The Grace Of God By Grace Essay
The grace of God, the ‘loving-kindness’ of God, the ‘favor’ of God, is never to be understood as something that is manifest among men based on anything apart from the sheer ‘benevolence’ of the LORD. By grace are you saved, if you are saved at all. By grace are you saved through faith, or through believing God. Yet the ‘grace’ of God prevents our laying claim to any personal worthiness or our taking any credit, and the faith is a gift and not something that we possess apart from the giving of God (Romans 4:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Peter 1:1, Philippians 1:29).
God saves a soul by His own will and power alone and simply because He is pleased to do so. In demonstrating grace, the only thing that matters is that the purpose of God according to election (or divine selection) might stand. (Romans 9:11). God shows grace, that is, He extends saving mercy to those whom He wills to. Those whom He wills not to be merciful to He makes resistant (Romans 9:15-18). Therefore, God’s grace is 100% pure grace. It is so very pure that men, even redeemed men, cannot fully conceive of it, any more than they can conceive of perfection.
How can we demonstrate it adequately? As is the case with all attempts to explain heavenly things with earthly words and examples this one falls short. Nevertheless, we can grasp the general idea.
We might imagine…