Friday, April 4, 2014

Romans 11:6

Romans 11:6 - And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Grace defined is “the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” If that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what does. “It is by grace we have been saved, through faith.” God gives us salvation without any cost to us. Back in the Old Testament there were things that people would have to do to receive God’s blessing. They had the law, but because of the sin in their lives the law brought death. In order to avoid death they would have to sacrifice animals.
This, however, was only a temporary fix. Once they sinned again it would start all over and they would have to make another sacrifice. Each sacrifice would only last for a short time, but thankfully this was only a temporary solution for sin. God had a greater plan. He had Jesus.
“For God so Loved the world that He gave His only Son.” By grace God gave us salvation through His Son, Jesus. There is no longer anything we have to do except believe.
We receive salvation by believing in Christ, but grace goes beyond that. If we look again at the definition of grace we see that it is salvation and the bestowal of blessing. As if salvation wasn’t enough, God’s grace goes beyond that to include blessings. All that we have is given to us by grace. We do not deserve it, but God gives it to us anyway.
As this verse explains, if it were by works; if we actually had to do something for salvation, grace would not be grace. Salvation would be earned, but there is no way we could earn salvation. It’s just not possible. That is why we need grace. Through His grace, God’s gives us all things. All we have to do is receive it by faith.

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