The Grace of God

J. D. Conley
July 21, 2013

Our God is a God of grace. I cannot deny this for I have been the happy recipient of His grace all my life. Without the grace of God every son of Adam's race would have died and gone to everlasting destruction. Thus we sing, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me..."

What is grace? It is God's unmerited favor. David received that unmerited favor. He committed adultery. The penalty for this sin was death, according to Leviticus 20:10. David deserved to die, and had he received what he deserved, he would have been put to death. But God gave him what he needed which was forgiveness and restoration. God extended grace to David.

But how are we saved by grace? Sinners cannot be saved by their own works of merit. Men cannot be saved by character, morality, philosophy, legislation, or education. We cannot be good enough to put God in our debt. Christ died for all, but not all will be saved. In fact, Jesus flatly denied that all would be saved. He stated, "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" (Mt.7:21). Salvation is a gift, but not an unconditional gift. Obviously something is required of us to receive the gift of salvation. Jericho was God's gift to Israel, (Josh.6:1-2). God said, "I have given you Jericho." Yet Israel had to meet His demands in order to receive Jericho. For the alien sinner to receive the gift of salvation he must meet the demands of the Master. He demands faith, repentance, confession, baptism for the remission of sins, followed by faithful living.

Let no man pervert the grace of God. Let no man attempt to uphold evil by an appeal to grace. Grace can be emphasized to the point where man becomes presumptuous and takes liberties with God. Don't make God appear as an overindulgent, doting grandfather. That is a mistake. God is merciful, but He is also just.