains no demerit, nor degrees of demerit, to be considered or recognized. By grace there is now offered alike to all men all the infinite resources of the saving power of God. The grace of God is, therefore, exercised in perfect independence of human sin, or any degree of human sin.

 

When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award—yet receives such a gift anyway—that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.

 

Well I’ve got pneumonia and taking a boatload of antibiotics, hope to be feeling better soon.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

2 Responses to “Grace upon Grace”

  1. Wow that clears all the fog and smoke around grace. Thank you for making it clear for the rest of us. It is so easy to fall in the Galatian trap when we remove our eyes on Christ. The more we reside in his presence the more we see how undeserving we are. I pray you will be well soon.

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